1985–86 French Division 1

The 1985/86 season was the 48th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champions were for the first time in his relatively short history of the club Paris Saint- Germain FC.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than 17th place, and two direct promoted from the second division and the winner of the Relegation Round. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Two clubs from the far north ( Lille, Racing Lens )
  • Two from Paris or Burgundy (Paris Saint- Germain, Auxerre ),
  • Four from the Northeast (FC Metz, AS Nancy, Racing Strasbourg, FC Sochaux )
  • Five from the North West ( Up Le Havre AC, winner Relegation Stade Rennes, Brest Armorica FC, ​​FC Nantes, Stade Laval )
  • Two from the southwest ( defending champions Girondins Bordeaux, Toulouse ),
  • Four from the southeast ( Olympique Marseille, SC Toulon -Var, intermediate OGC Nice, AS Monaco),
  • One from Corsica ( Bastia SEC ).

First match was the 16 July 1985 the last day of play already on 25 April 1986., The " winter break " had been shortened, so that the French national team could prepare extensively for the finals of the World Cup in Mexico, and therefore only took 22 December until 10 January.

History, results and tables

It was the two- point rule; the higher number of goals scored where appropriate, in ranking - level on points was the goal difference and - as between Brest and Sochaux.

Already the first round dominated by three clubs, namely - in that order - Paris, Nantes and Bordeaux. The first two teams had had to cope with a significant change in your Player cadres who had been in the case of Paris challenged by significant investment in the transfer market and at Nantes, as usual, from their own youth development center. In particular PSG put a brilliant start to the season out, remained unbeaten during the first 26 games and was in only eight games out a point. Thanks primarily to the new Bats, Fernández and crowd favorite Sušić and the experienced striker Rocheteau ( previously three times won the championship with Saint- Étienne ) drew the capital club is doing through a " lively, spectacular play," from. After the winter break PSG lost some concentration to a lost one by one in Lille and Nancy, but it did not benefit significantly the two pursuers. Also Nantes were too many counters from, for example, against Laval and Marseille, and the defending champion from Bordeaux wrote to the 0:9 - " Clap " in Monaco at the beginning of the championship final from and focused - which was crowned with success - exclusively on the Cup competition. So Paris defended until the end of his three after Hinserie six points amount end projection to Nantes, and the French capital was the first time in exactly 50 years, then by the Racing Club, will once again celebrate a championship in football. Coach Houllier then formulated with understatement: "In Paris, where public pressure is greater than anywhere else, you have to successfully play and beautiful at the same time. I think we succeeded. "

At the lower end of the table, the crucial questions clarified until the 38th and final day; up to this point was still eight teams for the risk of direct descent or at least participating in the Relegation Round. In the final standings separated the tables - ninth and 19, only six points. Alone, the SEC Bastia had early on and after nearly two decades of continuous membership can plan for the top division for the Division 2; was responsible for a massive deficit in the association budget, which had made including a sale of the two most successful striker during the transfer window in winter required. Promoted to the next season were Racing Paris and AS Saint- Étienne. Nancy sat down in the subsequent Barrages against FC Mulhouse by thus securing the league. A new record for the statistics recorded the first league by AS Monaco who had completed exactly half of their point games ( 19) with a draw score; the previous record held the OSC Lille, who had brought it 1978/79 to 18 draw.

For the journalist Jean -Philippe Rethacker and Jacques Thibert this season was also the "Year of the Africans " because the Senegalese Jules Bocandé of Metz and the Congo -born Eugène Kabongo of Racing Paris both scorers of the professional leagues of France from the " Dark Continent " and came with the 34 -year-old Roger Milla, a Cameroonian had been substantially responsible for the resurgence of the "Green " from Saint- Étienne.

TV = title holder, A = Direct Movers, Movers, thanks A = Relegation victory

Players of the Master

During the season, following 20 players were under manager Gérard Houllier been used (in brackets: number of point games): Thierry Bacconnier (26 ), Joël Bats (38) Michel Bibard (31 ), Jean -François Charbonnier (16 ), Alain Couriol (1 ) Omar da Fonseca (17 ), Luis Fernández ( 37 ), Robert Jacques ( 27 ), Philippe Jeannol (37 ), Jean -Claude Lemoult ( 7), Claude Lowitz (14 ), Thierry Morin ( 2) Jean -Marc Pilorget (38) Laurent Pimond (1 ) Fabrice Poullain (30 ), Dominique Rocheteau (35 ), Oumar Gueye Sène (27 ), Safet Sušić (37) Franck Tanasi (14 ), Pierre " Peter " Vermeulen (30).

For a complete list of the shooters of the 66 matches of Paris is not available in the literature used. The most successful were: Rocheteau 19, Sušić 10, Fernández 9, Jacques, Jeannol each 6, Sène 5

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 931 goals in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.45 goals per game.