1987–88 French Division 1

The 1987/88 season was the 50th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champions were the fifth time since 1961, the AS Monaco.

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 )
  • Three from Paris or Burgundy (Paris Saint- Germain, who renamed Matra Racing Paris, AJ Auxerre),
  • One from the Northeast (FC Metz),
  • Four from the Pacific Northwest (Le Havre AC, Brest Armorica FC, ​​FC Nantes, Stade Laval )
  • Three from the southwest ( Up Chamois Niort, defending champions Girondins Bordeaux, Toulouse ),
  • Seven from the southeast (AS Saint- Étienne, promoted Montpellier La Paillade SC, Olympique Marseille, SC Toulon -Var, OGC Nice, Relegation winner AS Cannes, AS Monaco).

First match was July 18, 1987, last matchday of the 4. June 1988. There was a two-month winter break from just before Christmas until mid-February.

History, results and tables

It was the two- point rule; case of a tie, the goal difference was the decisive factor for the placement.

Before the start of the season as favorites mainly Olympique Marseille and defending champions Girondins Bordeaux was attributed, but Monaco began immediately with a victory over the South rival OM in the season and quickly secured a projection which was never less than three points until the end. The young coach Wenger had succeeded at first to form the new additions Battiston in defense, striker Hateley and Hoddle as a "brilliant virtuoso director," a closed mannschaftliche unit that often " Enchanted " their audience. While the Monegasque between mid-August and mid-March, just a single defeat - and the calculated against promoted Niort in their own stadium - had to accept, especially Marseilles fell back early, and posted at the end of the season 15 defeats. The Girondins defeated Olympique on Matchday but gave particular before a home crowd early on unexpectedly from many points, as against Le Havre, Toulouse and Cannes. In contrast, the climbers from Montpellier, the, the "turbo lit " especially after the winter break, where not only weaken League newcomers often surprised. The team won in Le Havre, Metz and Matra Racing, home produced a series of Kanter victories ( 6-0 against Brest, 5-0 against Saint -Etienne, each 4-0 against Lens and Marseille), had by far the most successful attack Division 1 on, was to point the best team of the season and qualified as well as for the UEFA Cup.

While Monaco celebrated winning the championship ahead of schedule, the decisions were at the lower end of the table, with the exception of the descent of Le Havre until the final day, with regard to the question of who would at least still get a chance in the relegation round, even goal difference the rash was at the expense of Brest. Even the champions from 1986, Paris Saint- Germain, the descent narrowly escaped. To the next season of FC Sochaux and Racing Strasbourg managed direct ascent, which also managed the Zweitdivisionär SM Caen to the Barrages.

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

Players of the Master

During the season under manager Arsène Wenger had the following 20 players been used (in brackets: number of point games): Manuel Amoros (37 ), Patrick Battiston (33 ), Omar da Fonseca ( 19), Éric Deletang ( 2), Marcel Dib (33 ), Jean -Luc Ettori (37 ), Jean -Marc Ferratge (36) Yousouf Falikou Fofana (23 ), Mark Hateley (28 ), Glenn Hoddle (34 ), Angelo Hugues (1 ) Fabrice Mège (32 ) Christophe Métais (17 ), Claude Puel (33 ), Maurice Revelli (2 ), Jean -Philippe tube ( 33), Stéphane Salomon ( 3) Luc Sonor (31 ), Patrick Valéry ( 2), Rémi Vogel ( 34).

For a complete list of shooters of Monaco's 53 hits is not available in the literature used. The most successful were: Hateley 14, Hoddle 8, Amoros, Ferratge, Fofana each 6, Dib, Mège 4 each, pipe 3

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 854 goals in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.2 goals per game.