1988–89 French Division 1

The 1988/89 season was the 51th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the fifth time since 1937 and 17 years after his last title win Olympique Marseille.

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, Matra Racing Paris, AJ Auxerre),
  • Three, from the Northeast (FC Metz and the two climbers Racing Strasbourg and FC Sochaux)
  • Three from the North West ( winner Relegation SM Caen, Nantes, Stade Laval )
  • Two from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux, Toulouse ),
  • Seven from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Montpellier La Paillade SC, Olympique Marseille, SC Toulon -Var, OGC Nice, AS Cannes, AS Monaco titleholder ).

First match was July 15, 1988, last matchday of the 31. May 1989. There was a six-week winter break between mid-December and early February.

History, results and tables

This season, tentatively, the three- point rule was introduced; the experiment was then discontinued, however. It was observed no significant increase in the number of hits; Lille's 8-0 thrashing was on the last game against the fixed already relegated Laval. And this only in the mid-table between sixth and 13th place - - arise in maintaining the two- point rule only a few changes would have. In case of equality the goal difference was the decisive factor for the placement.

Two teams were pre-season rated very high, both had again investing heavily in their squad players: Olympique Marseille and Matra Racing Paris. Marseille, in the previous year championship favorite, now had a team with international players from three continents because its president Tapie made ​​" no half measures " in the transfer market. In the French capital, it ended up being the local rivals Paris Saint- Germain, who played up while racing only narrowly avoiding relegation at the end and its major sponsor Matra lost. PSG, which operated with the zone defense and also in front of their home crowd sat on a counter-attack whenever, dominated the first round and finished with two points ahead of Auxerre fall of champion. In Marseille the other hand, the President had just a point on the credit side coach Banide replaced after two games by Gili, a " nobody" in the professional business who was active in youth development center Olympiques before. Under his leadership, OM worked his way closer to the leading duo, pointed before Christmas but half a dozen points behind Paris.

On 27 Round Marseille unlocked to Paris, but was four laps before the end of the season still back a counter. In early May, the South of France won the top duel 1-0 and were the standings then also no longer take. Ten days after completion of the matches of defeating Olympique in the cup final in Monaco, which had still been working in Division 1 of the third rank, and thus secured additionally for the second time in club history the Doublé. For this success, " two Franco- German couple players contributed - Le Roux / Ranger in central defense and Papin / Allofs in the attack " had.

In the lower table region Lens was already knocked off early hopeless, lost a total of 18 of his 19 Away matches and also won on home soil just two games. Also Laval was clear even before the final day relegated, while Caen and Racing Paris only had the assurance to include the following season the premier league. In contrast, Strasbourg had then still deny the Barrages and defeated in the Zweitdivisionär Brest Armorica FC, ​​who was thus next to the FC Mulhouse and Lyon third climber.

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

Players of the Master

During the season, following 23 players were under coach Gerard Gili been used (in brackets: number of point games): Klaus Allofs (22 ), Andre Basile (1 ), Gérard Bernardet ( 5), Eric Cantona (22 ), Benoît caueter ( 14), Abdoulaye Diallo (23 ), Éric Di Meco (33 ), Jean -Claude Durand ( 2), Patrice Eyraud ( 24), Karlheinz Förster ( 35) Pascal Gastien (18 ), Bruno Germain (21 ), Gaëtan Huard (38 ), Yvon Le Roux (32 ), Frédéric Meyrieu (16 ), Éric Mura (13 ), Jean -Pierre Papin (36 ), José Pastinelli (6 ), Abédi Pelé ( 4), Didier Santini ( 1), Franck Sauzée (32 ), Philippe Thys (37 ), Philippe Vercruysse (35).

Marseille's 56 goals were scored by: Papin 22, Allofs and Vercruysse are 7, 5 Cantona, Sauzée 4, Eyraud, Le Roux, Thys each 2, Diallo, foresters, Germain per 1 There were also two own goals.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 900 goals in 380 matches, there was an average of just 2.4 goals per game.