1990–91 French Division 1

The season 1990/91 was the 53rd staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the seventh time since 1937 Olympique Marseille, which also won his third title in a row.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the previous season 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:

  • A club from the far north ( Lille OSC ),
  • Two from Paris or Burgundy (Paris Saint- Germain, Auxerre ),
  • Three, from the Northeast (FC Metz, intermediate AS Nancy, FC Sochaux)
  • Four from the Pacific Northwest (SM Caen, Brest Armorica FC, ​​newly promoted Stade Rennes, Nantes ),
  • Two from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux, Toulouse ),
  • Eight from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Montpellier, holders Olympique Marseille, SC Toulon -Var, Relegation winner OGC Nice, AS Cannes, AS Monaco).

First match was July 21, 1990, last matchday of the 22. May 1991. A four-week winter break there were from mid-December to mid-January.

History, results and tables

It was the two- point rule; case of a tie, the goal difference was or when attending - as between Nantes and Toulon - there was a tie, the higher number of goals scored the decisive factor for the placement.

Defending champion Marseille was again spared no expense before the season starts as already the previous three years and committed a half-dozen new players. Their incorporation into the score to coach Gili immediately; was more surprised the public when President Tapie after nine point games where Olympique had reached seven wins and two draws, Gili by the "World Champion maker" Beckenbauer replaced. He had a very bad start to the Canebière. ( Defeats to Cannes on home soil, where fans celebrate in chants of Gili, and in the fighting to avoid relegation teams from Sochaux and Nancy) As Marseille then in early December also went down at Auxerre 0:4 - the team of coach Roux solved in the weeks after a series of 13 games without defeat OM also at the top from -, "Kaiser Franz" was " highly commended " the sports director and replaced by Goethals, who had recently released previously in Bordeaux. In the Girondins then was Gili successor to the Goethals successor tube. Marseille started at the beginning of the year in 1991 after Goethals had rebuilt the defense and thereby relieves the prolific attacker; 7-0 against Lyon and a 6-0 against Olympique Nantes brought back on the winning track, while Auxerre eased in particular due to the lengthy outage of its playmaker Scifo. As a result, Marseille remained unchallenged and won the championship with relatively well ahead of Monaco and the elf from Burgundy. At the bottom, Sochaux, Toulouse and Rennes stood before the transition to Division 2

But more than the athletic history of this total strike particularly poor season certain personal conflicts and the discovery of financial irregularities, the public perception this season. The " Dauerzank " between the club president of Bordeaux and Marseille led to the accusation that Marseille had repeated victories bought by bribing opposing player. This accusation could Girondins President Bez but not prove, and that could be it but have been some truth, only a little over two years later turned out at the " affair OM -VA ". During the current season inspectors discovered the association of DSCG at Toulon a slush fund and in Bordeaux a huge financial gap; The latter was found, albeit only after the point games, also at the clubs from Brest and Nice. Consequence for these three clubs was the demotion, which also meant the league for the sporty determined relegated. Also the beginning of the subsequent summer break already played Barrages were thus becomes obsolete; for the following season rose up from the second division Olympique Nimes, Le Havre AC and Racing Lens.

TV = title holder, A = direct intermediate, R = relegation relegation thanks to victory

Players of the Master

During the season, were among the three coaches - during the first nine game days Gérard Gili, Franz Beckenbauer replaced for the next twelve encounters before he in turn was replaced for the remaining 17 games by Raymond Goethals - following 18 players been used (in brackets: Number of point games): Manuel Amoros (29 ), Basile Boli (38 ), Eric Cantona (18 ), Bernard Casoni (35 ), Éric Di Meco (20 ), Laurent Fournier (17 ), Bruno Germain (32 ), Éric Lada (9 ), Carlos Mozer (31 ), Éric Mura ( 4), Pascal Olmeta (38 ), Jean -Pierre Papin (36 ), Bernard Pardo (26) Abédi Pelé (32 ), Dragan Stojkovic (11 ), Jean Tigana (19 ), Philippe Vercruysse (28 ), Chris Waddle (35).

Marseille's 67 goals scored: 23 Papin, Boli and Cantona each 8, Germain and Waddle each 6, Pele and Vercruysse 5 each, Fournier 2, Amoros, Pardo per 1 There were also two own goals.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 805 goals in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.1 goals per game.