1996â€“97 French Division 1
The Division 1 1996/97 was the 59th season of the French Division 1 began the season on 11 August 1996. Promoted as SM Caen, Olympique Marseille and AS Nancy came from the Ligue 2 this. The season as champion finished the AS Monaco and thus became the successor to AJ Auxerre. Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League managed to Monaco and Paris SG. For the UEFA Cup, FC Nantes, Bordeaux, Auxerre, the SC Bastia and Olympique Lyon and FC Metz and Racing Strasbourg qualified over the Coupe de la Ligue. At the UEFA Intertoto Cup the following season Montpellier HSC participated. About the Coupe de France OGC Nice secured the participation in the European Cup Winners' Cup the following year. Relegated to the Ligue 2 had to Caen, Nancy, Lille and Nice.
The cross table presents the results of all games this season represents the home team is listed in the left column and the visiting team in the top row.
Champion team AS Monaco
- Goalkeeper: Fabien Barthez (35 / -), Stéphane Porato (2 / -)
- Defense: Patrick Blondeau (31 / -), Franck Dumas ( 35 / -), Gilles Grimandi ( 23/1 ), Bruno Irles (10 / - ), Philippe Léonard (19 / -), Lilian Martin (25 / -) Éric Di Meco (2 / - ), Manuel dos Santos ( 2 / -)
- Midfielders: Ali Benarbia ( 34/3 ), John Collins (28/ 6), Martin Djetou (25 / -), Sylvain Legwinski (36/ 8), Dan Petersen ( 10/1), Emmanuel Petit (28 / -) Enzo Scifo (14/ 5), Laurent Viaud (24 / -)
- Storm: Sonny Anderson (33 /19), Marco Grassi ( 11 / - ), Thierry Henry (35/ 9), Victor Ikpeba (30 /12), David Trezeguet (5 / -)
- Coach: Jean Tigana