2004–05 Ligue 1

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Ligue 1
Season 2004–05
Champions Lyon
Relegated Caen
Bastia
Istres
Champions League Lyon
Lille
Monaco
UEFA Cup Rennes
Auxerre
Strasbourg
Matches played 380
Goals scored 826 (2.17 per match)
Top goalscorer Alexander Frei
(20 goals)

The 2004/2005 season of Ligue 1 was a very close-run battle. Separating fourth placed Rennes, who enter the UEFA Cup and 18th placed Caen, who get relegated to Ligue 2, were 13 mere points. Lyon were long time leaders and had won the league back in April 2005. On the last day, 4 teams could've got the 4th place guaranteeing a place in the UEFA Cup and any 2 from 6 teams could've been relegated before the final games.

Final standings[edit]

Position Club Points Played Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals against Goal difference Average attendance
1 Olympique Lyonnais 79 38 22 13 3 56 22 +34 -----
2 Lille OSC 67 38 18 13 7 52 29 +23 -----
3 AS Monaco 63 38 15 18 5 52 35 +17 -----
4 Stade Rennais FC 55 38 15 10 13 49 42 +7 -----
5 Olympique de Marseille 55 38 15 10 13 47 42 +5 -----
6 AS Saint-Étienne 53 38 12 17 9 47 34 +13 -----
7 RC Lens 52 38 13 13 12 45 39 +6 -----
8 AJ Auxerre 52 38 14 10 14 48 47 +1 -----
9 Paris Saint-Germain 51 38 12 15 11 40 41 -1 -----
10 FC Sochaux 50 38 13 11 14 42 41 +1 -----
11 RC Strasbourg 48 38 12 12 14 42 43 -1 -----
12 OGC Nice 46 38 10 16 12 38 45 -7 -----
13 Toulouse FC 46 38 12 10 16 36 43 -7 -----
14 AC Ajaccio 45 38 10 15 13 36 40 -4 -----
15 Girondins de Bordeaux 44 38 8 20 10 37 41 -4 -----
16 FC Metz 44 38 10 14 14 33 45 -12 -----
17 FC Nantes 43 38 10 13 15 33 38 -5 -----
18 SM Caen 42 38 10 12 16 36 60 -24 -----
19 SC Bastia 41 38 11 8 19 32 48 -16 -----
20 FC Istres 32 38 6 14 18 25 51 -26 -----

This means that for the 2005–06 season:

  • Lyon and Lille enter the group phase of the Champions League.
  • Monaco plays in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. They must survive a two-legged elimination tie to advance to the group phase; if they lose, they go to the UEFA Cup.
  • Rennes join French Cup winners Auxerre and League Cup winners Strasbourg in the UEFA Cup.
  • Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Lens qualify for the Intertoto Cup.
    • As two of the three winners of the 2005 Intertoto Cup, Marseille and Lens both qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • Caen, Bastia and Istres are relegated to Ligue 2.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals Right foot Left foot Penalties Headers
1 Switzerland Alexander Frei Rennes 20 9 4 0 7
2 France Mickaël Pagis Strasbourg 15 8 2 4 1
3 Portugal Pauleta PSG 14 4 2 5 3
4 Guinea Pascal Feindouno Saint-Étienne 13 6 3 3 1
- Brazil Ilan Sochaux 13 9 1 1 2
- Brazil Juninho Pernambucano Lyon 13 10 1 2 0
- France Sébastien Mazure Caen 13 10 2 0 0
- France Matt Moussilou Lille 13 8 4 0 1
9 Senegal Mamadou Niang Strasbourg 12 10 1 0 1
- Nigeria John Utaka Lens 12 5 4 1 2

Player of the month[edit]

Month Player
August France Franck Ribéry (FC Metz)
September France Fabien Barthez (Olympique de Marseille)
October Ghana Michael Essien (Olympique Lyonnais)
November France Camel Meriem (AS Monaco)
January France Peguy Luyindula (Olympique de Marseille)
February Brazil Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyonnais)
March Brazil Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyonnais)
April France Matt Moussilou (Lille OSC)
May Senegal Mamadou Niang (RC Strasbourg)

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