1997–98 French Division 1

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Division 1
Season 1997–98
Dates 2 August 1997 –
9 May 1998
Champions Lens (1st title)
Relegated Guingamp
Châteauroux
Cannes
Matches played 306
Goals scored 722 (2.36 per match)
Best Player Marco Simone
Top goalscorer Stéphane Guivarc'h
(21 goals)
Average attendance 16,555

The 1997–98 Division 1 was the 60th season of Division 1, the top French professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1932. The season began on 2 August 1997, and concluded on 9 May 1998.

This season saw a change in the league format, with the number of teams reduced to 18 from 20, shortening the season from 38 to 34 rounds. As a result, four clubs which had been relegated at the end of the previous season were replaced by only two, Châteauroux and Toulouse, who entered as winners and runners up of the 1996–97 French Division 2. Defending champions of the 1996–97 season were Monaco.

Lens won the championship for the first time in their 92-year history, becoming the 26th club to become French football champions. Lens won their league title with 68 points, edging out second-placed Metz on goal difference, for whom this was their best result in history.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and personnel[edit]

Team Manager Stadium Capacity Pos. in 1996–97
Auxerre France Guy Roux Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps
21,379
1066th
Bastia France Frédéric Antonetti Stade Armand Cesari
11,500
1077th
Bordeaux France Guy Stéphan Parc Lescure
34,694
1044th
Cannes Netherlands Adick Koot Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin
12,800
11515th
Châteauroux France Victor Zvunka Stade Gaston Petit
17,072
2011st (D2)
Guingamp France Francis Smerecki Stade du Roudourou
18,040
11212th
Le Havre France Denis Troch Stade Jules Deschaseaux
16,382
11414th
Lens France Daniel Leclercq Stade Bollaert
41,649
11313th
Lyon France Bernard Lacombe Stade de Gerland
42,591
1088th
Marseille France Rolland Courbis Stade Vélodrome
60,000
11111th
Metz France Joël Muller Stade Saint-Symphorien
26,700
1055th
Monaco France Jean Tigana Stade Louis II
18,523
1011st
Montpellier France Michel Mézy Stade de la Mosson
32,950
11010th
Nantes France Raynald Denoueix Stade de la Beaujoire
38,285
1033rd
Paris Saint-Germain Brazil Ricardo Parc des Princes
48,527
1022nd
Rennes France Guy David Stade de la Route de Lorient
29,778
11616th
Strasbourg France Jacky Duguépéroux Stade de la Meinau
29,000
1099th
Toulouse France Alain Giresse Stadium Municipal
36,500
2022nd (D2)

Final table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lens (C) 34 21 5 8 55 30 +25 68 1998–99 UEFA Champions League (GS)
2 Metz 34 20 8 6 48 28 +20 68 1998–99 UEFA Champions League (QR2)
3 Monaco 34 18 5 11 51 33 +18 59 1998–99 UEFA Cup
4 Marseille 34 16 9 9 47 27 +20 57
5 Bordeaux 34 15 11 8 49 41 +8 56
6 Lyon 34 16 5 13 39 37 +2 53
7 Auxerre 34 14 9 11 55 45 +10 51 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup
8 Paris Saint-Germain 34 14 8 12 43 35 +8 50 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1
9 Bastia 34 13 11 10 36 31 +5 50 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup
10 Le Havre 34 10 14 10 38 35 +3 44
11 Nantes 34 11 8 15 35 41 −6 41
12 Montpellier 34 10 11 13 32 42 −10 41
13 Strasbourg 34 9 10 15 39 43 −4 37
14 Rennes 34 9 9 16 36 48 −12 36
15 Toulouse 34 9 9 16 26 46 −20 36
16 Guingamp (R) 34 9 8 17 30 42 −12 35 01998–99 French Division 20
17 Châteauroux (R) 34 8 7 19 31 59 −28 31
18 Cannes (R) 34 7 7 20 32 59 −27 28

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as winners of the 1997–98 Coupe de France and 1997–98 Coupe de la Ligue.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Promoted from Ligue 2, who will play in Division 1 season 1998/1999

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 France Stéphane Guivarc'h Auxerre 21
2 France David Trezeguet Monaco 18
3 Nigeria Victor Ikpeba Monaco 16
4 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Anto Drobnjak Lens 14
France Lilian Laslandes Bordeaux 14
6 France Bruno Rodriguez Metz 13
Italy Marco Simone Paris Saint-Germain 13
8 France Jocelyn Gourvennec Nantes 12
9 France Laurent Blanc Marseille 11
France Robert Pirès Metz 11
France Stéphane Ziani Lens 11

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