French Ligue 1

General Information:

The league system in French Ligue 1 is not that different from all other leagues, as it comprises teams from all over the country including Monaco.

The season usually starts in August only to end in May, usually before the Champions League finals. Although it’s not one of the most popular leagues and the attendance numbers seem to drop every year, it still offers a really enjoyable championship with unpredictable results and where the position on the table doesn’t even matter.

Ligue 1 is one of the few ones in the world that doesn’t risk immediate bankruptcy because of UEFA’s new regulations. Lyon and Marseille are two of the richest clubs ever and more recently PSG joined their ranks after getting new owners. Marseille and Saint Etienne are the clubs which were crowned champions the majority of times, while Lyon took over in the last years, winning the title seven years in a row.


The French Ligue 1 has its roots way back in 1872, when the first football game was played. After several attempts of organizing the game, 1894 saw the first championship among the clubs, but from the outside, it looked more like only teams from Paris were taking part; the Standard Athletic Club was the first winner. In 1896, the league expanded to comprise 9 teams and after the State separated from the Church, the love for football spread into other regions of the country.

Even if 1930 saw only 8 teams taking part in the competition, a year later the number rose to 20 teams that were divided into groups of 10, with the final match being played among the two best of each one. During the span of several years, more teams joined the tournament, which was divided into more regional groups, slowly shaping the league we know today. For big and not so big leagues, join the best betting broker for European bookmakers, Acc-Ex!


At the top of the French football system is the professional French League, which oversees all played games in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Up until today there were 20 teams in Ligue 1, who played against each other twice, and in the end, they got ranked on the scoring table according to the number of points, goal differences and goals scored.

Seeing as Ligue 1 is the fifth-placed league in Europe, UEFA allows it to send two teams into the Champions League groups and several others into the Europa League qualifications. Speaking of French football, there is no better place offering great Ligue 1 odds like Betfair, the top exchange for football markets. Most of the time we will be betting on our Ligue 1 tips there.


Orange, former Ligue 1 title sponsor has won the rights to distribute live coverage of the games on all mobile devices that support the service. Seeing as Ligue 1 decided to choose other kick-off times for their games in order not to interfere with other European leagues, don’t be surprised if you see a full stadium late at night or some really early games around noon.

Parmigiani Fleurier is Marseille’s official sponsor and it also awards the best player of the club with a trophy on a monthly basis, as voted by the fans. Hyundai secured Lyon as their representative in Ligue 1, by signing a 5 million Euros a year deal, that will forge their way into the European football market. Kia extended its partnership with Bordeaux for another few years, following Peugeot’s example of doing the same thing with Sochaux.

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