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Ligue 1

ThomasGOAL

Retired Footballer
15 March 2003
France
Final ranking




Best scorer :
1 - Alexandre LACAZETTE (Olympique Lyonnais) 27 goals
2 - André-Pierre GIGNAC (Olympique de Marseille) 21 goals
3 - Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC (Paris Saint-Germain) 19 goals
4 - Edinson CAVANI (Paris Saint-Germain) 18 goals
5 - Max-Alain GRADEL (AS Saint-Etienne) 17 goals
5 - Claudio BEAUVUE (EA Guingamp) 17 goals

Best assist :
1 - Dimitri PAYET (Olympique de Marseille) 16 assists
2 - Javier PASTORE (Paris Saint-Germain) 10 assists
3 - Nabil FEKIR (Olympique Lyonnais) 9 assists
3 - Yannick FERREIRA CARRASCO (AS Monaco) 9 assists
5 - Romain HAMOUMA (AS Saint-Etienne) 8 assists
5 - Marco VERRATTI (Paris Saint-Germain) 8 assists

ESTAC Troyes, Gazelec FC d'Ajaccio and SCO d'Angers go to Ligue 1 next year
 

PIPA23

retired :)
21 June 2007
what is happening at OM right now...

It is sad but not unusual these days, unfortunately, to see police stationed around club's training grounds to protect the players. It usually means that things are not going great for your club though and Marseille have had their fair share of fan unrest through their history with ultras turning up at the training ground to "warn" or "wake up" the players after some bad results.

Nevertheless, it is almost unheard of that police are requested to turn up at a club's training ground for the start of preseason. Yet that happened in Marseille on Monday morning.

At 8.30 a.m. local time under an already boiling sun, three police vans, four policemen on bikes and another 16 cops were blocking fans' access to the OM training ground. It was the club's response to the latest threats against chairman Vincent Labrune and the owner, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.

Last week, "MLD f--- off" and "Labrune f--- off" were tagged on the walls of the training ground and a Facebook group named "Mouvement anti-Labrune" called for a protest before Monday's first training session. So the cops were there, in quite surreal and pathetic scenes, as only 40 fans turned up, including a lot of children who just wanted photos with the players.

In all, 15 squad members, including Florian Thauvin, Michy Batshuayi and Romain Alessandrini, took part in this first training session while the rest of the players, the ones involved in the June international break like Dimitri Payet or Steve Mandanda, have another two weeks off.

The season hasn't even started and Marseille are already in disarray. The whole "fan protest and police business" isn't even the worst part. On top of all of this, l'OM still doesn't have officially a manager for next season. Marcelo Bielsa, who turns 60 next month and is totally adored by the Marseille fans after his first season in charge, was not there on Monday to welcome his players.

Officially, he has extended his holidays until the beginning of July, the club said in a statement on Monday morning. Labrune has been adamant that Bielsa, who finished in a disappointing fourth place after leading the league for seven months, has agreed to a two-year contract extension. For the past three weeks, Marseille have been briefing journalists that it will be sorted in the "next 48 hours" and yet he has still not signed the paperwork.

The contract Bielsa signed last year was only for a year, with an option for another. So right now, Marseille are managerless. The Argentine is paid in dollars, which has been a nightmare for the club's legal team to draft another contract. According to Labrune, Bielsa is still very much committed. It is him who prepared the start of the preseason schedule and gave orders and details to his staff regarding what to do with the players in his absence.

However, and most worryingly, the former Chile head coach is not happy by a few things regarding the squad. And that's yet another problem for Marseille. The manager wanted to keep Jeremy Morel at the club. The defender, who was out of contract, preferred to join Lyon instead. Key players Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres) and Andre Ayew (Swansea) left on a free as well.

Bielsa knew they would go but so far, they have yet to be replaced. Rod Fanni is also out of contract and has an offer to stay. His manager wants him to, but he will probably leave and because Marseille only finished fourth and didn't qualify for the Champions League, they need to sell to balance the books.

Gianelli Imbula is on his way out to Italy (Milan or Inter) or Spain (Valencia). Payet is flirting with West Ham, Nicolas Nkoulou with Lyon and Steve Mandanda, who has only a year left on his contract, is unsure about his future as well. Like Payet and Nkoulou, the captain wants to know if Bielsa will be on the bench for sure comes August. And at this moment in time, he can't be assured that he will.

As the mess intensifies, Labrune is trying to please him. So far, two players have joined the club: 20-year-old George-Kevin Nkoudou, the very promising but unexperienced winger (only 34 Ligue matches in his career) from Nantes and Yohann Pele (32) as a back-up goalkeeper, from Sochaux. It is not enough and won't make Bielsa or the fans dream of a strong 2015-16 season.

Is it why the coach is taking so long to sign his new contract and commit himself? Probably. He is totally unpredictable and could easily walk out on l'OM tomorrow. It would be a disaster for the club considering that Bielsa is the only special thing Marseille have in their ranks right now.

The team travel on Thursday to Spain for their preseason training camp without Bielsa, without a decent signing and with unhappy fans. It is hardly an ideal way to start the season.
(Source: ESPN FC)
 

gerd

Retired Footballer
8 January 2002
Over the moon
KRC Genk, Spurs
For the Ligue 1 specialists.
What happened to Lyon's Clement Grenier.
A couple of years a go he seemed a very promising player, now he never seems to be a starter and i'm not sure he even is on the bench...is or was he injured?
 

Tunizizou

Facemaker
24 April 2010
Paris
PSG & Real Madrid
For the Ligue 1 specialists.
What happened to Lyon's Clement Grenier.
A couple of years a go he seemed a very promising player, now he never seems to be a starter and i'm not sure he even is on the bench...is or was he injured?
multiple injuries such as Gourcuff,Diaby, ...
he wanted to stop football, but now working hard to be back
 

amineken22

*****
9 November 2010
For the Ligue 1 specialists.
What happened to Lyon's Clement Grenier.
A couple of years a go he seemed a very promising player, now he never seems to be a starter and i'm not sure he even is on the bench...is or was he injured?
Pretty much what Tunizizou said.
He's mostly injured these days and seems to have caught Yo's syndrome (I hope he doesn't end up like him tho) but whenever he's fit he's always a starter; a key player for the team.
He's in rehabilitation atm from an injury he caught over the summer that's why he hasn't featured any games yet. Valbuena was bought as his replacement, so... I think it might take a while before he's fully fit again unfortunately.

He gave a brief interview for the Canal Football Club last week where he talked about his current physical and emotional state and how he almost quit football this summer.
You can watch it here if you want ;)
 

Dazzlà

UTG!!
20 November 2007
Bristol Rovers
Re: Ligue 1 - 15/16

there needs to be more than 2 teams get relegated IMO, i don't get why they changed it..

watched rennes vs psg, assist from lucas for di maría's goal was class, but psg 10 points clear of 2nd place, and its still only october:LOL: just give them the title now init, it's over.
 
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PLF

Legend
2 August 2004
Crazy!! Don't remember a Ligue 1 season like this in a long time. Not even in days of Lyon dominance...

Wrapped up the title in mid March and with a 9-0 scoreline! :SNACK:
 

ThomasGOAL

Retired Footballer
15 March 2003
France
Crazy!! Don't remember a Ligue 1 season like this in a long time. Not even in days of Lyon dominance...

Wrapped up the title in mid March and with a 9-0 scoreline! :SNACK:
Because it's two records, winning the league with eight games still to play and the away goals record in one game.
 

gerd

Retired Footballer
8 January 2002
Over the moon
KRC Genk, Spurs
I don't like this one bit.
PSG are in a league of their own.

The difference between the haves and the have nots is growing.

And what's more, the football rules are stimulating that.

I'm gonna give an example in Belgium (yes, this is somewhat off-topic, i'm sorry).
Yesterday my son's team had to play second division club Lierse.

At my son's club we payed 1,5 euro entrance fee until last year. They were promoted and now we pay 2 euro as entrance fee. When playing second division club Lierse, we had to pay 4 euro entrance fee. I talked about the coach of Lierse and he told me that that entrance fee is not a policy of Lierse, but it is policy of the Belgian FA.

This may seem trivial, but each weekend there are dozens of youth matches, if this second division club gets an entrance fee that is twice as high then this makes a lot of difference.

In a couple of weeks, we have to play first division club Mechelen, entrance fee 5 euro.

There is already something basically wrong at grass roots level.

This results in clubs like PSG winning 0-9 and being champions mid-march. Poor Ligue1.

I hope Marseille and Lyon will be better next season, but in the end PSG will win once again.
 

ThomasGOAL

Retired Footballer
15 March 2003
France
I understand Gerd, about the level of the Ligue 1, but 0-9 it's the record, I don't remember a team score 7 goals in Ligue 1 game, but it's almost very month in LIGA from Barca or Real.
The problem this year, the concurrence...
Bielsa leave OM at the beginning of the season, and lost Gignac, Payet, Imbula, André Ayew, Morel, Lemina and last OM win at home size september ! even the young player Boutobba (OM former) will not sign pro in this club because it's the mess.

About Monaco, Kurzawa, Abdennour, Carrasco, Kondogbia, Martial, Berbatov and Germain leaves, the President change the politic of the club after the divorce. Monaco got new interresting players but the lost of last year Champion's League heroes are to big.

For Lyon, you play all the season without your best player Nabil Fekir. Lyon start to show more the real level in 2016 but it's too late.

Ligue 1 = supermarket discount, almost impossible to follow the PSG now or we need more investors, l'OM are maybe the next.
 
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gerd

Retired Footballer
8 January 2002
Over the moon
KRC Genk, Spurs
Long time anyone posted in this thread.
It's very ironie that the Neymar circus starts in a Tiny town i'm Brittany (Bretagne).
Guingamp is flooded by Brazilian journalists.

Oh god, it's wishfull thinking, but i hope EA Guingamp wins this match...
 

Review

One year wonder
7 October 2012
MUFC and NY Knicks
Now that Neymar is in Lique 1 I'll be watching more of it. Will be interesting to see if the mid and bottom table clubs are at similar level to those in the Premier League and La Liga
 
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