Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2016/2017
Lyon sign Bertrand Traore
Lyon have confirmed the signing of Bertrand Traore from Chelsea on a five-year contract. The French club announced the signing on Twitter: "It is official: Bertrand Traore is Lyonnais! A transfer for €10m and a five-year contract." The 21-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Ajax, scoring nine goals in 24 Eredivisie appearances as the club finished runners-up to Feyenoord.
Germain completes Marseille switch
Marseille have completed the signing of Monaco forward Valere Germain on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old passed a medical to become Marseille's first summer signing. He has spent the majority of his career with Monaco, but had a brief spell on loan at Nice in 2015/2016. Germain scored 49 goals in 200 league appearances for Monaco.
Bordeaux sign striker Mendy
Bordeaux have reached an agreement with Guingamp over the signing of striker Alexandre Mendy. The 24-year-old started his youth career with Nice, and made his senior debut in 2013. He went on to make 18 appearances for them, and in between spent loan spells at Strasbourg and Nimes. He joined Guingamp last season, and scored three goals for them in 22 appearances, of which 17 have come from the bench.
Balotelli signs new deal with Nice
Nice striker Mario Balotelli has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The Italian, 26, scored 15 goals in the French Ligue 1 last season as Nice finished third to reach the qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Balotelli signed on free transfer from Liverpool in August 2016, two years after a £16m move to Anfield. The ex-Manchester City striker has also scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for Italy but has not played for the national side since the 2014 World Cup.
Guingamp sign Camara
Guinea international Abdoul Camara has joined Guingamp on a two-year deal, a day after parting company with English club Derby County. The 27-year-old winger, who joined the English Championship side from French Ligue 1 team Angers in January 2016, had his Rams contract cancelled by mutual consent on Thursday. Camara played 26 games and scored just once during his time at Derby. The much-travelled and vastly-experienced Camara has previously played for French outfits Rennes and Sochaux, Greek club PAOK and Spanish side Mallorca.
Monaco complete signing of Jordi Mboula
Monaco have completed the signing of wonderkid Jordi Mboula on a five-year deal from Barcelona. The 18-year-old has swapped the famed Barcelona academy for the challenge of Ligue 1 football. Mboula was expected to sign a new deal with the Catalan giants but has instead joined Monaco in a €3m move. The youngster, who has represented Spain at various age levels, has garnered plenty of attention and praise after scoring some stunning goals.
Monaco sign Meite
Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Soualiho Meite from Lille. The 23-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Belgian club Zulte Waregem, has agreed a five-year deal. Meite helped Zulte Waregem lift the Belgian Cup at the end of the campaign and is looking forward to the prospect of playing for the defending French champions.
Ranieri signs for 2 years with Nantes
Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has signed for French club Nantes on a two-year deal. The Ligue 1 club announced Ranieri's arrival on its website Thursday. Leicester fired Ranieri nine months after he led the club's fairytale ride to the English Premier League title in 2016. At Nantes, he replaces Sergio Conceicao. The Portuguese coach left to take charge of Porto. Ranieri has already coached in France, from 2012-14, when he won the Ligue 2 title with Monaco and then led the Principality side to a runner-up finish in the top flight.
|20.5||Lyon - Nice||3 : 3|
|20.5||PSG - Caen||1 : 1|
|20.5||Lille - Nantes||3 : 0|
|20.5||Marseille - Bastia||1 : 0|
|20.5||Rennes - Monaco||2 : 3|
|20.5||Guingamp - Metz||1 : 0|
|20.5||Toulouse - Dijon||0 : 0|
|20.5||Nancy - St.Etienne||3 : 1|
|20.5||Lorient - Bordeaux||1 : 1|
|20.5||Angers - Montpel.||2 : 0|
French Ligue 1 stats
|home wins||49 %|
|away wins||26 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2016/2017
The French first division (Ligue 1) is made up of twenty professional football clubs with the same number playing in the French second division (Ligue 2). The Ligue 1 teams meet twice a season, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents. Each win is 3 points, each draw 1 point and each loss gets no points. After completing a 38-round schedule, the club with the highest number of points is the champion. As in most European football leagues, in the event that two teams have the same number of total points, the team with the greater goal difference (overall goals scored minus overall goals conceded) ranks higher than the other.
With a draw in the points and the same goal difference, the team which has scored the higher number of goals will finish higher. If a ranking is still not possible, they are separated by head to head result. The French first division champion and the runners-up are directly qualified for the group phase of the Champions League, while the third placed team play the third qualifying round of Europe's top football competition. The bottom three clubs are relegated directly, while the top three of the French second division are promoted.