Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2017/2018
M'Vila joins Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne have completed the signing of French international midfielder Yann M'Vila. The 27-year-old returns to France after five years away, joining Les Verts from the Russian club Rubin Kazan, who had released him from his contract. He has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of next season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. M'Vila, who has also had loan spells at Internazionale and Sunderland, has won 22 caps for France, although the last of those came against Spain at Euro 2012.
|14.1||Lyon - Angers||1 : 1|
|14.1||Nantes - PSG||0 : 1|
|14.1||St.Etienne - Toulouse||2 : 0|
|13.1||Troyes - Bordeaux||0 : 1|
|13.1||Rennes - Marseille||0 : 3|
|13.1||Montpel. - Monaco||0 : 0|
|13.1||Nice - Amiens||1 : 0|
|13.1||Caen - Lille||0 : 1|
|13.1||Dijon - Metz||1 : 1|
|12.1||Strasb. - Guingamp||0 : 2|...
French Ligue 1 stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||31 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2017/2018
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.