French football : French League One 2017/2018 season preview

Monaco claim first Ligue 1 title in 17 years

Monaco clinched their first Ligue 1 title since 1999/2000 with one game remaining last term. The club came close to three other trophies last season as well, falling to PSG in the League Cup final and the French Cup semifinal while also bowing out of the Champions League in the semifinal round to Juventus. Monaco's remarkable achievement also puts an end to PSG's longstanding dominance of Ligue 1. The capital club have finished top of the pile for the previous four seasons. It is the eighth time in Monaco's history that they have won the French championship.

Ligue 2 champions Strasbourg returned to the top division for the first time since 2008, Amiens won promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in the club's history, while Troyes will be in the top flight this season after beating Lorient 2-1 on aggregate in relegation the play-offs.

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Oscar Garcia named St Etienne coach

Oscar Garcia has succeeded the long-serving Christophe Galtier as St Etienne's head coach. The 44-year-old Spaniard leaves his role as Red Bull Salzburg boss to take over at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, where Galtier was previously in charge for eight seasons. Garcia, who has previously managed Brighton and Watford, has signed a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 side. Former Barcelona midfielder Garcia won two Austrian Bundesliga titles and two Austrian Cups with Salzburg and was a championship-winning manager in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2013.

Bielsa agrees to coach Lille

Marcelo Bielsa has agreed to take over at Lille on a two-year contract. Lille have been without a permanent coach since Frederic Antonetti was sacked in November. His assistant, Patrick Collot, initially took charge before being replaced by Franck Passi until the end of last season. Passi steps aside for Bielsa, with Luis Campos also joining the Ligue 1 club as sporting director. Former Marseille boss Bielsa has been without a club since he controversially resigned as Lazio coach just two days after signing a 12-month contract in July 2016. The 61-year-old has had previous spells as Argentina and Chile boss while also having a successful stint with Athletic Bilbao, guiding them to the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals in 2012.

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Ranieri unveiled as Nantes manager

Claudio Ranieri has been unveiled as the new manager of French club Nantes in June. The former Leicester manager, who was sacked less than a season after leading them to a Premier League title in 2016, is believed to have signed a two-year deal after the Ligue de Football Professionnel gave special dispensation for the club to appoint a manager over the age of 65. Ranieri replaces Sergio Conceicao who left Nantes earlier this month to take charge of Porto. In a much-travelled career which has seen him take charge of 15 clubs, the Italian has managed Juventus, Roma and Internazionale as well Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Chelsea. He also has experience of French domestic football, having overseen Monaco's promotion to Ligue 1 in 2012/13 before guiding them to second place behind Paris Saint-Germain the following season.

Montpellier appoint Der Zakarian as coach

Montpellier have appointed Michel Der Zakarian as their new head coach. Der Zakarian arrives from Ligue 2 outfit Reims as a replacement for Jean-Louis Gasset, who has left the club after half a season in charge. The Armenian was announced as the new man in charge at Montpellier, where he spent 10 seasons as a player before retiring in 1998. Der Zakarian, 54, also coached Nantes, in two spells, and Clermont.


French football league standings for season 2016/2017.

PSG tipped for title

Paris Saint-Germain failed to win the French Ligue 1 last campaign but they are heavy favourites to win the 2017/18 title, according to the online bookmakers. PSG preserved the core of the team and added an experienced top-class player in Dani Alves. The Brazilian had a dream competitive debut as PSG beat Monaco 2-1 to win the French Super Cup for the fifth successive year. Alves showed exactly what he brings to the team immediately with a man of the match performance capped by a goal and an assist. The former Barcelona veteran joined PSG this summer on a two-year free transfer deal following a stellar season with Juventus.

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The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 French football league

French Cup (Coupe de France) finals in last five years

2017   Paris Saint-Germain - Angers   1:0
2016   Paris Saint-Germain - Marseille   4:2
2015   Paris Saint-Germain - Auxerre   1:0
2014   Guingamp - Rennes   2:0
2013   Bordeaux - Evian   3:2

League Cup (Coupe de Ligue) finals in last five years

2017   Paris Saint-Germain - Monaco   4:1
2016   Paris Saint-Germain - Lille   2:1
2015   Paris Saint-Germain - Bastia   4:0
2014   Paris Saint-Germain - Lyon   2:1
2013   Saint-Etienne - Rennes   1:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)


Goalkeeper Regis Gurtner (1); Defense: Prince Gouano (1.3), Mathieu Bodmer (1), Bakaye Dibassy (0.8); Midfield: Thomas Monconduit (1), Tanguy NDombele (1), Guessouma Fofana (0.8), Harisson Manzala (0.8); Forward: Gael Kakuta (1), Aboubakar Kamara (1), Jean-Luc Dompe (0.9).


Goalkeeper Mathieu Michel (2); Defense: Romain Thomas (3.5), Vincent Manceau (2), Yoann Andreu (1.8), Ismael Traore (1.5); Midfield: Thomas Mangani (3.5), Baptiste Santamaria (2.5), Lassana Coulibaly (1.3); Forward: Enzo Crivelli (4), Karl Toko Ekambi (2.5), Billy Ketkeophomphone (2).


Goalkeeper Benoit Costil (7.5); Defense: Youssouf Sabaly (4.5), Diego Contento (2), Milan Gajic (1.8); Midfield: Valentin Vada (4), Younousse Sankhare (3.5), Lukas Lerager (2.5), Jeremy Toulalan (2); Forward: Malcom (10), Diego Rolan (8), Gaetan Laborde (5).


Goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre (0.5); Defense: Damien Da Silva (3.5), Frederic Guilbert (2.5), Romain Genevois (1.5), Emmanuel Imorou (1.5); Midfield: Stef Peeters (1.5), Jonathan Delaplace (1), Ismael Diomande (1); Forward: Ivan Santini (4), Ronny Rodelin (3.5), Herve Bazile (1.5).


Goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet (3); Defense: Wesley Lautoa (2), Cedric Yambere (2), Fouad Chafik (1.5), Adam Lang (1.3); Midfield: Mehdi Abeid (1.8), Jordan Marie (1.3), Chang-Hoon Kwon (1.3); Forward: Julio Tavares (2), Benjamin Jeannot (2), Naim Sliti (1.8).


Goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson (2.5); Defense: Christophe Kerbrat (2), Pedro Rebocho (1.5), Jordan Ikoko (1.5); Midfield: Ludovic Blas (3), Lucas Deaux (2.5), Mustapha Diallo (1.5); Forward: Yannis Salibur (5), Marcus Coco (3), Jimmy Briand (2.5), Nicolas Benezet (2).


Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (1); Defense: Kevin Malcuit (3), Adama Soumaoro (2.5), Julian Palmieri (2); Midfield: Thiago Maia (4.5), Thiago Mendes (4), Ibrahim Amadou (2.5); Forward: Anwar El Ghazi (6), Nicolas de Preville (5.5), Eder (5), Yassine Benzia (3).


Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes (14); Defense: Nicolas N'Koulou (7.5), Emanuel Mammana (7), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (6.5), Marcelo (6.5); Midfield: Sergi Darder (11), Jordan Ferri (6), Lucas Tousart (5); Forward: Memphis Depay (19), Nabil Fekir (14), Maxwel Cornet (10).


Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (8); Defense: Adil Rami (5), Doria (2.5), Hiroki Sakai (2.5); Midfield: Luiz Gustavo (12), Morgan Sanson (12), Remy Cabella (7.5), Maxime Lopez (4.5); Forward: Dimitri Payet (26), Florian Thauvin (18), Valere Germain (10).


Goalkeeper Thomas Didillon (3.5); Defense: Simon Falette (3), Ivan Balliu (2), Fallou Diagne (1.5), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (1); Midfield: Cheick Doukoure (1.3), Florent Mollet (1.3), Geronimo Poblete (1); Forward: Nolan Roux (2.5), Opa Nguette (2), Habib Diallo (1.5).


Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (5); Defense: Kamil Glik (18), Djibril Sidibe (18), Jemerson (14), Terence Kongolo (10); Midfield: Fabinho (25), Youri Tielemans (22), Joao Moutinho (13); Forward: Kylian Mbappe (35), Thomas Lemar (24), Falcao (15).


Goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte (2.5); Defense: Jerome Roussillon (3.5), Pedro Mendes (3), Lukas Pokorny (1.5), William Remy (1.5); Midfield: Ryad Boudebouz (10), Paul Lasne (2.5), Ellyes Skhiri (2), Facundo Piriz (1.5); Forward: Giovanni Sio (4.5), Casimir Ninga (2.5).


Goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu (4); Defense: Diego Carlos (3.5), Nicolas Pallois (3.5), Koffi Djidji (2), Leo Dubois (2); Midfield: Valentin Rongier (3), Adrien Thomasson (2.5), Alexander Kacaniklic (1.5); Forward: Emiliano Sala (4.5), Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (2.5), Prejuce Nakoulma (2.5).


Goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale (5.5); Defense: Dalbert (5), Malang Sarr (4), Arnaud Souquet (3.5); Midfield: Jean Michael Seri (14), Vincent Koziello (11), Wylan Cyprien (10), Valentin Eysseric (7), Remi Walter (3); Forward: Mario Balotelli (15), Alassane Plea (12).

Paris Saint-Germain

Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (10); Defense: Marquinhos (35), Layvin Kurzawa (22), Thiago Silva (12); Midfield: Marco Verratti (45), Blaise Matuidi (30), Grzegorz Krychowiak (25), Javier Pastore (20); Forward: Edinson Cavani (45), Angel Di Maria (40), Lucas (38).


Goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo (1); Defense: Mexer (4), Ramy Bensebaini (2), Joris Gnagnon (2), Romain Danze (2); Midfield: Benjamin Andre (4), Yoann Gourcuff (2.5), Clement Chantome (2), Adrien Hunou (2); Forward: Ismaila Sarr (2.5), Ndombe Mubele (2.5).


Goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier (6); Defense: Loic Perrin (7.5), Florentin Pogba (4.5), Kevin Theophile-Catherine (4), Leo Lacroix (3); Midfield: Bryan Dabo (3.5), Ole Selnaes (3), Vincent Pajot (2.5); Forward: Robert Beric (4.5), Romain Hamouma (4), Lois Diony (3).


Goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja (0.7); Defense: Pablo Martinez (0.8), Kenny Lala (0.7), Ernest Seka (0.6); Midfield: Jonas Martin (2.5), Vincent Nogueira (1.5), Benjamin Corgnet (1), Jean-Eudes Aholou (0.8), Dimitri Lienard (0.7); Forward: Idriss Saadi (2), Stephane Bahoken (0.8).


Goalkeeper Alban Lafont (8); Defense: Issa Diop (6), Christopher Jullien (4.5), Francois Moubandje (2.5), Steeve Yago (2); Midfield: Alexis Blin (6), Yann Bodiger (4), Issiaga Sylla (3), Somalia (2); Forward: Andy Delort (5), Corentin Jean (2.5).


Goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa (2); Defense: Mathieu Deplagne (1.3), Jimmy Giraudon (1), Jeremy Cordoval (1), Johann Obiang (0.9); Midfield: Francois Bellugou (1.5), Tristan Dingome (1), Bryan Pele (1), Alois Confais (0.9); Forward: Adama Niane (2.5), Jonathan Tinhan (0.9).

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