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The Ligue 1 2023/24 title winner will be determined by the 34 rounds of fixtures staged in France’s top division between 12 August 2023 and 18 May 2024.
Paris Saint-Germain, the country’s only superclub, are strong favorites to finish in the top spot. It would be a huge surprise if they did not, but Marseille, Lens, and Monaco will look to take advantage if the club from the capital endures a disappointing season.
Can anyone stop PSG? Take a look at the odds table below, before we explore the Ligue 1 2023/24 title winner in more detail.
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PSG are strong favorites to win the Ligue 1 title with the best online sportsbooks. Lionel Messi has departed and Kylian Mbappe faces an uncertain future, but PSG still have the strongest squad in the division by some distance.
Lens exceeded expectations last time out and they will be looking to push PSG close again. Marseille supporters would love to see their side stop their arch-rivals, while Monaco have also been widely tipped to finish towards the top of Ligue 1.
Lyon are potential outsiders but they would need plenty of good fortune to win the title. Lille, Stade Rennes, and Nice are rank outsiders and will instead be targeting European qualification.
PSG won the Ligue 1 title in the 2022/23 season. Under the management of Christophe Galtier, they finished a point clear of Lens in the top spot after winning 27 and drawing four of their 38 encounters.
Despite their domestic success, PSG’s failure in Europe led to the dismissal of Galtier at the end of the campaign, with Luis Enrique now in charge at the Parc des Princes.
Number of Titles
PSG, Saint-Etienne, and Marseille have each won 10 titles. Marseille’s best era came in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the southern side finished on top of the table for four seasons on the bounce.
Saint-Etienne were the team to beat in France for much of the 1960s and 1970s. PSG’s dominance of the division is only a recent phenomenon, as we will explore below.
Monaco and Nantes have won eight titles apiece, but the latter have not got their hands on the trophy for more than 20 years. Lyon, meanwhile, won seven in a row in the 2000s.
Ligue 1 was founded as a professional competition in 1930, although it did not get going for another couple of years. Before this, clubs competed in the French Amateur Football Championship, which got under way in 1893.
Including both eras, a total of 28 clubs have been crowned champions of France. If you only take the Ligue 1 seasons into account, 18 teams have won the title.
It might surprise younger readers to learn that PSG are only narrowly the most successful side in the French top flight.
The club was only founded in 1970 and was not a major force within Ligue 1 before the Qatari takeover in 2011. Up to that point, PSG had only won two titles.
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The Ligue 1 title winner will be awarded a trophy, L’Hexagoal, which has been in use since 2006. The winning squad also receives a set of medals which are distributed to the players and staff.
The Ligue 1 2023/24 title winner will automatically qualify for next season’s edition of the Champions League. They will be placed in Pot One for the group stage draw, which theoretically provides an easier path to the knockout rounds.
Ligue 1 is not a knockout tournament, nor does it use the play-off system that is popular in the United States.
That means there is no ‘Ligue 1 final’ – the title winner is simply the team that accumulates the most points over the course of the season, and is therefore equivalent to the Supporters’ Shield award in MLS.
There is no fixed date on which the Ligue 1 title winner is announced. The confirmation comes when the team in the first place can no longer be caught at the top of the table.
In the 2023/24 campaign, PSG wrapped up the title on May 28 after a 1-1 draw with Strasbourg.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch Ligue 1 on beIN Sports.
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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