Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the league twelve times with six different clubs, in four countries since 2002. Although two titles with Juventus were taken away because of the Calciopoli scandal the fact that he’s won ten league titles in fourteen seasons is beyond doubt.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has led PSG to three straight league titles in the last three seasons. The number of goals scored were better than ever last season, 75 in 92 games. PSG could also celebrate a quadruple this season. In addition to Ligue 1 they also won Trophee des Champions, the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France.
Despite being dominant domestically, dreams about the Champions League title have been crushed in the quarter-finals for three years in a row. Les Rouge-et-Bleu have only managed to win one European title through out their history, the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1996.
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Olympique Marseille remains the only French club that have won the Champions League (1993). The rivalry between OM and PSG is strong and games between these two clubs usually offer the most exciting fixtures of the season, both on the football field and in the stands. The game is called Derby de France or Le Classique.
The eccentric Argentinean Olympique Marseille coach, Marcelo Bielsa, is doing his very best to break PSG’s dominance. The team, however, lost their most dangerous attacker, André-Pierre Gignac, who left for Galatasaray after five seasons and 59 goals. El Loco (the madman) Bielsa is not afraid to give new young talents a chance though. Ligue 1 has the lowest average for young players of the five major leagues, and only Nice had a younger avargerage than OM in Ligue 1.
The other Olympic team comes from Lyon. The club that won seven league titles in a row between 2002 – 2008. Olympique Lyonnais are also focusing on their youngsters (they are third behind Nice and OM). This year’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette has just turned 24 years old and is hot on the transfer market.
AS Monaco lost against Juventus with the smallest possible margin in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A third place in Ligue 1 gives the club a chance to qualify for the largest European tournament again.
Ahead of the European Championship 2016 four of the ten stadiums are brand new (Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux and Nice) and five are renovated (Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Lens, Toulouse and the Parc des Prince in Paris). The national Arena Stade de France in Paris will host seven matches, including the final.
Renovated stadiums, new generation of exciting football players, high-quality supply of food and drinks – there are many good reasons for a football trip to France next season.
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