2008–09 Ligue 1
The 2008–09 Ligue 1 season was the 71st since its establishment. Bordeaux became champions for the sixth time on the last weekend of the season. The fixtures were announced on 23 May 2008. The season began on 9 August 2008 and ended on 30 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed the previous season and three that were promoted from France's second division Ligue 2.
6th Ligue 1 title
6th French title
|Champions League||Bordeaux (group stage)|
Marseille (group stage)
Lyon (playoff round)
|Europa League||Toulouse (playoff round)|
Lille (third qualifying round)
|Goals scored||858 (2.26 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||André-Pierre Gignac (24)|
|Biggest home win||Marseille 4–0 Auxerre (17 August 2008)|
Bordeaux 4–0 Le Havre (28 October 2008)
Bordeaux 4–0 Paris Saint-Germain (11 January 2009)
Marseille 4–0 Rennes (30 May 2009)
|Biggest away win||Nantes 1–4 Le Mans (30 August 2008)|
Saint-Étienne 1–4 Lorient (29 October 2008)
Nantes 1–4 Paris Saint-Germain (7 February 2009)
|Highest scoring||Rennes 4–4 Marseille (9 August 2008)|
|Highest attendance||78,056, Lille 2–0 Lyon (7 March 2009)|
|Lowest attendance||6,294, AS Monaco 3–0 Le Mans (23 November 2008)|
Bordeaux consecutively won their last 11 league games of the season and clinched the title on 30 May 2009 after the 1–0 victory against Caen. This was Bordeaux's sixth title and their first since the 1998–99 season. Bordeaux's title victory ended a historic run for Lyon, who had won seven consecutive titles beginning with the 2001–02 season. Le Havre, Nantes and Caen were relegated to Ligue 2. Both Le Havre and Nantes were promoted from Ligue 2 last season. Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Lille all secured European football for the 2009–10 season through their league position.
Promotion and relegationEdit
RC Lens, RC Strasbourg and FC Metz were relegated to the 2008–09 Ligue 2 after finishing in the bottom three spots of the table at the end of the 2007–08 season. Lens were relegated to the Ligue 2 after 17 seasons of continuous membership in the top football league of France, while Strasbourg and Metz made their immediate return to the second level.
The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2007–08 Ligue 2 sides. Champions Le Havre, who terminated their second-level status after five years, runners-up FC Nantes, who returned to the top flight after one season in second level and Grenoble Foot 38 returned to highest French league for first time after 35 years.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Bordeaux (C)||38||24||8||6||64||34||+30||80||2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Lyon||38||20||11||7||52||29||+23||71||2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round|
|4||Toulouse||38||16||16||6||45||27||+18||64||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round|
|5||Lille||38||17||13||8||51||39||+12||64||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
|18||Caen (R)||38||8||13||17||42||49||−7||37||Relegation to 2009–10 Ligue 2|
|20||Le Havre (R)||38||7||5||26||30||67||−37||26|
|Home \ Away||AUX||BOR||CAE||GRE||LHA||MFC||LIL||LOR||OL||OM||ASM||NAL||NAN||NIC||PSG||REN||STE||SOC||TFC||VAL|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
- The match was played at Stade de France.
André-Pierre Gignac won the Trophée du Meilleur Buteur.
|15||Amadou Alassane||Mauritania||Le Havre||10|
|-||Thorstein Helstad||Norway||Le Mans||10|
|Average after 380 games:||2.26|
Source: Ligue 1
Michel Bastos won the Trophée du Meilleur Passeur.
|Average after 380 games:||1.27|
UNFP Player of the MonthEdit
|October||Guillaume Hoarau||Paris Saint-Germain|
|December||Stéphane Sessègnon||Paris Saint-Germain|
|January||Péguy Luyindula||Paris Saint-Germain|
|February||Guillaume Hoarau||Paris Saint-Germain|
Player of the YearEdit
Young Player of the YearEdit
Keeper of the YearEdit
Manager of the YearEdit
|Paul Le Guen||France||PSG|
Team of the YearEdit
|Le Havre||Jean-Marc Nobilo, replaced in December 2008 by Frédéric Hantz|
|Le Mans||Yves Bertucci, replaced in February 2009 by Daniel Jeandupeux, replaced in May 2009 by Arnaud Cormier|
|AS Monaco||Ricardo Gomes|
|Nantes||Michel Der Zakarian, replaced in September 2008 by Elie Baup|
|Paris Saint-Germain||Paul Le Guen|
|Saint-Étienne||Laurent Roussey, replaced in November 2008 by Alain Perrin|
Stadia and locationsEdit
|PSG||Parc des Princes||48,712|
|Lyon||Stade de Gerland||43,051|
|Nantes||Stade de la Beaujoire||38,285|
|Rennes||Stade de la Route de Lorient||31,127|
|Auxerre||Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps||24,493|
|Caen||Stade Michel d'Ornano||21,500|
|Nancy||Stade Marcel Picot||20,087|
|Sochaux||Stade Auguste Bonal||20,025|
|Grenoble||Stade des Alpes||20,000|
|AS Monaco||Stade Louis II||18,500|
|Le Mans||Stade Léon-Bollée||17,500|
|Nice||Stade du Ray||17,415|
|Lorient||Stade du Moustoir||16,669|
|Le Havre||Stade Jules Deschaseaux||16,454|
|Team||Kit maker||Main Sponsor||Notes|
|Auxerre||Airness||Prest Oil||No changes were reported.|
|Bordeaux||Puma||Kia||The Puma/Kia provider/sponsor partnership remained. Updated home, away, and new alternate kit were used as an away kit for Champions League matches. Home kit was updated with its traditional dark blue colour. The away shirt was white. The alternate Champions League kit was striped black and pink combining the design of logos of the home shirt with the v-design of the away shirt. The v-design remained prominent on all kits.|
|Caen||Nike||GDE Recyclage||GDE Recyclage remained on as primary sponsor and new sponsor Campagne de France came on as secondary sponsor. New home kit, away kit, and alternate kit. Their home shirt was blue and red with a classic blue collar. Their away shirt was light-blue and the third shirt was primarily yellow with black sleeves.|
|Grenoble||Nike||Index||New home and away kits. Their home shirt was blue and white striped with new Index sponsor, with blue shorts. Black away shirt with silver style badge and sponsors, with black shorts. Alternative kit was an orange shirt with white shorts.|
|Le Havre||Airness||TBA||New kit provider Airness came on. New home kit consisting of sky blue/marine blue two-stripe lining. New away kit consisted of a fluorescent shirt with black shorts and black socks.|
|Le Mans||Kappa||Le Gaulois||No changes were reported.|
|Lille||Canterbury of New Zealand||Groupe Partouche||No changes were reported.|
|Lorient||Erreà||Biscuits La trinitaine||Both the home and away kits were updated. The away kit was the same design, it was white with a black diagonal stripe from the left shoulder to the right hip. There was a small orange stripe just below with the legendary La trinitaine Biscuits sponsorship on the front.|
|Lyon||Umbro||Novotel||New home, away, and Champions League kit was presented on 30 June. New home kit was original white with the red and blue vertical strip, along with single blue stripes along the shoulders. New away kit was all blue with single black stripes along the shoulders and the new Champions League away kit was electric yellow with the red and blue vertical stripe, along with single red and blue stripes on the shoulders.|
|Marseille||adidas||Neuf||Neuf stayed as sponsors and new sponsor Direct Energie came on. New home, away, and alternate kit. New home kit featured new sponsor Direct Energie and also featured the city of Marseille's coat of arms. New sky blue and black away kit had a trendy design with a cut and polo style collar deriving from a printed jacquard.|
|AS Monaco||Puma||Fedcom||Updated home kit and a brand new away kit. New away kit was all sky blue.|
|Nancy||Baliston||Odalys Vacances||No changes were reported.|
|Nantes||Kappa||Profil+||New sponsor Profil+ and new kit provider Kappa came on. Synergy stayed as sponsors. New home shirt had Nantes' traditional colours of yellow, with a green collar and green piping around the bottom of the shirt and the ends of the sleeves. New away kit bore resemblance to Werder Bremen's alternate kit of the previous year.|
|Nice||Lotto||Takara||New primary sponsor Takara came on. Secondary sponsors included on kits as well. Updated home kit with thinner black stripes with black shorts and black socks. New away kit with white shirt, white shorts, and white socks. The shirt was white with a red and black stripe going across the chest.|
|PSG||Nike||Emirates||Emirates stayed as sponsors. Updated home kit. New away kit, which was bronze, and a new European kit, which was all gray. The red stripe on both the away kit and the European kit was horizontal instead of its usual vertical placement.|
|Rennes||Puma||Samsic||New away kit. Along with a black collar, the white away shirt had black lining on the sides going all the way up to the underarms.|
|Saint-Étienne||adidas||Konica Minolta||New home and away kit. Home kit was green with white shorts and green socks with lime entrenched in the shirt. Away shirt was black with lime scaling the top starting from the left shoulder all the way to the right arm. The shorts were lime and the socks were black.|
|Sochaux||Lotto||Mobil 1||New home kit, which retained the traditional colours of Sochaux, but for the first time had a vertical stripe on it. New away kit was sky blue with a yellow collar.|
|Toulouse||Airness||IDEC||Toulouse left Lotto for Airness after 8 years with the Italian brand. New home, away, and alternate kit. New home kit had a purple shirt with white stripes, white shorts, and purple socks. Away kit was all black with pink linings on the shirt. Alternate kit was all white with purple linings on the shirt.|
|Valenciennes||Diadora||Toyota||Toyota stayed as sponsors and new sponsor SITA came on. Brand new red home kit, new white away kit, and new blue alternate kit. Valenciennes revived their scapular tradition. This was the first time they have worn the scapular since the final of the French Cup in 1951.|
- Calendrier Ligue 1 Archived 25 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois d'août 2008![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois de septembre 2008![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois d'octobre 2008![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois de novembre 2008![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois de décembre 2008![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois de janvier 2009![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois de février 2009![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois de mars 2009![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Résultat du trophée du mois d'avril 2009![permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Les nommés pour les Trophées Archived 14 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Le palmarès 2009 complet Archived 28 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Nouveaux maillots 2008/09 Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Bordeaux's New Puma Kits
- New Caen Shirts
- Les nouveaux maillots présentés[permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- "Le Havre 2008–09 Home Airness football shirt". Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
- New FC Lorient Home and Away shirts
- Lancement des maillots 2008/2009 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Les nouveaux maillots 2008/09, enfin dévoilés ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- "Olympique Marseille 08/09 adidas Home kit maillot". Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
- "Olympique de Marseille Away 2008–2009 Adidas kit". Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
- New Monaco Home & Away Shirts
- Profil+, nouveau sponsor du FC Nantes Archived 7 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- "OGC Nice 08/09 Home and Away lotto Football Kits". Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
- PSG Maillots 2008/2009 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- "Paris Saint-Germain 08/09 away Nike football shirt". Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
- Rennes Boutique Archived 16 July 2012 at Archive.today ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- "Saint-Etienne 08/09 Home and Away Adidas kits". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
- "Sochaux 2008–2009 home Lotto football kit". Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
- Sochaux Away Shirt
- Les maillots 2008–2009 ! Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- "Valenciennes 2008–09 Diadora Kits". Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.