Ligue 1 Teams – Discover Clubs Past and Present

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Dating back to 1932, Ligue 1 is the top-flight of French professional football. Having grownLigue 1 logo significantly over recent years, Ligue 1 teams regularly compete in the latter stages of major European competitions. Our guide will discuss French Ligue 1 teams past and present. If you are looking to bet on French football this season, plenty of useful details will be found. 

Map of Ligue 1 Teams 2022

Ligue 1 is made up of 20 clubs in total. Teams in Ligue 1 are scattered around France, from North to South, East to West. If you are looking for a Ligue 1 map, the following is a list of teams in Ligue 1 in 2022/23:

  • AC Ajaccio – Ajaccio, Corsica
  • Angers SCO – Angers, Pays de la Loire
  • AJ Auxerre – Auxerre, Burgundy
  • Stade Brestois 29 – Brest, Brittany
  • Clermont Foot – Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • RC Lens – Lens, Pas-de-Calais
  • LOSC Lille – Lille, Hauts-de-France
  • FC Lorient – Lorient, Brittany
  • Olympique Lyonnais – Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Olympique Marseille – Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • AS Monaco – Monaco
  • Montpellier Hérault SC – Montpellier, Occitanie
  • FC Nantes – Nantes, Pays de la Loire
  • OGC Nice – Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
  • Paris Saint Germain – Paris
  • Stade Rennais – Rennes, Brittany
  • Stade de Reims – Reims, Grand Est
  • RC Strasbourg – Strasbourg, Alsace
  • Toulouse FC – Toulouse, Occitanie
  • ES Troyes AC – Troyes, Grand Est

AC Ajaccio

Based in Corsica, AC Ajaccio was founded in 1910. Having finished as runners-up in LigueAJ Ajaccio 2 at the end of the 2021/22 season, the club gained promotion to Ligue 1. They are fierce rivals with Bastia, a club also based on the island of Corsica. Current head coach Pantaloni is currently in his third spell in charge of the team, with Ajaccio having been denied promotion in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Location: Ajaccio, Corsica
  • Manager: Olivier Pantaloni
  • Captain: Mathieu Coutadeur
  • Stadium: Stade François Coty
  • Last Season’s League Position: 2nd in Ligue 2

Angers SCO

Based in Western France, Angers is a club founded in 1919. After spending years in the Angers SCO lower leagues, Angers achieved promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in 2015. The team plays its home matches at the Raymond Kopa Stadium, a venue with a capacity of just over 18,000. In 2020, the club broke its transfer record to sign Paul Bernardoni for 8 million Euros. The club was then handed a transfer ban for the 2021 summer window.

  • Location: Angers, Pays de la Loire
  • Manager: Gérald Baticle
  • Captain: Nabil Bentaleb
  • Stadium: Raymond Kopa Stadium
  • Last Season’s League Position: 14th

AJ Auxerre

Founded in 1905, AJ Auxerre is one of the most historic football clubs in France. HavingAuxerre won the Ligue 1 title in 1996, Auxerre has produced a host of world class players over the years, including Eric Cantona and Laurent Blanc. The team secured promotion back to Ligue 1 in 2022, beating Saint-Etienne on penalties in their playoff tie. 

  • Location: Auxerre
  • Manager: Jean-Marc Furlan
  • Captain: Birama Toure
  • Stadium: Stade Abbe Deschamps
  • Last Season’s League Position: 3rd in Ligue 2

Stade Brestois 29 

Brest was founded in 1950, enjoying different periods of success, rising up the FrenchStade Brest footballing ranks. Promoted to Ligue 1 in 2010, Brest has competed in the top-flight every year since 2018. After an 11th place finish in the 21/22 season, Brest will be looking to further establish itself as a Ligue 1 club. Armenian coach Der Zakarian took over in 2021. 

  • Location: Brest
  • Manager: Michel Der Zakarian
  • Captain: Steve Mounie
  • Stadium: Stade Francis-Le Blé
  • Last Season’s League Position: 11th

Clermont Foot 

Founded in 2011, Clermont Foot in its current form has been competing since 1990, clermont foot 63 following a merger. From 2014-2017, the team was managed by Corinne Diacre, the first female to manage a men’s professional team. The club would go on to gain promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in its history in 202, finishing 17th in their first season.

  • Location: Clermont
  • Manager: Pascal Gastien
  • Captain: Florent Ogier
  • Stadium: Gabriel Montpied Stadium
  • Last Season’s League Position: 17th

RC Lens

Based in Pas-de-Calais, Lens is a club founded in 1906. Playing in red and gold, Lens takes

RC Lens logo

part in the Derby du Nord against Lille. The club won the Ligue 1 title in 1998, while also finishing as runners-up four times. After a brief spell in Ligue 2, Lens returned to Ligue 1 in 2020. 

  • Location: Lens
  • Manager:  Franck Haise
  • Captain: Florent Ogier
  • Stadium: Estadio Bollaert-Delelis
  • Last Season’s League Position: 7th

LOSC Lille 

Established in 1944, Lille plays its home matches at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, a stadium

Lille OSC

with a capacity of over 50,000. Lille shocked those around them by winning the Ligue 1 title in 2021, the fourth such success in the history of the club. Playing in red and blue, Lille’s main rival is RC Lens. 

  • Location: Lille
  • Manager: Paulo Fonseca
  • Captain: Jose Fonte
  • Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy
  • Last Season’s League Position: 10th

FC Lorient 

Olympique Lyonnais 

Lyon are one of the best-known football teams in France. Around since 1899, the club hasLogo Olympique Lyonnais 2022 been nicknamed “The Kids”. Despite winning Ligue 1 seven times, Lyon has not finished at the top of the table since 2008. After finishing 8th at the end of the 21/22 season, Lyon will not compete in European competition during the 22/23 campaign.

  • Location: Lyon
  • Manager: Peter Bosz
  • Captain: Alexandre Lacazette
  • Stadium: Groupama Stadium
  • Last Season’s League Position: 8th

Olympique Marseille 

1993 European Cup winners Marseille is a club founded in 1899. Playing at the famousMarseille Stade Velodrome, Marseille has shown signs of returning to its glory days over recent years. The club has nine Ligue 1 titles to its name, the last of which came in 2010. New coach Igor Tudor has been tasked with taking the club back to the top of the Ligue 1 table. 

  • Location: Marseille
  • Manager: Igor Tudor
  • Captain: Dimitri Payet
  • Stadium: Orange Velodrome
  • Last Season’s League Position: 2nd

AS Monaco

Founded in 1924, AS Monaco are 8x Ligue 1 winners. Based at the picturesque Stade Louis asmonaco II stadium, the club has developed a reputation for developing young talent. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Emmanuel Petit and Thierry Henry are all products of Monaco. The club is now owned by a Russian oligarch, having returned to Ligue 1 after being demoted due to their debts. 

  • Location: Monaco
  • Manager: Philippe Clement
  • Captain: Wissam Ben Yedder
  • Stadium: Stade Louis II
  • Last Season’s League Position: 3rd

Montpellier Hérault SC 

Commonly known as Montpellier, the club was formed in 1919. Winning the Ligue 1 title inMontpellier 2012, the club is now mainstay in the French top division. Stade de la Mosson is the home of Montpellier, a stadium with a capacity of 32,900. Manager Dall’Oglio will have to take advantage of largely French players this season.

  • Location: Montpellier
  • Manager: Olivier Dall’Oglio
  • Captain: Téji Savanier 
  • Stadium: Stade de la Mosson
  • Last Season’s League Position: 13th

FC Nantes 

FC Nantes was founded during World War II, going on to win the Ligue 1 title 8x to date.Logo FC Nantes avec fond 2019 Nicknamed the Green and Yellows, Nantes is one of the best-known football clubs in France. The team returned to Ligue 1 in 2013, having moved to its new stadium in 1984. The Nantes playing squad is dominated by French players, along with a handful of international talents. 

  • Location: Nantes
  • Manager: Antoine Kombouaré
  • Captain: Albon Lafont
  • Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire
  • Last Season’s League Position: 9th

OGC Nice

4x Ligue 1 winners Nice were founded in 1904. Playing at the Allianz Riviera, a stadiumOGC Nice with a capacity of over 36,000, Nice are managed by Lucien Favre. Having finished 5th in the Ligue 1 standings in the 21/22 season, the club will be hoping to push on over the coming years. With a playing squad full of international talent, it would be no surprise should Nice once again feature at the top of the table. 

  • Location: Nice
  • Manager: Lucien Favre
  • Captain: Dante
  • Stadium: Allianz Riviera
  • Last Season’s League Position: 5th

Paris Saint Germain 

PSG was founded in 1970, with the club playing its home matches at the Parc des Princes

Paris Saint Germain F.C

in the French capital. They won their first Ligue 1 title in 1986, before winning eight titles since 2012. PSG has become one of the biggest clubs in Europe over recent years, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr making them the most exciting team in the league. 

  • Location: Paris
  • Manager: Cristophe Galtier
  • Captain: Marquinhos
  • Stadium: Parc des Princes
  • Last Season’s League Position: 1st

Stade Rennais 

2x Ligue 1 champions Rennes is a club founded in 1901. With one of the best academies inStade Rennais the country, the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Eduardo Camavinga have come through the system. Head Coach Genesio took over in 2021, having previously been in charge of rivals Lyon. 

  • Location: Rennes
  • Manager: Bruno Genesio
  • Captain: Hamari Traore
  • Stadium: Roazhon Stadium 
  • Last Season’s League Position: 4th in Ligue 1

Stade de Reims 

Founded in 1931, Reims gained promotion back to Ligue 1 in 2018. The club has six LigueStade de Reims 1 titles to its name, the last of which came in 1962. Now managed by Oscar Garcia, over 20,000 fans attend Reims home matches.  

  • Location: Reims
  • Manager: Oscar Garcia
  • Captain: Yunis Abdelhamid
  • Stadium: Stade Auguste Delaune
  • Last Season’s League Position: 12th in Ligue 1

RC Strasbourg 

Founded in 1906, Strasbourg were the 78/79 Ligue 1 winners. Having won the Ligue 2 titlestrasbourg in 2017 to return to the top-flight, the club recorded a 6th-place finish in 2022. Home matches are played at the Stade de la Meinau, a venue with a capacity of over 26,000. While not having any star names in their playing squad, Strasbourg continue to upset the odds in Ligue 1.

  • Location: Strasbourg
  • Manager: Julien Stéphan
  • Captain: Dimitri Liénard
  • Stadium: Stade de la Meinau Strasbourg
  • Last Season’s League Position: 6th in Ligue 1

Toulouse FC 

Toulouse has been something of a yo-yo club over the years, moving between Ligue 1 andToulouse Ligue 2. Founded in 1970, the club plays its home matches at the Stadium de Toulouse. Toulouse was the springboard for many well-known players, including former French internationals Fabian Barthez and Andre-Pierre Gignac. 

  • Location: Toulouse
  • Manager: Philippe Montanier
  • Captain: Brecht Dejaegere
  • Stadium: Stadium TFC
  • Last Season’s League Position: 1st in Ligue 2

ES Troyes AC 

Only founded in 1986, Troyes returned to Ligue 1 after winning the 2020/21 Ligue 2 title.Troyes Owned by the City Football Group, Troyes has an association with Manchester City, who regularly loan promising players to the Ligue 1 side. Manager Irles took over in 2022, while the club famously won the Intertoto Cup in 2001, beating Newcastle United in the final. 

  • Location: Troyes
  • Manager: Bruno Irles
  • Captain: Adil Rami
  • Stadium: Stade de l’Aube
  • Last Season’s League Position: 15th

Ligue 1 Relegated Teams in 2022

Like many European football leagues, two teams are automatically relegated from Ligue 1. Meanwhile, an additional club is at threat of relegation, taking part in a playoff match to determine its fate. 

Those teams finishing in 19th and 20th places will drop down to Ligue 2, with the 18th-place finisher moving forward to a two-legged decider. At the end of the 2021/22 season, St-Etienne were relegated after losing to Auxerre on penalties. The three Ligue 1 relegated teams from 2022 were:

  • FC Girondins de Bordeaux
  • FC Metz
  • AS Saint-Étienne

Ligue 1 Promoted Teams in 2022

With Auxerre having returned to the list of Ligue 1 teams following their playoff victory over St-Etienne, there were two promotion spots remaining from Ligue 2. The clubs finishing in the top two positions in the standings come the end of the season secure automatic promotion. Offering greater financial rewards, bigger crowds and stronger opposition, the battle for promotion to Ligue 1 is always fierce. Come the end of the 21/22 campaign, it was the following teamd who made the step up:

  • Toulouse FC
  • AC Ajaccio
  • AJ Auxerre

All Teams in Ligue 1 List 2022

A host of teams have featured in Ligue 1 over the years. Some have featured every year since the division was formed in 1932. Meanwhile, others have been relegated to lower divisions, before working their way back up to the top-flight. Below is a complete list of all 73 Ligue 1 football teams throughout history, delivered in alphabetical order:

  • Aix
  • Ajaccio
  • Ales
  • Amiens
  • Angers
  • Angouleme
  • Antibes
  • Arles-Avignon
  • Auxerre
  • Avignon
  • Bastia
  • Beziers
  • Bordeaux
  • Boulogne
  • Brest
  • Caen
  • CA Paris
  • Cannes
  • Châteauroux
  • Club Francais
  • Colmar
  • Dijon
  • Evian
  • Excelsior Roubaix
  • FC Nancy
  • Fives
  • Gazélec Ajaccio
  • Grenoble
  • Gueugnon
  • Guingamp
  • Hyères
  • Istres
  • Laval
  • Le Harve
  • Le Mans
  • Lens
  • Lille
  • Limoges
  • Lorient
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Martigues
  • Metz
  • Monaco
  • Montpellier
  • Mulhouse
  • Nancy
  • Nantes
  • Nice
  • Nimes
  • Niort
  • Olympique Lillois
  • Paris FC
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • RC Paris
  • RC Roubaix
  • Red Star
  • Reims
  • Rennes
  • Roubaix-Tourcoing
  • Rouen
  • Saint-Etienne
  • Sedan
  • Sete
  • Sochaux
  • Stade Francais
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulon
  • Toulouse
  • Troyes
  • Valenciennes

Top Ligue 1 Teams with the Most League Titles

Our list of Ligue 1 teams features many teams that have won the title in their history. So, when it comes to the Ligue 1 map, which are the teams with the most Ligue 1 league titles? Over recent years, the competition has been dominated by PSG. However, in what may come as a surprise to many football fans, it is actually Saint-Etienne who holds the record. The table below shows the Ligue 1 teams with the most title wins:

Ligue 1 Winners Titles Year
Saint-Etienne 10 1956–57, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1980–81
Marseille 9 1936–37, 1947–48, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 2009–10

 

Paris Saint-Germain 9 1985–86, 1993–94, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2021–22
Nantes 8 1964–65, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1994–95, 2000–01
Monaco 8 1960–61, 1962–63, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1987–88, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2016–17
Lyon 7 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08
Bordeaux 6 1949–50, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1998–99, 2008–09
Reims 6 1948–49, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1957–58, 1959–60, 1961–62
Nice 4 1950–51, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1958–59
Lille 3 1945–46, 1953–54, 2010–11, 2020–21
Sochaux 2 1934–35, 1937–38
Strasbourg 1 1978-1979
Lens 1 1997-98
Montpellier 1 2011-12
Auxerre 1 1995-96
RC Paris 1 1936

Ligue 1 Teams in Paris

Despite being the capital of France, the list of Ligue 1 teams features very few teams from Paris. When it comes to Ligue 1 teams in Paris, it is only Paris Saint-Germain that are based in the capital. In the past, Paris FC, Red Star, Stade Francais and Club Francais have competed in Ligue 1. However, today, there is just one Ligue 1 team from Paris, listed below:

  • Paris Saint-Germain

Final Thoughts on Ligue 1 Teams

The list of Ligue 1 teams certainly makes for interesting reading. Of course, those that are competing in the French top-flight today will be of most interest to football fans and punters. However, it is also fun to look at the teams who have featured in Ligue 1 in the past, and those who may well return one day. Our recommended bookie for Ligue 1 betting is displayed below. 

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