Ligue 1 is the elite French professional football league competed by top 20 clubs of France. The league started in 1932 and since it has become one of the top five major leagues in Europe, as determined by European league ranking system. Ligue 1 is sometimes dubbed as Ligue 1 Orange due to the sponsorship of French telecommunication company, Orange.
The current season runs from August to June constituting 380 games where every team plays 38 games, each. Most games take place on weekend which is a major step taken by French authorities to increase attendance. Accordingly, Ligue 1 is recognized throughout the World due to its organized development structure which has tackled mismanagement issues, strictly. Another stand out feature of Ligue 1 is over dependence of French football clubs on defense. Critics claim that French clubs overemphasize play on mid-field that has resulted in fewest average goals in Europe. This trend reached its peak in 2005-2006 season where average goal was only 2.1 per game as compared to 2.81 and 2.48 goals at German Bundesliga and English premier league games, respectively. Still, the French football association discourages any direct involvement in club politics which has prevented any one person to change the overall defensive structure.
Since its inception, Lyon has dominated this league like none other teams in similar European leagues. Such was this dominance that Lyon has won most league titles since 1990 and ruthlessly tamed its rival by winning from a margin of 15 points in 2005 and 17 points the following season. Fortunately, this dominance has been halted by Bordeaux and Marseille who won the two most recent league titles. Moreover, there has been an increasing trend from other major clubs to outset Lyon. This trend was evident in the current season which saw smaller clubs upsetting Lyon.
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|05-19-13||Nice||2.20||Over 2.5 (1.83)|
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