December 9, 2021

France: 2021-22 Ligue 1 – Location-map, with 2 charts: Seasons-in-1st-Division (current clubs) & All-time French titles list./+ Illustrations for the two promoted clubs (Troyes, Clermont).

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France: 2021-22 Ligue 1 – Location-map, with 2 charts: Seasons-in-1st-Division (current clubs) & All-time French titles list

By Bill Turianski on the 9th of December 2021;
-2021-22 Ligue 1 (
-Ligue 1 – Summary: matches, table, players, etc. (
-Get French Football…your home of French football in English (
-Football en France: Histoire, stats et classement sur la Ligue 1 (

The map shows the twenty clubs in the current season of the French Ligue 1 [2021-22].
The map features the locations and crests of the 20 current Ligue Un clubs, plus the recently-promoted and -relegated teams are noted. (Promoted in 2021: Troyes and Clermont; relegated in 2021: Nîmes and Dijon.) Also shown on the map are the 10 largest French cities, and the 13 Regions of Metropolitan France (aka European France). {Largest French cities’ metropolitan area populations from 2016 census, here}. The major French rivers are also shown on the map, and at the foot of the map the 10 longest rivers in France are listed (with brief descriptions).

There are two charts on the right-hand side of the map page….
One chart shows Seasons-in-1st-Division [current clubs]. (2021-22 is the 84th season of Ligue 1.) Marseille has spent the longest time in the French top flight, with 72 seasons. Second-most seasons in the French top flight goes to two clubs – Saint-Étienne, and Bordeaux – both with 69 seasons.

Also shown on the top chart are the consecutive seasons each club has currently spent in the top tier…
PSG are the current longest-serving member of Ligue 1, with 48 straight seasons (PSG have also won 7 of the last 9 French titles). Second-longest top-flight tenure belongs to Lyon, with 33 straight seasons (Lyon won 7 straight French titles from 2002 to ’08). Third-longest top-flight tenure belongs to Bordeaux, with 30 straight seasons (Bordeaux have won 6 titles, their last in 2009). Fourth-longest top-flight tenure belongs to Rennes [of Brittany], with 28 straight seasons (Rennes is the largest [ie, the best-supported] French club without a Ligue Un title). Fifth-longest top-flight tenure belongs to Olympique Marseille, with 26 straight seasons (OM have won 9 titles; last in 2010). And sixth-longest top-flight tenure belongs to the reigning French champions Lille, with 22 straight seasons. (Lille won their 4th French title, in May, beating out 3-time-straight champions PSG, by one point.)

The second chart is the All-time French professional titles list.
Saint-Étienne have won the most French titles: 10. But Saint-Étienne’s last title came 41 seasons ago, in 1981. Two clubs have won the second-most titles – Marseille, and PSG – with 9. Marseille last won it in 2010; PSG last won it in 2020. Paris Saint-Germain are by far the most wealthy club in the country, to the point of making a mockery of any notion of a balanced competition. (PSG are owned by a subsidiary of the slave-owning Gulf state Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.)

Currently [9 December 2021], after 17 match-weeks, and with 45% of the 2021-22 season played, PSG are leading Ligue Un by a commanding 11 points {Ligue 1 table}. So, with PSG en route to their 8th title in a decade, the only things to play for in Ligue Un now are A) who will get the other 2 Champions League spots (it would be Rennes and Marseille, if the current table holds), B) who would also play in Europe (Nice and Lens, currently), and C) who would get relegated (Metz & Saint-Étienne, currently, with top-flight newcomers Clermont now in the 18th-place/relegation-play-off-place).

Below are shown the two clubs that won promotion last season (Troyes and Clermont).

2021: Troyes – promoted back to Ligue Un after 3 years…
Image credits above – Jersey illustration, by Mikhail Sipovich at[Troyes]. Stadium, photo unattributed at

2021: Clermont Foot – promoted to Ligue Un for the first time ever…
December 2021…Clermont have been playing to 94%-capacity in their debut season in Ligue Un so far (8 home matches), at 11,558 per game {attendances}.
Photo credit above – Jersey illustration, by Mikhail Sipovich at[Clermont]. Stadium, photo unattributed at
Thanks to all at the links below…
-Blank map of France by Superbenjamin at File:France location map-Regions and departements-2016.svg (
-Globe-map of France by Rob984 at File:EU-France (orthographic projection).svg (
-Seasons-in-1st-division data, from[Bilan historique Ligue 1].
-Longest rivers in France, from[longest-rivers-in-france].
-Largest French cities (2016 census figures of metropolitan-areas), from via’s_aires_urbaines_(metropolitan_areas).
-2021-22 Ligue 1 ( and

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