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Ligue 1 is the French professional league for the football clubs. It was inaugurated on 11 September 1932 and at that time it was given the title of National League. Over the years, 76 clubs have played in the Ligue 1 since it was founded. The most well-known French clubs include Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint Germain, Lille OSC, Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco. The 2017- 2018 Ligue 1 season will be the 80th and it is set to begin on 5 August. 20 clubs will participate. Three were promoted from Ligue 2: Strasbourg, Amiens and Troyes. They replace Bastia, Nancy and Lorient which relegated. AS Monaco will be the defending their 8th title as champions.
The criteria for a club to participate in the professional football league in France are:
- the club must have ample funding
- it should have had a fair number of good results in the past
- it should include at least eight professional players in its roster
Here is the list of the clubs for the season 2017-2018:
Angers; Amiens; Bastia; Bordeaux; Caen; Dijon; Guingamp; Lille; Lyon; Marseille; Metz; Monaco; Montpellier; Nantes; Nice; Paris Saint-Germain; Rennes; Saint-Étienne; Strasbourg; Toulouse; Troyes.
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In the opening round the most interesting match is the one between Monaco and Toulouse. The predictions say that Monaco will win but the first round may always include a few surprises as, after the summer transfers, the rosters are new and they may have not had enough time to roll as a team.
Another interesting encounter is the one between Saint-Étienne and OGC Nice. The numbers provide a decisive advantage to Nice as they managed to keep their coach Lucien Favre and a few key players while they are out to re-enforce their club with some impressive transfers. However, so does Saint-Étienne in hopes of rectifying the offensive draught they suffered during the entire last season.
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