After a 2021-2022 edition full of suspense for European places and the fight to maintain it, a new exciting 2022-2023 season is in preparation. Between PSG’s race for records, a new version of OM, new nuggets just waiting to explode, a World Cup just before Christmas and 4 teams that will go directly to Ligue 2: clearly, we have to follow Ligue 1 more than ever !
5/ 4 passports for Ligue 2, it will hurt!
In 2023-2024, Ligue 1 will return to 18 clubs. A new formula which therefore induces a transformation of the championship currently at 20 teams. And for this, the LFP has decided: at the end of the 2022-2023 financial year, the last 4 Ligue 1 teams will go to Ligue 2. There will be no play-offs, it is a direct descent without the possibility of save by facing a Ligue 2 team (and for second division clubs, only the first 2 teams go up, again without a play-off). The battle therefore promises to be daunting to save oneself! More than ever, the clubs at the bottom of the table will play their survival every day. Each point will be very expensive and the bad series will be paid cash…
4/ A World Cup to punctuate the season
Once is not custom, the Ligue 1 season will be cut in half by one World Cup which will take place in Qatar (November 21 – December 18). An event that will interrupt the championship from November 13 to December 28 to allow internationals to be able to prepare and recover. A very big winter break which will change the habits of the French teams. More time to recover, more time to prepare for the second half of the season. For the internationals, a frantic pace with the risk of injury, but also the possibility of exploding in broad daylight and reaching essential levels. In short, a Global which clearly changes the usual rules of the game and gives extra extra magic. Even if our Blues triumph in Qatar and win a third star…
3/ Fresh new nuggets!
Ligue 1 has become much more than the “League of Talents”. This is the championship of new nuggets just waiting to hatch! During the 2021-2022 financial year, William Saliba (OM), Bruno Guimaraes (OL), lovro Major (Reindeer), castello Lukeba (OL) or even Hugo Ekitike (Reims) have in turn ignited the lawns of France. Diamonds that shone and will still sparkle in the months to come. While some have already headed abroad, others have just arrived this summer. And several profiles clearly make you want to be followed very closely… Lens has bet nearly 10 million euros on Lois Openda, nugget of Belgian football (22 years old) who could quickly be talked about. Lyon brought back jonathan Lepenant at home. The qualities seen in Normandy suggest that he has everything to become a great player with Les Gones. HAS OMthe surprise is called Luis suarez (not the one who bites, a Colombian this time). And as always, there will be surprise boys, little attractions, like Kays Ruis-AtiI. Trained at Barça, picked up by PSG, returned to Barça and today at… Auxerre. At 19, this phenomenon already has a thousand lives and a talent, for the moment, untapped. To be watched closely in a club that wants to give him a chance.
2/ OM, after Sampaoli
Essential in the French championship, OM ignited the 2021-2022 season with Jorge Sampaoli. But this summer, the Argentinian slammed the door, unhappy with the transfer window deemed too soft to prepare for the club’s return to the Champions League. To replace him, OM have bet on Igor Tudor, a promising Serie A coach. What will this new version of the McCourt project OM be able to do? After his fiasco run in Champions League in 2020 (zero wins and zero goals scored in the group stage), how the Marseillais will manage to manage this return to the Champions League with an inexperienced workforce. Whatever, OM is and will remain an attraction. And if the planets are aligned, and the Marseille madness continues, Paris will have a tough opponent to put aside for the title of champion of France.
1/ Paris in history
Reigning French champion, the PSG put his name on the Ligue 1 list for the 10e times in its history. A record, shared with the ace Holy–Stephen. This 2022-2023 season could therefore allow Paris to become the one and only biggest titled French club. An obvious objective for the Qataris, who want to win everything. And even if the Champions League remains a priority, no one in Paris wants to miss out on this supreme coronation. It will therefore be essential to look at the PSG write history before our eyes… And with a Kylian Mbappe always Parisian, surrounded by new stars and a Lionel Messi found, it will be hard to miss a match from this army of stars.