French Ligue 1 Season 2024/25 Preview

With Paris Saint Germain winning last season’s title, teams are in the process of beefing up their squad ahead of the new 2024/25 season.

Having ended their sponsorship with Uber Eats, the French football top tier will be known as Ligue 1 McDonald’s for sponsorship reasons. It will be the 87th season of the Ligue 1 and it will begin on 16 August 2024 and conclude on 22 May 2025.

New Entrants

As usual a total of 18 teams will be participating in the league with familiar faces Auxerre, Angers (who both return to the top flight after one year’s absence) and Saint-Étienne (who return to the top flight after two year’s absence) being the new teams in the top flight. They take the places of  Metz, Lorient and Clermont Foot (relegated after one, four and three years in the top flight, respectively) were relegated to 2024–25 Ligue 2.

Managerial Changes

The coaching world is always like a revolving door and so far, the Ligue One team has seen a few changes in the dugout.

Reims’ Samba Diawara has been replaced by Luka Elsner after the former ended his role as the caretaker manager of the team. The biggest talk of the league has been the arrival off Roberto De Zerbi formely with Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion at Marseille. Nice has raided rivals Lens for Frank Haise who comes in to replace Francesco Farioli. Lens has moved on swiftly by appointing Begian Will Still as their new man in charge.

Lille dumped Paulo Fonseca for Bruno Genesio with Le Havre, after escaping relegation by a skin of their teeth, parting ways with Luka Elsner and bringing in Didier Digard who started work officially on 1st July 2024.


Europe Competition Participants

By winning the title last season, PSG will be playing in the UEFA Champions League where they will be joined by Monaco and Brest. Lille will have to go through the Qualifiers in the Champions League. Nice and Lyon will be participating in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

New Season Fixtures

In the fixtures released by LFP in June 2024, Paris Saint-Germain will start their title defence in Le Havre on the weekend of 17-18 August. A week later, Montpellier will come to the Parc des Princes for the first home game of the season.

De Zebri will have a feeling of The Classiques come on 27 October in Marseille (Matchday 9) and 16 March in Paris (Matchday 26). Paris will host Lyon on 15 December in their last match before the winter break. They’ll restart in Monaco on 5 January 2025 for Matchday 16.

The capital club will host Le Havre and then Nice on consecutive Matchdays (30 & 31) before going to Strasbourg and Montpellier for Matchdays 32 and 33 respectively. The season will close with Ligue 2 champions AJ Auxerre coming to the capital on the weekend of 17-18 May 2025.

Round One Fixtures

·         AS Monaco v Saint Etienne

·         Stade Rennais v Olympique Lyon

·         Stade Brestois v Olympique Marseille

·         AJ Auxerre v OGC Nice

·         Stade de Reims v Lille

·         Montpellier v Strasbourg

·         Le Havre v PSG

·         Toulouse v FC Nantes

·         Angers v RC Lens

Check the Full Fixture Roster Here

Relegation play-offs

The 2024–25 season will conclude with a relegation play-off between the 16th-placed Ligue 1 team and the winner of the semi-final of the Ligue 2 play-off on a two-legged confrontation. The dates (which are yet to be confirmed) will be in May 2025.

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The article was last updated on Thursday 11th July  2024

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