Ligue 1 2023/24 (Franjo: A Journeyman Story – Mini-sode 176.5)

Get me back in that fucking dug out.

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Here we are again, ready for another season in Ligue 1. Not much has changed from last season apart from the 2 promoted clubs and about half the managers. Let’s have a gander.

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Athlétic Club Ajaccio

Nickname: L’ACA

Manager: Olivier Pantaloni

From: Ajaccio

Ground: Stade François Coty

Last Season: 14th

Predicted: 17th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Sporting Club de Bastia (Fierce, Local), OGC Nice (Local)

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Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise

Nickname: L’AJA

Manager: WT Franjo

From: Auxerre

Ground: Stade Abbé Deschamps

Last Season: 17th

Predicted: 18th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Bourg-en-Bresse 01 (Competitive)

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Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club

Nickname: Les Monégasques

Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

From: Monaco

Ground: Ettori Park (Built 2019)

Last Season: Champions

Predicted: Champions

Rivals in Ligue 1: OGC Nice (Fierce, Local), Olympique de Marseille (Local), Olympique Lyonnais (Competitive), Paris Saint-Germain (Competitive), Sporting Club de Bastia (Local)

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Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire

Nickname: Les Verts

Manager: Claude Makélélé

From: Saint-Étienne

Ground: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard

Last Season: 13th

Predicted: 8th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais (Fierce, Local), Olympique de Marseille (Historic), FC Nantes (Historic), Paris Saint-Germain (Competitive)

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Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas 01

Nickname: N/A

Manager: Laurent Roussey

From: Bourg-en-Bresse

Ground: Stade Marcel Verchère

Last Season: 15th

Predicted: 20th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais (Local)

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En Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d’Armor

Nickname: Les Costarmoricains

Manager: Antoine Kombouaré

From: Guingamp

Ground: En Avant de Guingamp Stadium (Built 2019)

Last Season: 12th

Predicted: 12th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Stade Bretois 29 (Fierce, Local), Stade Rennais FC (Local), FC Lorient (Local), FC Nantes (Local)

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Football Club Lorient-Bretagne Sud

Nickname: Les Merlus

Manager: Djamel Merdjett

From: Lorient

Ground: Gourcuff Stadium (Built 2021)

Last Season: 8th

Predicted: 11th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Stade Rennais FC (Local), Stade Brestois 29 (Local), FC Nantes (Local), En Avant de Guingamp (Local)

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Football Club de Metz

Nickname: Les Grenats

Manager: Cláudio Caçapa

From: Longeville-lès-Metz

Ground: Stade Saint-Symphorien

Last Season: Ligue 2 Champions (Promoted)

Predicted: 16th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Football Club Sochaux-Montbéliard (Local)

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Football Club de Nantes

Nickname: Les Canaris

Manager: Frédéric Hantz

From: Nantes

Ground: Stade Louis Fonteneau (La Beaujoire)

Last Season: 9th

Predicted: 10th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Stade Rennais FC (Fierce, Local), Girondins de Bordeaux (Local), AS Saint-Étienne (Historic), FC Lorient (Local), En Avant de Guingamp (Local)

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Football Club Sochaux-Montbéliard

Nickname: Les Lionceaux

Manager: Albert Cartier

From: Montbéliard

Ground: Stade Auguste Bonal

Last Season: 10th

Predicted: 13th

Rivals in Ligue 1: N/A

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Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux

Nickname: Les Girondins

Manager: Michel Der Zakarian

From: Bordeaux

Ground: Matmut Atlantique (Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux)

Last Season: 6th

Predicted: 5th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Toulouse FC (Fierce, Local), FC Nantes (Local), Olympique de Marseille (Competitive), Olympique Lyonnais (Competitive), Paris Saint-Germain (Competitive)

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Lille Olympique Sporting Club

Nickname: Les Dogues

Manager: Eric Chelle

From: Villeneuve-d’Ascq

Ground: Stade Pierre Mauroy

Last Season: 18th (Beat Stade de Reims 2-1 in the Playoff to stay in Ligue 1)

Predicted: 14th

Rivals in Ligue 1: N/A

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Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d’Azur

Nickname: Le Gym

Manager: Didier Santini

From: Nice

Ground: Allianz Riviera

Last Season: 7th

Predicted: 9th

Rivals in Ligue 1: AS Monaco (Fierce, Local), Sporting Club de Bastia (Local), Olympique de Marseille (Local), Athlétic Club Ajaccio (Local)

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Olympique Lyonnais

Nickname: L’OL

Manager: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

From: Décines-Charpieu

Ground: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Last Season: 4th

Predicted: 4th

Rivals in Ligue 1: AS Saint-Étienne (Fierce, Local), Olympique de Marseille (Fierce, Competitive), AS Monaco (Competitive), Paris Saint-Germain (Competitive), Bourg-en-Bresse 01 (Local), Girondins de Bordeaux (Competitive)

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Olympique de Marseille

Nickname: L’OM

Manager: Roberto Mancini

From: Marseille

Ground: Stade Orange Vélodrome

Last Season: 5th

Predicted: 3rd

Rivals in Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain (Fierce, Competitive), Olympique Lyonnais (Fierce, Competitive), AS Monaco (Local), OGC Nice (Local), AS Saint-Étienne (Competitive), Sporting Club de Bastia (Local), Girondins de Bordeaux (Competitive)

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Paris Saint-Germain Football Club

Nickname: Le PSG

Manager: Pep Guardiola

From: Paris

Ground: Parc Des Princes

Last Season: 2nd

Predicted: 1st

Rivals in Ligue 1: Olympique de Marseille (Fierce, Competitive), AS Monaco (Competitive), Olympique Lyonnais (Competitive), Girondins de Bordeaux (Competitive)

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Sporting Club de Bastia

Nickname: Le SCB

Manager: Jean-Marie Huriez

From: Furiani

Ground: Stade Armand Césari

Last Season: 2nd in Ligue 2 (Promoted)

Predicted: 19th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Athlétic Club Ajaccio (Fierce, Local), Olympique de Marseille (Local), OGC Nice (Local), AS Monaco (Local)

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Stade Brestois 29

Nickname: Les Brestois

Manager: Patrice Carteron

From: Rennes

Ground: Roazhon Park

Last Season: 16th

Predicted: 15th

Rivals in Ligue 1: En Avant de Guingamp (Fierce, Local), Stade Rennais FC (Local), FC Lorient (Local)

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Stade Rennais Football Club

Nickname: Les Rouges et Noirs

Manager: Régis Brouard

From: Rennes

Ground: Roazhon Park

Last Season: 11th

Predicted: 7th

Rivals in Ligue 1: FC Nantes (Fierce, Local), En Avant de Guingamp (Local), FC Lorient (Local), Stade Brestois 29 (Local)

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Toulouse Football Club

Nickname: Le TFC

Manager: Jean-Marie Stéphanopoli

From: Toulouse

Ground: Stadium Municipal

Last Season: 3th

Predicted: 6th

Rivals in Ligue 1: Girondins de Bordeaux (Fierce, Local)

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I’ve got to say it surprises me slightly that our opening day opponents FC Metz are apparently twice as likely to win the Ligue 1 title than we are. Nevermind though. Make us 1000-1, make us 1000,000-1 or make us 1000,000,000-1. I don’t care about your “title race” or your “big signings” or your “highlighted star player”. Get me back in that fucking dug out and watch me go. We aren’t meek, newly promoted Auxerre any more. We’re a battle-hardened, self-sustaining force to be reckoned with. This is Auxerre 2.0 and we’re ready to play some fucking football.

Episode 177 >

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Author: wtfranjo

My name is Franjo. And I will be a Football Manager.

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