The 2013-14 Ligue 1 season is complete, and Paris Saint-Germain defended their French title in dominant fashion, finishing the season with a nine-point lead over second-place Monaco.
The race for the final European tickets went down to the final matchday, as did the struggle at the bottom of the standings, with Sochaux nearly avoiding the drop after a remarkable string of results.
Ligue 1 is allocated five total European slots, with a sixth going to the winners of the Coupe de France, and we'll have a look at which teams will be participating in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League qualifiers next season.
|Ligue 1 Final Standings|
|1||Paris Saint Germain||38||27||8||3||84||23||61||89|
|14||Evian Thonon Gaillard||38||11||11||16||39||51||-12||44|
|Roll of Honour|
|2011/2012||Montpellier Herault SC|
|2009/2010||Olympique de Marseille|
|2008/2009||Girondins de Bordeaux|
For a full Roll of Honour dating back to 1932, visit Ligue1.com.
The 2013-14 league title is the fourth in the history of PSG, and marks the very first time the club have won the title in consecutive years.
Via FIFPro's Andrew Orsatti, the squad also set a new Ligue 1 record for points in a season, finishing with 89 in total:
Ligue 1 has always been a very balanced league, and barring the dominance of Lyon between 2001 and 2008, the last team to win back-to-back titles were Olympique de Marseille, who won four in a row between 1988 and 1992.
PSG won a double in 2013-14, with Laurent Blanc also guiding the club to a victory in the Coupe de la Ligue during his first season in charge at the Parc des Princes.
Les Parisiens will progress directly to the Champions League group stages in 2014-15, and they will be joined there by runners-up AS Monaco.
Fuelled by a massive financial takeover, the Rouges et Blanc immediately rose to the top of the table at the start of their first season back in France's top division before losing the top spot to PSG in Week 10.
The second-place finish is still impressive, however, and sees the club qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2004-2005.
Lille will enter the tournament's third qualifying round as the third and final Ligue 1 team eligible to play in the Champions League, thanks to their 4-1 win over Lorient on the final matchday, as shared by FOX Soccer:
Via Get French Football, the players celebrated their third-place finish as if they had won the title:
Champions League qualification brings with it massive added funds, including TV rights, extra gate income and prize money, so the team's win on Saturday was very important for the club.
Entering the third qualifying round, Lille will have to survive two rounds to make it to the group stages, including a play-off as an unseeded team. While that means the road to the group stages could be long for the club, the fallback of the Europa League is always an option.
Lyon and Saint-Etienne round out the list of Ligue 1 teams who will get a chance to play in Europe next season, with the latter qualifying for the play-off round and the former going into the third qualifying round as a seeded team.
Lyon will have to play two rounds of two-legged ties to make it to the group stages but should avoid teams losing in the Champions League's final qualifying round.
Saint-Etienne won't have that luxury, but they will only have to play one round of fixtures. Coupe de France winners Guingamp will go straight to the group stages.
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