We are now less than three weeks away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season and it is shaping up to be an absolute firecracker of a campaign. Morale is high after France’s excellent showing at the World Cup in Brazil. Teams are rebuilding, and we have some big-name clubs back in the league…well sort of.
All the buzz so far has surrounded the players that Paris Saint-Germain have brought in, and the many rumours regarding who they might bring in, and down in the French Riviera, the focus has been on the players that challengers Monaco might lose.
Elsewhere there is the constant confusion over which 20 teams will actually start the new campaign in Ligue 1 or Ligue 2. RC Lens are appealing against the DNCG’s decision to stop their promotion due to failure to provide assurances over their funding for the new season, and the doubts over where they will play their home games during the reconstruction of the Stade Felix Bollaert.
FC Sochaux waits in the wings to hear what division they will play in after finishing 18th in last season’s Le Championnat.
It is likely to be a fast-paced two-week build-up to the new season. Here are our early power rankings for Ligue 1 as it stands.