OLYMPIQUE LILLOIS GIVES THE FIRST FRENCH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TITLE – SportHistoria

OLYMPIQUE LILLOIS GIVES THE FIRST FRENCH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TITLE – SportHistoria

Article by Giovanni Manenti

After that aEven Italy, with the 1929-’30 Tournament, had inaugurated the Single Group Football Championshiphere is the “ball” (it is precisely the case to say…) crosses the Alps and passes to the “transalpine cousins“, where the status of Amateurs in Football still applies, with the related tournaments organized at regional level, called “Division of Honor“, so much so that from 1929 to 1932 no national title was awarded…

This is because, the Federation decides to open up to professionalismcreating in this period of time federal commissions to study the relevant path, which includes, in addition to President Jules Rimet and Vice President Henri Delaunay, representatives of the main clubs and leagues, as well as journalists.

After quite a few meetings and discussions, finally on 17 January 1931 the National Council voted to accept Professionalism with 128 votes in favor and only 20 (of which 13 coming from the League of Paris …) against and the abstention of President Rimet …

Having completed this first, fundamental step, it is now necessary to establish the starting season of this “new era” that the structure of the Championship and its participants who must, necessarily, be registered with the FFF (Federation Française de Football), with the regulatory standards approved between 16 and 17 January 1932 setting the deadline of the following 15 March for interested companies to submit applications for registration.

24 clubs are interested, of which 17 are admitted, to which are added another three (CA Paris, TC Paris and Red Star Olympique) from the Capital League, although there is no lack of disagreements between the various Leagues which even lead to Olympique Lillois to renounce its membership, but then changed its mind and, despite the deadline having expired, the Federation accepted it on 1 August 1932 so as to compose the two groups into which the 20 participating clubs are divided…

Group A includes Club Français, RC ParisExcelsior Roubaix, Lille OlympicHyères, Mulhouse, Nimes, Nice, Olympique Marseille and Sète, while Group B is made up of Antibes, CA Paris, Cannes, Red Star Olympique Paris, Fives, MetzOlympique d’Alès, Rennes, Sochaux e Montpellier Olympic Stadium.

The formula of what is called Division Nationale includes two separate tournaments with home and away matches, with the winners of the two groups playing the final in a single match in Paris, in the meantime the last three of each Group are relegated to Division2, as the following season also sees the birth of the Division1 Single Group with 14 participating teams, then increased to 18 from the 1934-’35 Championship and then to 18 in the first Tournament at the end of the Second World War…

The first day is scheduled for 11 September 1932with the honor for the statistics of scoring the first goal of the French Professional Football Championship touch to Austrian Johann Klima, who opened the scoring for Antibes after 7′ of play in the 3-2 away win in the capital against Red Star Olympiqueplayed at “Stade Elisabeth” which recorded the largest audience presence with 8 thousand spectators.

And, despite this being the inaugural tournament as regards transalpine professional football, there is no shortage of controversy (and something more…), with the Group A featuring the two Olympiques, namely Lillois and Marseille, with the latter violating the other’s pitch on the first day, with a 2-1 which bears the signature of Joseph “Pepito” Alcazarstriker of Spanish origins naturalized French…

The Marseille team leads the table for the first seven matchdays, only to be overtaken by Olympique Lillois, despite the fact that in the return match on the French Riviera there is an episode which is more defined as “scandalous”, that is, it is a match that turns into a fight with the referee to decree expulsions only in the away rankswith the threat from the Lille players to leave the pitch, then returned, but in the 90th minute the score was merciless, 7-0 for the home team.

The double affirmation also represents little consolation for the people of Marseille, given that at the end of the In the tournament they boast a good 5 points behind their rivals, who with a run of 14 victories and only 4 defeats, total 28 points, qualifying for the Finalbut not against the opponent they imagined…

Yes, because if this is the first Professional Championship, it is also characterized by first case of corruptionas, with the fight at the top of Group B much more uncertain and involving four teams (Antibes, Cannes, Sochaux and Montpellier…), here is the Antibes coach, leading the Group before the last day in calendar, not wanting to”take risks” ahead of the last one commitment against Fives, without ranking problems, offers money to various members of the opposing team.

Antibes wins 5-0 and in Ranking is first with 24 points and two points ahead of Cannes and Sochaux who close on 22 points, but the fraud is discovered and Antibes gets away with just being downgraded, instead of being relegated as would happen in a more modern era, so that they face lille Olympique il 14 maggio 1933 hello “Olympic Stadium” of Colombes, in Paris it is Cannesby virtue of a better goal quotient (1.542 to 1.290) compared to Sochaux…

To the challenge for the assignment of the title of “Division Nationale” 16 thousand spectators attended, a considerable number for those times, and it proved worthy of such an occasion, even if at the end of the first half Olympique leads 2-0, thanks to centers just before the half hour mark by Barrett and Varga.

A statement put into question at the restart of the game by the reaction of Cannes who, after having halved the deficit with Pierre Fecchino at the hour mark, did not give up when Georges Winckelmans brings the margin back to two points for Olympique by setting the score at 3-1 when there are only 15 minutes left until the end of the match…

No sooner said than done, in the space of just 5′ (from 78′ to 82′) the goals of Calecca and Tourniaire put the fate of the match back in balance and the awarding of the title is pending again, sooner than later Winckelmans takes charge of scoring the final 4-3 point 4′ from the final whistleso as to rightfully enter the history of the French football championship.

Just to knowOlympique lillois, founded in 1902, will have a short life, as it disappears in 1944 following its merger with Sporting Club fivoisfrom which the current Lille Olympique Sporting Club was born, often reduced to LOSC Lille, which has four Division1 titles to its credit and four successes in the Coupe de France…

While, for the “vecchio“Olympique lillois, the 1933 title remains the only title in its history…

And to think that, if the Federation had not accepted his request for readmission… c’est la vie…

2024-06-24 17:17:39
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