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Winners of the football league during the war years

1939-1940
F.C. Rouen (Zone Nord)
O.G.C. Nice (Zone Sud-Est)
Girondins de Bordeaux (Zone Sud-Ouest)

 

1940-1941

 

Red Star (Zone Nord)
Olympique de Marseille (Zone Sud)
1941-1942

 

Stade de Reims (Zone Nord)
F.C. Sète (Zone Sud)
1942-1943

 

R.C. Lens (Zone Nord)
Toulouse F.C. (Zone Sud)
1943-1944
Equipe Fédérale de Lens-Artois

 

1944-1945 
F.C. Rouen

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Football League Tables for the War Years

The following tables were drawn up by Jérôme Faugeras for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

(source: http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Arena/4125/fra194s.html )

The constantly changing organisation of the league highlights the communication problems of not just the Vichy period but of the war more generally. Prior to 1939 the League was national and not divided into regional section. An attempt to reimpose such a national league was reintroduced for the 1943/44 season but its unworkability was highlighted by a return to regional divisions for the following season. 

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1939/40 season

First Division, Zone Nord final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.FC Rouen                  13 10  2  1  48-22 +26  22
 2.Le Havre AC               14 10  0  4  28-19  +9  20
 3.Reims                     14  9  1  4  54-30 +24  19
 4.RC Lens                   13  7  2  4  36-29  +7  16
 5.RC Arras                  15  6  1  8  35-31  +4  13
 6.CA Paris                  12  4  4  4  28-28   0  12
 7.Excelsior Roubaix         12  4  1  7  18-36 -16   9
 8.Red Star                  13  2  2  9  16-33 -17   6
 9.RC Paris                   9  2  2  5  17-24  -7   6
10.Boulogne                  11  1  1  9  11-39 -28   3

First Division, Zone Sud-Est final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.OGC Nice                   8  5  3  0  27-5  +22  13
 2.Olympique de Marseille     8  5  1  2  22-12 +10  11
 3.AS Cannes                  8  4  2  2  27-16 +11  10
 4.AS Saint-Etienne           8  3  0  5  21-26  -5   6
 5.FC Antibes                 8  0  0  8   4-42 -38   0

First Division, Zone Sud-Ouest final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.Girondins de Bordeaux FC  10  8  0  2  40-18 +22  16
 2.FC Sète                   10  5  2  3  30-18 +12  12
 3.SO Montpellier            10  5  2  3  31-18 +13  12
 4.SC Nîmes                  10  3  3  4  24-28  -4   9
 5.Toulouse                  10  2  2  6  19-40 -21   6
 6.Olympique Alès            10  1  3  6  16-38 -22   5

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1940/41 season

First Division, Zone Nord final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.Red Star                  12  9  2  1  28-8  +20  20
 2.FC Rouen                  12  7  1  4  29-28  +1  15
 3.Girondins de Bordeaux FC  12  6  1  5  21-20  +1  13
 4.Reims                     12  4  3  5  20-17  +3  11
 5.Le Havre AC               12  4  1  7  27-27   0   9
 6.CA Paris                  12  3  2  7  12-25 -13   8
 7.RC Paris                  12  4  0  8  23-35 -12   8

First Division, Zone Sud final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts 
 1.Olympique de Marseille    16 10  4  2  44-16 +28  24 
 2.Toulouse FC               16 11  2  3  37-17 +20  24 
 3.FC Sète                   16  7  4  5  15-11  +4  18 
 4.AS Cannes                 16  7  4  5  25-23  +2  18 
 5.OGC Nice                  16  6  4  6  26-19  +7  16 
 6.SC Nîmes                  16  8  0  8  24-35 -11  16 
 7.SO Montpellier            16  4  4  8  28-36  -8  12
 8.Olympique Alès            16  3  3 10  11-36 -25   9
 9.AS Saint-Etienne          16  3  1 12  17-34 -17   7

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1941/42 season

First Division, Zone Nord final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.Reims                     16 10  4  2  34-14 +20  24
 2.FC Rouen                  16  9  5  2  34-20 +14  23
 3.Red Star                  16 10  2  4  38-21 +17  22
 4.RC Paris                  16  7  3  6  32-35  -3  17
 5.Girondins de Bordeaux FC  16  6  4  6  28-24  +4  16
 6.CA Paris                  16  5  3  8  20-24  -4  13
 7.Stade Rennais UC          16  4  5  7  22-28  -6  13
 8.Le Havre AC               16  6  1  9  32-39  -7  13
 9.Amiens                    16  0  3 13  18-53 -35   3

First Division, Zone Sud final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts 
 1.FC Sète                   16 11  3  2  26-11 +15  25
 2.Toulouse FC               16  8  4  4  31-11 +20  20
 3.Olympique Alès            16  6  4  6  21-25  -4  16 
 4.AS Saint-Etienne          16  7  2  7  22-30  -8  16 
 5.Olympique de Marseille    16  5  5  6  31-25  +6  15
 6.AS Cannes                 16  4  6  6  22-21  +1  14 
 7.OGC Nice                  16  5  4  7  19-27  -8  14 
 8.SC Nîmes                  16  5  4  7  12-21  -9  14 
 9.SO Montpellier            16  4  2 10  14-27 -13  10

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1942/43 season

First Division, Zone Nord final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts 
 1.RC Lens                   30 23  4  3  98-39 +59  50
 2.FC Rouen                  30 13 11  6  55-36 +19  37 
 3.SC Fives                  30 15  7  8  74-52 +22  37 
 4.Girondins de Bordeaux FC  30 15  6  9  69-47 +22  36
 5.Reims                     30 14  7  9  62-39 +23  35 
 6.Le Havre AC               30 15  5 10  47-42  +5  35 
 7.RC Paris                  30 14  5 11  64-53 +11  33
 8.Sochaux                   30 14  3 13  66-63  +3  31
 9.Olympique Lillois         30 12  5 13  58-56  +2  29 
10.Red Star                  30 12  4 14  58-63  -5  29 
11.Le Mans                   30 11  5 14  51-56  -5  27
12.Excelsior Roubaix         30  9  6 15  53-74 -21  24 
13.Amiens                    30  8  8 14  30-50 -20  24 
14.CA Paris                  30 10  3 17  51-71 -20  23
15.Stade Rennais UC          30  5  7 18  48-95 -47  17
16.AS Troyes-Savigny         30  5  4 21  41-89 -48  14

First Division, Zone Sud final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.Toulouse FC               30 21  5  4  93-31 +62  47
 2.Grenoble                  30 17  7  6  51-38 +13  41
 3.Olympique de Marseille    30 16  8  6 100-43 +57  40
 4.FC Sète                   30 17  6  7  62-31 +31  40
 5.AS Saint-Etienne          30 13  5 12  50-49  +1  31
 6.OGC Nice                  30 13  4 13  45-55 -10  30
 7.Brive                     30 13  3 14  58-61  -3  29
 8.AS Cannes                 30 12  5 13  52-51  +1  29
 9.SC Nîmes                  30 11  7 12  42-47  -5  29
10.Annecy                    30  9 10 11  42-55 -13  28
11.FC Lyon                   30 10  6 14  42-55 -13  26
12.Perpignan                 30  9  7 14  41-46  -5  25
13.CLermont                  30  9  6 15  44-61 -17  24
14.Olympique Alès            30  8  5 17  32-56 -24  21
15.SO Montpellier            30  7  6 17  34-61 -27  20
16.Avignon                   30  7  6 17  37-85 -48  20
 

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1943/44 season

 

First Division final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts
 1.Lens-Artois               29 19  3  7  89-41 +48  41
 2.Lille-Flandres            30 18  4  8  78-44 +34  40
 3.Paris-Capitale            30 18  3  9  84-50 +34  39
 4.Paris-Ile-de-France       29 13  9  7  44-31 +13  35
 5.Bordeaux-Guyenne          30 14  7  9  51-51   0  35
 6.Toulouse-Pyrénées         27 13  5  9  82-52 +30  31
 7.Nancy-Lorraine            30 11  9 10  68-82 -14  31
 8.Nice-Cote-d'Azur          29 12  7 10  49-41  +8  31
 9.Marseille-Provence        30 14  3 13  50-42  +8  31
10.Reims-Champagne           30 12  7 11  64-52 +12  31
11.Rennes-Bretagne           28 11  7 10  55-58  -3  29
12.Rouen-Normandie           29  9  9 11  47-68 -21  27
13.Lyon-Lyonnais             30 11  3 16  49-52  -3  25
14.Clermont-Auvergne         29  5  8 16  43-83 -40  18
15.Montpellier-Languedoc     30  6  3 21  45-85 -40  15
16.Grenoble-Dauphiné         30  4  3 23  33-99 -66  11

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1944/45 season

 

First Division, Zone Nord final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts 
 1.FC Rouen                  22 16  3  3  54-23 +31  35
 2.RC lens                   22 14  2  6  58-32 +26  30 
 3.Red Star                  22 13  4  5  54-33 +21  30 
 4.Reims                     22 12  4  6  70-30 +40  28 
 5.Lille OSC                 22 14  0  8  69-37 +32  28 
 6.RC Paris                  22 10  4  8  55-45 +10  24
 7.Valenciennes              22 11  1 10  48-45  +3  23
 8.Stade Rennais UC          22  6  5 11  36-65 -29  17
 9.ST-Capitale               22  4  6 12  30-51 -21  14
10.Le Mans                   22  5  3 14  29-64 -35  13
11.Excelsior Roubaix         22  2  7 13  32-65 -33  11
12.Le Havre AC               22  3  3 16  26-71 -45   9

First Division, Zone Sud final table

                             Pd  W  D  L   F A   GD Pts 
 1.FC Lyon                   22 14  6  2  62-22 +40  34 
 2.Girondins de Bordeaux FC  22 16  2  4  74-35 +39  34 
 3.Sète                      22 10  6  6  44-34 +10  26 
 4.Clermont                  22 11  4  7  48-39  +9  26 
 5.Olympique de Marseille    22 11  2  9  58-47 +11  24
 6.Toulouse                  22  9  4  9  57-56  +1  22
 7.SO Montpellier            22  9  3 10  41-58 -17  21
 8.AS Saint-Etienne          22  6  5 11  45-54  -9  17 
 9.Nice                      22  7  3 12  34-45 -11  17 
10.Nîmes                     22  5  5 12  42-65 -23  15 
11.Alès                      22  6  3 13  34-61 -27  15 
12.Cannes                    22  5  3 14  27-50 -23  13

 

 

Winners of the Coupe de France

1939-1940 RC-Paris
1940-1941 Girondins-ASP
1941-1942 Red-Star
1942-1943 Marseille
1943-1944 Nancy-Lorraine
1944-1945 RC-Paris

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Finals of the Coupe de France (Coupe Charles Simon)

 

Year Teams Score

Scorers

1939-40 RC Paris 2 Roulier (25), Mathé (70)
  Marseille 1 Aznar (16)  
RC Paris won their 3rd Coupe de France

The two teams had been able to recall all their mobilised players for the final (with the exception of Paris star Veinante). Paris had used 20 different players to get to the final, highlighting the difficulty of putting together a consistent football team during war-time. Only their 20 year-old captain René Roulier had played in all their cup games. 

Paris included 5 naturalised players in their team (3 Austrians -Hiden, Jordan & Hiltl- and 2 Hungarians- Mathé & Weiskopf). The Marseille team included a 'stateless' Austrian (Donnenfeld), a naturalised former German (Heiss) and the 40-year-old veteran Hungarian, Eisenhoffer.

As is traditional in Paris-Marseille football matches the game was an aggressive affair. A player from each side was sent off. Marseille claimed that both the Paris goals were off-side. 

Final May 5 1940 in Paris (Parc des Princes). 

Attendance: 25 969. 

RC Paris: Hiden- Dupuis, Diagne- Zabalo, Jordan, Rouelle-Mathé, Hiltl, Roulier, Heisserer, Weiskopf. 

Olympique de Marseille: Delachet- Gonzalès, Malvy- Bastien, Conchy M; Durand- Dard G, Heiss, Aznar, Eisenhoffer, Donnenfeld.

 

1940-41 Bordeaux 2 Urtizberea (60), Urtizberea (83)
  Fives 0  
The eliminating rounds were played within the different zones of occupation (occupied/unoccupied/forbidden). The winners of the different zones then had to play each other in the finals. 

Bordeaux, winner of the occupied zone, finally beat Fives, winner of the forbidden zone to claim their first cup. The final was played on Sunday 25 May 1941 at the Stade Municipal de Saint-Ouen in front of only 15 000 spectators. Since 1930, only the 1940 final had been watched by less than 30 000 people. 

Final May 25 1941 in Saint-Ouen, Stade Municipal.

Attendance: 15 230. 

Girondins ASP: Gérard-Homar, Mancisidor-Ben Ali, Plésiak, Rummerlhardt-Szego, Lopez, Urtizberea, Pruvot, Arnaudeau. 

SC Fives: Jurzick-Gyselinck, Pollet-Trenelle, Jadrejak, Bourbotte-Sommerlinck, Tancré, Van Canaeghem, Dudziak, Waggi.

 

1941-42 Red Star 93 2 Vandevelde (45), Aston (72)
  Sète 0   
Red Star, the winner of the occupied zone cup, beat Sète, winner of the free zone, in Colombes to claim their 5th cup. 

Final May 17 1942 in Colombes (Yves du Manoir).

Attendance: 40 000. 

Red Star OA: Darui-Herrera, Roessler-Meuris, Braun, Sergent-Aston, Simonyi, Bersoullé, Joncourt, Vandevelde. 

FC Sète: Erevanian-Mathieu, Franquès-Robisco, Leduc, Laurent-Laid, Novicki, Koranyi, Danzelle, Miramon.

 

1942-43 Marseille 4 Aznar (32), Dard (56), Aznar (63), Pironti (78)
  Bordeaux 0   
The final was first played on 9 May 1943. The teams drew 2-2. Marseille protested that one of the Bordeaux players, Nemeur, was not properly registered. The Commission Fédérale decided that Bordeaux should therefore lose the final. But the Vichy Commissaire Général au Sport, Colonel Pascot, intervened claiming that a football match should be won on the field and not before football's governing body. For the first time in French history a football cup final would have to be replayed and the proceeds of the match donated to a charity for Prisoners of War. In the replay on 22 May, Marseille of the unoccupied zone beat Bordeaux of the occupied to clinch their 6th cup. 32212 spectators watched the match in which Manu Aznar's 31st minute goal made a hole in the netting of the Bordeaux goal (which he claimed was more a sign of the poor equipment available at this time than the power of his shot). 

The Marseille team contained 7 players born in the city: Dard, Delachet,  Patrone, Pironti, Robin, Scotti, Vénéziano. This was something of a novelty- the war having deprived the team of its foreign players. 

Roger Scotti was only 17 years old at the time of this final. 

Final May 9 1943 in Colombes (Yves du Manoir). 

Olympique de Marseille-Girondins ASP 2-2 [aet] 

Goals: 4' Pironti 1-0 55' Robin 2-0 56' Patrone (og) 2-1 82' Persillon 2-2 

Attendance: 32 500.

Olympique de Marseille: Delachet-Patrone, Gonzales-Veneziano, Bastien, Olej-Dard, Scotti, Aznar, Robin, Pironti. 

Girondins ASP: Gérard-Homar, Normand-Ben Ali, Mateo, Ben Arab-Rolland, Nemeur, Urtizberea, Persilon, Arnaudeau.

Final Replay May 22 1943 in Colombes (Yves du Manoir).

 Olympique de Marseille-Girondins ASP 4-0 

Attendance: 32 212.

Olympique de Marseille: Delachet-Patrone, Gonzales-Veneziano, Bastien, Olej-Dard, Scotti, Aznar, Robin, Pironti. 

Girondins ASP: Gérard-Homar, Normand-Ben Ali, Mateo, Ben Arab-Rolland, Nemeur, Urtizberea, Persilon, Arnaudeau.

 

1943-44 E.F. Nancy 4 Parmeggiani (2), Poblomme (54), Jacques (66), Poblomme (74)  
  Reims 0  
 Nancy beat Reims-Champagne to win their first cup. 

 

Final May 7 1944 at Parc des Princes in Paris.

Attendance: 31 995.
Nancy-Lorraine: Coulon-Rué, Mathieu-Givert, Magnien, Grandidier-Sisia,
Pessonneaux, Poblomme, Parmeggiani, Jacques.
Reims-Champagne: Dambach-Prince, Carrera-Ignace, Brembilla,
Roessler-Pradel, Batteux, Flamion, Petitfils, Szego.
1944-45 RC Paris 3 Philippot (30), Ponsetti (40), Heisserer (65)
  Lille 0   
Return to the traditional cup format as RC Paris claim their 4th trophy. For the first time the players had numbers on their backs.

This was a repeat of the 1938/39 final when Paris had beaten Lille by 3 goals to 1. Only 5 players remained from that pre-war Paris team (Bigot, Darui, Dupuis, Heisserer & Jordan). The 1945 team contained several players of Algerian origin who were briefly stationed in Paris as part of the Air Force team. 

Final May 6 1945 in Colombes (Yves du Manoir). 

Attendance: 49 983. 

RC Paris: Molinuevo-Dupuis, Jordan, Salva-Samuel, Jasseron-Heisserer, Ponsetti-Philippot, Bongiorni, Vaast. 

Lille OSC: Darui-Jadrejak, Stefaniak, Cardon-Bourbotte, Bigot-Baratte, Carré-Vandooren, Bihel, Lechantre.

 

Footballing highlights 

of the war years

On 21 April 1940, Ahmed Ben Bella, future leader of the FLN and President of Algeria, played his only match for l'Olympique de Marseille. He scored 1 of the 9 goals in a Marseille victory against FC Antibes. 

On 4 October 1942, Emmanuel Aznar of Marseille established a record by scoring 9 goals in one match against Avignon, even though he only played the first 70 minutes of the game. Olympique de Marseille went on to win the match by 20 goals to 2. That season Aznar scored 45 goals in 30 league matches and a total of 56 in 38 games including the Coupe de France. During a Marseille footballing career which lasted from 1936 to 1951 Aznar found the net 115 times. 

The French cup final of May 1943 was the first ever to go to a replay. Marseille and Bordeaux drew the first match 2-2. Marseille won the rematch 4-0 to claim their 6th Coupe de France.

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Tour de France

The 'Tour de France', one of cycling's most famous events, was suspended between 1940 and 1947. When the race resumed in 1947 it was won by Frenchman Jean Robic. 

 

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