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1895–96 champions Club Français, pictured in 1898
1895–96 champions Club Français, pictured in 1898

French football champions are the winners of the highest league of association football in France, Ligue 1. Since the National Council of the French Football Federation voted in support of professionalism in French football in 1930, the professional football championship of France has been contested through Ligue 1, formerly known as Division 1 from 1933 to 2002. The first champions of French football were Standard Athletic Club, who defeated The White Rovers 2–0 in Courbevoie on 6 May 1894. The first French football champions of the professional era were Olympique Lillois, a predecessor of Lille, who defeated Cannes 4–3 on 14 May 1933 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. Sète were crowned champions the following season and, in 1939, became the first professional club in France to win two titles. Saint-Étienne, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain have the most titles in French football, with ten each. Paris Saint-Germain won seven of their ten titles in a ten-year span from 2013 to 2022. Nantes and Monaco are jointly fourth, with eight titles each, while Lyon has seven. (Full list...)

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Government House, Baku

The Government House of Baku is a government building housing various state ministries of Azerbaijan. Construction took place between 1936 and 1952 and led to the formation of Lenin Square (later renamed to Azadliq Square) seen here. In 1955, a monument to Vladimir Lenin was installed in front of the building, but this was removed in 1990 during the Azerbaijani independence movement in the aftermath of bloody Black January. A large Azerbaijan flag now flies where Lenin's statue once stood.

Photograph credit: Diego Delso

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