Former champions Paris Saint-Germain have bid for a record 11th League 1 title in Clermont this New Year season.
The preliminary round for France’s top flight will begin on the weekend of August 5-7, and the first matches of the league will take place on January 1 and 2, with the 2022 World Cup break.
There will be a six-week break for the showpiece event in Qatar, the winter break will start on November 14 and the games will resume on December 28 with the mid-week round. (Click here to view the full program).
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Kylian Mbappe will remain a star player for PSG despite rumors that he has been signed by Real Madrid to stay in Paris for another three years, with a new contract ending in May.
The coach is expected to change for the previous winner, however, manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be replaced before the 2022-23 campaign begins as PSG failed to reach the Champions League semi-finals and Cop de France lost in the final.
PSG have shared the title record with 10-time winners Marseille and Saint-Etienne, who were eliminated last season with six-time winners Bordeaux.
His rival Clermont finished the week in 17th place last season.
Marseille were runners-up last season, automatically qualified for the Champions League and started the season at Reims’ home.
Third-placed AS Monaco will face a tough fight in Strasbourg, Alsace, to advance to the Champions League qualifiers.
It is yet to be decided who will play in the match which will be played on Friday night, August 5.
The league will also end later this year and the final will be on June 3.
Associated Press information was used in this story.