Establishing a high 1000 of the perfect gamers within the historical past of the D1/L1 was a very bold undertaking. It turned out to be very perilous, inflicting complications and squabbles. On arrival, nevertheless, we hope that it has fulfilled its main goal: to pay a huge tribute to our favourite championship.
By Raphaël Brosse, with the Prime 1000 workforce
It was an previous sea serpent, which made its look occasionally within the corridors of the editorial workers: “And if we established a high 1000 of the perfect gamers in D1? » This loopy undertaking, that is the phrase, lastly took a concrete flip within the coronary heart of summer season. The launch of this river cleaning soap opera passed off firstly of August, the day after the primary day of Ligue 1. Its last episode, which marked the coronation of Delio Onnis (accompanied on the rostrum by Jean-Pierre Papin and Juninho), was unveiled in mid-November, on the eve of the World Cup in Qatar. Between the kick-off and the ultimate whistle, 101 days handed. 101 days of rankings to be made, particular person tales to be written. 101 days racking your brains, venturing up and down the wealthy meanders of French soccer. 101 days of virtually inextricable difficulties, usually heated debates. And 101 days, now, that must be advised.
Typing within the 1000, not simple
The primary crucial was actually not the simplest to fulfill: earlier than even occupied with drawing up a high 1000, it was essential to checklist the names that deserved to be included. And a thousand names is so much. Very a lot. After a protracted assortment carried out with all of the editorial workers, supplemented by in-depth analysis on the web and within the archives, we combed by means of the names collected. In different phrases, type them, point out for every a rating vary, discard probably the most outlandish proposals (Karim Rekik, thanks, however no thanks) or gamers with a CV that’s far too mild and compensate by discovering last-minute additions, typically drawn within the feedback house (particular point out to Fred Astaire, devoted among the many devoted). Inevitably, there have been oversights. Some contenders have been added to the highest alongside the way in which, however different absences have been seen too late for the error to be repaired in time. René Masclaux, Laurent Roussey, Luc Sonor and the others, please do not maintain it in opposition to us.
One other nice problem resided in having to match gamers of various generations. The illustrious veterans of the editorial workers, these whose temples are probably the most grey, have frequently been requested to share their recollections of this or that participant from previous a long time. Nevertheless, methods to ensure that a prolific pre-war goalscorer, whom none of us had ever seen play, deserved to be ranked increased than Jimmy Briand? The uncooked information (objectives scored, matches performed, information, and so forth.) actually give indications. However twenty first century soccere century not has a lot to do, in lots of respects, with that of the beginnings of professionalism. Equally, figuring out which of a goalkeeper from the Sixties or a mid-Nineties ought to end forward of the opposite may very well be very tough. After which, greater than the “greatest” gamers within the historical past of the championship, we particularly needed to honor probably the most “important”. Past pure expertise alone, it was necessary to us to advertise longevity, with out forgetting those that have achieved a feat and not using a future. Ali Ahamada, Romain Danzé and even Fabrice Apruzesse, to quote solely current examples, have marked Ligue 1 in a technique or one other. Rather more, in any case, than Lionel Messi, logically absent from the rating.
Hiccups, debates and Le Havre foyer
Ranging from this statement, rebelling as a result of the 874e was higher than the 861e did not make any sense. And all of the extra so since we needed to fluctuate the pleasures inside every each day batch, guaranteeing that completely different durations, completely different golf equipment and completely different positions are represented. From there to say that this high 1000 is barely a random succession of names with out the slightest hierarchy, there is just one step that shouldn’t be taken. As a result of regardless of just a few hiccups (Armand Penverne 952eOswaldo Piazza 489eAbedi Pelé 178e), we now have maintained general consistency, step by step rising in energy over the weeks and reserving the primary hundred locations for probably the most good, titled and emblematic gamers within the historical past of D1. Clearly, it was not a protracted calm river. Between us and throughout the editorial workers, opinions have been usually divided, and the debates inevitably vigorous. Some needed to discover a place for Martin Terrier, whereas others noticed Ronaldinho as a pure candidate for the highest 10. Everybody went there with their arguments, relying on their sensitivity, their membership of hearts and the recollections nonetheless rooted of their reminiscence. We’ll spotlight particularly the perseverance of the highly effective Le Havre foyer, due to which Christophe Revault made a number of leaps within the rankings, till showing at 185e rank.
Profitable wager ?
Agreeing between us was typically fairly a problem and, studying the feedback, we have been compelled to notice that the readers have been additionally fast to launch into fiery discussions (which the case of Zlatan proved brilliantly Ibrahimovic). To inform the reality, it couldn’t be in any other case given the character of the train, which is extremely subjective. Throughout these 101 days, we needed to honor the previous, with out devaluing the contemporaries. We needed to point out the unpredictable dribbler because the participant of obligation, the person with the incessant modifications of golf equipment because the one who remained devoted to his lifelong workforce, the star with the XXL prize checklist because the nameless one that, due to an inconceivable feat, was additionally entitled to its quarter of an hour of glory. It was our means of paying an enormous tribute to those that wrote – and nonetheless write – the wealthy historical past of our favourite championship. We hope not less than that this wager is profitable.
By Raphaël Brosse, with the Prime 1000 workforce