The Most Successful French Football Teams

During France’s early football years, names often seen coming up included teams like AS Saint-Etienne and FC Nantes.

With time, a team called Olympique Marseille began to emerge. This team captivated the world of French soccer for several decades. Then, at the turn of the new century, the Lyon City-based Olympique Lyonnais rose to prominence as the leading club of the time.

Then, of course, followed a time of enormous revival for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), which ultimately changed the entire French soccer scene.

Today, France’s Ligue 1 is considered one of the best leagues in modern-day football.

Below are the top and most successful teams in French football.

Paris Saint-Germain

Currently the most successful team in the country, PSG has won over 40 trophies across many of the world’s major football competitions.

While PSG has dominated mainly at home, they rank among only two French teams to have won European titles. The fact they were eventually taken over by Qatar Investment Authority has only helped them to secure some of the best players in the world.

Olympique Marseille

This special band of players dominated the world of French football from the 1970s well into the 1990s.

In 1992-93, they became the very first French football club ever to win the coveted UEFA Champion’s League title. In fact, the club has spent the majority of its history in the top tier. All in all, they’ve won ten league titles, three Couple de la Ligue titles, and ten Coupe de France titles.

AS Saint-Etienne

AS Saint-Etienne enjoyed its most powerful period during the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, they reigned victorious in a record eight league competitions in fifteen years.

Led by Albert Batteux, Jean Snella, and Robert Herbin, they had some of the best hands in French soccer on board.

AS Monaco

AS Monaco is located smack-bang in the (in)famous autonomous region of France.

They’ve won eight Ligue 1 titles and five Coupe de France pieces of silverware. Across European competitions, they remain one of the most consistent sides of all.

Olympique Lyonnais

This special team was the most successful club of them all at the turn of the century.

In 2022, Olympique Lyonnais set out on a national record-setting journey of seven titles in row. This record has yet to be matched.

Today, Lyon remains one of the most popular football clubs in the country. They’re regular participants in major European tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League.


FC Girondins de Bordeaux has won a total of six French leagues, three Trophee des Champions, four Coupe de France titles, and three Coupe de la Ligue victories.

Their most successful outing this century was the French League Cup, where they’ve won a total of three big titles, which is as exciting as winning a jackpot at Canadian casino online.

FC Nantes

Nantes quickly rose to be a dominant French football force in the 1960s and 1970s.

Nantes came to be during the Second World War when several clubs merged together. As such, they were referred to as FC Nantes Atlantique from 1992 up until 2007.