A major novelty in Italy, which would have changed everything for Lens in 98 if it had been applied in France


Imagine if on May 9, 1998, by tying up a 1-1 draw at Auxerre, the RC Lens had not won the title of champion of France but just hung a final for the title against Metz, which he was ahead of on goal difference? This is what would have happened if the rule that Italian football is going to introduce this season had been applied…

Indeed, Serie A incorporates a new point of regulation for the least notable: a team can no longer be crowned champion of Italy if it is tied on points with the 2nd. A final will be set up to decide between the 2 teams. There is no question of playing for the title on goal difference or even on the results of direct confrontations during the championship.

This also means that in the event of a tie at the end of regulation time during this potential final, the champion will be determined on penalties, as can happen in the context of a national cup. Note a subtlety in the event that at least 3 teams finish on the podium with the same number of points: a ranking will be established from the direct confrontations. The 3rd will then be eliminated to let the first 2 of this mini classification compete in the final. It should be noted that Italy had already applied this rule in the past, several decades ago, and this had happened on one occasion, for the title of Bologna at the expense of Inter Milan in 1964. While the championships sometimes tend to take ideas from each other, one wonders if this idea will one day arrive in France…

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