Paris (AFP)

The 2020-2021 Ligue 1 season, which starts on the weekend of August 22-23, will begin with the poster for the 1st day between Marseille and Saint-Etienne on Friday August 21 at 7:00 p.m., broadcast on the new Téléfoot channel of Mediapro, the League (LFP) announced on Friday.

Unveiling part of the schedules for this inaugural weekend, the LFP raised the curtain for the flagship match of the day between OM, vice-champion of France, and the Greens at the Stade Vélodrome.

The kick-off time has been chosen so as not to compete with the Europa League final, scheduled in Cologne (Germany) on August 21 at 9 p.m.

The LFP has also confirmed the schedules of three other matches, scheduled for Sunday 23 August at 3:00 p.m., also on Téléfoot: Dijon-Angers, Lorient-Strasbourg and Nîmes-Brest.

"The rest of the programming for this first day will be communicated on August 8," said the LFP in a press release.

This first weekend of Ligue 1 overlapping with the final phase of the Champions League in Lisbon (12-23 August), the LFP specifies that the meetings of Paris SG and Lyon will be postponed if one or the other club qualifies for the last four of the C1. The Champions League final is scheduled for August 23 at 9:00 p.m.

"If the French clubs qualified in the Champions League advance to the semi-finals, the matches Paris Saint-Germain - FC Metz and Montpellier Hérault SC - Olympique Lyonnais will be postponed to a later date, which will be communicated after the Final of the Coupe de la League "on July 31 between PSG and Lyon, said the LFP.

The 2020-2021 season marks the advent in France of a new broadcaster for Ligue 1, the Téléfoot channel created by the Spanish group Mediapro, with new schedules for Ligue 1 weekends: the typical day must begin with a match on Friday evening on Téléfoot (9 p.m.), followed by two others on Saturday (at 5 p.m. on Téléfoot and 9 p.m. on Canal +). The majority of matches will be played on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. (1 match, Téléfoot), 3:00 p.m. (4 matches, Téléfoot), 5:00 p.m. (1 match, Canal +) and 9:00 p.m. for the most anticipated match of the weekend on Telefoot.

The schedules for the 1st day of Ligue 1:

Friday August 21:

(19h00) Marseille - Saint-Etienne

Sunday 23 August:

(3:00 p.m.) Lorient - Strasbourg

Dijon - Angers

Nîmes - Brest

Remain to program:

Nice - Lens

Bordeaux - Nantes

Lille - Rennes

Monaco - Reims

Montpellier - Lyon (possibly postponed)

Paris SG - Metz (possibly postponed)

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