Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals

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2018 got under way at the weekend with the round of 64 of the Coupe de France, with the Ligue 1 teams joining the fray, more or less successfully. Now with slightly less magic and a different take on what constitutes an upset, the junior cup competition is here as an amuse-bouche before the first round of 2018 Ligue 1 fixtures. OGC […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Angers SCO v FCL Lorient

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Firmly in the ‘need this fixture like a hole in the head’ category are Angers, 19th in Ligue 1 – the lanterne ambre? – and yet to win a home game in the league. What looked at the start of the season like a more positive and creative approach from manager Stephane Moulins has turned out to be not so […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : USM Senlis v FC Nantes

When Nantes, fifth in Ligue 1, travelled to Amiens for their last match of 2017, some ‘neutrals’ in the stands were watching them intently – the president of USM Senlis and his staff had made the drive up to check out the opposition for the 9th round of the Coupe de France. Eric Guillot ended up having a chat with […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : FC Still 1930 v ESTAC Troyes

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You have to feel a bit sorry for Troyes. There they are, hovering in the bottom-half clump in Ligue 1 that sees three points separating 13th from 19th, on a general downward slide after a good start, not playing particularly well or being particularly interesting, knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue by Amiens, and now cast as the […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Canet Roussillon FC v Sud Nivernais Imphy Decize

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This fixture ensures lower league representation in the next round as 5th tier Canet Roussillon take on 6th tier SN Imphy Decize. While this gives both sides a decent chance of progressing, it seems that both are a little disappointed not to get a bigger opponent – one local paper saying that SNID ‘could dream of PSG’ before the draw […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : SC Hazebrouck v SM Caen

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This is SC Hazebrouck’s fourth crack at post-Christmas Coupe de France action, but it has been a while – their last effort was in 1983 when they were in the third division, and were knocked out by Lille. Now, they are in the sixth tier, but the augurs aren’t bad, as they have already got one giant-killing under their belt, […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : CA Pontarlier v Montpellier HSC

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CA Pontalier sit in third in National 3 Group E, but with three games in hand over the leading pair after a snow-affected run-in to the winter break, allowing them to focus on their match historique. After making it to the 8th round in five of the last seven seasons, they are in the 9th round of the cup for […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : AC Houilles v US Concarneau

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The petit poucet of the round, along with FC Still, is eighth-tier AC Houilles from the Paris Ile-de-France region, who will be welcoming third-tier Concarneau to their Stade Maurice Baquet. This was finally OK’d by the authorities after some necessary works were done to bring the facilities up to standard – which were to add a players’ tunnel, extend the […]

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