Coupe de France – US Boulogne v US Sarre-Union

Both these teams have been in the cup for a fair few rounds already. Boulogne started in round five, seeing off a couple of district teams 4-1 and 5-1 before another 4-1 to beat Calais (CFA) in round 7. They then pulled off a minor giantkilling in round 8 by knocking out Le Havre 2-0 away, with goals from Julien-Antoine Begue and Anthony Soubervie. They sit fourth in National having gone into the winter break…

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Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Last season was not a happy one for Valenciennes, who hit the relegation zone after five games and never dragged themselves out of it. They changed managers, bringing in Ariel Jacobs for Daniel Sanchez, they got in Abdul Majeed Waris on loan in January, but it didn’t work. Their season featured not one, but two seven-game losing streaks, at the beginning of the season after an opening day win over Toulouse, and at the end, as the…

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Coupe de France: AS Moulins v Angers SCO

Group B of the CFA is clearly the place to be if you want to become a Coupe de France hero this year. After Chasselay’s defeat of Ligue 2 Istres, and Yzeure’s giant-killing of Ligue 1 Lorient, it is AS Moulins, conquerors of Toulouse, who will be flying the flag for the second pool of France’s fourth tier, in this week’s Coupe de France Quarter-Finals. Hervé Loubat’s men are having an excellent season in league…

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Coupe de France: AS Cannes v EA Guingamp

AS Cannes and the windmills of Moulins are the two lowest-ranked teams left in the Coupe de France, and if ever there was a fairy tale set to continue in this competition, the Dragons of Cannes are the perfect characters, and this time they’re the good guys. Ligue 1 sides Saint-Etienne and Montpellier have already been scorched, and now EA Guingamp stand in their way. The Breton side aren’t quite the giant opponent that a…

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Coupe de France Quarter Finals – Tilting at Windmills…

The magic’s back. Eight teams, including two from the fourth tier of French football, will be fighting it out for a place in the semi-final, hoping for an iconic piece of silverware and a place in Europe next season. No replays. No names on shirts. No messing. Tuesday 25 March 19.45 GMT – Moulins (CFA) 0-0 (2-4 on penalties) Angers (Ligue 2) – Eurosport – preview by Jeremy Smith   Wednesday 26 March 17.45 – Cannes (CFA)…

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Coupe de France: Moulins v Sete

CFA side Moulins sent Toulouse spiralling out of the cup in the last round, as we warned, in one of the upsets of the competition so far. A second-half brace from Sébastien Da Silva saw them come from behind to win 2-1 after Eden Ben Basat had opened the scoring, and put the Windmills into the last 16, the furthest they have ever come in this competition. Fourth in their CFA group and seeking promotion, Hervé Loubat’s men will…

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Coupe de France: Results and Draw

A cracking round of matches saw two proper giant-killings as Moulins (CFA) beat Toulouse 2-1, and fifth-tier Ile Rousse saw off Bordeaux on penalties. Three Ligue 2 sides (Caen, Lens and Angers) saw off Ligue 1 opposition (Ajaccio, SC Bastia and Sochaux), and CFA2’s Sete beat CFA’s Jura Sud 2-0. Montpellier ended PSG’s unbeaten-at-home record that had stretched back to November 2012, and Marseille and Nice managed an epic nine goals between them.   Draw…

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Coupe de France: Previews Seiziemes de Finale

Coupe de France: Previews Seiziemes de Finale

Reset your magie de la coupe levels, it’s the round of 32 – while top-billing in the timetable and TV schedules has been given to the two all-Ligue 1 clashes, OM v Nice and PSG v Montpellier, we are assured some minnow-progression with matches between Sete and Jura Sud, and Cannes and Plabennec. Add to that a couple of ‘too close to call’ meetings between teams not too far apart in terms of actual position…

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