Coupe De France 8emes – Tuesday – CA Bastia v Angers, Frejus v Auxerre, Bordeaux v Lorient

Tuesday CDF

The round of sixteen crashes into view with some interesting fixtures but also not the draw we might have hoped for, as the minnows are all at home against higher opposition. However, with several of the higher-ups in a slightly awkward situation league-wise, there could still be some upsets in store. Today there are three fixtures, including a couple of minnows facing […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Thursday – Bergerac v Lille

Bergerac v Lille CDF

So far, there’s been a big cupset as CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beat Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0 with goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili; also, National side Avranches beat Ligue 2’s Strasbourg on penalties. It looked like Strasbourg would prevail after an injury time equaliser from Vincent Gragnic cancelled out Christopher Mayulu’s opener, but the home side held out, eventually […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

Barbosa crop

The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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Preview: Sarre-Union vs Lorient – Coupe de France

Sarre-Union

With big names such as Metz, Nancy and Strasbourg already out, lowly Sarre-Union are left to represent the Alsace-Lorraine region in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, as they host Ligue 1’s Lorient. One of three fourth-tier CFA teams remaining in the competition, Sarre-Union reached this stage with an impressive win over Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais […]

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Preview: Saint-Malo vs GFC Ajaccio – Coupe de France

Saint-Malo

As we get towards the business end of the tournament, just one round from the quarter finals, there still remains an impressive contingent from the 4th and 5th tiers. One of those is Saint-Malo who have had a strong run so far and now come up against top-flight opposition in the shape of Gazelec Ajaccio. After seeing off sides from […]

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Arles-Avignon to sign French striker on loan from FC Sion

FCisseArles

It’s safe to say that AC Arles-Avignon, currently bottom of Ligue 2, have endured a complicated start to season, but Friday night’s one-nil victory over AS Nancy handed Victor Zvunka’s side an impressive and unexpected three points. It now appears that more good news will follow Friday’s night’s win, with L’Équipe today reporting that ACA are close to strengthening their attacking options with […]

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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 […]

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Coupe de France Preview – Red Star FC v Arles-Avignon

There may be a division between these two teams, as Red Star welcome Arles-Avignon to the Stade Bauer, but there isn’t actually much of a gap. Red Star lie third in National on 29 points, just three points off their city rivals Paris FC at the winter break; Arles-Avignon are dead last in Ligue 2 with ten points after 18 […]

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