Coupe de France Preview: Le Mans v Tours FC

Remember Le Mans? Ligue 1 regulars between 2005 and 2010, their youth system brought you the likes of Didier Drogba and Sebastien Corchia, and they turned rough diamonds like Gervinho and Grafite into the real deal. If that doesn’t jog your memory you might recall the headlines from the summer of 2013, when their finances went off the edge of a cliff and they were administratively relegated to the sixth tier. Thus began a slog…

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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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Coupe de France: Sete v Jura Sud

This round sees the meeting of two cupset sides from the last round; CFA2’s FC Sete saw off National side Carquefou 2-0 with goals from their top scorer Lionel Gelly and veteran midfielder Christophe Rouve (d.o.b. 24 December 1970), and CFA’s Jura Sud scored early in a postponed encounter with Ligue 2 side Creteil, Gomariz with the only goal of the game. Sete are continuing to live the dream, now with 12 wins out of the…

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Coupe de France: Balagne Ile Rousse v Bordeaux

Like the rustic Trinighellu train that snakes its way around the breath-taking coastline of the beautiful island of Corsica, local side Football Ile-Rousse Monticello (or Balagne Ile Rousse) are making steady inroads on what could potentially be a famous deep Coupe de France run. Next up for the plucky islanders are Bordeaux and a shock could very well be on the cards. Francis Gillot’s men sat fifth in Ligue 1 going into the winter break,…

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Day-trip to Calais makes perfect football day out

Day-trip to Calais makes perfect football day out

Fed up with the price of English non-league football, James Drobka and friends took to the ferry, picked up their free bottle of wine and enjoyed a day out watching Calais and fifth division French football. You wouldn’t think it would be possible; however on this weekend, two friends and I visited France for the day and watched Calais vs UJA Maccabi Paris in the CFA2 for less than a ticket to some non-league games…

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Preview: Coupe de France 32es de finale

Get set for some Magie de la Coupe as things kick off after the winter break with the Ligue 1 teams joining the fray. There are four all-Ligue 1 clashes, some familiar names from previous cupsets, and some minnows looking to overturn the big fish. Below is the full list of fixtures, all times local CET, with French TV coverage noted as appropriate – note that France 3 is playing different matches in different regions…

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