Preview: Tréllisac v Olympique de Marseille – Coupe de France

Trellisac

The final game of the last 16 of the Coupe de France sees fourth division side Trélissac take on Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Thursday night. Zivko Slijepcevic’s side has defied all the odds stacked against them to reach this stage, especially in the penalties victory over Lille in the last round. The amateur side went behind […]

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Preview: PSG vs Olympique Lyonnais – Coupe de France

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The balance of power in French football has shifted over the past decade. At the turn of the millennium, Olympique Lyonnais were kings of Ligue 1, winning seven titles in a row up to the 2007/08 season. Fans then enjoyed five straight different champions, until Paris Saint-Germain, under the financial guidance of QSI, seized control of power. PSG’s dominance has […]

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Preview: Troyes vs Saint-Etienne – Coupe de France

ASSE in CDF

The early triple-header on Wednesday sees les Verts visiting the lanterne rouge. Troyes are bottom of the table with 11 points, 16 away from safety, and have recently sacked manager Claude Robin after less than two months in charge; he took over in early December from Jean-Marc Furlan who got them promoted as Ligue 2 Champions last season. Given ESTAC’s situation, a transfer window fire-sale […]

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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: Granville vs Bourg-en-Bresse – Coupe de France

Vauvy

Fifth tier Granville will fly the flag for the CFA2 this week as they host Ligue 2 Bourg-en-Bresse as the lowest-ranked team remaining in the Coupe de France. In the previous round their Stade Louis-Dior was full as they beat their CFA2 peers Sarreguemines 3-1 thanks to two goals in the final six minutes. Top scorer Thomas Vauvy was the […]

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Preview: Sochaux vs Monaco – Coupe de France

Monaco in CDF

Distractions, distractions – both teams here may be wondering if a cup run falls into the category ‘good thing’ or ‘bad thing’, but for rather different reasons. Sochaux are languishing in 19th place in Ligue 2, and their supporters are writing open letters to voice their concerns about the new owners who arrived in the summer, Chinese LED-manufacturers Ledus (not the […]

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Preview: Girondins de Bordeaux vs FC Nantes – Coupe de France

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We have a Derby de l’Atlantique on our hands on Wednesday evening as the last sixteen sees Bordeaux hosting Nantes. Bordeaux especially will be looking at this fixture as a welcome distraction from recent results. After an impressive, if rarely scintillating, unbeaten run came to a shuddering end with a 5-1 Coupe de la Ligue semi-final mauling at the hands of […]

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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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