Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Saturday Part II

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We reach the halfway point of the 32emes tonight as seven more ties take place, including one all-Ligue 1 clash as PSG host Bastia, and potential upsets as three Ligue 1 teams travel to lower league opposition. Blois Foot 41 (CFA2) vs FC Nantes (L1) Stalwarts of Division 2 in the 70s before tumbling town the French football structure, Blois […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Saturday Part I

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After last night’s aperitif, featuring two mild cupsets as Les Herbiers and Avranches both saw off Ligue 2 opponents, and one par-for-the-course win for Monaco, we move on to the first course of this year’s Coupe de France Round of 64 this afternoon. There are ten ties, featuring teams from the top six tiers of France’s footballing pyramid from Ligue […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Friday

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It’s the 100th edition of the Coupe de France and the ninth round / 32emes / round of 64 is the traditional way to restart French football after the winter break. Things kick off on Friday night with three matches, including high-flying Monaco against AC Ajaccio, and two potentially tight encounters between teams just one division apart. Monaco (L1) – […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Final – Marseille v PSG

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This is it. The last game of the French football season, the last chance for silverware; PSG aiming for a second consecutive domestic quadruple, Marseille looking to defend their status as record cup-winners. Ooh. Marseille may not have had the most successful or stress-free league season but their cup run has been a bright note, featuring six different scorers (admittedly one […]

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Sochaux v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

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Wednesday night’s Coupe de France semi-final against FC Sochaux was already going to be a tough fixture for Olympique de Marseille, but the pressure, intrigue and mystery over the game was quickly raised on Tuesday when OM announced that Michel was no longer the head coach at the southern club. The Spanish coach was already heading down a slippery slope, […]

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FC Lorient v PSG: Coupe de France Preview

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The next step in PSG’s attempt to repeat last season’s domestic quadruple [if we really must count the Trophee des Champions – Ed] is a Coupe de France semi-final against Lorient. FCL are 11th in the table on 43 points, so can be fully focussed on this match, whereas despite its importance for the holders, they will also be looking forwards to […]

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Granville v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

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Although at first glance Saint-Etienne vs PSG looked like the stand-out quarter-final of this year’s Coupe de France, it is Granville vs Marseille which has been given top billing. The match-up between the fifth tier minnows and France’s favourite club is really catching the nation’s imagination, as indicated by the fact that the match, to be held at the Stade […]

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Saint-Etienne v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de France Preview

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The grand choc of the quarter-finals sees six-time winners Saint-Etienne hosting nine-time winners and current holders Paris Saint-Germain. Les Verts haven’t had the smoothest ride to this stage and are yet to finish a match inside the traditional 90 minutes. The edgiest match was the first one, against CFA2’s Raon L’Etape, which went to penalties after a 1-1 draw, Stephane Ruffier the […]

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