Coupe de France: Chasselay Monts d’Or Azergues vs AS Monaco

La magie de la Coupe. Something that the FA Cup tries to monopolise, but which has been diluted to homeopathic levels by reserve team selections, Wembley semi-finals and tea-time Final kick-offs. France still take their romantic duties seriously however, and a sprinkling of magic took place in the last round, as CFA club Chasselay giant-killed Ligue 2 side Istres, winning […]

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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 […]

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Coupe de France: PSG v Montpellier

The two most recent French champions go head-to-head on Wednesday when current titleholders Paris Saint-Germain welcome 2011-2012 surprise winners Montpellier HSC to the Parc des Princes in the Coupe de France round of 32. However, while the capital club have thrived since La Paillade famously pipped them to the title under Rene Girard’s leadership, Montpellier have entered decline. Now led […]

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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 […]

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Coupe de France: AS Yzeure vs Olympique Lyonnais

One of the big heroes of the last round of the Coupe de France were CFA’s Yzeure, who giant-killed Ligue 1 side Lorient 1-0, through Steve Mbida’s first half strike. For a fourth-tier team to beat a side from the top division is impressive enough; to overcome one of Ligue 1’s in-form teams, who had fielded a strong line-up, all […]

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Coupe de France: Angers SCO v FC Sochaux

Tuesday night will see Ligue 1 strugglers Sochaux travelling across France to Angers, the city of Cointreau and the Doomsday tapestry. Both sides overcame lower league teams with varying amounts of ease in the last round, Angers beating CFA side FC Chambly in a sudden death penalty shootout after a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate, and Sochaux having no such trouble playing […]

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Coupe de France: AC Ajaccio v SM Caen

Here is the tale of two teams who could very well meet up this summer on their transition between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While top-flight strugglers Ajaccio stand at the bottom of Ligue 1 with only nine points in 21 games, Caen remain well positioned in the race for promotion from Ligue 2, albeit six points behind Lens and […]

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