Coupe de France 16emes : AS Monaco v Olympique Lyonnais

CDF 2018

“YOU’RE HERE, THERE’S NOTHING I FEAR,” sang Celine Dion as Memphis Depay’s stoppage time winner against Paris Saint-Germain became the latest piece of football drama to be underscored by the theme song to “Titanic”. Olympique Lyonnais’ hearts will go on to Stade Louis II midweek but will their heads be there too, after the emotionally-charged victory against the Parisians? In […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : Montpellier HSC v FC Lorient

CDF 2018

Two former winners face off in this as Montpellier, seventh in Ligue 1, welcome FC Lorient, sixth in Ligue 2. Lorient won in 2002, beating SC Bastia 1-0 after knocking out (amongst others) Rennes, PSG, and Nimes. Prankster Remi Gaillard got himself on the pitch – and into the final’s wikipedia page – after disguising himself as a player, joining […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : Saint-Lo v Les Herbiers

CDF 2018

Fifth-tier Saint-Lo welcome third-tier Les Herbiers in another match that guarantees that the #magiedelacoupe will continue for another round. Saint-Lo knocked out their equal Aubervilliers on penalties in the last round after drawing 2-2, with goals from William Coulibaly and Thomas Vauvy before a lot of misses in the shoot-out (including from Coulibaly, but Vauvy hit the target) saw them […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : SAS Epinal v Olympique Marseille

CDF 2018

OM go into their last 32 tie against amateurs SAS Epinal in great form in 2018 – four games played, four wins and no goals conceded. But the manner in which they beat lower league opposition in Valenciennes in the last round gives some concern as to how seriously Rudi Garcia’s team are taking the cup competition. The match provides a […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : US Colomiers v FC Sochaux

Fourth-tier Colomiers have never made it past the eighth round before, so have already written a new page in the history of the club. Top of their group in the league with a decent attack (24 scored) and the best defence in the group (only nine conceded in 17 games, well ahead of the pack) they have made it past […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : Canet-Roussillon FC v SM Caen

Caen were one of the party-poopers of the last round as they knocked out sixth-tier SC Hazebrouck 2-0 with goals from Ronny Rodelin and Yoël Armougom, the 19-year-old scoring his debut goal just two minutes after coming on as substitute. With heavily-rumoured interest in Lorient’s Abdul Majeed Waris coming to nothing, Caen still bottom of the scoring charts in Ligue […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : Saint-Brieuc v RC Lens

CDF 2018

Just 21 years ago, Stade Briochin were halfway through their third season in the last four in the D2 (Ligue 2’s predecessor), before financial problems caused them to go into liquidation, lose their professional status, end their season early and tumble down France’s football pyramid. It’s been a tough road back, but promotion as champions of their CFA2 group was […]

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Coupe de France 16emes : US Granville v Concarneau

CDF 2018

After FC Still and CA Pontarlier came up just short, there was no doubt about the shock of the last round of the Coupe de France, as fourth-tier Granville overcame Ligue 1 Bordeaux 2-1 (all captured here in this Peter Jacksonesque film). The result no doubt precipitated Jocelyn Gourvennec’s departure, and coach Johan Gallon (“for me, dreams are there to […]

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