Coupe de France

Coupe de France 8emes – Villefranche v PSG – Football Article

A key part of any cup draw is to see who the biggest guns get drawn against. This goes double in a domestic cup competition that still has some minnows in it. The ooohs as the ball is opened / paper unfolded, the smaller team’s president trying to stay calm when interviewed, bullish quotes in the local press in the run-up to the tie, having to borrow a nearby ground – le magie de la coupe means that anything can happen. This – with…

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Coupe de France 8emes – Guingamp vs Olympique Lyonnais – Football Article

Guingamp have enjoyed, shall we say, an interesting set of results in January. The Breton side have found joy in the cup competitions knocking out the likes of PSG and Monaco on their way to the Coupe de la Ligue final, and managed to negotiate a safe passage through to the 8eme of the Coupe de France. However, they have also tasted three defeats in the league including a 9-0 thumping at the hands of PSG resulting in them sitting at…

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Coupe de France 8emes – Croix v Dijon – Football Article

In the early slot on Tuesday, there is a possibility for a cupset as fourth-tier Croix host struggling Ligue 1 side Dijon. It will be a long-shot – isn’t it always? – but the stars may be aligning on this one. IC Croix are currently top of their group in National 2, albeit looking nervously at Creteil just two points behind them with a game in hand and better goal difference. They play Bobigny (13th, hovering just outside the relegation zone) on…

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Coupe de France 16emes – Entente SSG v FC Nantes – Football Article

It’s easy to go weeks, months even, fully absorbed into the beautiful game without a care for the reality of the outside world. But on the evening of Monday 21st January, we were provided with a stark reminder that football is just that: a game. A private jet transporting Argentine striker Emiliano Sala to Cardiff, piloted by David Ibbotson, disappeared over the English Channel. There are no words that can appropriately convey the tragedy of what has happened. But what…

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FFW Pod – Emiliano Sala, Coupe de France – Football Article

With the sad news that the search for Emiliano Sala’s plane, piloted by David Ibbotson, has been called off, it’s a sombre mood at FFW Towers this week. However, we do need to look at both the Coupe de France and Ligue 1. Kris, Phil, Rich and Conor do their best to round that up. The podcast is available on Soundcloud: With two games to play at the time of recording, the draw for…

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Coupe de France 16emes – Thursday part I – Football Article

After an upsetting (in a good way) first post-Christmas round of the Coupe de France, the 16emes have been much more restrained. So far only two teams have beaten higher-placed opposition, and in one case that took penalties (Croix at Marignane Gignac) and in the other there are only two league places between them (Metz winning 3-1 at Monaco). Thursday’s early evening slot is welcome, therefore, to keep up the minnow contingent. So far, Croix from National 2 are the lowest-ranked…

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Coupe de France 32emes – Sunday – Strasbourg Olympique v Saint-Etienne, etc – Football Article

The five games on Sunday afternoon see one genuine ‘minnow versus giant’ plus matches that will guarantee two teams from the fourth tier at the very least. There is also the potential for an early Ligue 1 casualty. And Toulouse v Nice put forward from yesterday, which is previewed here. Strasbourg Olympique v Saint-Etienne When the draw was made just before Christmas, many Saint-Etienne fans could be forgiven for doing a double take when les Verts were matched up against Strasbourg Olympique.…

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Coupe de France 32emes – Lille v Sochaux – Football Article

Lille host Sochaux tonight in the final tie of the Coupe de France Round of 64 (save for the postponed Grenoble vs Strasbourg) looking to continue in 2019 the upward momentum that they built in the first half of the season. After narrowly avoiding relegation last year, Christophe Galtier and his team have been a revelation this year, playing exciting counter-attacking football built around a solid defence, marshalled by Adama Soumaoro and Jose Fonte, an excellent young pair of full…

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FFW Pod – Happy New Year! – Football Article

We’re back, and so is French football! Phil, Jez and Rich have a look at how things stand at the midway-ish point (some December games yet to play) after 2019 opened with a cracking round of Coupe de France fixtures including 10 (ten) upsets. These including Angers being knocked out by sixth-tier regional team Viry-Chatillon, Gazelec Ajaccio ditto by Noisy-le-Grand, and the one you may have heard about, OM falling 2-0 to National side Andrezieux. Elsewhere the…

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