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Old 04-02-2018, 10:13 PM
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Some 1st half in this Monaco Lyon game

2 all and a red card
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:18 PM
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Add to that Monaco lost their keeper early on and now Falcao to injuries

Jovetic almost put them ahead having just come on
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:50 PM
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What a goal, what a come back, with 10 players

3-2 Monaco
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:58 PM
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Dani Alves in goals for the last minute after Trapp got sent off in the cup

Shame the sending off came so late
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:21 PM
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PSG taking on Les Herbiers, a club of National (equivalent to League 1) tonight in the Coupe de France final...Emery looking at doing a small treble before legging it

In other PSG news, Thiago Motta is retiring as a player at the end of this season and will start coaching PSG's U19...
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:57 PM
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43956998

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Paris St-Germain v Les Herbiers: The biggest mismatch in history?


By Emlyn Begley

BBC Sport


Les Herbiers' semi-final was held in nearby Nantes as their ground was not large enough - they have beaten Coulaines, Chateaubriant, Balma, Romorantin, Angouleme, Saint-Lo Manche, Auxerre, Lens & Chambly on their way to the final
Les Herbiers v PSG
Kick-off: Tuesday, 8 May - 20:05 BST; Coverage: Live text commentary and match report on BBC Sport website.

Tuesday sees arguably the greatest mismatch of any cup final in football history.

At the Stade de France, Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain - one of the richest clubs on earth - face Les Herbiers, who are battling relegation from the third division, in the Coupe de France final.

To put it into a financial context, Les Herbiers' entire annual budget of 2m euros (£1.77m) would pay the wages of PSG's injured striker Neymar for 16 days.

This is a club who only reached the third tier Championnat National for the first time in 2015. If they are relegated this summer - a possibility with one game to go - they will be in the same division as Paris St-Germain's reserve team next season.

Their opponents, PSG, have succeeded in 41 consecutive domestic cup games since 22 January 2014. Beat Les Herbiers and it will be the fourth consecutive season they have won both the French Cup and French League Cup.
PSG v Les Herbiers

Les Herbiers, who are the fifth team from the third or fourth divisions to reach the final, are virtually bringing the whole town to the final. They have a population of 15,933 and have sold roughly 15,000 tickets.

They have had to come through nine rounds - as many games as they have won all season in the league - but have not had to face a Ligue 1 side yet. In the semi-finals, they beat fellow third-tier side Chambly in front of 34,653 fans in Nantes - relocating for the game as their Stade Massabielle home holds 5,000 and has an average attendance of 1,500.

French football journalist Julien Laurens, a regular on the BBC Radio 5 live Euro Leagues Football Show, says "the whole country will be behind the minnows" - bar PSG fans, of course.

"The reaction to Les Herbiers reaching the final has been fantastic," he says. "We have a history in France of small teams from lower leagues doing well in the cup so people almost expect a fairytale story every year. And so they always react well to it. The French love a David vs Goliath game. So it is a huge deal.

"It could not be a more extreme final than this one considering the budget of PSG and the one of Les Herbiers."
Stephane Masala
Les Herbiers manager Stephane Masala was only appointed in January to his first managerial role - five games into their nine-game run to the final

The minnows, unsurprisingly, would make history with a win.

Nimes (1996), Amiens (2001) and Quevilly (2012) are the three third division sides to reach the cup final in the past, with fourth-tier Calais playing in 2000 - but all of them lost.

Two Ligue 2 sides have won the French Cup, most recently Guingamp in 2009.

"I think the main reason for lower league sides doing well in the cup is down to the fantastic level of French academies across the country," says Laurens.

"Only a handful of players at the Lyon academy, for example, will make it to the first team but the others are still very good. They will get released and will bounce back in lower league clubs. So the level of lower leagues is very good in France and those clubs often end up doing well in the cup.
Les Herbiers
Les Herbiers has a population of about 15,000 - the number of tickets they have sold for the final

"I reckon the Championnat National is a better level technically than the English League One but not as physical or intense. Teams like Les Herbiers play a nice style of football."

It is perhaps unsurprising that the odds on Paris St-Germain to lift the trophy are a record-breaking low.

"PSG's odds to beat third division Les Herbier at 1-100 are the lowest we've ever seen for a cup final in one of Europe's elite competitions," says Oddschecker's Callum Wilson.

"The lower league team will have to pull off the biggest footballing upset in modern betting history if they are to complete the fairytale and win the Coupe de France."

There is one more issue to be dealt with after the cup final for Les Herbiers - defeat in Friday's away trip to Beziers could send them to the Championnat National 2. In a remarkably close division, eight teams could still take the final relegation slot on the last day.

Pull off football's greatest fairytale before then and Les Herbiers could be juggling the fourth tier with a Europa League adventure.
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Old 20-05-2018, 07:53 AM
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Monaco and Lyon in the CL, Marseille in Europa League, finishing 4th despite winning last night...tough to take after losing the TNCL midweek

Rennes and Bordeaux also in TNCL

Depay grabbed a hat trick in Lyon’s 3-2 win against Nice

He’s been in top form, far from what he showed at United

Caen is staying up, Toulouse have a pkaynoffnto stay up and Troyes are relegated (with Metz)
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Old 30-05-2018, 12:21 PM
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RIP Canal+... they lost TV rights for Ligue 1 for the 2020-24 seasons

TV rights sold for 1.1b per season, 60% increase

Mediapro, who came out of nowhere, will have 8 out 10 games per 'day' and BeIn will have the other 2...C+ will no doubt try to strike a deal with Mediapro to still show couple of L1 games as 40% of C+ members pay their monthly subscription in order to watch football

All in all this 'should' help L1 clubs to better pay their players (therefore keep them longer) and develop clubs infrastructures further...
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Pat V left NYC to take over at OGC.

Marco's asleep at the wheel here!
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:39 AM
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Pat V left NYC to take over at OGC.

Marco's asleep at the wheel here!
indeed

22nd of May, m8

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