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Coupe de France
Founded 1917
Region  France
Number of teams 7,317 (2009-10 Season)
Current champions En Avant Guingamp
Most successful club Olympique de Marseille
(10 times)
Website FFF - Coupe de France
Soccerball current event.svg Coupe de France 2009–10
This is about the football competition, for the rugby, see Coupe de France (rugby).

Coupe de France, or Coupe Charles Simon, is a competition for French football clubs, open to all professional and non-professional teams. The cup is one of many inter-French club competitions that have been organised by the French Football Federation. The first competition was held in 1918.



Created during World War I, the cup bore the name of Charles Simon, a football player and one of the founders of FFF, who died during the war.

Olympique de Marseille have won the cup the most with ten titles, Paris Saint Germain are second with seven wins. Three players have been on the cup-winning team five times: Marceau Sommerlynck (1946, 1947, 1948, 1953 and 1955), Dominique Bathenay (1974, 1975, 1977, 1982 and 1983) and Alain Roche (1986, 1987, 1993, 1995 and 1998).

Since 1927, the President of France has always attended the cup final and presented the trophy to the winning team's captain. Gaston Doumergue was the first French president to take part in the ceremony.


Finals results

1928 final between CA Paris and Red Star Paris

The Coupe de France can be difficult for the bigger clubs to win, as a higher-ranked club always plays as the away side when drawn against lower-league opposition. There is no second leg so the match is played to a finish (no replays), increasing the chance of an upset if the 'lower' team has a good day. In recent seasons, several finalists (though no winners until 2009) have advanced through whilst playing in Ligue 2 or even lower in the league system, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of the competition. The frequent triumphs of smaller clubs over large also suggests that the cup is not the top priority for the Ligue 1 clubs, although the Coupe de France is considered more important than some other equivalent competitions in European countries, such as Germany and Italy. Sides from overseas French territories such as Reunion also enter the cup, resulting in some long away trips; Jeanne d'Arc from Reunion reaching the Round of 64 in the 2008/09 season where they lost 7-1 at home to Tours.

Year Winner Runner-up Result Venues Attendance Entries
5 May 1918 Olympique de Pantin FC Lyon 3–0 Rue Olivier-de-Serres 2,000 48
6 April 1919 CASG Paris Olympique de Pantin 3–2 aet Parc des Princes 10,000 60
9 May 1920 CA Paris Le Havre AC 2–1 Stade Bergeyre 7,000 114
24 April 1921 Red Star Olympique de Pantin 2–1 Stade Pershing 18,000 202
7 May 1922 Red Star Stade Rennais 2–0 Stade Pershing 25,000 249
6 May 1923 Red Star FC Sète 4–2 Stade Pershing 20,000 304
13 April 1924 Olympique de Marseille FC Sète 3–2 aet Stade Pershing 29,000 325
10 May 1925 CASG Paris FC Rouen 1–1 aet Colombes 18,000 326
3–2 Replay 18,000
9 May 1926 Olympique de Marseille AS Valentigney 4–1 Colombes 26,000 336
6 May 1927 Olympique de Marseille US Quevilly 3–0 Colombes 23,800 346
6 May 1928 Red Star CA Paris 3–1 Colombes 30,000 336
5 May 1929 Montpellier Hérault SC FC Sète 2–0 Colombes 25,000 380
27 April 1930 FC Sète RC Paris 3–1 aet Colombes 35,000 408
3 May 1931 Club Français Montpellier Hérault SC 3–0 Colombes 30,000 423
24 April 1932 AS Cannes RC Roubaix 1–0 Colombes 36,143 438
7 May 1933 Excelsior Athlétic Club de Roubaix RC Roubaix 3–1 Colombes 33,000 472
6 May 1934 FC Sète Olympique de Marseille 2–1 Colombes 40,600 540
5 May 1935 Olympique de Marseille Stade Rennais 3–0 Colombes 40,008 567
3 May 1936 RC Paris FCO Charleville(Level 2) 1–0 Colombes 39,725 636
9 May 1937 FC Sochaux RC Strasbourg 2–1 Colombes 39,538 658
8 May 1938 Olympique de Marseille FC Metz 2–1 aet Parc des Princes 33,044 679
14 May 1939 RC Paris Lille OSC 3–1 Colombes 52,431 727
5 May 1940 RC Paris Olympique de Marseille 2–1 Parc des Princes 25,969 778
25 May 1941 Girondins de Bordeaux SC Fives 2–0 Saint-Ouen 15,230 236
17 May 1942 Red Star FC Sète 2–0 Colombes 40,000 469
22 May 1943 Olympique de Marseille Girondins de Bordeaux 2–2 aet Colombes 32,500 664
4–0 Replay 32,212
7 May 1944 Équipe fédérale Nancy-Lorraine Équipe fédérale Reims-Champagne 4–0 Parc des Princes 31,995 772
6 May 1945 RC Paris Lille OSC 3–0 Colombes 49,983 510
26 May 1946 Lille OSC Red Star 4–2 Colombes 59,692 811
11 May 1947 Lille OSC RC Strasbourg 2–0 Colombes 59,852 922
10 May 1948 Lille OSC RC Lens (Level 2) 3–2 Colombes 60,739 933
8 May 1949 RC Paris Lille OSC 5–2 Colombes 61,473 981
14 May 1950 Stade de Reims RC Paris 2–0 Colombes 61,722 977
6 May 1951 RC Strasbourg Valenciennes FC (Level 2) 3–0 Colombes 61,492 1,010
4 May 1952 OGC Nice Girondins de Bordeaux 5–3 Colombes 61,485 1,024
31 May 1953 Lille OSC AS Nancy 2–1 Colombes 58,993 1,035
23 May 1954 OGC Nice Olympique de Marseille 2–1 Colombes 56,803 1,072
29 May 1955 Lille OSC Girondins de Bordeaux 5–2 Colombes 49,411 1,165
27 May 1956 CS Sedan ES Troyes AC 3–1 Colombes 47,258 1,203
26 May 1957 Toulouse FC SCO Angers 6–3 Colombes 43,125 1,149
18 May 1958 Stade de Reims Nîmes Olympique 3–1 Colombes 56,523 1,163
18 May 1959 Le Havre AC (Level 2) FC Sochaux 2–2 aet Colombes 36,655 1,159
3–0 Replay 36,655
15 May 1960 AS Monaco AS Saint-Étienne 4–2 aet Colombes 38,298 1,187
7 May 1961 CS Sedan Nîmes Olympique 3–1 Colombes 39,070 1,193
13 May 1962 AS Saint-Étienne AS Nancy 1–0 Colombes 30,654 1,226
23 May 1963 AS Monaco Olympique Lyonnais 0–0 aet Colombes 32,923 1,209
2–0 Replay 24,910
10 May 1964 Olympique Lyonnais Girondins de Bordeaux 2–0 Colombes 32,777 1,203
26 May 1965 Stade Rennais CS Sedan 2–2 aet Parc des Princes 36,789 1,183
3–1 Replay 26,792
22 May 1966 RC Strasbourg FC Nantes 1–0 Parc des Princes 36,285 1,190
21 May 1967 Olympique Lyonnais FC Sochaux 3–1 Parc des Princes 32,523 1,378
12 May 1968 AS Saint-Étienne Girondins de Bordeaux 2–1 Colombes 33,959 1,378
18 May 1969 Olympique de Marseille Girondins de Bordeaux 2–0 Colombes 39,460 1,377
31 May 1970 AS Saint-Étienne FC Nantes 5–0 Colombes 32,894 1,375
20 June 1971 Stade Rennais Olympique Lyonnais 1–0 Colombes 46,801 1,383
4 June 1972 Olympique de Marseille SC Bastia 2–1 Parc des Princes 44,069 1,596
17 June 1973 Olympique Lyonnais FC Nantes 2–1 Parc des Princes 45,734 1,596
8 June 1974 AS Saint-Étienne AS Monaco 2–1 Parc des Princes 45,813 1,720
14 June 1975 AS Saint-Étienne RC Lens 2–0 Parc des Princes 44,725 1,940
12 June 1976 Olympique de Marseille Olympique Lyonnais 2–0 Parc des Princes 45,661 1,977
18 June 1977 AS Saint-Étienne Stade de Reims 2–1 Parc des Princes 45,454 2,084
13 May 1978 AS Nancy OGC Nice 1–0 Parc des Princes 45,998 2,544
16 June 1979 FC Nantes AJ Auxerre(Level 2) 4–1 aet Parc des Princes 46,070 2,473
7 June 1980 AS Monaco US Orléans (Level 2) 3–1 Parc des Princes 46,136 2,473
13 June 1981 SC Bastia AS Saint-Étienne 2–1 Parc des Princes 46,155 2,924
15 May 1982 Paris SG AS Saint-Étienne 2–2 aet
6–5 pen
Parc des Princes 46,160 3,179
11 June 1983 Paris SG FC Nantes 3–2 Parc des Princes 46,203 3,280
11 May 1984 FC Metz AS Monaco 2–0 aet Parc des Princes 45,384 3,705
8 June 1985 AS Monaco Paris SG 1–0 Parc des Princes 45,711 3,983
30 April 1986 Girondins de Bordeaux Olympique de Marseille 2–1 aet Parc des Princes 45,429 4,117
10 June 1987 Girondins de Bordeaux Olympique de Marseille 2–0 Parc des Princes 45,145 4,964
11 June 1988 FC Metz FC Sochaux 1–1 aet
5–4 pen
Parc des Princes 44,531 5,293
10 June 1989 Olympique de Marseille AS Monaco 4–3 Parc des Princes 44,448 5,293
2 June 1990 Montpellier Hérault SC RC Paris 2–1 aet Parc des Princes 44,067 5,972
8 June 1991 AS Monaco Olympique de Marseille 1–0 Parc des Princes 44,123 6,065
1992 The disaster at the Furiani Stadium in Bastia on 5 May 1992 ended the tournament. 6,343
12 June 1993 Paris SG FC Nantes 3–0 Parc des Princes 48,789 6,523
14 May 1994 AJ Auxerre Montpellier HSC 3–0 Parc des Princes 45,189 6,261
13 May 1995 Paris SG RC Strasbourg 1–0 Parc des Princes 46,698 5,975
4 May 1996 AJ Auxerre Nîmes Olympique (Level 3) 2–1 Parc des Princes 44,921 5,847
10 May 1997 OGC Nice En Avant de Guingamp 1–1 aet
4–3 pen
Parc des Princes 44,131 5,986
2 May 1998 Paris SG RC Lens 2–1 Stade de France 78,265 6,106
15 May 1999 FC Nantes CS Sedan (Level 2) 1–0 Stade de France 78,586 5,957
7 May 2000 FC Nantes Calais RUFC (Level 4) 2–1 Stade de France 78,717 6,096
26 May 2001 RC Strasbourg Amiens SC (Level 2) 0–0 aet
5–4 pen
Stade de France 78,641 6,375
11 May 2002 FC Lorient SC Bastia 1–0 Stade de France 66,215 5,848
31 May 2003 AJ Auxerre Paris SG 2–1 Stade de France 78,316 5,850
29 May 2004 Paris SG LB Châteauroux (Level 2) 1–0 Stade de France 78,357 6,057
4 June 2005 AJ Auxerre CS Sedan 2–1 Stade de France 78,721 6,263
29 April 2006 Paris Saint-Germain Olympique de Marseille 2–1 Stade de France 79,797 6,394
12 May 2007 FC Sochaux Olympique de Marseille 2–2 aet
5–4 pen
Stade de France 79,850 6,577
24 May 2008 Olympique Lyonnais Paris Saint-Germain 1–0 Stade de France 79,204 6,734
9 May 2009 EA Guingamp (Level 2) Stade Rennais 2–1 Stade de France 80,056 7,246

Performance by club

Club Winners Winning Years
Olympique de Marseille
1924, 1926, 1927, 1935, 1938, 1943, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1989
Paris Saint-Germain FC
1982, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2006
AS Saint-Étienne
1962, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977
AS Monaco FC
1960, 1963, 1980, 1985, 1991
Lille O.S.C.
1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1955
RCF Paris
1936, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1949
Red Star Saint-Ouen
1921, 1922, 1923, 1928, 1942
Olympique Lyonnais
1964, 1967, 1973, 2008
AJ Auxerre
1994, 1996, 2003, 2005
FC Nantes
1979, 1999, 2000
FC Girondins de Bordeaux
1941, 1986, 1987
OGC Nice
1952, 1954, 1997
RC Strasbourg
1951, 1966, 2001
Stade Reims
1950, 1958
FC Sète
1930, 1934
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
1937, 2007
Montpellier HSC
1929, 1990
FC Metz
1984, 1988
Stade Rennais FC
1965, 1971
CS Sedan Ardennes
1956, 1961
CASG Paris
1919, 1925
Olympique de Pantin
CA Paris
Club Français
AS Cannes
Excelsior AC Roubaix
Toulouse FC
Le Havre AC
AS Nancy
SC Bastia
FC Lorient
En Avant de Guingamp

Media coverage

In Australia the Coupe de France is broadcast by Setanta Sports Australia.

External links

Coupe de France
National football cups (UEFA region)

Coupe de France
File:Logo coupe
Founded 1917
Region France
Number of teams 7,317 (2009–10 Season)
Current champions Paris Saint-Germain (8th title)
Most successful club Olympique de Marseille
(10 titles)
Website FFF - Coupe de France
2010–11 Coupe de France

The Coupe Charles Simon, commonly known as the Coupe de France (French pronunciation: [kup də fʁɑ̃s], French Cup), is the premier knockout cup competition in French football organized by the French Football Federation. The cup competition is named after Charles Simon, a French sportsman who died while serving in World War I and is open to all amateur and professional football clubs in France, including clubs based in the overseas departments and territories. The final is played at the Stade de France and the winner of the Coupe de France qualifies for the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League. The current champions are Paris Saint-Germain, who defeated Monaco 1–0 in the final of the 2009–10 competition.

The Coupe de France was first held in 1917–18 and, during the 2007–08 season, celebrated its 90th anniversary. Combined with random draws and one-off matches (no replays), the Coupe de France can be difficult for the bigger clubs to win. The competition is usually beneficial to the amateur clubs as it forces higher-ranked clubs, usually professional clubs, to always play as the away team when drawn against lower-league opposition. However, despite the advantages, only one amateur club has actually reached the final since professionalism was introduced in French football in 1932: Calais RUFC in 2000. Both clubs who have won the competition and were not playing in Ligue 1 were professional, Le Havre in 1959 and Guingamp in 2009. The Coupe de France is managed and ran by the Coupe de France Commission, whose president is former French international Jean Djorkaeff.

7,317 clubs participated in the 2009–10 cup competition.



The Coupe de France was created on 15 January 1917 by the French Interfederal Committee (CFI), an early predecessor of the French Football Federation. The idea was pushed by the federation's general secretary Henri Delaunay and under union sacrée, the competition was declared open to all clubs, amateur and professional, though professionalism in French football at the time was non-existent. The major clubs in France objected to the notion that all clubs should be allowed to enter and preferred the model of the FA Cup in England, which limited the competition to only the country's elite. However, the federation dispelled their complaints and declared the competition would remain as is. Due to the minimal requirements to enter, the first competition featured 48 clubs. By 1948, the number had increased to 1,000 and at present, the competition features more than 7,000 clubs. Due to the initial increase in clubs, the federation created preliminary rounds beginning with the 1919–20 season. The following season, they added a second preliminary round. As of today, the competition contains eight preliminary rounds with some regions containing as much as ten.

The first Coupe de France victors were Olympique de Pantin who defeated FC Lyon 3–0 at the Stade de la Légion Saint-Michel in Paris in front of 2,000 spectators. The following year, the competition was shifted to the Parc des Princes and drew 10,000 supporters to the final that saw CASG Paris defeat Olympique de Paris 3–2. The competition alternated between many stadiums during its early years playing at the Stade Pershing from 1920–1924 before switching to the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. The competition lasted a decade there before returning to the Parc des Princes in 1938. In 1941, the final was held at the Stade de Paris. The following year, the final returned to Colombes and remained there until moving to the Parc des Princes permanently following its renovation, which made it the largest in terms of attendance in France.

Since the ratio between amateur and professional clubs in France is extremely one-sided, the competition regularly produces surprises. The best performance by an amateur club in the competition is usually awarded the Petit Poucet Plaque. On 4 February 1957, one of the competition's most biggest upsets occurred when Algerian club SCU El Biar defeated European powerhouse Stade de Reims who had players such as Robert Jonquet, Michel Hidalgo, Léon Glovacki, and Just Fontaine in its arsenal. One of the more recent successes of an amateur club occurred during the 1999–2000 competition when Championnat de France amateur club Calais RUFC reached the final. Calais, composed of doctors, dock workers, and office clerks, started the competition in the 5th round and, after defeating fellow amateurs, reached the Round of 64 where they faced Lille. Calais, after 120 minutes, were level 1–1 with Lille and defeated their Northern foes 7–6 on penalties. In the following two rounds, Calais defeated Langon-Castets and Cannes. In the quarter-finals, Calais defeated Strasbourg 2–1 and on 12 April 2000, eclipsed Bordeaux 3–1 in the semi-finals to advance to the final. Calais' road to the final was a prime example of the major advantages amateur clubs had with the club playing all of its matches at home beginning with the Round of 64 match. Unfortunately for Calais, their Cinderella run came to an end in the final with the club losing to Nantes 2–1 despite scoring first.

Professional clubs have continued to express their displeasure with the advantages amateur clubs receive in the competition with many of their complaints being directly associated with their hosting of matches. Many clubs have complained that, due to the amateur clubs not having adequate funds, the stadiums they play in are extremely unkempt. The resulting differences led to the clubs represented by the Ligue de Football Professionnel forming their own cup competition, the Coupe de la Ligue. More recently, amateur clubs have begun to move to more established stadiums for their Coupe de France matches with their primary reason being to earned more money at the gate due to more established stadiums having the ability to carry more spectators.

The winner of the Coupe de France trophy normally holds onto the trophy for one year to put in on display at their headquarters before returning it to the French Football Federation. In the early 1980s, the cup was stolen, but was retrieved by the authorities quickly. Since 1927, the President of France has always attended the cup final and presented the trophy to the winning team's captain. President Gaston Doumergue was the first French president to take part in the ceremony.

Competition format

Similar to other countries cup competitions, the Coupe de France is a knockout tournament with pairings for each round drawn at random. Each tie is played through a single leg. If a match ends in a draw, extra time is played and if the match is still drawn, penalties are held. Prior to 1967, the competition had no extra time nor penalty shootouts and instead allowed replays, similar to the FA Cup. This style was abandoned following three straight draws between Olympique Lyonnais and amateur club Angoulême CFC, which resulted in the federation flipping a coin to decide which club advanced. For the 1968–69 season, extra time was introduced and, two years later, the penalty shootout was instituted. Following the 1974–75 season, replays were scrapped.

There are a total of 14 rounds in the competition. However, rounds in the competition are determined through each region in France with one of the main reasons being to reduce travel costs. Depending on the region, the number of rounds may vary from four to as many as eight with each region sending a set number of clubs to the 7th round. The regions conduct rounds of matches up until the 7th round when professional clubs enter the competition. All of the clubs are then split and drawn against each other randomly, regardless of regional affiliation. In the overseas departments and territories, territories such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, and Réunion establish their own knockout competition, similar to the regions in France, though only one club from each region is allowed to enter. Territories like Mayotte, French Polynesia, and New Caledonia allow the winner of their cup competitions to enter the 7th round, such as when AS Mont-Dore won the 2009 edition of the New Caledonia Cup to earn qualification for the 2009–10 Coupe de France.

As well as being presented with the trophy, the winning team also qualifies for the UEFA Europa League. If the winner has already qualified for the UEFA Champions League via the league, the UEFA Europa League place goes to the cup runners-up. If they have also qualified for the UEFA Champions League, the place goes to the next highest placed finisher in the league table.


In Coupe de France matches, players are restricted to wearing the shirt numbers 1–18 regardless of the player's traditional number. The starters are given the numbers 1–11 with each player given a certain number based on their position. However, if a player wears a number between 1–11 domestically, he is allowed to wear that same number in Coupe de France matches unless he is among the substitutes at the start of the match, in which case the number is given to the player that is playing in his position.


The Coupe de France does not have a primary sponsor of the competition, but allows sponsors of the French Football Federation to showcase themselves on club's kits. Among them include SFR, Caisse d'Epargne, Crédit Agricole, Sita-Suez, and Carrefour.[1]


File:Fête Coupe de France, 6 mai
Paris Saint-Germain celebrating their 7th Coupe de France title.

Olympique de Marseille have the honor of having won the most Coupe de France titles, winning ten, with their most recent coming during the 1988–89 season following their 4–3 victory over Monaco. Marseille also have appeared in the most finals having played in 18. Marseille are notable in terms of losing in the competition as they are one of four clubs who have suffered two consecutive finals defeat with the southern coast club losing to Paris Saint-Germain in 2006 and falling to Sochaux the following season. Marseille are the only club of the four to lose consecutive Coupe de France finals twice. Paris Saint-Germain are second behind Marseille having won seven Coupe de France titles. The Parisian club are also the only club to have won both the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue in the same season having accomplished this in 1995 and 1998. Many clubs have won the league and cup double, the most recent being Olympique Lyonnais who completed their double after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1–0 in the 2008 final.

Due to the early dominance of Parisian clubs during the early run of the competition and along with PSG's consistency, the Île-de-France region has the most Coupe de France champions having produced 23. The region is followed by Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur with Marseille being the region's most successful club.

Managers Guy Roux and André Cheuva share the honor of having managed four Coupe de France winning clubs. The most successful players are Dominique Bathenay, Alain Roche, and Marceau Sommerlynck who all won five titles. Éric Pécout of Nantes and Jean-Pierre Papin are joint top-scorers of the competition final having each converted a hat trick in their only appearances in the ultimate match. In 1947, Roger Vandooren scored the fastest goal in final's history converting after 29 seconds for his club Lille in their 2–0 win over Strasbourg.

Media coverage

The Coupe de France currently has a broadcasting agreement with France Télévisions, the French public national television broadcaster, and Eurosport. The French Football Federation reached an agreement with the broadcasters on 25 January 2010 agreeing to a four-year deal worth €4 million a season.[2] The Coupe de France final will be televised on France 2, the broadcaster's main channel. Abroad, the Coupe de France has an agreement with the Irish broadcaster Setanta Sports. The channel broadcasts the competition in Canada, Australia, Africa (select countries), and the United Kingdom.

Coupe de France winners


External links

Simple English

Coupe de France
Country France
Founded 1917
Number of teams 7,317
Current champions En Avant Guingamp (2008/09)
Most successful club Olympique Marseille (10)

Coupe de France is a French football competition. It is the premier knockout cup competition.


2002/03AuxerreParis Saint-Germain
2003/04Paris Saint-GermainChâteauroux
2004/05AuxerreSedan Ardennes
2005/06Paris Saint-GermainOlympique Marseille
2006/07Sochaux-MontbéliardOlympique Marseille
2007/08Olympique LyonnaisParis Saint-Germain
2008/09En Avant GuingampStade Rennais

Former champions



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