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France: Montpellier hold on to claim maiden title

Posted in European Football by peterbein on May 22, 2012

Montpellier HSC are the French champions for the very first time in their history. They needed only to draw away at bottom club Auxerre but managed to secure a 2-1 win, thanks to a brace from John Utaka  and help send their hosts down into Ligue 2 for the first time since they were promoted back in 1980. Paris Saint Germain were the only team who could hope to prevent Montpellier from winning a maiden title but despite their best efforts they had to be content with second place. Carlo Ancelotti’s men won their final day match against FC Lorient also by a 2-1 scoreline with strikes coming from Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta but it proved academic. Lorient, despite defeat, were able to survive in the top flight by the skin of their teeth finishing one point clear of SM Caen who were relegated along with Dijon and Auxerre.

France: Marseille claim Super Cup on penalties (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on July 29, 2010

In front of 57,000 fans at the Stade 7 Novembre in Tunis old foes Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint Germain contested the Trophée des Champions, the French domestic Super Cup competition, and it was the league champions from Marseille who edged it thanks to a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0-0 in what was an uninspiring contest. After the 2009 edition of this trophy was played in Montreal, Canada the French Football Federation had decided to keep the show on the road and it was played in the Tunisian capital in front of a crowd who seemed to be routing for l’OM to win. PSG’s Péguy Luyindula missed the first penalty of the shoot out but parity was restored when Lucho González missed Marseille’s third kick of the series. However their angst at missing that penalty wouldn’t last so long as Ludovic Giuly missed the final kick for the Parisiens allowing Édouard Cissé, a former PSG player, to tuck home the winning spot kick for the Marseillais and secure the Super Cup outright for the first time in their proud history. The only other occasion OM had triumphed in this competition was back in 1971 after they shared the trophy with Stade Rennais following a drawn contest.