Football wise, 2019 got off to a flying start with the top competition for French football fans, the French Cup round of 32.
Organised by the French Football Federation, it is the only competition that pits amateur clubs against professional ones. It is well known for its fair share of upsets and surprises each year, ranging from early knockouts to incredible achievements.
The 32 matches will be aired by Eurosport (Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player). All of EUROMEDIA’s human and technical resources are fully mobilized and will be spread all over the country to provide four days of coverage totalling 27 matches, 4 « Soir de Coupe » television shows at the end of each day of matches and the draw for the final 16 playoffs (Monday at 8pm before the last match).
Round of 32 knockout phases are scheduled to take place from 04 to 07 January as follows : Nantes vs. Chateauroux and Grenoble vs. Strasbourg, Friday, Bastia vs. Concarneau, Tours vs. Les Herbiers, Bourges vs. Lyon, Viry-Chatillon vs. Angers, Orléans vs. Aiglon du Lamentin, Lyon-Duchère vs. Nimes, Marignane Gignac vs. Clermont, Gravelines vs. Villefranche sur Saône, Entente SSG vs. Montpellier, St Quentin vs. Metz, IC Croix F vs. Raon, Pontivy vs. Guingamp, Bergerac vs. Niort, Red Star vs. Caen, Sète vs. Limonest, Amiens vs. Valenciennes and Schiltigheim vs. Dijon, Saturday, Pontivy vs. PSG, Olympique Strasbourg vs. St Etienne, Bordeaux vs. Le Havre, Longueau vs. Vitré, St Pryvé St Hilaire vs. Aurillac and Noisy le Grand vs. Ajaccio Sunday, as well as Lille vs. Sochaux Monday.
Please note that in view of the current social climate the Toulouse vs. Nice match initially scheduled for Saturday will now take place on Sunday.
Andrézieux vs. OM, Rennes vs. Brest, Reims vs. Lens, AS Canet vs. Monaco and Le Puy Foot 43 vs. Nancy matches will be produced by France Télévisions and broadcast by France 3, as well as the Eurosport channels.
Who could make a surprise run this year? Will PSG retain its title? To find out, watch Eurosport starting Friday !