Guingamp released in the 8th round, Rennes eliminated in the 32nd finals, three Breton clubs remained in contention in the 16th finals of the Coupe de France this weekend. None will see the next round: the pros of Lorient and Brest lost, respectively in Le Puy (N2, 1-0) and against Paris Saint-Germain (3-0), and the US Montagnarde (R1), the last regional level club in the running, came close to qualifying before losing on penalties on the lawn of Saumur (N3, 3-3, 4-3 in tabs).
Brittany will therefore have no representative among the last 16 teams in contention, a rarity in the recent history of the Coupe de France. Only three years ago, however, already, the last four clubs in the region still in the running (Concarneau, Saint-Brieuc, Lorient and Guingamp) already had all been released from the 16th.
The 1970s, a lean period
But before this 2018 edition, Brittany had always been present at the stage of the round of 16 for more than 20 years. We have to go back to 1996 to find the trace of another blank year. Brittany had even experienced two consecutive years of famine. In total, this is the 13th time this situation has occurred in the past 50 years.
Such an absence of Breton clubs was much more common in the 1970s: over this decade, only four editions of the Coupe de France (1970, 1971, 1973 and 1977) saw a team from the region (and never more than one). ) present at the 8th stage. This did not prevent Stade Rennais from winning the trophy in 1971.
Conversely, the years 2009 to 2015 were the most prosperous: over these seven years, two editions of the Coupe de France saw four Breton clubs reach the 8th, and that of 2010 even had five … for zero qualified in quarter-finals.
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