Nicolas Cloarec: “We had moved a whole city to Moustoir, it was loopy…”

As we speak coach of Plabennec, opposed this Saturday to Ergué-Gabéric within the eighth spherical, the ex-pro participant (FC Lorient, Clermont) Nicolas Cloarec lived a number of notable epics within the Coupe de France, together with a quarter-final towards Guingamp in 2015.

French Cup (eighth spherical). Ergué-Gabéric (R1) – Plabennec (N3), this Saturday at 6 p.m.

What second of your profession within the Coupe de France are you most pleased with as a coach?

Greater than a course, it’s maybe a type of consistency within the occasion that I’m pleased with. To have been capable of make stunning programs in a number of golf equipment.

What’s your greatest Cup reminiscence?

The three programs with Concarneau, which came about at a time once we had been attempting to develop the membership. We had a aggressive workforce and we knew that one of the best ways to advance was to do cup programs. The gamers joined. Among the many matches that I bear in mind, there may be the one towards Nantes within the seventh spherical (in 2009-10). We received 3-0 with unbelievable gamers: Marc Labat, Christophe Gourmelon, Christophe Nicolas, who had all three scored. Leaving the good FC Nantes (then in Ligue 2) was fabulous. But when I’ve to recollect just one match, it could be the primary spherical of 16 (in 2013-14), towards Guingamp.

Nicolas Cloarec has achieved a number of nice epics within the Coupe de France with Concarneau. (Nicolas Creach)

Why ?

Emotionally, it was the strongest. There was all the things on this match, 6,000 folks on the stadium. I bear in mind the heat of the general public from the warm-up, spectators huddled collectively within the chilly winter. For me who’s from town, it was sturdy. Guingamp was in Ligue 1, and within the need to advance Concarneau, there was a Guingamp inspiration: the membership might solely develop the best way Guingamp grew, by the Coupe de France. Sylvain Ripoll was on the match with the Lorient employees, that they had been amazed by the a part of Maël Illien. We had made selections to rock the match: Stephen Quemper had made a glowing entrance, Killian Gargam too, and had been breathtaking, scoring two unbelievable targets, to capsize the stadium, utterly in a trance…

There was additionally this quarter-final, nonetheless towards Guingamp, a 12 months later in 2015…

The match at Moustoir is completely different as a result of we do not play it at dwelling, nevertheless it’s a quarter-final, it is unbelievable. What I bear in mind is that we had moved a whole metropolis right into a stadium. There have been 18,000 folks in Moustoir, and 19,000 inhabitants in Concarneau. The stadium was ours, it was loopy…

Nicolas Cloarec with his players from Concarneau, during the 1/16th final of the Coupe de France against Dijon, in 2015.
Nicolas Cloarec together with his gamers from Concarneau, throughout the 1/sixteenth last of the Coupe de France towards Dijon, in 2015. (Patrick Tellier)

Which journey left you with essentially the most regrets?

The regrets are the untimely eliminations. The target is all the time to make his membership shine, and to hunt federal grants which aren’t negligible for funds. I am not afraid to say that I made a decision to finish my taking part in profession (in 2008) on a shameful elimination at Scaër (then in DHR) with Concarneau. With out offending Scaër, it harm and harm me. My worry in cup has all the time been to lose towards the “small”, hierarchically inferior: it signifies that we did our job badly.

Nicolas Cloarec in the colors of Concarneau, as a player, in 2006.
Nicolas Cloarec within the colours of Concarneau, as a participant, in 2006. (Patrick Tellier)

Who’s the opponent who made the strongest impression on you?

Guingamp. The 2nd time we performed them, in 2015, they made Europe (having received the Coupe de France in 2014, eliminating Concarneau de Cloarec within the course of, editor’s word), it was the 12 months Claudio Beauvue walked on the water, identical to the purpose he units for us. Kerbrat, Sorbon, Jakobsen, Mathis…: solely nice gamers. It was one thing.

Your best eleven with the gamers you’ve gotten managed?

I used to be very marked by our journeys with Concarneau throughout the CFA interval, with native boys. So even when I am a fan of 4-4-2, I’d say Seznec in purpose, Maxime Toupin, Guillaume Jannez and Karim Semmam in defence; within the center: Maël Illien, that is for positive, Gégousse, Drouglazet, Vincent Richetin eccentric proper. In entrance of Labat, Gourmelon, Id Azza. There are many others who should be talked about, equivalent to Thibault Sinquin, Sébastien Clément, Kelly Irep…

What opponent are you afraid of going through?

As a younger coach, in comparison with the will to get outcomes, my obsession was to shoot smaller groups however which had been additionally chopping specialists, like Plouvorn the place I used to be all the time very afraid to go and even when at in the end we by no means inherited them. Plabennec too, whom I practice at present however towards whom I had epic matches. The Mountain, too, solely groups or stadiums the place it’s laborious to win.

Essentially the most hanging coach you’ve gotten confronted?

Jocelyn Gourvennec. What he provides off as calm, serenity, charisma, it is spectacular. Even when we had had a bit of collision on the Moustoir, nevertheless it’s nonetheless anecdotes from the hallway. For me, he’s THE coach of my age group. Guingamp’s “Joce” took the membership to Nationwide to convey it to the European Cup, it is simply enormous.

Jocelyn Gourvennec, then coach of Guingamp, is the most outstanding coach that Nicolas Cloarec has met.
Jocelyn Gourvennec, then coach of Guingamp, is essentially the most excellent coach that Nicolas Cloarec has met. (Nicolas Creach)

Spontaneously, what’s the stunning purpose that involves thoughts in case you are instructed “Coupe de France”?

The purpose of Killian Gargam, which brings the equalizer towards Guingamp in 2014 (sixteenth last): a strike worthy of the Champions League.

An anecdote that can stay engraved endlessly?

The 12 months of the quarter-final that we misplaced towards Guingamp, we had been acquired on the Stade de France, for the PSG-Auxerre last, invited by the federation as a bit of thumb. Occurring the garden of the Stade de France, on this temple of soccer, when you find yourself a CFA membership, it is not nothing…

You will have coached Concarneau, AS Vitré, US Montagnarde and now Plabennec: what makes a “cup membership”?

It is to need to do it, and to take the general public with you. It’s one thing that’s impregnated, and which should then transpire. It takes time for that: it isn’t one thing that’s decreed, it’s cultivated. It is the transmission of sure values, having the ability to keep away from untimely exits, whereas remaining humble. As a result of the cup stays the enterprise of 11 males towards eleven males, we are inclined to neglect it an excessive amount of.

The milestones of Nicolas Cloarec as a coach…

July 24, 1977

Delivery in Concarneau


US Concarneau (CFA2 then CFA then Nationwide)


AS Vitre (N2)


US Montagnarde (R1) (promotion to N3 and winner of the Brittany Cup in 2022)

Since 2022

Plabennec (N3)

…And within the Coupe de France

2010 (eighth spherical)

Plabennec (N) – Concarneau (CFA2): 2-0 (victory towards Nantes (L2) within the seventh spherical)

2014 (1/sixteenth last)

Concarneau (CFA) – Guingamp (L1): 2-3 ap

2015 (1/4 last)

Concarneau (CFA) – Guingamp (L1): 1-2 (in Lorient)

2016 (1/sixteenth last)

Concarneau (CFA) – Troyes (L1): 1-3 (victory towards Brest (L2) within the eighth spherical)

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