Right now 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 in opposition to 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 lovely programs in a number of golf equipment.
What’s your finest Cup reminiscence?
The three programs with Concarneau, which passed off at a time once we have been making an attempt to develop the membership. We had a aggressive staff 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’s the one in opposition to Nantes within the seventh spherical (in 2009-10). We received 3-0 with incredible 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 will be the primary spherical of 16 (in 2013-14), in opposition to Guingamp.
Emotionally, it was the strongest. There was all the things on this match, 6,000 individuals 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 want 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, they’d been amazed by the a part of Maël Illien. We had made decisions to rock the match: Stephen Quemper had made a glowing entrance, Killian Gargam too, and had been breathtaking, scoring two incredible objectives, to capsize the stadium, utterly in a trance…
There was additionally this quarter-final, nonetheless in opposition to Guingamp, a 12 months later in 2015…
The match at Moustoir is completely different as a result of we do not play it at residence, however it’s a quarter-final, it is incredible. What I bear in mind is that we had moved a whole metropolis right into a stadium. There have been 18,000 individuals in Moustoir, and 19,000 inhabitants in Concarneau. The stadium was ours, it was loopy…
Which journey left you with essentially the most regrets?
The regrets are the untimely eliminations. The target is at all times 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 enjoying 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 at all times been to lose in opposition to the “small”, hierarchically inferior: it signifies that we did our job badly.
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, editor’s word), it was the 12 months Claudio Beauvue walked on the water, similar to the purpose he units for us. Kerbrat, Sorbon, Jakobsen, Mathis…: solely nice gamers. It was one thing.
Your excellent eleven with the gamers you will have managed?
I used to be very marked by our journeys with Concarneau in the course of 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 certain, Gégousse, Drouglazet, Vincent Richetin eccentric proper. In entrance of Labat, Gourmelon, Id Azza. There are many others who should be talked about, resembling Thibault Sinquin, Sébastien Clément, Kelly Irep…
What opponent are you afraid of dealing with?
As a younger coach, in comparison with the need to get outcomes, my obsession was to shoot smaller groups however which have been additionally slicing specialists, like Plouvorn the place I used to be at all times very afraid to go and even when at finally we by no means inherited them. Plabennec too, whom I practice at present however in opposition to whom I had epic matches. The Mountain, too, solely groups or stadiums the place it’s exhausting to win.
Essentially the most placing coach you will have confronted?
Jocelyn Gourvennec. What he provides off as calm, serenity, charisma, it is spectacular. Even when we had had a little bit collision on the Moustoir, however 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 big.
Spontaneously, what’s the lovely purpose that involves thoughts in case you are informed “Coupe de France”?
The purpose of Killian Gargam, which brings the equalizer in opposition to Guingamp in 2014 (sixteenth remaining): a strike worthy of the Champions League.
An anecdote that may stay engraved perpetually?
The 12 months of the quarter-final that we misplaced in opposition to Guingamp, we had been acquired on the Stade de France, for the PSG-Auxerre remaining, invited by the federation as a little bit thumb. Occurring the garden of the Stade de France, on this temple of soccer, if you end up a CFA membership, it is not nothing…
You’ve got coached Concarneau, AS Vitré, US Montagnarde and now Plabennec: what makes a “cup membership”?
It is to wish 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’s not 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 in opposition to eleven males, we are inclined to overlook it an excessive amount of.
The milestones of Nicolas Cloarec as a coach…
July 24, 1977
Start 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)
…And within the Coupe de France
2010 (eighth spherical)
Plabennec (N) – Concarneau (CFA2): 2-0 (victory in opposition to Nantes (L2) within the seventh spherical)
2014 (1/sixteenth remaining)
Concarneau (CFA) – Guingamp (L1): 2-3 ap
2015 (1/4 remaining)
Concarneau (CFA) – Guingamp (L1): 1-2 (in Lorient)
2016 (1/sixteenth remaining)
Concarneau (CFA) – Troyes (L1): 1-3 (victory in opposition to Brest (L2) within the eighth spherical)