1940 Coupe de France Final

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The 1939–40 Coupe de France football competition concluded with a final at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 5, 1940 between RC Paris, the winners of the previous competition, and Olympique de Marseille, winners of the 1937–1938 competition. The closing stages of the competition were held against a backdrop of war against Germany, with the invasion of France imminent by the day of the final.

Paris had used 20 different players during their progression to the final, highlighting the difficulty in forming a consistent team during war-time. Only the team's captain, 20 year-old René Roulier played in every cup tie.

Both teams contained a number of naturalised players in their squads, Paris with five: goalkeeper Hiden, midfielder Jordan and centre forward Hiltl of Austria; and wingers Mathé and Weiskopf from Hungary. For their part, Marseille included a "stateless" Austrian in the form of their winger, Donnerfeld (Austria having annexed by Germany in the Anschluss of 1938), together with a naturalised former German, centre forward Heiss, and a Hungarian, centre forward Eisenhoffer, a 40 year-old veteran.

The game itself was an aggressive affair, with a player on each side dismiised from the field of play. Having taken the lead in the 16th minute through Emmanuel Aznar, Marseille conceded two goals, on the 25th minute to Paris captain Roulier, and on 70 minutes, to Mathé; Marseille claimed that both Paris goals were offside.[who?]

Match details[edit]

May 5, 1940
RC Paris 2–1 Olympique de Marseille
Roulier Goal 25'
Mathé Goal 70'
Aznar Goal 16'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 25,969
Referee: Charles Delasalle
GK France Austria Rodolphe Hiden
DF France Maurice Dupuis
DF France Raoul Diagne
DF Spain Ramon De Zabalo
DF France Austria Auguste Jordan
MF France Christian Rouellé
MF France Jules Mathé
FW France Austria Henri Hiltl
FW France René Roulier (c)
FW France Oscar Heisserer
FW Hungary Edmond Weiskopf
France Elie Rous

Assistant referees:
Fourth official:

GK France Jacques Delachet
DF France Joseph Gonzales (c)
DF France Camille Malvy
DF France Jean Bastien
DF France Max Conchy
MF France Raymond Durand
MF France Georges Dard
FW France Germany Wilhelm Heiss
FW France Emmanuel Aznar
FW Hungary József Eisenhoffer
FW Austria Frédéric Donnenfeld
Hungary József Eisenhoffer

See also[edit]


Kitson, Simon "Winners of the Coupe de France", accessible at [1], accessed November 14, 2006

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