1966 Coupe de France Final

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The 1966 Coupe de France Final was a football match held at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes on May 22, 1966, that saw RC Strasbourg defeat FC Nantes 1–0 thanks to a goal by Pierre Sbaiz.


This game featured and opposition of style and was another round in the wild discussion in France at the time between the adepts of zone-marking and individual marking. Champions FC Nantes, led by manager José Arribas, practiced the famous "jeu à la nantaise" with a strong emphasis on short passes, technical virtuosity and the zone defense. Strasbourg's strong points, to the contrary, were more in the physical abilities developed under Paul Frantz's guidance and counter-atatck, relying on the speed of young wingers Gilbert Gress and Gérard Hausser. In addition, the Alsatian team used the catenaccio defense with Denis Devaux as sweeper.

Strasbourg managed to annihilate Nantes' offensive power and had its task facilitated when Argentinean Ramon Muller was forced to leave the game after 30 minutes due to injury (substitutions were not authorized at that time). In the early second half, Pierre Sbaiz was able to score from 20 meters after a José Farías free-kick. Strasbourg held on to the score and won its second cup, the second also for captain René Hauss who accomplished the remarkable feat of winning two cups under the same jersey with a 15-year interval.

TV reporter Thierry Roland commented that "the Cup was leaving France", an assertion that was deemed offensive by many in Alsace.[1] During the 1990s, Roland was still booed in Strasbourg due to this outrageous comment.

Match details[edit]

May 22, 1966
RC Strasbourg 1–0 FC Nantes
Sbaiz Goal 51'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 36,285
Referee: Jean Tricot

GK ' France Johnny Schuth
DF ' France René Hauss (c)
DF ' France Pierre Sbaiz
DF ' France Raymond Stieber
DF ' France Denis Devaux
MF ' France Raymond Kaelbel
MF ' France Gilbert Gress
MF ' France Roland Merschel
FW ' Argentina José Farías
FW ' France Robert Szczepaniak
FW ' France Gérard Hausser
France Paul Frantz

Assistant Referees:
Fourth Official:

GK ' France Daniel Eon (c)
DF ' France Georges Grabowski
DF ' France Gabriel De Michele
DF ' France Gilbert Le Chenadec
DF ' France Robert Budzynski
MF ' France Jean-Claude Suaudeau
MF ' France Bernard Blanchet
MF ' Argentina Ramon Muller
FW ' France Philippe Gondet
FW ' France Jacques Simon
FW ' Mali Bassidiki Touré
France José Arribas

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