Nicolas Cloarec: “We had moved a complete 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 happy with as a coach?

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

What’s your finest Cup reminiscence?

The three programs with Concarneau, which came about at a time after we have been attempting to develop the membership. We had a aggressive workforce and we knew that one of the simplest ways to advance was to do cup programs. The gamers joined. Among the many matches that I keep in mind, there may be the one towards Nantes within the seventh spherical (in 2009-10). We received 3-0 with implausible 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 might 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 every thing on this match, 6,000 folks on the stadium. I keep 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 robust. Guingamp was in Ligue 1, and within the want to advance Concarneau, there was a Guingamp inspiration: the membership may solely develop the way in which Guingamp grew, by way of the Coupe de France. Sylvain Ripoll was on the match with the Lorient workers, that they had 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 implausible objectives, to capsize the stadium, fully in a trance…

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

The match at Moustoir is totally different as a result of we do not play it at house, however it’s a quarter-final, it is implausible. What I keep in mind is that we had moved a complete 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 closing 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 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 damage and damage me. My concern in cup has at all times 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, editor’s notice), it was the yr Claudio Beauvue walked on the water, identical to the aim he units for us. Kerbrat, Sorbon, Jakobsen, Mathis…: solely nice gamers. It was one thing.

Your perfect eleven with the gamers you’ve 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 aim, 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, 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 have been additionally chopping specialists, like Plouvorn the place I used to be at all times very afraid to go and even when at in the end we by no means inherited them. Plabennec too, whom I prepare at present however towards whom I had epic matches. The Mountain, too, solely groups or stadiums the place it’s arduous to win.

Probably the most hanging coach you’ve 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, 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.

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 aim that involves thoughts if you’re informed “Coupe de France”?

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

An anecdote that may stay engraved endlessly?

The yr of the quarter-final that we misplaced towards Guingamp, we had been obtained on the Stade de France, for the PSG-Auxerre closing, invited by the federation as a bit of thumb. Occurring the garden of the Stade de France, on this temple of soccer, if you end up a CFA membership, it isn’t nothing…

You could have 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, with 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 likely to overlook it an excessive amount of.

The milestones of Nicolas Cloarec as a coach…

July 24, 1977

Beginning 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 closing)

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

2015 (1/4 closing)

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

2016 (1/sixteenth closing)

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

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