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

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 happened at a time after 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 keep in mind, there’s the one in opposition to 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), in opposition to 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 the whole lot on this match, 6,000 individuals 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 the 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 way in which Guingamp grew, via 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 selections 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, utterly in a trance…

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

The match at Moustoir is totally different as a result of we do not play it at residence, nevertheless 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 individuals 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 along with his gamers from Concarneau, through the 1/sixteenth ultimate of the Coupe de France in opposition to Dijon, in 2015. (Patrick Tellier)

Which journey left you with probably 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 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 concern in cup has at all times been to lose in opposition to the “small”, hierarchically inferior: it implies 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 word), 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 preferrred eleven with the gamers you’ve managed?

I used to be very marked by our journeys with Concarneau through 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 positive, Gégousse, Drouglazet, Vincent Richetin eccentric proper. In entrance of Labat, Gourmelon, Id Azza. There are many others who need to be talked about, corresponding to 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 had 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 practice in the present day however in opposition to whom I had epic matches. The Mountain, too, solely groups or stadiums the place it’s laborious to win.

Essentially the most placing coach you’ve confronted?

Jocelyn Gourvennec. What he offers off as calm, serenity, charisma, it is spectacular. Even when we had had somewhat 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 large.

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

Spontaneously, what’s the lovely aim that involves thoughts if you’re instructed “Coupe de France”?

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

An anecdote that may stay engraved endlessly?

The yr of the quarter-final that we misplaced in opposition to Guingamp, we had been obtained on the Stade de France, for the PSG-Auxerre ultimate, invited by the federation as somewhat 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’ve 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 isn’t 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 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

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 in opposition to Nantes (L2) within the seventh spherical)

2014 (1/sixteenth ultimate)

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

2015 (1/4 ultimate)

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

2016 (1/sixteenth ultimate)

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

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