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 in a position to make stunning programs in a number of golf equipment.

What’s your greatest 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 staff and we knew that the easiest way 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 gained 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 could 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 every part 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 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, 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 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, 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 totally different as a result of we do not play it at dwelling, but it surely’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 together with his gamers from Concarneau, in the course of the 1/sixteenth last 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 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 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 gained the Coupe de France in 2014, eliminating Concarneau de Cloarec within the course of, editor’s observe), 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 preferrred eleven with the gamers you have got 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 might 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, 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 have been additionally reducing 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 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 putting coach you have got confronted?

Jocelyn Gourvennec. What he offers off as calm, serenity, charisma, it is spectacular. Even when we had had just a little collision on the Moustoir, but it surely’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 probably the most excellent coach that Nicolas Cloarec has met. (Nicolas Creach)

Spontaneously, what’s the stunning purpose that involves thoughts in case you are instructed “Coupe de France”?

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

An anecdote that may stay engraved endlessly?

The 12 months of the quarter-final that we misplaced in opposition to Guingamp, we had been obtained on the Stade de France, for the PSG-Auxerre last, invited by the federation as just a little thumb. Happening the garden of the Stade de France, on this temple of soccer, when you’re a CFA membership, it isn’t nothing…

You’ve gotten coached Concarneau, AS Vitré, US Montagnarde and now Plabennec: what makes a “cup membership”?

It is to need 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 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)

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 last)

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

2015 (1/4 last)

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

2016 (1/sixteenth last)

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

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