Football: ten years after US Quevilly’s epic in the Coupe de France, the memories remain intact

Ten years, ten years after the epic of American Quevilly in the French Cup, the memories remain intact for the protagonists. Fans love players. †What I want to remember is the human adventure, this desire to share this with a whole people, this communion that we had for three, four months, it went beyond football at the time.“, remembers Grégory Beaugrad, the yellow-black captain in 2012 with emotion.

“We gave everything, but all together”

To get to this famous final day of April 28, 2012, the day of the final, the players of Régis Brouard had to get rid of Angers in the sixteenth finals of the Coupe de France. Angers then played in Ligue 2, USQ in National. Yellow and Black win 1-0. But the story is mainly written from the quarterfinals. And this shock against Marseille on March 20, 2012 at the Ornano stadium in Caen.

I was put forward because I was a captain, but in this group there were several of us speaking. We were all friends on and off the field. And on the pitch we gave everything but all together and that is perhaps what has enabled us to achieve this featGregory Beaugrard adds.

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The Yellow-Blacks defeated Marseille in extra time (3-2) with a goal from Ayina in the 117th minute. The Ornano stadium explodes with joy. †When we came back against Ligue 1. We never came back on the pitch, we knew we had our chances, not many (laughs). We realized a dream somewhere that we didn’t even dare to imagine, especially after the whistle against Rennes in the semi-final“, adds the captain. Because his team was thrown into the final by a masterful goal by Anthony Laup at 90 + 3.

A goal everyone remembers even ten years later

In his home in Le Havre, Anthony Laup opens a closet. A framed poster of him scoring his goal against Rennes on April 11, 2012, the 2-1, the goal that propelled his team to the final, at the Stade de France. †I don’t even know what I was looking at then. I don’t even remember what I did, I think I took my shirt off, I went everywhere, it was crazy‘, remembers the spire of the yellow and black.

Personally, it is my best memory, even the memory of my career. I had the chance to participate in the whole adventure, in all the competitions. All this remains unforgettable. Ten years after people are still talking about it, it’s still exceptional“, laughs Anthony Laup.”Last time we said we were crazy (laughs), but we did something that remains exceptional for an amateur clubhe adds.

On April 28, 2012, USQ was in the final of the Coupe de France, against Lyon. †For an amateur player, we sometimes talk about it between us, there are professional players who have had a career of ten, fifteen years and who have never made it to the French Cup final. We played in front of 80,000 supportersAnthony Laup recalls.

Fans with soccer balls in their eyes

For me the best match was against Marseille, I remember this atmosphere. It was the first time I went to a big stadium (D’Ornano). The atmosphere was great. In addition, OM had won the League Cup, quarterfinals of the Champions League against Bayern. It was no small OMAnthony Bosquet recalls.

Vanessa Bouché and Anthony Bosquet are more than ten years apart. But in 2012, they attended several competitions. Vanessa was 12, Anthony 25. © Radio France
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I still have DVDs, I watch them often. And every time it’s the same emotion. Your heart beats at 1000 per hour, it’s stress, limit you’re in the players place”, recalls Vanessa Bouché with a laugh. The USQ is “especially a family passionMy brother played it and I went to the locker room, I was still in the pram“, she smiles.

this trip”it was a waking dream, you don’t believe it, it’s something, it offers something that you will surely never experience again“, she concludes. The fairy tale stopped in the final. But the story is still being told ten years later.”

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