Coupe de FranceThe Coupe de France (French Cup) is the premier knockout cup competition in French football. It is run by the French Football Federation (FFF) and is open to all amateur and professional football clubs in France, including the clubs of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the top two divisions in French football. The Coupe de France was first held in 1917-18 season and is the second oldest football tournament in the world after the English FA Cup. Popular teams in the Coupe de France include Olympique Lyonnais, PSG, Olympique de Marseille, and AS Monaco. A list of popular players who have played in the Coupe de France includes Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, and Jean Tigana. The tournament consists of 8 rounds each season. It starts with professional clubs entering in the “round of 64”. Surviving teams are joined by amateur teams at the “round of 32”. The remaining teams play a “round of 16”, followed by a “quarter-finals”, “semi-finals”, and ultimately a “final”. The championship is played each season and is organized by the FFF. The winners of the Coupe de France qualifying for the UEFA Europa League, entering at the round of 32 stage. In the event of a match ending in a draw, the match is replayed with the winner going through to the next round. The current record-holder for most titles won is Olympique de Marseille who have secured 10 victories since the Cup's inaugural season in 1917-18. Other teams with multiple victories in the Coupe de France include AS Monaco (8 titles), FC Nantes (8 titles), and FC Sochaux (7 titles). Coupe de France is a hugely popular tournament with football fans throughout France and across the world. It is an interesting tournament to follow due to its long history, passionate fan bases, and exciting knock-out matches. With teams from all levels of the French football system taking part each season, the Coupe de France is one of the most diverse and exciting cups in European football.
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