This is the game that traditionally marks the start of a new season. PSG and Nantes compete for the 27th Champions Trophy, Sunday July 31, in Tel Aviv (Israel), a few days before the first match of the Ligue 1 calendar. the Canaries, winners of the last Coupe de France, and ready to fill their wardrobe with a new cup. Franceinfo: sport takes stock of what you need to know before the meeting.
A year later, back in Tel Aviv
The Champions Trophy returns to Israel. A year after the 2021 edition, which already saw Lille and Parisians cross swords in Tel Aviv, the Bloomfield Stadium will once again host the meeting in the summer of 2022. Since the first outdoor edition in the country, in Montreal in 2009, the competition traveled again. on almost every continent. After the city of Canada, he successively placed his suitcases in Tunisia, Morocco, the United States, Gabon, China, Austria, and therefore in Israel in the last two seasons.
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A trip that stirred up a bit of controversy, for a destination so far from French soil. The group of Nantes supporters of the Loire Brigade thus decided not to return to Israel to follow their club, citing a “choice of faith” facing a “mercantile view”.
A great first for Christophe Galtier
This will be one of the attractions of the meeting. Sunday night, Christophe Galtier will take his place on the PSG bench for the first time in an official match. After four wins in several friendlies, the 55-year-old technician faces his first test in the colors of Paris. The most successful club in the competition (10 wins), PSG remains in a setback against Lille in the 2021 edition.
Ambitious, Christophe Galtier examines this meeting between goals and has no goal other than victory, as he assured in an interview with L‘Crew crew on July 15: “There are three national titles, we must win them. We must break records and, with modesty, I will be honest: I came to Paris to win everything”. He can count on two of his summer recruits, Vitinha and Nordi Mukiele.
Find Nantes at the summits of France
Three months after the final of the Coupe de France, Nantes will taste a new game at the highest level. By winning their first trophy since 2001 by dominating OGC Nice at the Stade de France on May 7, the Canaries gave themselves the right to compete for the eighth Champions Trophy, the first since 2001 as well.
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That summer, Nantes, crowned with their Ligue 1 title, defeated Strasbourg in La Meinau (4-1). Twenty-one years ago, Antoine Kombouaré’s men will do everything to play a bad trick on the Parisians, whom they defeated in February in the last match between the two clubs (3-1).
With Lionel Messi, a more international trophy
At the age of 35, Lionel Messi will discover a new competition. Arriving in Paris at the end of last summer, after the 2021 edition, the Argentinian will travel to Israel this season. His presence should bring new exposure to the meeting, which precisely plays an international standard role for French football.
The arrival of the seven-time Ballon d’Or in the capital has already attracted new international broadcasting contracts for Ligue 1, in India and Vietnam for example, which stopped broadcasting the French championship. Sunday night, the match between Paris and Nantes will be broadcast in more than 170 territories (compared to 141 in 2017).