Defending their championship, the Violets will go to Normandy for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. An opportunity to learn a little more about TFC’s rival, FC Rouen.
The people of Toulouse know their opponents in the last 16 of the Coupe de France. And the Violets will aim for a new qualification in Normandy after the victory in Chambéry (3-0): they will face FC Rouen on Saturday 20 January or Sunday 21 January. Currently sitting in 6th place, National residents, here are three things you need to know about TFC’s future rival.
They share their stadium with a Ligue 2 club
One stadium, two clubs. The Robert-Diochon stadium, located in the town of Petit-Quevilly, has the distinction of being used by two teams. That is why FC Rouen was founded in 1899 as a historical club of the city of Normandy. They also have neighbors from Quevilly-Rouen Metropole, founded in 1902, who play in Ligue 2.
Rouen have already played the final against TFC
The two clubs will meet at the end of January in a prestigious doubleheader. In 1982, Rouen, like TFC, came 1st in its group in the 2nd league. Two teams faced each other in the “championship match” where the winners of the two groups competed. The Violets lost the first leg 3-2 at the Robert-Diochon stadium but won the return leg 2-1 with goals from Gérard Albert and Robert Pintenat. Toulouse won the match thanks to the away goals rule.
Demoted to honorary department in 2013
FC Rouen has come a long way. Facing great difficulties, the club had to file for bankruptcy and was administratively demoted to the 6th league by the DNCG. Here the Norman club had to return to the honorary league (today District 1). The Rouen club has barely returned to the 3rd national league this season and seems to have found its rhythm: they are in a good 6th place here.