Tuesday, May 12, 2009
France's Champions Trophy heads to Quebec
The Trophee des Champions between the winners of Ligue 1 and the French Cup will be played in Montreal, Canada on July 26, the French League said on Tuesday.
It will be the first time the curtain-raiser to the season is to be played outside France.
"Time has come for French soccer to capture new markets," League chairman Frederic Thiriez said in a statement. "Montreal is the best gate to enter the North American market."
Ligue 2 side En Avant Guingamp won the French Cup on Saturday. Olympique Marseille and Girondins Bordeaux are level on points at the top of Ligue 1 with four games to play.
"We are very happy to see that the city of Montreal has been selected to host the Champions Trophy," said Executive Vice President of the Montreal Impact and Saputo Stadium Richard Legendre. "The Impact has taken significant steps in the last few months for this important match to be held in Montreal. However, there are currently various elements that need to be settled, including the venue, as well as significant financial considerations. The organization continues its work with the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) in order for this event to take place."
Nice to see that European teams and leagues are coming over to North America more and more. Hopefully that can really drive the product here to a higher level.