Jérôme Rothen, Ludovic Giuly to get the ball rolling
Jérôme Rothen and Ludovic Giuly, former teammates at AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, will give the fictive kick-off for the 24th the Coupe de la Ligue final.
For two and a half seasons between January 2002 and the summer of 2004, Jérôme Rothen and Ludovic Giuly played alongside each other at AS Monaco. With the principality club, they won the 2003 edition of the Coupe de la Ligue before going on a memorable UEFA Champions League run in 2004 that saw them beat Real Madrid and Chelsea on the way to the final against Jose Mourinho's FC Porto. The two players met up again two years later at Paris Saint-Germain, helping the club to return to the top half of the table with a sixth-placed finish.
Well-stocked trophy cabinets
Over the course of his glittering career (393 Ligue 1 Conforama appearances, 85 goals), Ludovic Giuly claimed one French league title (1999-2000) before claiming the Coupe de la Ligue (2002/2003) with AS Monaco. With PSG, he rounded out his collection of French trophies by winning the Coupe de France (2009-10). Giuly also spent time with FC Barcelona, winning two Spanish league titles (2004-2005 and 2005-2006) and the UEFA Champions League (2005-2006).
Meanwhile, Jérôme Rothen won two Coupes de la Ligue, first with AS Monaco in 2002-2003 and then with Paris Saint-Germain in 2007-2008. Also with the capital club, he won the Coupe de France (2005-2006). After a spell across the Channel in Sctoland, with Glasgow Rangers (2009-2010), he claimed a Domino’s Ligue 2 title with SC Bastia (2011-2012).