French football is ready for the annual showcase that is the Trophée des Champions, a thrilling match pitting the Ligue 1 champion against the Coupe de France winner. Here’s a look at the vibrant history of this event, known for its global presence compared to other super cups.
The game, with its present name, was first played in 1995, but the format in French football has existed since 1949.
During the first Trophée des Champions match in 1995, Paris Saint-Germain faced off against FC Nantes at Stade Francis-Le Blé. The Parisians emerged victorious in a penalty shootout.
From 1995 to 2008, France hosted the Trophée des Champions every year, except for 1996, when AJ Auxerre won the league and Coupe de France titles. However, the game went global in 2009.
That year, the match between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and En Avant Guingamp took place at the Stade Olympique in Montreal, Canada. Afterward, the Trophée des Champions would continue to be played outside of France.
The Trophée des Champions has presented its exciting matches in various countries and continents, with China, Morocco, and the United States among the nations that have hosted the game.
Eventually, in 2020, the game returned to France with a contest between PSG and Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Over the past two years, Tel Aviv, Israel, has hosted the match. The 2023 edition of the Trophée des Champions is back in France, with the Parc des Princes hosting the marquee event on the French football calendar.