30,000 km! The team from the 5th division will fly to New Caledonia for the Coupe de France

Football news 13 nov 2023, 23:06
30,000 km! The team from the 5th division will fly to New Caledonia for the Coupe de France PHOTO: FC Thionville

On November 18th, a 1/128 final match of the French Cup will take place between the teams "Thionville" and "Iangen Sport."

The club "Iangen Sport" is based in New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France with special status.

In order for the match to take place, "Thionville" will have to fly to Oceania, spending more than 20 hours on a plane and covering a journey of over 30,000 kilometers round trip.

The reason for this extraordinary journey is that all teams from French colonies have access to the national cup, and thus, "Iangen Sport" applied to participate in the Cup.

In addition to the lengthy travel, which may be further prolonged due to airport stops, the players of "Thionville" will also have to adjust to the time difference. New Caledonia is 10 hours ahead of Europe, and dealing with such a significant time zone difference can indeed be a challenge for the footballers.

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