Gabon to host France’s 2013 Trophee des Champions

28 Jan 2013

The French Football League (LFP) will continue its bid to build Ligue 1’s international brand by staging the 2013 Trophée des Champions in Gabon.

The LFP has announced the curtain-raiser to the 2013-14 French season will be hosted in Libreville, the capital of the west central African country, on August 3. The League states the game will be a means to further reach out to its rapidly developing African fanbase.

The LFP said in a statement: “This decision is in line with the development strategy of Ligue 1 internationally, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that accounts for 30% of revenues from TV rights internationally. This choice is also an opportunity to strengthen exchanges between French football and African football. Organising the Trophée des Champions in Gabon is a way to reach out to Africa, from where more than 110 players play in Ligue 1 this season.”

The LFP first took the Trophée des Champions abroad in 2009 in a bid to promote French football in the international market. Montreal’s Olympic Stadium staged that year’s game before it moved to the Stade 7 Novembre in Tunis, Tunisia in 2010 and the Stade de Tanger in Morocco in 2011. The Trophée des Champions pits the winner of Ligue 1 against the victor of the Coupe de France. The 2012 game saw Olympique Lyonnais defeat Montpellier on penalties at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.