1952 Coupe de France Final (partially found footage of football match; 1952)

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Nice's Jean Belver shakes hands with Bordeaux's Jean Swiatek prior to kick-off.

Status: Partially Found

The 1952 Coupe de France Final culminated the end of the 1951/52 Coupe de France season. Occurring on 4th May 1952 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, the match was ultimately won by OGC Nice, who defeated FC Girondins de Bordeaux 5-3 in front of 61,485 to claim its first Coupe de France. The encounter is also notable for being the first football match to be televised live in France.


Nice's campaign from the Last 16 onwards saw it defeat La Ciotat, Nîmes Olympique, US Valenciennes-Anzin, and FC Rouen to reach the Final.[1] Meanwhile, Bordeaux's road to the Final consisted of it overcoming AS Saint-Étienne, Stade Français, Stade Rennais, and LOSC Lille.[1] Nice had never previously won the Coupe de France, while Bordeaux was seeking its second, having previously been victorious in the 1941 edition.[2][3] Heading into the Final, it is known that Nice's manager Numa Andoire utilised unusual tactics to prepare his side.[4] Firstly, he made them relaxed thanks to an accordion evening, while also encouraging them to go to bed late, so they could fall asleep easier.[4] Secondly, Andoire made radical changes to his line-up, removing team captain and top scorer Désiré Carré and Pär Bengtsson respectively, with Luis Carniglia and Victor Nuremberg.[4]

Meanwhile, the match would also become notable for being the first to be televised live in France.[5][4] While RTF, which was back then the only French television broadcaster, faced resistance from French Football Federation and the Groupement des Clubs Autorisés over televising league matches due to concerns it would reduce stadium attendance, it received no such issues when broadcasting the 1952 Final.[6][7][4] The broadcast's success would lead to the first live televised international match in France, pitting the French national football team against West Germany on 5th October 1952.[5]

The Match

The Final itself occurred on 4th May 1952, in front of 61,485 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir.[8][4] Andoire's call-up of Nuremberg paid dividends when Nuremberg beat the Bordeaux defence after ten minutes to make it 1-0.[4][8] However, Bordeaux quickly equalised following a Henri Baillot strike.[4][8] After 12 minutes, Nice put themselves back in front when Andoire's other call-up, Carniglia, capitalised on a cross from Hector Cesar Gonzales.[4][8] Twenty minutes later, John Belver made it 3-1 after scoring from a low volley.[4][8] Five minutes behind half-time, Bordeaux pulled one back after a free kick from Joop de Kubber was converted into a header by Edouard Kargu.[4][8] This meant that Nice goalkeeper Marcel Domingo had already conceded twice as many goals as he did throughout the entire tournament.[4][1]

In the second-half, Bordeaux would level the game courtesy of a a cross that Baillot converted into his second goal.[4][8] The game would remain 3-3 until after 61 minutes, when Abdelaziz Ben Tifour fired the ball from 18 metres away, which was deflected by a Bordeaux defender into the goal to make it 4-3.[4][8] Four minutes later, Nice sealed the win, when Georges Césari edged out the opposition's defence to ensure a 5-3 victory.[4][8] It marked Nice's first Coupe de France victory, with it later winning the Cup in 1954 and 1997.[2] It also marked the club's first double, and the 13th in French football history, as the team had become champions of the French Division 1 that same season.[8][2] Meanwhile, Bordeaux would win the trophy another three times, in 1986, 1987, and 2013.[3]


Ultimately, the match was televised live in an era where telerecordings were rare until videotape was perfected in the late-1950s.[9] The broadcast has yet to resurface, although some newsreel footage can be found online.



Newsreel footage of the match.

Newsreel footage of the match.

Newsreel footage of the match.

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