French Cup (8th round). Anthony Colin, ES Thaon’s lieutenant

Thaon (N3) – Sochaux (L2)

This Saturday (5pm)

The last survivor of the Thaonnaise squad that faced Sochaux (L1) in the 32nd Coupe de France Final 2013, Anthony Colin will not be entitled to a meeting with the Cubs this Saturday. Blame it on a stubborn calf injury that prompted ES midfielder Thaon to pack. Convalescent, but “first fan of the team”, this Saturday he will be closer to his teammates to give them valuable advice during a game that he knows is necessarily “peculiar” in the career of an amateur player.

Nice boss

With several epics under his belt, ES vice-captain Thaon knows a lot about the Coupe de France, taking the famous match against Sochaux in January 2013 as an example: “It was the first round of 32 of my career. I remember the media enthusiasm that arouses this type of meeting. It takes us out of our everyday life as amateur footballers. It is something unique, exciting. It is also a great reward to play for a professional club because it is far from easy to make a cup run.

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Giving advice to his teammates is what he’s been doing for several seasons (his 12th in the Thaon shirt), thanks to a certain amount of experience at the national level. Solid lieutenant of Romain Chouleur, like Wilfried Rother or Mohamed Comara, the 35-year-old has become, over the seasons, an essential cog of ES Thaon. And this, even if he no longer has the legs of his early youth: “I want to pass on what was passed on to me in the past. Even if I speak just before the matches, I still try to be positive on the pitch and to have the right word for my teammates.”

“Perform a feat against a professional club”

It’s a more united Thaon workforce than ever (“only good guys”) that is preparing to challenge Sochaliens today in Ligue 2. -1 defeat in the 94th minute). Another plus point according to Anthony Colin: “We have our own experience and experiences from the last few years. Now what we need is to win against a professional club.”

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And why not this Saturday against Sochaux? A possibility that the 35-year-old midfielder doesn’t rule out, far from it: “We’ll have to be concentrated from start to finish, be correct in both areas. The ground will not be conducive to good play, that’s for sure. The more the game progresses, the more it is in favor of the little one. Especially with the penalty kicks right after regular time.” An exercise that has recently been particularly successful for the Thaonnais thanks, in particular, to the skill of their two goalkeepers (Raphaël Rodriguez and Antonin Parisot) on the line. Hence the prognosis: “We will race a lot against a great team from Sochaux. But I’m sure we will stay strong and qualify on penalties.”

A result that would open the door to a new round of 32 for Romain Chouleur’s men. A hypothesis that welcomes the convalescent Anthony Colin in anticipation: “I’m still hungry for the game, I feel good. I still want to play this type of match. His teammates know what they have to do.

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