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Ten matches at the Stade de France!

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 12, 2020
“The beating heart of this extraordinary competition”. Even more than that of 2007, the 2023 World Cup in France will beat to the rhythm of the pulsations of the aptly named Stade de France. On Monday, the competition train arrived in Saint-Denis as part of the We Love 2023 Tour. And, on the sidelines of the event, our colleagues from Parisian revealed that the “major theater” of this second World Cup in France after that of 2007 would unsurprisingly be the Stade de France. As had already been the case thirteen years ago, the Saint-Denis enclosure, the largest in France to date (capacity of 80,968 spectators), will once again host the semi-finals and the final. But that’s not all. The stadium which still resonates twenty-two years later at the first coronation of the French football team will indeed also have the privilege, we learn. The Parisian, to host two of the four quarter-finals (against only one in 2007) but also the opening match as well as four other matches of the tournament.

Nothing at the Parc des Princes!

In total, it is therefore ten matches (800,000 spectators) that the SDF will offer, when it hosted seven during the 2007 World Cup, co-organized with Wales and Scotland. Enough to make the general manager of the consortium Alexandra Boutelier say in the daily columns that “with ten matches organized within it, the Stade de France will undoubtedly be the beating heart of this extraordinary competition”. However, if the draw has been maintained at the Palais Brongniart in Paris – but no longer on the initial date of November 29 but that of December 14 – the Capital, it will not host any match of this World Cup in France. The PSG now having the exclusivity of the Parc des Princes, the Porte d’Auteuil stadium, unlike 2007 (five games), this time will be white cabbage, unlike the Parc OL in Lyon, the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, the Allianz Riviera in Nice, the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, the Toulouse stadium, the Matmut Atlantique de Bordeaux and the Orange Vélodrome, which will offer the other two quarter-finals. It was well worth a stop for the tournament train by Saint-Denis.