Rugby and football in the same weekend: double ration in Clermont

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Rugby and football in the same weekend: double ration in Clermont

After the defeat of ASM Rugby on Saturday, against Bayonne (20-25) in the Top 14 at the Marcel-Michelin stadium, Auvergne sports lovers will have the opportunity to console themselves with the reception of Montpellier at Gabriel-Montpied, this Sunday (3 p.m., live commentary).

For the first time, the football club and the rugby club have decided to make a joint ticket office while the two teams receive this weekend: 600 100% football/rugby packs at 40 euros (30 € for children under 16) were thus sold. If this has been made possible, it is on the one hand because Clermont-Ferrand is one of the five cities in France (with Lyon, Paris, Montpellier and Toulouse) to have a team in the elite of football and rugby.

Then, because links have existed for a few years between the two clubs via the training center, which they have shared since 2017. “We pooled the costs in order to optimize the management of the center and this also made it possible to create interesting synergies”explains Ahmet Schaefer, the president of Clermont Foot who took over from Claude Michy, at the initiative of the project.

“We lived together, we bonded. It did me good. Footballers have a different mentality.

Samuel Ezeala, ASM winger

Samuel Ezeala, ASM winger, holder on Saturday, is one of the players who attended the training center and the boarding school, where the apprentices reside. “We lived together, we bonded, recalls the native of Barcelona. It did me good. Footballers have a different mentality. They are more into messing around, putting on music, dancing, laughing out loud. It made a nice mix. » Between Naël Jaby (loaned to Moulins, N2), Mohamed Bayo (Lille), Lucas Margueron (Clermont) or Lorenzo Rajot (Rodez), the young rugby player (22) has kept several friends among the soccer players who have passed through the center, where he stayed four years.

Other business operations not excluded

On the side of the round ball, we especially remember the passages to the weight room. “We carried each other in terms of the charges, those of the rugby players and ours were not the same, laughs Baïla Diallo, turned pro in 2021 after two and a half seasons at the center. The cohabitation was going well. We were in the same class and then we went to the center together. »

“They were a little more studious, and we let ourselves go a little.

Olivier Kamdem, defender of Clermont Foot.

Suspended against Montpellier, Oliver Kamdem (20), pro since May after three years at the center, keeps the memory of rugby players “good delirium” and remained friends with fly-half Théo Giral. “They were a little more studious, and we let ourselves go a little, he laughs. But we got along well. »

The leaders of the two clubs, who meet regularly informally, do not rule out carrying out other joint operations. “You have to use this relationship intelligently so that viewers benefit from unique content, you have to be creative”Schaefer dreams.

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