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Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by marty2086 on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 11:08 am

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Gavin Mortimor wrote:BIG NEWS!!
According to L'Equipe, Racing 92 and Stade Francais are set to merge next season. L'Equipe reports that Jacky Lorenzetti & Thomas Savare will unveil their plans this afternoon but it seems it's definitely going ahead and that could be very good news for Grenoble - assuming they finish 13th - because the place freed up in the Top 14 next season will be filled by a play-off this June between the 13th finisher in T14 and the loser of the ProD2 final. Though still to be confirmed by LNR. As for the stadiums, Racing/Stade will play at the new Arena 92 & Stade Jean-Bouin will be home to Red Star, the Div2 football team.

No news for the moment on squad cuts or coaches, and most importantly the colour of their strip
I bet there'll be a bit of pink.

The official communique on the merger says: "This association, effective from next season, will give birth to a new club, which will preserve the roots of Racing 92, like those of Stade Francais, and multiply the means dedicated to the youth & French rugby. Strengthened by our double culture, by the staunch wish of the 2 presidents & the support of an unprecedented catchment area in France, this new club's mission in the long-term is to grow into a real reference.

Just got an email from Jacky Lorenzetti (not just me, alas, all Racing ticket purchasers) & he explains one of the main drivers was that despite Racing & Stade winning the T14 in last two years "it's been very difficult to maintain the level of performance year after year Lorenzetti says 2 clubs wrestled with same question 'How can we win not just once but year after year?' The answer is to join forces


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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 2:48 pm

marty2086 wrote:
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marty2086 wrote:The catalyst, it seems xenophobia played a part as apparently Savare didn't want Stade falling into foreign hands as the only interested buyers were from Qatar

Idiotic statement. It's not xenophobic to prioritise local business/investment over foreign investment.

Its idiotic to say its xenophobia when you would rather destroy something than see it fall into foreign hands? Rolling Eyes

No it's idiotic to wake up every morning and be this far left. I couldn't imagine living that way. Good to see the French prioritising themselves before others - the way it should be.

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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by brennomac on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 3:08 pm

marty2086 wrote:
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Paris isn't a sporting city, the locals much prefer to eat rich food and consume alcohol in suitable surroundings - not sit on plastic seats in a concrete bowl - unless it is a proper social occasion where they can have the rich food and alcohol after....

I've read a few people saying that it isn't a sporting city yet PSG have the best attendances in France both home and away, maybe it's not a rugby city more than it's not a sporting city but there are plenty who overcome similar obstacles. Wasps moved about 100 miles to get out of an overcrowded city.

I don't know the answer but have Stade or Racing done much in the local communities? Do they work with local schools or clubs trying to grow and improve the game and bring people into the club?

Marty, PSG are the only first division team in a city of 13 million. London has 5, Madrid 3, Rome 2, Milan 2. Does seem to suggest that Paris isn't exactly a sporting hotbed.

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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by marty2086 on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 4:09 pm

SecretFly wrote:It was weird in many ways - adopting a strict economic 'merger' decision over the heads of people (fans and players alike) who feel, and kinda know, that sport is somehow different.  Yes, sport is largely run along business lines today; the profit margins mean everything, large figures are everything, players and coaches are commodities bought and sold to the highest bidder...but still, sport is sport and teams are teams and history is history.  
People who consistently try to take emotion out of the business of running rugby constantly find that there is a significant following that resist and resist such a drive to turn rugby into nothing more than Lidl or Aldi, Coke or Pepsi.

If they were trying to be like any of those businesses then they would be trying to expand their customer base and improve revenue streams. It looks like Racing are at least making an effort to boost revenue streams with the new Arena 92 and its expanded usage but it seems there is little effort to boost their fan base and potential player pool.


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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by marty2086 on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 4:12 pm

brennomac wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Recwatcher16 wrote:
Paris isn't a sporting city, the locals much prefer to eat rich food and consume alcohol in suitable surroundings - not sit on plastic seats in a concrete bowl - unless it is a proper social occasion where they can have the rich food and alcohol after....

I've read a few people saying that it isn't a sporting city yet PSG have the best attendances in France both home and away, maybe it's not a rugby city more than it's not a sporting city but there are plenty who overcome similar obstacles. Wasps moved about 100 miles to get out of an overcrowded city.

I don't know the answer but have Stade or Racing done much in the local communities? Do they work with local schools or clubs trying to grow and improve the game and bring people into the club?

Marty, PSG are the only first division team in a city of 13 million.  London has 5, Madrid 3, Rome 2, Milan 2.  Does seem to suggest that Paris isn't exactly a sporting hotbed.

Not sure what your point is? You are linking on field quality to support

The 3 teams currently in the EPL relegation zone are all from the North East of England, if they get relegated does that mean the region is less of a sporting hotbed?

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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by PhilBB on Tue 23 May 2017, 9:08 am

Xenophobia leads to selling to a Swiss based German, it seems.
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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by PhilBB Today at 9:23 am

marty2086 wrote:The catalyst, it seems xenophobia played a part as apparently Savare didn't want Stade falling into foreign hands as the only interested buyers were from Qatar

Where is this from?
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Re: Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish Today at 9:37 am

Football fans in the most part are always bemoaning foreign owners. Don't have an understanding or feel for the sport and are usually only in it to make a profit (see the Glazers etc). Look at Leeds, Blackburn etc and the troubles they've had. Not always true (see City) but assume Savare as a fan of the club didn't want to see it go that way after him. Don't see how he can be accused of xenophobia for that.

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