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Pre Season

10 Things You Need To Know About Metz

11 July 2017

The Eagles will be heading to north-east France on 29th July to take on Ligue 1 side Metz in a pre-season friendly, so scrub up on your knowledge of the side nicknamed the Maroons with our quick-fire guide.

1. FC Metz was founded in 1932 following the merger of two amateur clubs: the wealthy CAM (Cercle Athlétique Messin) and the ASM (Association Sportive Messina), a more modest club of workers and employees. This makes Metz one of the oldest professional clubs in France.

2. They play in the Stade Saint-Symphorien which was opened in September 1923, less than a year before Palace moved into Selhurst Park. It was initially home to CAM and currently has a capacity of 25,636, but its record attendance came in 1991 when 28,766 spectators watched Metz take on Marseille.

3. The club have never won Ligue 1, however they did finish runners-up back in 1997/98 during a golden period for the team. During their existence they have won the French Cup twice as well as two League Cups, which they lifted the last time they tasted silverware back in 1996.

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4. During World War Two, the city was occupied by Nazi Germany so the club played under the Germanised name of FV Metz. They played in the highest tier of German football and finished runners-up in each of the three seasons before Allied forces reclaimed the area for France.

5. Their first taste of European football came in 1984/85 when they were drawn against Terry Venables’ Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. After losing 4-2 at home in the first leg, they stunned the Catatan giants by running out 4-1 victors in the Nou Camp, which included a hat-trick from Yugoslav striker Toni Kurbos.

6. The club has been renowned in recent years for producing young talent through its academy, with recent successes including Rigobert Song, Robert Pirès, Louis Saha, Papiss Cissé, Miralem Pjanić, Sadio Mane and ex-Eagle Emmanuel Adebayor.

7. Palace sold Michele Padovano to Metz back in 1999 following his ill-fated spell in SE25. Injury restricted him to just nine appearances, during which time he scored four goals.

8. Their current squad finished last season in 14th position in Ligue 1, in what was their first season back in the top-flight having been promoted in 2015/16 after a third place finish in Ligue 2.

9. They are currently managed by Philippe Hinschberger, who spent his entire 15-year playing career at the club between 1977 and 1992. He has been in the post since December 2015 when he replaced ex-Charlton Athletic manager Jose Riga and steered Metz to promotion at the end of his first season in charge.

10. Turkish international Mevlut Erdinc finished as their top scorer with six goals last season, on loan from Hannover 96. The current squad also includes ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, and Wilfried Zaha’s Ivory Coast teammate Cheick Doukoure.

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