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SBD Global/January 29, 2013/Events and Attractions

Gabon To Host French Professional Football League's 2013 Trophée Des Champions

The French Professional Football League (LFP) has announced that the 2013 Trophée des Champions will take place on Aug. 3 in Libreville, Gabon. The event will see the winner of Ligue 1 take on the winner of the Coupe de France. In a statement, the LFP said, "This decision is in line with the development strategy of Ligue 1 internationally, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that accounts for 30% of revenues from TV rights internationally. This choice is also an opportunity to strengthen exchanges between French football and African football. Organizing the Trophée des Champions in Gabon is a way to reach out to Africa, from where more than 110 players play in Ligue 1 this season (LFP). SOCCEREX opined that with the move, the LFP "will continue its bid to build Ligue 1's international brand" (SOCCEREX, 1/28).
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