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FC Metz Stats & History
Cercle Athlétique Messin, the predecessor to FC Metz, was established in 1919. The club was incredibly successful on a regional level in the 1920s. They won the Division d’Honneur in Lorraine in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, and 1931. In 1932, the club went on to become FC Metz.
In 1933, the club became professional and played in the second division. Metz reached the top tier of French soccer for the first time in 1935. In the 1935-36 season, they finished in 11th place of 16 teams. They also reached the Coupe de France final for the first time in 1938.
As Metz was annexed by Germany during WWII, the club was forced to play in the German Gauliga. The club was decimated by the war but, as a gesture of goodwill, they were admitted back into Ligue 1 in 1945. Metz spent the next couple of decades oscillating between the top two divisions.
In 1967, Metz returned to Ligue 1 for their best-ever spell in the top flight, which lasted until 2001. Metz finished third in Ligue 1 in 1968-69, which meant qualification for European competition for the first time in their history.
During the mid-70s, Metz regularly finished in the top half of the table. The FC Metz stats list their first major trophy as the 1984 Coupe de France, as they beat favorites AS Monaco. For their exploits, Metz qualified for the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
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One of the most notable moments in the FC Metz stats comes from the CWC. In the first round, they lost 4-2 to Barcelona in the first leg. Then, they managed an incredible 4-2 victory at Camp Nou to win 6-5, on aggregate. Metz also won the Coupe de la Ligue for the first time in 1986. Metz won another Coupe de France before the end of the decade, in 1988.
With Robert Pires as their star player, Metz won the 1996 Coupe de France. Metz also finished a club-record second in 1998, outperforming the Ligue 1 odds. They qualified for the Champions League for the first time as a result. Metz’s long spell in Ligue 1 came to an end in 2001 and they fell to the third tier in 2012.
They were back in Ligue 1 within two seasons, but have bounced around ever since. In 2022-23, Metz will be playing in Ligue 2 once again. No player scored more than five goals last season for Metz, so betting advice implies they could struggle to score again this season.