Stade de la Mosson

Stade de la Mosson (French pronunciation: ​[stad də la mɔˈsɔ̃]) is a football stadium in Montpellier, France. It is the home of Montpellier HSC (Ligue 1) and has a capacity of 32,900. Formerly a 16,000-seater stadium, it was entirely rebuilt in 1998 to host 6 games of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It was also used as a venue for group stage matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and is one of nine venues being used in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Stade de la Mosson
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Full nameStade de la Mosson
LocationMontpellier, France
Coordinates43°37′20″N 3°48′43″E / 43.62222°N 3.81194°ECoordinates: 43°37′20″N 3°48′43″E / 43.62222°N 3.81194°E
SurfaceAirFibr (hybrid grass)
Opened13 January 1972
Montpellier HSC


In October 2014 the stadium flooded twice as over 12 inches of rain fell in Montpellier. The stadium and pitch were damaged and this resulted in Montpellier relocating for 5 fixtures during the 2014–15 season (4 Ligue 1 matches and 1 Coupe de la Ligue match) to the Altrad Stadium, until repairs had been made to the stadium. The relocation lasted for the remainder of 2014, the first fixture on 28 October, and the last being 13 December.[2] The flooding caused Montpellier to cancel their 40-year anniversary celebration.[3]

1998 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The following games were played at the stadium during the 1998 World Cup:

Date Time (CEST) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
10 June 1998 21:00  Morocco 2–2  Norway Group A 29,800
12 June 1998 14:30  Paraguay 0–0  Bulgaria Group D 27,650
17 June 1998 21:00  Italy 3–0  Cameroon Group B 29,800
22 June 1998 17:30  Colombia 1–0  Tunisia Group G 29,800
25 June 1998 21:00  Germany 2–0  Iran Group F 29,800
29 June 1998 16:30  Germany 2–1  Mexico Round of 16 29,800

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[4] It hosted four group games and one Round of 16 match; among them were the Australia vs Brazil game – a match that was notable for witnessing the first goals conceded by Brazil in the group stage in 16 years as well as Brazil's first group stage loss for 24 years.[5]

Date Time (CEST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
10 June 2019 21:00  Canada 1–0  Cameroon Group E 10,710
13 June 2019 18:00  Australia 3–2  Brazil Group C 17,032
17 June 2019 18:00  South Africa 0–4  Germany Group B 15,502
20 June 2019 18:00  Cameroon 2–1  New Zealand Group E 8,009
25 June 2019 18:00  Italy 2–0  China PR Round of 16 17,492

Rugby League

On Saturday 9 June 2012, the stadium hosted rugby league for the first time. The Catalans Dragons will continue their policy of playing some home games away from the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan by playing their Stobart Super League fixture against Wigan Warriors at the stadium. This will be the second time the fixture has been played in Montpellier with the previous year's game being held in the Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Rugby Union

The stadium hosted a semi-final game in the 2012–13 Heineken Cup between Clermont and Munster on 27 April 2013.


  1. ^ "Montpellier HSC Club Website". Montpellier HSC Club Website. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Ligue 1: Montpellier's stadium flooded for second time in a week". Sky Sports. Sky. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Augustus, Luke. "Montpellier face huge stadium repairs after Ligue 1 outfit's Stade de la Mosson was affected by mass flooding in the city". MailOnline. Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The nine host cities confirmed". FIFA. 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Women's World Cup: Brazil Lose First Group Stage Match in 24 Years". News 18. Retrieved 14 June 2019.

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1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup

The 1990–91 season of the European Cup Winners' Cup was won by Manchester United against Barcelona. The victory for United was made significant as it was the season English clubs returned to European football, after completing a five-year ban as a result of the Heysel Stadium disaster.

1997 Tournoi de France

The 1997 Tournoi de France ([tuʁ.nwa də fʁɒ̃ːs]; French for "Tournament of France", often referred to as Le Tournoi) was a friendly international football tournament held in France in early June 1997 as a warm-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The four national teams participating at the tournament were Brazil, England, hosts France, and Italy. They played against each other in a single round-robin tournament with the group winner also being the winner of the tournament.

1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition (the first was in 1938) and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. It was the first World Cup to be held under the presidency of Sepp Blatter.

Qualification for the finals began in March 1996 and concluded in November 1997. For the first time in the competition, the group stage was expanded from 24 teams to 32, with eight groups of four. 64 matches were played in 10 stadiums in 10 host cities, with the opening match and final staged at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

The tournament was won by host country France, who beat defending champions Brazil 3–0 in the final. France won their first title, becoming the seventh nation to win a World Cup, and the sixth (after Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany and Argentina) to win the tournament on home soil. Croatia, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa made their first appearances in the finals.

2004–05 Coupe de la Ligue

The 2004–05 Coupe de la Ligue, a knockout cup competition in French football organised by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, began on 5 October 2004. The final was held on 30 April 2005 at the Stade de France. RC Strasbourg defeated SM Caen 2-1 in the final.

2010–11 Coupe de la Ligue

The 2010–11 Coupe de la Ligue was the 17th edition of the French league cup competition. The defending champions were Marseille, who defeated Bordeaux 3–1 in the 2009–10 edition of the final. The competition was organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel and was open to the forty-four professional clubs in France that are managed by the organization. The final was contested on 23 April 2011 at the Stade de France. The winner of the competition qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League and will be inserted into the third qualifying round.

Marseille successfully defended its title after defeating Montpellier 1–0 courtesy of a second half goal from Taye Taiwo in the final. The title resulted in Marseille becoming the first club in Coupe de la Ligue history to repeat as champions.

2012–13 Montpellier HSC season

The 2012–13 Montpellier HSC season is the 39th season since the club was refounded.

2014–15 Montpellier HSC season

The 2014–15 Montpellier HSC season is the 40th professional season of the club since its creation in 1974. The club celebrated their 40th anniversary with a change to the club badge representing a '40' in its center, to be used during the 2014-15 season.

2015–16 Montpellier HSC season

The 2015–16 Montpellier HSC season is the 41st professional season of the club since its creation in 1974.

2016–17 Montpellier HSC season

The 2016–17 Montpellier HSC season is the 42nd professional season of the club since its creation in 1974.

2018–19 Montpellier HSC season

The 2018–19 Montpellier HSC season is the 44th professional season of the club since its creation in 1974.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

Altrad Stadium

GGL Stadium (or previously known as Altrad Stadium and Stade Yves-du-Manoir) is a multi-use stadium in Montpellier, France. It is currently used mostly for rugby union matches and is the home stadium of Montpellier Hérault RC. The stadium is able to hold 15,697 spectators (12,734 seated). Rugby league side Catalans Dragons used the venue on 5 June 2011 with their tie against Wigan Warriors.

In 2014, Ligue 1 Association football team Montpellier HSC temporarily used the stadium during their 2014–15 season for home games after October floods in Montpellier. Their stadium Stade de la Mosson faced numerous floods and subsequent damages meant the team were unable to use its facility. Altrad held 5 fixtures during this time, 4 Ligue 1 matches and 1 Coupe de la Ligue game which lasted from 28 October up to their last game on 13 December 2014, before the team returned to their home stadium.The stadium is named after GGL, a property company based in Montpellier.

Cameroon at the FIFA Women's World Cup

The Cameroon women's national football team has represented Cameroon at the FIFA Women's World Cup on two occasions, in 2015 and 2019.

Cameroon women's national football team

The Cameroon national women's football team, also known as the Indomitable Lionesses, is the national team of Cameroon and is controlled by the Cameroon Football Association. They finished second in the 1991, 2004, 2014, and 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, participated in the 2012 Olympic Games and have competed in their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.

Jaque Fourie

Jaque Fourie (born 4 March 1983 in Carletonville, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union rugby player. He was a versatile backline player whose usual position was in the centres. He was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning team, playing at outside centre for 6 out of 7 matches, including all 80 minutes of the World Cup Final, which South Africa won 15-6.

Montpellier HSC

Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃pəlje eʁo spɔʁ klœb]; commonly referred to as Montpellier HSC or simply Montpellier) is a French association football club based in the city of Montpellier. The original club was founded in 1919, while the current incarnation was founded through a merger in 1974. Montpellier currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football and plays its home matches at the Stade de la Mosson, located within the city. The first team is managed by Michel Der Zakarian and captained by defender Hilton.

Montpellier was founded under the name Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (SOM) and played under the name for most of its existence. In 1989, after playing under various names, the club changed its name to its current form. Montpellier is one of the founding members of the first division of French football. Along with Marseille, Rennes, Sochaux and Nice, Montpellier is one of only a few clubs to have played in the inaugural 1932–33 season and is still playing in the first division. The club won Ligue 1 for the first time in the 2011–12 season. Montpellier's other honours to date include winning the Coupe de France in 1929 and 1990, and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999.

Montpellier is owned by Laurent Nicollin, the son of the late Louis Nicollin, a French entrepreneur, who had been owner since 1974. The club have produced several famous players in its history, most notably Laurent Blanc, who has served as manager of the France national team. Blanc is also the club's all-time leading goalscorer. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderrama and Olivier Giroud are other players who have played in Montpellier's colours. In 2001, Montpellier introduced a women's team.


Mosson may refer to :

Mosson, Côte-d'Or, a commune of Côte-d'Or département, FranceLa Mosson may refer to :

La Mosson (neighbourhood), one of the seven neighbourhoods of Montpellier, France

La Mosson (river), a tributary of the Lez river in Hérault département, France

Château de la Mosson or Château de Bonnier de la Mosson, one of the Montpellier follies built in 1723 by Jean Giral

Stade de la Mosson, a stadium in Montpellier, France

South Africa at the FIFA Women's World Cup

The South Africa women's national football team has represented South Africa at the FIFA Women's World Cup on one occasion, in 2019.

Stade Richter

Stade Richter was a multi-purpose stadium in Montpellier, France. The stadium held 30,000 spectators and was preceded by the Parc des Sports de l'avenue Pont Juvénal.

It was the home ground of the Montpellier HSC, until their current stadium, Stade de la Mosson, opened in 1972.

Even after the Stade de la Mosson opened, the Stade Richter was used for concerts, by artists including Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson & Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

Venues of the 2007 Rugby World Cup


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