It is the 20th May 2012, a smell of sulphur wafts over the Comédie square. In front of the giant screen, more than 25,000 people are watching, full of hope, the last game of the season for the Montpellier football team in the French Football Championship which takes place in Auxerre. Montpellier hopes to win the championship whilst Auxerre fights not to finish in second place. The match is tense. The atmosphere electric. Nothing goes as planned. Auxerre opens the score with a goal at the beginning of the match. The match is interrupted several times due to flares being thrown. However, two goals from John Utaka save the Montpellier team which wins the France Football Championship for the first time in its history. Against the great Paris and its galactic star players, Montpellier wins with a gang of kids trained at the Montpellier football club.
How many handball world champions came from Montpellier handball team (MHB)? How many players from Montpellier have worn the France XV rugby jersey?
Numerous famous athletes started their career here. And it is not over yet.
For two years now, the Equipe newspaper has declared Montpellier the second sportiest city in France in its classification. Indeed the Metropolis offers a great diversity of disciplines. From popular sports such as football, rugby, handball or volley-ball to lesser known sports such as roller hockey, rugby league, water-polo, ice hockey and many more.
Each weekend, we see the same procession. Throughout the city, thousands of supporters flock to the different sporting facilities. To René Bougnol's sports hall for handball, to the Altrad Stadium for rugby, to the Mosson stadium for football, but also to the Végapolis ice rink for ice hockey or to the Pierre de Coubertin sports hall for volleyball.
All sportsmen and women, amateurs and professionals find Montpellier to be a place which encourages their improvement and development. "Here, here, it’s MONT-PE-LLIER !"
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