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Montpellier 1rst most sporty city in France



Montpellier offers sport enthusiasts a large choice of sport disciplines. It is impossible for a sportsperson to get bored at the weekend!

MHSC, MHB, MHR, BLMA …. There are many high level professional clubs.

GGL Stadium (ex-Altrad Stadium) - Montpellier © OT Montpellier

An amazing year for the professional clubs from Montpellier

In 2018, Montpellier becomes the 1rst most sporty city in France ex-aequo with Paris.

Many teams in the Metropolitan area had great results like the women's rugby club MHR that won the championship, their men's counterpart reached the Final...

But the biggest success was for the MHB (Montpellier Handball professional club) that won the Champions League against Nantes.


Born in Montpellier twenty years ago, the International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) swamps the city and the world with its Freestyle culture.


In 1995, Hervé André-Benoit, a student at Montpellier Business School (Sup de Co) is working on his end-of-year project.

His idea is to create an extreme sports festival that will gather the best local riders in disciplines as varied as BMX, skateboard, wakeboard, roller-blade and even scooter.

Twenty years later, the FISE has become the city’s most popular event.

Each year in May, it gathers more than 500 000 people on banks of the river Lez. More than 400 riders from 50 countries demonstrate their talents.

In the last three years, the FISE circuit has extended to Andorra, China and Malaysia.

A success story made in Montpellier.

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In Montpellier, the women’s BLMA basketball team were Champions of France in 2014 after winning against the formidable Bourges team.

The women rugby players of MHR, nicknamed the ‘ladybirds’, have lifted the famous shield five times since 2007 and many of them, such as Gaëlle Mignot, play for the French national rugby team.

The women’s MHSC football players are a young and dynamic team who has twice been crowned Champions of France, providing ample reasons for the boys to do the same… 


In addition to its high level professional clubs, Montpellier is also home to unusual sports.
Did you know that Montpellier have been kayak-polo Champions of France several times? The MACKUK  even provides numerous athletes to the French national team. It has to be said that these brave players train until the early days of winter in the icy cold water of the river Lez. Therefore the genesis of their strength must be due, in part, to this.

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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. 

Did you know that Montpellier also has a roller-hockey team, a rugby league team, an Australian rules football team and many more?

It would even seem that a Quidditch team, the traditional Harry Potter sport, is in the process of being set up in Montpellier. But keep quiet! This information is reserved for the Moldus !

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