Challenge International du Sud de la France ("Coupe des Pyrenées - Copa Pirineos")


This football competition was created by the Comitè des Pyrénées, which was part of the USFSA (Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques).
Initially, it was only for teams that were members of three USFSA regional committees (Pyrénées, Languedoc, and Guyenne et Gascogne) and for teams from the cities of San Sebastián, Irún and Barcelona in Spain. Later, it expanded to include teams from other cities in Catalonia (Sabadell) and other regional committees (Littoral).
The final of the championship had to be held in the region's capital, Toulouse. However, the last two finals took place in Barcelona. The competition was played for 5 years, from 1910 to 1914, before disappearing due to the first World War. In Spain it was commonly known as Copa Pirineos.


Palmares

1910 FC Barcelona
1911 FC Barcelona
1912 FC Barcelona
1913 FC Barcelona
1914 FC Espanya (Barcelona)


Clubwise list of winners

FC Barcelona              4
FC Espanya (Barcelona)    1

Regionwise list of winners

Catalonia                 5


Finals

Year   Venue       Result
1910   Toulouse    FC Barcelona            2-1 Real Sociedad (San Sebastián)
1911   Toulouse    FC Barcelona            4-2 Stade Bordelais               [aet]
1912   Toulouse    FC Barcelona            5-3 Stade Bordelais
1913   Barcelona   FC Barcelona            7-2 Comète et Simiot (Bordeaux)
1914   Barcelona   FC Espanya (Barcelona)  3-1 Comète et Simiot (Bordeaux)

Clubwise list of finalists

Club                         Champion  Runners-up

FC Barcelona                     4           
FC Espanya (Barcelona)           1          
 
Comète et Simiot (Bordeaux)                  2
Stade Bordelais                              2
Real Sociedad (San Sebastián)                1

All-Time Participants Overview

Club                         Participations  Champion  Runners-up

FC Barcelona                         5           4           
Stade Toulousain                     5
Olympique de Cette                   4
Comète et Simiot (Bordeaux)          3                       2
FC Espanya (Barcelona)               2           1           
Stade Bordelais                      2                       2
Real Sociedad (San Sebastián)        2                       1
RCD Espanyol (Barcelona)             2
SC Nîmois                            2
SC Toulousain                        1
Olympique de Marseille               1
Casual SC (Barcelona)                1
Universitari SC (Barcelona)          1
CS Sabadell                          1
US Albigeoise                        1

First edition (1910)

Participants (6):
  Pyrénées region:            Stade Toulousain, Sporting Club Toulousain
  Languedoc region:           Olympique de Cette, Sporting Club Nîmois
  San Sebastián:              Real Sociedad de Football
  Barcelona:                  Football Club Barcelona

NB: the city of Cette was renamed Sète in 1927; Olympique de Cette is currently
      known as FC de Sète 34 (since 1989);
    Sociedad de Football were renamed Real Sociedad de Football on 11 Feb 1910
      after King Alfons XII had granted the club the title Real.

Competition:

Knockout stage France

Olympique de Cette            3-0 SC Nîmois                     
Stade Toulousain              w/o SC Toulousain

Semifinals

Real Sociedad                 8-0 Stade Toulousain
Olympique de Cette            1-1 FC Barcelona                  [Olympique abandoned]

Final

FC Barcelona                  2-1 Real Sociedad                 


Available Match Details:

27 Feb 1910, stade Croix Bonhome, Montpellier;
             kick-off: 14.30; ref: Labat (Comité des Pyrénées)
Olympique de Cette            3-0 SC Nîmois                     
Olympique: Diffre - Garnier, Gascard - Runel, Bayrou (c), Encontré -
           Ain, Lorrain, Rambaud, Vernet, Allias 
SC Nîmois: Teissier - Borgne, Brugière - Couderc, Augade, Farde -
           Bagnol (c), Charrier, Fénouillet, Jean, Picqmal
scorers: n/a

27 Feb 1910, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse;
             kick-off: 13.30; ref: Maffre (Comité des Pyrénées)
Stade Toulousain              w/o SC Toulousain

17 Apr 1910, estadio Ondarreta, San Sebastián;
             kick-off: 16.30; ref: Naudy (Comité des Pyrénées)
Real Sociedad                 8-0 Stade Toulousain
Sociedad: Bea - Arocena, Loinaz - Arrillaga, Echevarría, Leturia -
          MacGuinnes, Goitisolo, Lacort, Simmons, Prast 
Stade Toulousain: Thouverez - Ger, Roumengou - Roger, Dalleau, Durac -
                  Souparis, Cadeac, Struxiano (c), Puel, Marquís
scorers: Lacort 4, Goitisolo 2, Simmons, MacGuinnes
NB: on 24 Apr 1910, Sociedad played Stade Bordelais in a friendly match
    unconnected to this competition.

24 Apr 1910, stade Casernes, Cette;
             kick-off: 15.00; ref: Labat (Comité des Pyrénées)
Olympique de Cette            1-1 FC Barcelona                  [Olympique abandoned]
Olympique: Diffre - Gascard, Bayrou (c) - Encontré, Garnier, Lorrain -
           Owen, Artaud, Rambaud, Vernet, Allias 
Barcelona: Solà - Bru, Amechazurra - Sanz, Peris, C. Wallace -
           Forns, Graells, C. Comamala, Steinberg, LLonch 
scorers: Allias - Graells
NB: after the match had finished 1-1, extra time was to be played, but Olympique
    refused to do so due to tiredness; Barcelona thus qualified.

 1 May 1910, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse;
             kick-off: 15.00; ref: Labat (Comité des Pyrénées);
             linesmen: Struxiano and Durac (Stade Toulousain)
FC Barcelona                  2-1 Real Sociedad                 
Barcelona: Solà - Bru, Amechazurra - Peris, Aguirreche, Grau -
           Forns, Graells, C. Comamala, Rodríguez, C. Wallace 
Sociedad: Bea - Loinaz, Arocena - Arrillaga, Echevarria, Belauste -
          MacGuinnes, Goitisolo, Lacort, Simmons, Prast 
scorers: Graells, Rodríguez - Prast

Second edition (1911)

Participants (4):
  Pyrénées region:            Stade Toulousain
  Languedoc region:           Olympique de Cette
  Guyenne et Gascogne region: Stade Bordelais
  Barcelona:                  Football Club Barcelona

NB: some sources indicated Bon Gars de Bordeaux as losing finalists; however, as
      this club was not registered with the USFSA and played in another competition,
      this is not possible.

Competition:

Semifinals

FC Barcelona                  2-1 Olympique Cette
Stade Bordelais               2-1 Stade Toulousain

Final

FC Barcelona                  4-2 Stade Bordelais               [aet; 2-2 after regulation time]


Available Match Details:

 7 May 1911, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 15.45; ref: Labat (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Barcelona                  2-1 Olympique Cette
Barcelona: Reñé - Bru, Amechazurra - Quirante, Peris, Grau -
           Forns, P. Wallace, C. Comamala, C. Wallace, A. Comamala
Olympique: Razias - Gascard, Villarde - Lorrain, Artaud, Gatesne -
           Béget, Bagnols, Roussel, Picqmal, Vernet
scorers: C. Comamala 2 - N.N.

 7 May 1911, stade Sainte-Germaine, Bordeaux
Stade Bordelais               2-1 Stade Toulousain
NB: no further details available

14 May 1911, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse;
             ref: unknown (Naudy or Labat (both Comité des Pyrénées))
FC Barcelona                  4-2 Stade Bordelais               [aet; 2-2 after regulation time]
Barcelona: Reñé - Bru, Amechazurra - Quirante, Peris, Grau -
           Forns, P. Wallace, C. Comamala, C. Wallace, Espelta
Stade Bordelais: Bollac - Balier, Lucas - Binot, Harders (c), Minaud -
                 Cazeaux, Bedey, Gros, Hauret, Lassalle 
scorers: P. Wallace 2, C. Wallace, C. Comamala - N.N.

Third edition (1912)

Participants (9):
  Pyrénées region:            Stade Toulousain
  Languedoc region:           Olympique de Cette, Sporting Club Nîmois
  Littoral region:            Olympique de Marseille
  Côte d'Argent region:       Stade Bordelais, Comète et Simiot
  San Sebastián:              Real Sociedad de Football
  Barcelona:                  Football Club Barcelona, Club Deportiu Espanyol
NB: the region of Guyenne et Gascogne had been split into two regions, Côte d'Argent
      and Côte Basque.

Competition:

Knockout stage Catalonia

FC Barcelona                  3-2 CD Espanyol                   [aet; 2-2 after regulation time]

Knockout stage France

Olympique de Cette            2-3 SC Nîmois                     
Stade Bordelais               bt  Comète et Simiot

SC Nîmois                     6-2 Olympique de Marseille
Stade Toulousain              0-1 Stade Bordelais               

Semifinals

FC Barcelona                  w/o SC Nîmois                     
Stade Bordelais               w/o Real Sociedad

Final

FC Barcelona                  5-3 Stade Bordelais


Available Match Details:

10 Mar 1912, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 15.45; ref: Hamilton (Catalunya)
FC Barcelona                  3-2 CD Espanyol                   [aet; 2-2 after regulation time]
Barcelona: Reñé - Irizar. Amechazurra - Rozitsky, Lambe, Wilson -
           Rodriguez, Steel, Patullo, Summer, Peris 
Espanyol: Gibert - C. Wallace, S. Massana - La Riva, Gibson, Sanpere -
          Allack, P. Wallace, Hodge, Burnett, C. Comamala
scorers: Patullo 2, Steel - Burnett 2
NB: a protest by Espanyol on the refereeing was thrown out.

17 Mar 1912, stade Casernes, Cette
Olympique de Cette            2-3 SC Nîmois                     
NB: no further details available

17 Mar 1912, stade Sainte-Germaine, Bordeaux
Stade Bordelais               bt  Comète et Simiot
NB: no further details available

21 Apr 1912, Nîmes; ref: Naudy (Comité des Pyrénées)
SC Nîmois                     6-2 Olympique de Marseille
Nîmois: Bruguière - N.N., Couder - Villaret, Abbal (c), Comte -
        Tixador, Giless, N.N., Prevost, Coustou
scorers: Coustou, Prévost, Tixador, Giless, 2 unknown, - N.N.
NB: no further details available

21 Apr 1912, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse
Stade Toulousain              0-1 Stade Bordelais   
NB: no further details available

28 Apr 1912, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona
FC Barcelona                  w/o SC Nîmois                     
NB: SC Nîmois could not find enough players to make the trip and forfeited.

28 Apr 1912, stade Sainte-Germaine, Bordeaux
Stade Bordelais               w/o Real Sociedad
NB: Sociedad were unwilling to pay for the cost of transportation and forfeited.

 5 May 1912, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse;
             ref: Ginesty (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Barcelona                  5-3 Stade Bordelais
Barcelona: L. Peris - Irizar, Amechazurra - Berdié, A. Massana, Wilson -
           F. Armet, Rodriguez, Steel, Morales, L. Peris
Stade Bordelais: Gleuck - Hauret, Lucas - Blummer, Mimaud, Plau -
                 Lassalle, Gregi, Gros, Fuentes, Cazeaux 
scorers: Morales 3, Massana, Rodriguez - N.N.

NB: as Barcelona had won the trophy in three consecutive years, they were allowed
    to keep the trophy in their possession.

Fourth edition (1913)

Participants (7):
  Pyrénées region:            Stade Toulousain
  Languedoc region:           Olympique de Cette
  Côte d'Argent region:       Comète et Simiot
  Barcelona:                  Football Club Barcelona, Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol,
                              Casual Sporting Club, Football Club Espanya

NB: Club Deportiu Espanyol were renamed Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol on 25 Apr 1912
      after King Alfons XII had granted the club the title Real;
    in the 1912/13 season, there was a double split in Spanish football.  In Catalonia,
      several teams led by FC Barcelona separated from the Federació Catalana de Clubs
      de Futbol and created the Associació Catalana de Futbol.  Both institutions held
      a championship.  On the other hand, several Spanish teams, also led by Barcelona
      and Real Sociedad de Football de San Sebastián, separated from the Federación
      Española de Clubs de Fútbol and created a new institution, the Unión Española de
      Clubs de Fútbol.  Both organized a competition.  Of the Catalan clubs registered 
      at the Challenge, RCD Espanyol, FC Espanya and Casual SC were loyal to the
      original institutions, questioning whether teams from different federations could
      participate in the same international competition.  The three Catalonian qualifying
      matches (RCD Espanyol–FC Espanya, FC Barcelona-Casual SC, and the final between the
      winners) were originally scheduled for March 2, 9 and 30, but postposed to Mar 16,
      30 and Apr 6; eventually, FC Espanya did not accept the entry of FC Barcelona and
      forfeited the match against RCD Espanyol, who together with Casual SC decided to
      participate in spite of Barcelona's entry.  Interestingly, the Federació Catalana
      de Clubs de Futbol penalized Casual SC for playing against FC Barcelona, but not 
      RCD Espanyol; the fine was eventually waived.

Competition:

Knockout stage Catalonia

RCD Espanyol                  w/o FC Espanya
FC Barcelona                  7-0 Casual SC

FC Barcelona                  1-3 RCD Espanyol                  [Espanyol disqualified]

Knockout stage France

Comète et Simiot              4-3 Stade Toulousain

Comète et Simiot              bt  Olympique de Cette

Final

FC Barcelona                  7-2 Comète et Simiot


Available Match Details:

 2 Mar 1913, Bordeaux
Comète et Simiot              4-3 Stade Toulousain
NB: no further details available

16 Mar 1913, estadio Velòdrom Parc de Sports
RCD Espanyol                  w/o FC Espanya
NB: Espanya forfeited (see above)

30 Mar 1913, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 15.30; ref: Naudy (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Barcelona                  7-0 Casual SC
Barcelona: Reñé - Irizar, Amechazurra - Rozitsky, A. Massana, Greenwell -
           Forns, Allack, Steel, Apolinario, E. Peris
Casual SC: Solà - C. Comamala, Quirante - Janer, A. Comamala, Ponsà -
           Mensa, Tormo, Wallace, LLonch, Ramirez 
scorers: Steel 3, Allack 2, Apolinario 2

 6 Apr 1913, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse
Comète et Simiot              bt  Olympique de Cette
NB: no further details available

 6 Apr 1913, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 15.30; ref: Naudy (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Barcelona                  1-3 RCD Espanyol                  [Espanyol disqualified]
Barcelona: Reñé - Irizar, Amechazurra - Rozitsky, A. Massana, Bori -
           Forns, Allack, Steel, Apolinario, Greenwell
Espanyol: Gibert - Carruana, S. Massana - Baonza, Hodge, Sanpere -
          Barrett, Darley, Harrison, A, Morales, R. Morales
scorers: Greenwell - A. Morales 3
NB: Barcelona protested against the fact that Espanyol fielded three British players
    who came from the United Kingdom only to play the match; their protest was upheld
    and Espanyol disqualified; Barcelona qualified for the final.

 8 Jun 1913, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 16.30; ref: Naudy (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Barcelona                  7-2 Comète et Simiot
Barcelona: Reñé - Berrondo, Amechazurra - Rozitsky, Massana, Greenwell -
           Forns, Allack, Berdié, Alcantara, Peris
Comète et Simiot: Noellen - Pepion, Cayre - Serre, Damazan, Donadieu (c) -
                  Sanwald, Rundge, Kieffer, Soulie, Dablanc 
scorers: Alcantara 2, Berdié 2, Forns, Allack, Massana - Dablanc, N.N.

NB: for the first time, it was allowed that the final was not played in Toulouse.

Fifth edition (1914)

Participants (7):
  Pyrénées region:            Stade Toulousain, Union Sportive Albigeoise
  Côte d'Argent region:       Comète et Simiot
  Barcelona:                  Football Club Barcelona, Universitari Sporting Club,
                              Football Club Espanya
  Other cities in Catalonia:  Centre Sports Sabadell

Competition:

Knockout stage Catalonia

FC Espanya                    1-0 Universitari SC
FC Barcelona                  5-0 CS Sabadell

FC Barcelona                  2-5 FC Espanya

Knockout stage France

US Albigeoise                 bt  Stade Toulousain

Comète et Simiot              5-0 US Albigeoise                

Final

FC Espanya                    3-1 Comète et Simiot


Available Match Details:

 1 Mar 1914, estadio Carrer Casanova, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 15.30; ref: Amechazurra (FC Barcelona)
FC Espanya                    1-0 Universitari SC
Espanya: Reñe - Reguera, Mariné - Salvó, Casellas, Prat -
         Bellavista, Baró, Passani, Osanz, N. Salvó 
Universitari: Cuervo - Batlle, J. Varela - Puntas, Alemany, Malo -
              Ozores, Armet, Jané, F. Varela, Falguera
scorer: Passani

15 Mar 1914, Albi
US Albigeoise                 bt  Stade Toulousain
NB: no further details available

15 Mar 1914, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 15.30; ref: Greenwell (FC Barcelona)
FC Barcelona                  5-0 CS Sabadell
Barcelona: Bru - Molins, Amechazurra - Berdié, Massana, Carlier -
           Mallorquí, P. Wallace, Bau, Alcántara, Peris
Sabadell: Fíguls - Luis, Casas - Moix, Monistrol, Comas -
          Llonch, Gonzalez, G. Aragay, Retana, Gallech 
scorers: P. Wallace 2, Bau 2, Alcántara

29 Mar 1914, estadio Carrer Indústria, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 16.00; ref: Naudy (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Barcelona                  2-5 FC Espanya
Barcelona: Bru - Molins, Amechazurra - Berdié, Massana, Castejon -
           Mallorquí, Wallace, Bau, Morales, Peris 
Espanya: Puig - Farriols, Mariné - Prats, Casellas, Salvó -
         Villena, Baró, Bellavista, Passani, Coleta 
scorers: Peris, Bau - Baró, Bellavista 4

19 Apr 1914, stade Ponts-Jumeaux, Toulouse
Comète et Simiot              5-0 US Albigeoise                 
NB: no further details available

24 May 1914, estadio Carrer Casanova, Barcelona;
             kick-off: 16.30; ref: Durand (Comité des Pyrénées)
FC Espanya                    3-1 Comète et Simiot
Espanya: Puig - Ribera, Mariné - Prat, Casellas, Salvo II -
         Salvó I, Passani, Bellavista, Baró, Villena 
Comète et Simiot: Noellen - Darrieussec, Cayre - Damazan, Soulié, Attane -
                  Cassaux, Sanwald, Lemele, Dablanc, Maurice
scorers: Salvo II 2, Bellavista - Sandwal

NB: for the second time, it was allowed that the final was not played in Toulouse.


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