Le Mans finally come of age

September 23, 2008
By Paul Marshall

When struggling Union Sportive du Mans and Stade Olympique du Maine fused in 1985 to become Le Mans UC 72, the mayor of the town, Robert Jarry, declared, "We mustn't create illusions, we must create hope." Hope is something that has generally been in fairly short supply in the Sarthe in the club's short history, but their fifth top-flight season promises to be their best yet.

After they salvaged a 2-2 draw at Nice on Saturday night, MUC 72 were as happy as pigs in the proverbial ...

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