The Coupe de la Ligue, known outside France as the French League Cup, is a knockout cup competition in French football organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel. The tournament was established in 1993 and, unlike the Coupe de France, is only open to professional clubs in France which play in country's top three football divisions, though only four professional clubs play in the Championnat National. Strasbourg are the current champions, having defeated Guingamp 4–1 on penalties following a 0–0 draw for a fourth title in the 2018–19 competition; the 2019–20 edition of the tournament will be its last, after the LFP voted to suspend the competition indefinitely to "reduce the season schedule". Competitions similar to the Coupe de la Ligue had been held in France; the Coupe Charles Drago was held from 1953 to 1965. The winner of the first Coupe Charles Drago final was decided by a coin-toss when Sochaux and Toulouse tied 3–3 after extra time. Another competition named Coupe de la Ligue existed from 1963 to 1965.
In 1982, a Coupe d'Eté was held before the start of the French league season. This tournament continued under the name of Coupe de la Ligue, until 1994, before the beginning of the French season; the tournament in its current format started in 1994 and was initiated by the professional teams because of their displeasure with the Coupe de France, thanks to its built-in home advantage for teams playing in the lower leagues. Entrance to the UEFA Cup, now called the UEFA Europa League, is offered to the winning team, its first winner was Paris Saint-Germain, after their 2–0 victory over Bastia. The first final decided by a penalty shootout was in 1996; the first three finals were held at Parc des Princes. Strasbourg and Paris Saint-Germain have won the competition at both stadiums. Gueugnon became the first team below the top division of France to win the cup after beating Paris Saint-Germain in the 2000 final. Overall, there have been 14 winners of the competition since its inception; the current holders of the cup are Strasbourg, who beat Guingamp in the 2019 final to win the cup for a fourth time.
For over 20 years from its inception, finals of the tournament were only held in the Paris area: the first three were at the Parc des Princes and the rest at the Stade de France. This changed in September 2016 when the LFP announced that the next three finals would be held in Lyon and Lille respectively. Most tournament wins: eight, Paris Saint-Germain. Most final appearances: nine, Paris Saint-Germain. Highest goalscorer: Edinson Cavani, Pauleta, 15 goals. Most goals scored in a season: Stéphane Guivarc'h, seven goals in 1997–98. In France, the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by France Television until the 2015–16 season. In Spain, the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by beIN Sports. In Australia the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by Setanta Sports Australia. In many parts of the world the game is broadcast live on TV5Monde. In MENA, the Coupe de la Ligue is broadcast by beIN Sports. Coupe de France, the nation's football cup Coupe de la Ligue information on LFP.fr
Dying Mapa III is an album by the Japanese noise band Merzbow consisting of Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani. This is the third installment of the Dying Mapa trilogy inspired by the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Musically, the whole trilogy is made with different equipment and instruments than other recordings of the same period, it features instruments recorded on tape and either slowed down or played backwards. The album was included on the 50-CD box set Merzbox on CD 16 along with the second half of Dying Mapa II. Masami Akita – tapes, junk electronics, radio, TV, guitar, bass guitar Kiyoshi Mitzutani – violin, percussion Artco – package Thanks for Stratosphere Music
Keaton Simons is an American recording and performing artist. He is signed to Best Revenge Records, his independent label created in 2012, his music has been featured on shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Hollywood Heights, Private Practice, NCIS: Los Angeles, Suits, American Dad!, Harper's Island, The Cleaner. In the Spring of 2013, Simons released his second full-length album "Beautiful Pain", on Best Revenge Records; the album was mastered by Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering. It includes co-writes with Jason Mraz, Jason Reeves, Glen Phillips and Mikal Blue among others. With the exception of the drums, which are played by the United Nations’ Musical Director, Robin DiMaggio, all instruments on "Beautiful Pain" are played by Simons. Additional featured artists on the record include Alex Al, Lenny Castro, Zac Rae, Tyler Hilton, Tower of Power’s Bill Churchville and Sean Hill, his debut EP "Currently" was released on Maverick Records in 2004 and his debut full-length album "Can You Hear Me" was released on CBS Records in 2008.
He has toured nationally and internationally, opening for Coldplay, Guster and REO Speedwagon amongst others. He has worked as a writer, musical director, singer and guitarist with such notable acts as Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg, Josh Kelley and Tre Hardson In 2011 Simons appeared on VH1’s "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" alongside stepfather, actor Eric Roberts, a patient. A performance of his song “Unstoppable” on the show resulted in over 10,000 iTunes downloads in only two days, he has made guest appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Malcolm in the Middle, American Dreams. Keaton appeared in the feature film Hollywood Dreams, he made a cameo in the 2013 season finale of Showtimes's Californication, on screen with David Duchovny and Maggie Grace. Duchovny wrote songs for his 2015 album "Hell or Highwater" while sitting in sessions with Keaton. Simons has the distinction of having been on the set of a major motion picture before birth, his mother, Eliza Roberts Eliza Garrett, was pregnant with him when she appeared as "Brunella" in National Lampoon's Animal House.