The 2015 Coupe de France Final decided the winner of the 2014–15 Coupe de France, the 98th season of France's premier football cup. It was played on 30 May at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, between Ligue 2 club Auxerre and Paris Saint-Germain of Ligue 1. Paris Saint-Germain won the match 1–0 with a goal by Edinson Cavani, thus achieving their ninth title, it was Auxerre's sixth final, of which they had won four and lost one. Their last final was in 2005, a 2–1 win over Sedan, their last defeat was their first final, losing 1–4 after extra time to Nantes in 1979. PSG played in their 13th final, having won 8, their most recent final was in 2011, a 0–1 defeat to Lille, their last victory was the season before that, a 1–0 win over Monaco after extra time. The two teams met in the 2003 final, which Auxerre won 2–1. Auxerre, of Ligue 2, entered the competition in the seventh round, winning 2–0 at seventh-tier Dinsheim on 15 November. In the eighth round on 6 December, they won 3–0 away to Sarreguemines of the Championnat de France amateur 2.
In the last 64 on 4 January 2015, Auxerre won 1–0 against Championnat National club Strasbourg at the Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps with a goal by Vincent Gragnic in the last minute of the first half. Sixteen days in the last 32 they triumphed by the same score away to Championnat de France amateur club Jura Sud Lavans, with a first-half goal by Samed Kılıç. Auxerre played away to third-tier Le Poiré in the last 16 on 10 February. Livio Nabab put them with Loïc Dufau equalising in added time. Auxerre won 6–5 in a penalty shootout. A shootout was required on 5 March in the quarter-finals after a goalless draw at fellow Ligue 2 club Brest. Youssef Adnane missed their first attempt before Thomas Fontaine missed for Brest, with Frédéric Sammaritano scoring the decisive goal for Auxerre. On 7 April, Sammartino scored the only goal of a semi-final victory against Ligue 1 club and cup holders Guingamp, but Jamel Aït Ben Idir was sent off. Paris Saint-Germain, of Ligue 1, began the tournament in the last 64 with a 3–0 win away to fellow top-flight side Montpellier on 5 January 2015, with second-half goals by Clément Chantôme, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Lucas Moura.
Sixteen days in the last 32, they hosted Bordeaux and won 2–1. An Edinson Cavani header and a Javier Pastore goal gave PSG the lead at half time, although Diego Rolán scored for Bordeaux in the first minute of the second half and the hosts had Zoumana Camara sent off. On 11 February, PSG defeated Nantes 2–0 at home in the last 16 with goals by Cavani and Yohan Cabaye while Ibrahimović was rested. In the quarter-finals on 4 March they won by the same score against Monaco, David Luiz opening the scoring after three minutes and Cavani doubling the lead on. PSG won 4–1 in their semi-final against Saint-Étienne on 8 April, with a hat-trick by Ibrahimović which took him to 102 goals for the club, starting with a penalty for the 100th
Hartmut Beug was a German cancer biologist who studied how groups of oncogenes interact to lead to the development and spread of cancer. Shortly before his death, a foundation was set up in his and his wife’s name to support collaboration among young scientists and their studies in the field of metastasis. Hartmut Beug was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1945, raised there. From 1964 to 1971, he studied biology at the University of Freiburg. From 1971 to 1973, he studied the protist Dictyostelium in the frame of his PhD studies in Günther Gerisch’s lab at the Friedrich-Miescher-Laboratorium of the Max Planck Society in Tübingen. From 1973 to 1978, Hartmut Beug was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institut für Virusforschung in the lab of Thomas Graf in Tübingen. Beug followed Thomas Graf to the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum in Heidelberg in 1978 to continue his postdoc, to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in 1983, he was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation the same year.
At EMBL, Beug was a staff scientist associated with Thomas Graf’s lab until 1988. In 1988, he became senior scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna; the same year he was awarded the Josef Steiner Cancer Research Foundation prize, jointly with Mariano Barbacid and Thomas Graf. In 1999, Beug was appointed a professor at the University of Vienna, he retired from his position at the IMP in 2010 and continued to conduct some research at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna until his death in 2011. Hartmut Beug's work focussed on different aspects of propagation of cancer, he demonstrated critical roles for oncogene cooperativity, for example that the distinction between progenitor cell expansion and maturation relies on cooperation between endogenous signalling and transcription pathways. In the 1970s and 1980s, Beug identified new pairs of oncogenes in avian oncogenic viruses, he was among the first scientists to propose that the transformation of hematopoietic cell into cancer cells requires the cooperation of growth factor signaling pathways and the deregulation of transcription.
At the IMP, Beug studied the mechanisms that drive metastasis of breast cancer cells. He showed how a cooperation of deregulated genes is required for epithelial-mesenchymal transition and metastatic potential of cancer cells. In the months before his death and his wife established the “Hartmut and Margrit Beug Foundation for Metastasis Research”; the Beug Foundation for Metastasis Research supports basic research on the mechanisms that underlie cancer metastasis, promotes the cooperation between basic and pharmaceutical research to develop novel therapies. Biannually since 2013, the Beug Foundation awards the Metastasis Research Prize to one or more scientists with an original idea or project for cancer metastasis research. Through this prize, the foundation aims to offer a financial seed to obtain the first preliminary data that are required to convince funding institutions to further support this project. Beug Foundation for Metastasis Research