Brittany national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Black Devils
Association Breton Football Association (BFA)
Head coach Raymond Domenech
First colours
Second colours
First international
Brittany Brittany 1–0 Luxembourg 
(Rennes, France; 12 March 1922)
Biggest win
Brittany Brittany 3–1 Congo 
(Saint-Brieuc, France; 20 May 2008)
Biggest defeat
Brittany Brittany 1–5 Norway 
(Rennes, France; 1 November 1923)

The Brittany football select (French: Équipe de Bretagne de football, Breton: Skipailh Breizh) is the professional football team of Brittany, France. It is administered by the Breton Football Association (BFA). It is neither affiliated to FIFA nor UEFA but is characterised as one of the six Celtic nations. Its games are held under the auspices of the French Football Federation and FIFA Regulations[1] Amateur football in Brittany is administered by both the Ligue de Bretagne and the Ligue Atlantique, which are regional associations within the French FA.

Squad selection

Brittany plays unofficial internationals. BFA has a pool of around 100 players in the first three professional divisions to choose from, some of them with proven international football experience. Brittany's Stéphane Guivarc'h won the 1998 World Cup with France.

Brittany notably held Cameroon to a 1–1 draw before the 1998 World Cup finals, featuring Paul Le Guen. Six games had to be called off between 1999 and 2005 because of the then French FA administration, which contradicted its own rules. The head of the French FA administration changed and BFA finally recovered in order to fully resume its activities in 2008. Its latest game was played versus Mali (1–0) on 28 May 2013.

Celtic Cup Ambitions

BFA offered other Celtic nations to join in a Celtic Nations Championship between 1985 and 1987. On 9 September 1985, BFA Secretary Fañch Gaume, visiting Cardiff on the eve of a World Cup qualifier between Wales and Scotland, sounded both the FA of Wales and the Scottish FA about participation to a Celtic Nations Cup. Informal conversations were followed up by correspondence and further personal exchanges, whenever the opportunity presented itself before international games.

While Wales showed a genuine interest, the offer finally fell on barren ground with Scotland. Rejection letters from the SFA for non-entry stated the difficulties to find suitable dates but, as the Sports Editor of "The Glasgow Herald" Jim Reynolds presented it: "It is just two years since England and Scotland broke up the British International Championship by calling a halt to regular games featuring Northern Ireland and Wales. So, the chances of a Celtic Championship involving Scotland must be remote." [2]

Brittany recently renewed its claims to organise and take part in the new Celtic Nations Cup[3] with the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales by 2015 at the earliest or 2017.


Date Venue Home Team Away Team Score
12 March 1922 Rennes  Brittany  Luxembourg 1–0
11 February 1923 Esch-sur-Alzette  Luxembourg  Brittany 1–4
1 November 1923 Rennes  Brittany  Norway 1–5
23 March 1924 Rennes  Brittany  Luxembourg 1–1
22 February 1925 Luxembourg  Luxembourg  Brittany 1–1
10 April 1938 Brest  Brittany  Germany XI called off
23 April 1939 Brest  Brittany  Luxembourg 3–1
30 December 1988 Brest  Brittany  United States 6–2 (indoor)
21 May 1998 Rennes  Brittany  Cameroon 1–1
25 May 1999 Nantes  Brittany  Republic of Ireland called off °
30 May 2000 Nantes  Brittany  Romania called off °
20 March 2001 Angers  Brittany  Cuba called off °
22 May 2001 Lorient  Brittany  Morocco called off °
31 August 2001 Lorient  Brittany  Latvia called off °
June 2003 -  Brittany  New Zealand called off °
20 May 2008 Saint-Brieuc  Brittany  Congo 3–1
19 May 2010 Ajaccio  Corsica  Brittany 2–0
21 May 2010 Bastia  Brittany  Togo 2–1
2 June 2011 Saint-Nazaire  Brittany  Equatorial Guinea 0–1
28 May 2013 Nantes  Brittany  Mali 1–0
20 May 2014 Vannes  Brittany  Central African Republic called off
22 May 2016 Lomé  Togo  Brittany cancelled

° game agreed but not played because of then French FA administration (1999–2005).


Latest squad

The following players were called for a match against Equatorial Guinea in Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, France on June 2, 2011.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Vincent Briant (1986-01-09) 9 January 1986 (age 32) France Sedan
1GK Mickaël Caradec (1982-04-29) 29 April 1982 (age 36) France Châteauroux
2DF Florent Besnard (1984-04-30) 30 April 1984 (age 34) France Paris
2DF Jean-Christophe Cesto (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 31) Occitania Le Pontet
2DF Nicolas Gillet (1976-08-11) 11 August 1976 (age 42) France Angers
2DF Arnaud Le Lan (1978-03-22) 22 March 1978 (age 40) Brittany Lorient
2DF Jérémy Le Sourne (1988-01-25) 25 January 1988 (age 30) Brittany Lorient
2DF Romain Poletti (1988-09-03) 3 September 1988 (age 30) Corsica Gazélec Ajaccio
2DF Pierre Talmont (1977-04-02) 2 April 1977 (age 41) France Laval
2DF Romain Thomas (1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 (age 30) Brittany Carquefou
3MF Pierre-Yves Begot (1986-10-03) 3 October 1986 (age 32) Brittany Plabennec
3MF Ronan Biger (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 33) France Les Herbiers
3MF David Bouard (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 41) Brittany Vannes
3MF Mathieu Bouyer (1987-01-17) 17 January 1987 (age 31) Occitania Trélissac
3MF Fabien Debray (1981-10-05) 5 October 1981 (age 37) France Alfortville
3MF Julien Féret (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 36) France Nancy
3MF Ollivier Gueguen (1990-06-27) 27 June 1990 (age 28) Brittany Plabennec
3MF Maël Illien (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 (age 28) Brittany Guingamp
3MF Jérôme Lebouc (1979-12-26) 26 December 1979 (age 38) France Laval
3MF Guillaume Moullec (1980-03-07) 7 March 1980 (age 38) Occitania Clermont
3MF Farid Raïs (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 28) Brittany Plabennec
4FW Vincent Le Baron (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 29) Brittany Vannes
4FW Vincent Le Mat (1986-04-22) 22 April 1986 (age 32) France Orléans
4FW Yann Kermorgant (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 37) 1 1 England Reading F.C.

Capped Players

To be included in the Breton squad, according to FIFA national teams rules, it is eligible a player: - born into one of five historical Breton departments. - with parents from Brittany. - with grandparents from Brittany - grown up in Brittany since the age of seven.

Opponents: Cm (Cameroon), Cg (Republic of Congo), Cs (Corsica), Gq (Equatorial Guinea), Oi (Nantes 'Ouest Indoor' Tournament), Tg (Togo), Us (USA).

Last-minute defections through injury or illness:

Eligible players 2015-16

The Football Association of Brittany published a list after the appointment of Raymond Domenech as head coach, including the players eligible to represent Brittany in the biennial period of 2015 and 2016:


List of Bretons footballers who also represented FIFA teams in international matches






Brittany women's international footballers

Image gallery

Notes and references

  1. ^ III.8.3, p. 59).
  2. ^ "The Celtic Nations' Union". The Herald. George Outram & Co. 7 November 1986.
  3. ^ "Scotland could compete in new Celtic Nations Cup in Brittany". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 22 October 2011.
  4. ^ "La liste des 23 joueurs bretons" (in French). Retrieved 2012-08-21.

External links

  • Official website of Football Association of Brittany
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