Brittany national football team

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Brittany
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.

Internationals

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
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
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

Managers

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.

External links

  • Official website of Football Association of Brittany
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