French Cup of Para-football Regions: Normandy wins for Brittany!

Marcel Artuso, the most prominent striker of the Normandy team, has won all his duels against the Bretons, sometimes getting the ball back three or four times to serve his teammates. He will play against China the following week with the French team as part of the adapted football world! ©Frédéric Bourgeois

The French Cup of para football regions at 11 in full swing this Saturday June 18, 2022 at the Nihault stadium, at Bayeux (Calvados)

The games have been moved forward to counteract the heat wave, which is ultimately not as painful as announced. We breathe, and in every sense of the word.

Bayeux FC's Alexandre Angel Di Hugo opened the scoring after 10 minutes of play, his partners did the rest to hold onto the lead and win for Brittany.
Bayeux FC’s Alexandre Angel Di Hugo opened the scoring after 10 minutes of play, his partners did the rest to hold onto the lead and win for Brittany. ©Frédéric Bourgeois

Defeated (2-0) at the start of the competition by region New Aquitainethe selection Norman was able to lift his head for his second game, opposing the Brittany† “We paid cash for two misspellings against New Aquitaine,” admits Andre Russeau, the Norman coach. “Against Brittany, the mistakes we made didn’t have the same consequences.”

“We all give everything, we don’t care…”

Jocelyn Guillotte, one of the historical members of the leisure/disability division of the Bayeux Football Club, founded in 2013 by André Russeau, the Normandy coach for this Coupe de France des Régions.
Jocelyn Guillotte, one of the historical members of the leisure/disability division of the Bayeux Football Club, founded in 2013 by André Russeau, the Normandy coach for this Coupe de France des Régions. ©Frédéric Bourgeois

On the ground, André Russeau’s men died of starvation. Their self-denial to the partner is a joy to watch. Above all, it pays off. In these two 15-minute periods, the attacks placed must be effective.

10th minute, well launched on the right lane, Alexandre Angel Di Hugo center and return to the axis. In a leg bunch, he finds the opening near the nearest post, at the goal line. Calm comes and Normandy leads.

Several “cooling breaks” interrupted the match due to the strong heat. But it is Normandy that thwarts the predictions and sets the Breton area on fire.

“This squad had a lot of injuries, it came with a workforce that was lower than we imagined,” tempers André Russeau who does not hide his satisfaction with leading to the score on an individual performance of the he is one of his players, he who has been running the disabled recreational area of ​​the Bayeux Football Club for 13 years.

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Play resumes, the Normans strip to keep the advantage. “We all give our best, we don’t care…” launches Jocelyn Guillotteone of six Bayeusaines from this roster of 15 Normans, and a historical member of the Bayeusaine Section.

Solidarity wins

If we no longer count the recoveries and the duels won by Marcel Artuso, the star striker of the Normandy selection, we have to reject this Normandy team that puts effort on the folds and fights on every ball against the pressure of the Bretons. This solidarity erases the technical waste that could have enabled Brittany to return to the score. At the final whistle, Normandy won its first game, by the narrowest margins. No explosion of joy, but mutual fair play and warm handshakes. “We have done the minimum,” emphasizes Issa Diallo, the striker and member of the French team.

Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur on the afternoon menu

André Russeau, the Normandy coach for this Coupe de France des Régions, at halftime asks his players to be sharper in front of the goal.  But it was their defensive solidarity that won.
André Russeau, the Normandy coach for this Coupe de France des Régions, at halftime asks his players to be sharper in front of the goal. But it was their defensive solidarity that won. ©Frédéric Bourgeois

After a meal together with the 11 selections (165 days) taken in the Saint-Laurent hall in Bayeux, the Normans rest. Other selections go to the beach. “Mine are starting to have some physical problems,” explains André Russeau, who wants to save the organisms, which were already put to the test for some in Valence during the French championship at 7. The PACA drew a line against Brittany. Normandy, in case of victory, could play the middle bracket of the Coupe de France of the regions. “There are 3 groups and the 1st of each group goes to the semi-finals. The best 2nd of each group will be fished out”.

the twelfth man

The kick-off of this meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Nihault stadium. The audience was relatively rare this Saturday morning. But André Russeau’s protégés could draw even more from their resources, and why not create the feat, with an audience behind them. These guys deserve it. This Coupe de France des Regions is a great spotlight on athletes with invisible disabilities, but with clearly visible strength.

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