Two consecutive defeats for France against Turkey in friendly matches

From April 5 to 7, 2022, the french blind football national team went to Turkey to play two friendly matches against the Turkish national team in the facilities of their national football Federation in Istanbul. This trip was part of the preparation for the European Blind Football Championship next June.

B1 Turquie-France amical avril 2022
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The French players and goalkeepers selected to go to Turkey can be found here.
To note, the absence of players usually on the field like Frederic VILLEROUX, Tidiane DIAKITE, Gaël RIVIERE or Martin BARON.

The thread of the games

Turkey – France of April 5th, 2022 : 3-1

Match 1 : Ceremony of the beginning of the match. The two teams are side by side with their flag and the referees in the middle
Photo credits : Turkish Blind Football Federation

In the first half, the French team was composed of :

  • Benoit CHEVREAU (goalkeeper)
  • Jérôme PENISSON
  • Babacar NIANG
  • Hakim AREZKI
  • Yvan WOUANDJI

The Turks quickly take the lead of the game by scoring a goal in the 8th minute and put a constant pressure on the French team. 1-0 for Turkey at half-time.

In the second period, change of goalkeeper for the Blues: Alessandro BARTOLOMUCCI enters. Arona SOW replaces Yvan WOUANDJI. He will enter again later replacing Jérôme PENISSON.

At the 7th minute, a foul is committed in the penalty area on Arona SOW. Babacar NIANG scores the first goal of the “Blues” on penalty. The local team will increase its pressure in attack and will exploit big defensive gaps in our camp. The French goalkeepers had to stop a consequent number of strikes which end up in 2 goals and a final score of 3 to 1 in favor of Turkey. In addition to the defensive problems on this game, the Blues had too few shots in the direction of the Turkish keeper to worry him or disturb their clear domination in the game.

Turkey – France of April 6th, 2022 : 2-0

Match 2 : Turkey has the ball, the French defenders try to stop them.
Photo credits : Turkish Blind Football Federation

In the first half, the French team was composed of :

  • Alessandro BARTOLOMUCCI (goalkeeper)
  • Mickaël MIGUEZ
  • Babacar NIANG
  • Hakim AREZKI
  • Yvan WOUANDJI

The first period was in the continuity of the game of the day before with major defensive gaps. The locals will take advantage of it to score 2 goals. The score at half-time is 2 to 0.

In the second half, Benoit CHEVREAU keeps the French goals and Arona SOW comes to take the place of Mickaël MIGUEZ. We observe a clear improvement of the defensive and offensive performances of the French team. The Blues manage to compete with the Turks by offering themselves 2 very clear opportunities but finally not concretized. The final score will remain 2 to 0 for Turkey at the end of the game.

And now ?

This trip to Turkey has highlighted the various problems of the French team even if some usual players were absent. The team will have to remobilize and quickly correct the situation before the next big competition : 2022 European Championship. The opportunities to work will not be far away : The “Blues” will meet again in Angers on April 25th to face Turkey again, but this time at home!

French players training in Turkey before their friendly matches
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The Blind Football World Grand Prix 2022 will take place from August 27 to September 4 in Schiltigheim-Strasbourg

The Blind Football World Grand Prix is a major event in blind football world. It is a preparation tournament for the Paralympic Games. It will therefore be organized in France for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 editions in order to prepare the Paris 2024 Paralympics. The future 2022 edition will take place from August 27 to September 4 and will be developed by the The French Blind Football Committee (FBFC) of the French Federation of Sports for Disabled and the local club “Sporting Cécifoot Schiltigheim”.

Official logo of the World Grand Prix 2022

In the continuity of the Japanese tournament of the previous years, the event will bring eight international teams together including France in order to prepare the future Paralympics : acclimatization of the foreign teams and practice of high-level matches.

The teams will play in a large-scale ephemeral structure that can accommodate many spectators.

View of the future World Grand Prix 2022 structure

The competition process will be the same as the Paralympic Games : two groups of four nations ; the first two of each group will play the semi-finals with a big final for the winners.

Information and registration

Registrations are open from now until the end of March for national teams wishing to participate.
For any information or registration request : wgpfrance@gmail.com

This event will be organized in partnership with the association ASA France (All Service Access) and the city of Schiltigheim !

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Past editions of the French National Blind Football Cup

Edition 2021

Edition cancelled due to the COVID 19 health crisis.

Edition 2020

Edition cancelled due to the COVID 19 health crisis.

Edition 2019

2018-2019 French National Cup

B1 category

Details of this competition

1° Preliminary phase

  • The teams were divided into 4 groupes (A, B, C and D)
  • In group C, the teams were separated by drawing lots because they were equal on points and also had the same goal difference.

2° Final phase

  • The 1st of group A plays the 1st of group B then the 1st of group C plays the 1st of group D.
  • Same for the teams ranked 2nd and 3rd in their group : 2A vs 2B, 2C vs 2D, etc…
  • Note : Toulouse was declared winner of the 3A vs 3B match because there was no third team in pool A

3° Ranking games (Sunday, April 28, 2019)

  • Final
  • Rank 3 et 4 (third place match)
  • Rank 5 et 6
  • Rank 7 et 8
  • Rank 9 et 10

Final ranking of the 2019 French National Blind football Cup

Classement Equipes
1Mérignac (SAM) – B1
2 Don Bosco Cécifoot Nantes – B1
3Précy-sur-Oise – B1
4Clermont-Ferrand – B1
5Cécifoot Saint-Mandé – B1
6Racing Club de Lens – B1
7Anderlecht 5 a side – B1
8 
ASECC/OC Ivry – B1
9 Toulouse Football Club – B1
10AVH Paris – B1
11 
SC Schiltigheim – B1

All the details by clicking on the links below :

2019 French National Blind football Cup

Final ranking of 2019 French national Cup

B2/B3 category

Details of this competition

1° Preliminary phase

  • Les équipes étaient réparties en 3 poules (A, B et C)

Final phase and ranking games (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019)

  • The top two group leaders (by points) play each other. The leader of the remaining group plays the best second of the groups. This constitutes the semi-finals and then the final.
  • The losers of the semi-finals will compete for places 3 and 4.
  • Then come the classification matches with a triangular tournament for the places 5 to 7 then the particularity that the 2 least good third of the group play a mini-tournament round trip to attribute the places 8 and 9.

B2/B3 2019 final ranking of the French National Cup

Classement Equipes
1AC Boulogne Billancourt – B2/B3
2Royal Standard Cécifoot Liège – B2/B3
3Association Sportive Villeurbanne Cécifoot – B2/B3
4ASSEC Joinville-le-Pont – B2/B3
5AVH Paris – B2/B3
6Don Bosco Cécifoot Nantes – B2/B3
7Havre Athletic Club Cécifoot – B2/B3
8SC Schiltigheim – B2/B3
9Mons – B2/B3

All the details by clicking on the links below :

B2/B3 2019 French National Cup

B2/B3 2019 final ranking of the French Blind Football Cup

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The French B1 national team ready for the Paralympics !

Today, we are now 13 days away from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games ! The French B1 national team had the opportunity to meet one last time on the weekend of August 6 to 8, 2021 at the Technical Center of La Gaillette in Lens. A big thank you to them for their support throughout the preparation of the team in their way to Tokyo !

The players and staff members selected for the Tokyo Games in a circle, hands in the center

A serious training course to set the final adjustments

With a major competition approaching, intensity is not something we are trying to put in place. It was more about working on key points, repeating specific actions on which “the Blues” can make the difference in a match.

Theme of the training : set-pieces (in french)

The group talked a lot, analyzed their performances in specific work but also during mini training matches. The technical staff has been listening to the players in the development of strategies that will be used during the Games. Obviously, the details will not be mentioned here.

Analysis of an action between the coach and a player

A last moment of sharing as a team

This training course was also an opportunity to get together as a group. Indeed, the next meeting will be at the airport on the day of departure. The moments in common had a family atmosphere mixing concentration and relaxation.

Now, each player will take advantage of the last two weeks to perfect his preparation but also to rest and spend time with his family before the big day.

Departure for Tokyo : Saturday, August 20, 2021.

Players and staff in discussion along the side barrier

The coach’s words

In conclusion of this weekend, the team appeared very motivated allowing the coach to conclude with these words “We are ready ! Now it’s up to us to do the job !”

Come on team France !

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