France: which Bretons have already worn the Blues shirt?

Bretons Eduardo Camavinga, Stéphane Guivarc’h and Paul Le Guen wore the shirt of France. © Collage Actu Morbihan – Credits: Archives

The coach of France, Didier Deschamps, will unveil it November 9, 2022 the composition of the players selected for the next World Cup in Qatar (20 November-18 December). What Bretons have you ever worn this shirt? Here is a non-exhaustive list of 11 players.

Alex Thepot in goal

Brest Alex Thepot he has been in the cages of the French team 31 times. He obtained the title of best goalkeeper during the first edition of the World Cup in 1930. In 2022, the site ranks him as the 9th best goalkeeper of the French football team. The son of a Breton sailor will also participate in the 1934 World Cup. Parallel to his football career, he was a customs officer.

Very strong defenders

The Finisterian Luigi Cardiet he scored the Stade Rennais club by winning the Coupe de France in 1965 and 1971. The winger has had six appearances for the French team. His first selection took place in June 1965 during a friendly match against Argentina (0-0).

Yvon Le Roux it was nicknamed the menhir. Born in Plouvorn (Finistère), the 1.89m defender crossed Brest and Monaco. The Breton is in the group of the European champion team in 1984. he has 28 appearances to his credit. He scored a goal for the Blues.

Paul Le Guen was born in Quimper (Finistère). Defender and midfielder, he went through the heyday of Brest, Nantes and Paris. His first selection took place on February 17, 1993 against Israel. He has 17 appearances and one goal. The Breton converted into a coach (Rennes, Lyon, Paris, etc.) and then into a television consultant.

Technical midfielders

Eduardo Camavinga was born in Miconje ​​(Angola). Very young, he joined Fougères. He took his first steps at Drapeau Fougères where his father played in the senior team. Unveiled at the Stade Rennais, he moved on to Real Madrid where he won a Champions League.

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Eduardo Camavinga
Eduardo Camavinga received an AGL-Drapeau Fougères shirt flocked in his name by Michael Linhoff, club president, under the eyes of his coach Julien Stéphan © Benoit FOUQUE

The midfielder has four appearances for France and one goal (Watch the video below) for its premiere on 7 October 2020 against Ukraine.

The Morbihannais Yoann Gourcuff has 31 selections. He scored a goal for the French team. Struck by numerous injuries, his career falls short of his talent.

Yoann Gourcuff and the Stade Rennais team in training.  -
Yoann Gourcuff and the Stade Rennais team in training. © L’Pays Malouin Archives

Raymond Keruzore played twice with the Blues. The native of Châteauneuf-du-Faou (Finistère) was elected “best Breton player in history” by France Football.

Armand Penverne was born in 1926 in Pont-Scorff (Morbihan). Character of the Reims club, Morbihannais has worn the Blues shirt 39 times (2 goals). He was captain in a match against Germany. He played in the 1958 World Cup. Les Bleus finished third in the competition in Sweden.

The attacking midfielder Corentin Martins played 14 times with the Blues in the period 1993-1996 (1 goal). Brestois immediately gave way to a promising number 10: Zinedine Zidane.

Corentin Martins
Corentin Martins was the manager of Brest. © Brest side

The legend John Prouff he wore the shirt of France 17 times. He wears the captain’s armband three times. With 1,530 minutes played for the Blues, he scored a goal. Born in Peillac (Morbihan), the Breton notably won the French championship with the Stade de Reims in 1949 after making his mark in Rennes.

Guivarc’h at the forefront of the attack

Stephane Guivarc’h was part of the victorious French team in 1998. Born in Concarneau (Finistère), the striker is very effective in front of the cages in the club with 192 goals in 368 professional matches. He was the top scorer in the French championship with Auxerre in 1997 and 1998. With the Blues there will be much talk of his ineffectiveness in front of goal.

For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Fougerais Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) could be the only Breton selected for the Blues by Didier Deschamps.

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