French Blind Football Championships 1st phase round-up
Date: December 14, 2017
The first phase of the 2017-18 French Blind Football Championship was hosted by Don Bosco Cécifoot at the Plaine de Jeux de l'Eraudière in Nantes from 2nd to 3rd December. A total of fifteen teams will compete in this year’s championships.
Seven partially sighted futsal teams are competing in the B2/B3 category: AC Boulogne Billancourt (reigning Partially Sighted Futsal Champions), Paris AVH, Le Havre AC, Royal Standard Cécifoot Liège (Belgium), Marseille and Asv Cecifoot Villeurbanne.
Blind Football Summary
Toulouse reacted in the second half with direct dribbling from their captain David Labarre who come close to scoring the first goal of the day. However, the slippery surface appeared to be a tough challenge for both teams to get a clean shot on goal, consequently leading to the first game ending in a goalless draw.
Caption: Saint Mandé’s captain Tidane Diakité measures up to take a shot on goal
The number of fans began to rise as the time drew closer for the afternoon matches. FC Girondins de Bordeaux got off to a slow start in their first game against hosts Don Bosco Cécifoot, but they managed to overcome to hosts with a 1-0 win. FC Girondins de Bordeaux went on to win the rest of their games and lead the top of the B1 competition table, with their goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet throughout.
The fans were in awe of the amazing flair of the captain Frédéric Villeroux, alongside his teammates Khalifa Youme and Abdérrahim Maya, who scored a terrific backheel goal against Brussels 5-a-side Anderlecht.
“We didn’t play very well to start off with, but we continued to work hard. We scored a lot of goals because we played high up the field, which gave us many chances to win the ball and shoot. The level of the championships has improved, because many teams are structured with training both physically and tactically. There are a lot of new coaches who are involved in this discipline who understand it is not just for leisure.”
Caption: Abdérrahim Maya attempts to pass to Girondins de Bordeaux Captain Frédéric Villeroux.
Partially Sighted Championships summary
Caption: AC Boulogne Billancourt and French B2/B3 Captain Jean Gury takes a shot at the Liege goal.
“It was quite difficult for my team this weekend because we have a lot of players missing, but we won all three of our matches on the first day because we were attentive and tight in defence. Our only target is to win the championship and in the future play foreign B2/B3 Futsal Leagues.”
French Blind Football Championship 2017/18 Schedule
Third Phase – 12th and 13th May 2018 – Toulouse
Fourth Phase – 26th and 27th May 2018 – Sallingy (Haute Savoie)
In addition to the French Blind Football Championships, the French Blind Football Cup will take place in the city of Bouaye from 28th-29th April 2018.
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