Brittany national football team

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, 12 March 1922
Biggest win
Brittany Brittany 3 – 1 Congo 
Saint-Brieuc, 20 May 2008
Biggest defeat
Brittany Brittany 1 – 5 Norway 
Rennes, 1 November 1923

The Brittany football select 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. Fortunately, 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.


Date Venue Home Team Away Team Score
12 March 1922Rennes  Brittany  Luxembourg1–0
11 February 1923Esch-sur-Alzette  Luxembourg  Brittany1–4
1 November 1923Rennes  Brittany  Norway1–5
23 March 1924Rennes  Brittany  Luxembourg1–1
22 February 1925Luxembourg  Luxembourg  Brittany1–1
10 April 1938Brest  Brittany  Germany XIcalled-off
23 April 1939Brest  Brittany  Luxembourg3–1
30 December 1988Brest  Brittany  United States6 – 2 (indoor)
21 May 1998Rennes  Brittany  Cameroon1–1
25 May 1999Nantes  Brittany  Republic of Irelandcalled-off °
30 May 2000Nantes  Brittany  Romaniacalled-off °
20 March 2001Angers  Brittany  Cubacalled-off °
22 May 2001Lorient  Brittany  Moroccocalled-off °
31 August 2001Lorient  Brittany  Latviacalled-off °
June 2003-  Brittany  New Zealandcalled-off °
20 May 2008Saint-Brieuc  Brittany  Congo3–1
19 May 2010Ajaccio  Corsica  Brittany2–0
21 May 2010Bastia  Brittany  Togo2–1
2 June 2011Saint-Nazaire  Brittany  Equatorial Guinea0–1
28 May 2013Nantes  Brittany  Mali1–0
20 May 2014Vannes  Brittany  Central African Republiccalled-off
22 May 2016Lomé  Togo  Brittanycancelled

° game agreed but not played because of then French FA administration (1999–2005).

Capped Players

Opponents: Cm (Cameroon), Cg (Republic of Congo), Cs (Corsica), Gq (Equatorial Guinea), Oi (Nantes 'Ouest Indoor' Tournament), Tg (Togo), Us (USA).

Last-minute defections through injury or illness:


Latest squad

The following players were called for a match against Equatorial Guinea in Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, France on June 2, 2011.[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Vincent Briant (1986-01-09) 9 January 1986 France Sedan
1GK Mickaël Caradec (1982-04-29) 29 April 1982 France Châteauroux
2DF Florent Besnard (1984-04-30) 30 April 1984 France Paris
2DF Jean-Christophe Cesto (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 France Le Pontet
2DF Nicolas Gillet (1976-08-11) 11 August 1976 France Angers
2DF Arnaud Le Lan (1978-03-22) 22 March 1978 Brittany Lorient
2DF Jérémy Le Sourne (1988-01-25) 25 January 1988 Brittany Lorient
2DF Romain Poletti (1988-09-03) 3 September 1988 Corsica Gazélec Ajaccio
2DF Pierre Talmont (1977-04-02) 2 April 1977 France Laval
2DF Romain Thomas (1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 Brittany Carquefou
3MF Pierre-Yves Begot (1986-10-03) 3 October 1986 Brittany Plabennec
3MF Ronan Biger (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 France Les Herbiers
3MF David Bouard (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 Brittany Vannes
3MF Mathieu Bouyer (1987-01-17) 17 January 1987 France Trélissac
3MF Fabien Debray (1981-10-05) 5 October 1981 France Alfortville
3MF Julien Féret (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 France Nancy
3MF Ollivier Gueguen (1990-06-27) 27 June 1990 Brittany Plabennec
3MF Maël Illien (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 Brittany Guingamp
3MF Jérôme Lebouc (1979-12-26) 26 December 1979 France Laval
3MF Guillaume Moullec (1980-03-07) 7 March 1980 France Clermont
3MF Farid Raïs (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 Brittany Plabennec
4FW Vincent Le Baron (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 Brittany Vannes
4FW Vincent Le Mat (1986-04-22) 22 April 1986 France Orléans
4FW Yann Kermorgant (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 1 1 England Reading F.C.

Eligible players 2015-16

To be included in the Breton squad, according to FIFA national teams rules, it is eligible a player: - born into one of five historical Breton departments. - with parents from Brittany. - with grandparents from Brittany - grown up in Brittany since the age of seven.

The Football Association of Brittany published a list after the appointment of Raymond Domenech as head coach, including the players eligible to represent Brittany in the biennial period of 2015 and 2016:





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Notes and references

  1. III.8.3, p. 59).
  2. "The Celtic Nations' Union". The Herald (Glasgow). George Outram & Co. 7 November 1986.
  3. "Scotland could compete in new Celtic Nations Cup in Brittany". The Herald (Glasgow). Herald & Times Group. 22 October 2011.
  4. "La liste des 23 joueurs bretons" (in French). Retrieved 2012-08-21.

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