RC Lens (U17) and Stade Rennais (U15) triumph
The 38th edition of the Festival d’Armor ended on Monday June 6 with the victories of RC Lens in the Crédit Agricole challenge (U17) and that of Stade Rennais in the Paysages d’Iroise challenge (U15).
In the final, the Lensois overcame Stade Brestois (1-0), who once again failed at the foot of the first step of the podium, while the Rennais, whose first victory in U15, beat Laval (2-0). RC Lens succeeds the Spaniards of Levante, the Stade Rennais to their neighbors of TA Rennes.
In U17, where the Finistère Selection won a brilliant third place (Le Havre is 4th), Lensois Ismaelo Ganiou was voted best player of the tournament. The top scorer, the Brestois Guillaume Leroux, author of 31 goals this season in the league – the most prolific striker in France – has been faithful to his nascent reputation. His teammate Titouan Verveur was voted best goalkeeper.
Among the disappointments, the Portuguese of SC Braga finished last, the Belgians of KAS Eupen thirteenth and the Spaniards of Celta Vigo, finalists of the 37th edition, sixth.
In U15, the competition took place in 11 associated municipalities, the final phase taking place on the facilities of Trémeur, in Plougonvelin. In addition to Stade Rennais and Laval, we should salute the performance of Ploermel FC (3rd) and the Belgians of RFC Seraing (4th). Rennais Steeve Mvodo was named best player, Lavallois Léo Richard best goalkeeper.
This year, the audience was particularly large, after two years without a Festival due to the pandemic. This edition was placed under the friendly sponsorship of Brendan Chardonnet and Gautier Larsonneur, captain and goalkeeper of Stade Brestois in Ligue 1.
The Armor Festival, an FFF and FIFA approved tournament, brings together a thousand players each year at Pentecost in 64 international teams (16 in U17 and 48 in U15), some of whom later become renowned footballers (Ousmane Dembélé , Matteo Guendouzi, Pope Gueye…). Some 300 volunteers contribute to the event. The next edition will take place during the Pentecost weekend 2023.