In images, in images. Nantes: the Saint-Pierre World Cup celebrates its 45th anniversary

20 teams participate in the 45th edition of the Mondial de la Saint-Pierre, including the Guyanese team of Loyola. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

in NantesPin Sec stadium, 2:15 pm, about fifty people are standing around the handrail of the artificial pitch.

The public comes to the first day of the 45th edition of the Mondial U15 de la Saint-Pierre, organized in Nantes from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 April

This international tournament for players aged 15 and under returns to the City of the Dukes after a two-year absence due to the health crisis.

This year 20 teams will compete in 5 groups of 4. three Nantes speakers : the Saint-Pierre stadium, the Éraudière stadium and the Pin Sec stadium.

Nantes, PSG, Celta Vigo

The Spanish team of Celta Vigo is the only foreign team to participate in this 45th edition.

Initially the English were to come from West Bromwich Albion, but they withdrew just like AS Nancy Lorraine. The Breton clubs Pays de la Gacilly (Morbihan) and Stade Briochin (Côtes-d’Armor) complement the two professional clubs.

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Angers SCO, Paris-Saint Germain and FC Nantes are the headliners of the competition.

“drop your ball”

“Come on Gabi! “, encourages a mother of one of the players of the GJ du Pays de la Gacilly.

Next Wednesday, April 20 at 2:15 PM, the young people of Morbihan will compete against the FC Nantes U-15s. Before entering the lawn, the excitement was great for the 22 actors, “Come on guys”, shouts one of the FC Nantes players.

FC Nantes faced Gacilly's Morbihannais club.
FC Nantes faced Gacilly’s Morbihannais club. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

“Who’s it in front? ask the supporters of the young canaries. “It’s Gacilly in Morbihan, where Yves Rocher is,” replies one of them.

The kick-off for 2 times 15 minutes is given by a young referee trio, consisting of two boys and a girl. “It’s good to see female referees for the boys,” said one spectator.

FC Nantes faced the Morbihannais club Gacilly for their participation in the tournament.
The FC Nantes youth hope to win the tournament. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

On the ground, the people of Nantes put their foot on the ball and defend Gacilly’s orange jerseys.

Gacilly's players greet their opponents from Nantes before the match.
Gacilly’s players greet their opponents from Nantes before the match. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

“Let go of your ball”, shouts a supporter, who judges the excess of individualism of one of the Nantes footballers.

At the edge of the field, Jean-Luc Verty encourages the little canaries, especially number 6: “It’s my grandson”, the seven-year-old proudly reveals.

The FC Nantes substitutes are warming up.
The FC Nantes substitutes are warming up. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

At the final whistle, Nantes won three goals to nil thanks to the individual exploits of their attacking players. On the other hand, the Morbihannais coach is satisfied with the face of his team.

The young canaries listen to their coach's instructions during halftime.
The young canaries listen to their coach’s instructions during halftime. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

Sun, gloves and hats

Parents of players, football fans, ordinary curious people or local residents settle down in the afternoon to attend the meetings.

The Saint-Pierre de Nantes players are warming up for their first game of the tournament.
The Saint-Pierre de Nantes players are warming up for their first game of the tournament. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

“It looks like Sané”, laughs a young spectator, who compares a footballer from Saint-Pierre de Nantes with the German star of Bayern Munich.

Young people from the Pin Sec district came to watch the matches.
Young people from the Pin Sec district came to watch the matches. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

In the stadium, volunteers perform the policing on the ground and ask the youngsters to stand behind the railing, some are busy at the refreshment bar while others are recording the final score.

The sun is there at the Pin Sec stadium, but the heat is not stifling for the young players entering the lawn. The evidence is that some football players from Guyanese club Loyola wear gloves while supporters wear hats.

The young Guyanese of the Loyola club won their first game 6-0.
The young Guyanese of the Loyola club won their first game 6-0. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

In contrast to the host club Saint-Pierre de Nantes, the Guyanese made a strong impression by winning easily 6-0.

The referee trio consists of young referees from the Pays de la Loire region.
The referee trio consists of young referees from the Pays de la Loire region. (©Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

Admission is free to attend the various matches, except for the final where the ticket is set at 5 euros. The final of the tournament this will take place Saturday, April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Saint-Pierre stadium in Nantes.

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