The Oise team won the first national 3 French football championship for firefighters, organized in Foix from April 28 to 30. According to the organizers, the event is a “total success”.
A dozen fire engines surrounded the Jean-Surre sports complex in Foix all weekend. However, no fire broke out inside. Hailing from the Yonne, Somme or Aude, they transported some of the 240 participants in the first French National 3 football championship for firefighters. The latter also for lack of sufficient teams on the third and final level.
On the lawn, the players of the Oise department are the last to raise their arms on Saturday afternoon after their victory in the final against the Somme team (1-0). A great way to finish the championship – on the 31stand all levels – organized in Foix from April 28 to 30.
A crazy night and only one injured
Thierry Leblanc, co-chair of the sports committee of the Ariège Departmental Union of Firefighters, was pleased in the end: “That’s it, it’s over. We had a great time. For three days we thought we would get rain, but no, everything went well. Last night we had a crazy time, especially with the guys from Corse-du-Sud, and everything went well in the complex. Everything was great. †
The “only minus point”, raised by the organizer of the event with a cap, is the injury of a player from Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. After a broken elbow and fibula, he had to be transported to Chiva. During the award ceremony, Christophe Brossard, president of the French Football Federation for Firefighters, had a few words for him.
A “remarkable” state of mind
This incident did not detract from the president’s “remarkable frame of mind”, pleased with the fair play displayed during the competition. More generally, he considered the championship a “total success”. “I’m happy after two years of sleep (due to Covid-19, editor’s note), he insisted. Eight teams participated for the first time and that includes the first three. This is a good thing. †
The players also praised Fuxéenne’s good organization. It was supplied by about fifty volunteer firefighters mobilized around Thierry Leblanc. Thomas, one of the twenty players of Corse-du-Sud’s team, appreciated the “excellent reception”. With his “beautiful gang”, housed in a hotel in Foix, he took advantage of the “fire family” atmosphere. He will thus have fond memories of Fuxéen, despite a defeat in the quarter-finals after a 16-hour journey (12 hours by boat to Marseille and 4 hours by car to Foix).
Travel longer than 16 hours
Mayotte’s 30 firefighters spent a little more time in transport (18 hours, 11 by plane and 7 by car) to reach the prefecture of Ariège. Two of them, Anelka and Ahmed, enjoyed discovering the region and the department. They took the opportunity to share dinner with Mahorais from Foix on Saturday evening. Something to console the league favourites, who were defeated in the semi-finals due to what they consider to be a refereeing foul. Appreciated at the awards ceremony, they left the stadium with a smile.
Not gone yet, Cédric, captain of the winning team, Oise, is thinking about returning to Ariège for a family holiday. A lover of hikes at height, he liked to discover a “beautiful department, with a beautiful environment”. The mountain you win.
Oise titled, Ariège 11th of 12
After receiving the French N3 championship trophy, Cédric, captain of Oise, showed his pride: “For our first participation, after a difficult period for everyone and a great journey, I am happy. I am very proud of the players who went with me and proud that I have represented our department well. We played with our values, self-denial, determination, respect, and we knew how to stay fair play. We have a great team. †
ranking: 1. Oise; 2. Sum; 3. Seine Maritime; 4. Mayot; 5. Southern Corsica; 6. Alpes-Maritimes; 7. Dream; 8. Yonne; 9.Aude; 10. Nievre; 11. Ariege† 12. Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.