By Philippe Roudeillat
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the tournament of soccer of the Gothia Cup took place at Gothenburg in Swedenfrom July 17 to 24.
Two Montesson teams (Yvelines) participated, the U14 and U16i.e. 33 young people, accompanied by five 5 educators.
80 countries were represented by 1,606 teams, including 60 French teams. The Montessonnais had the honor of representing France at the opening ceremony.
Acclaimed by 55,000 spectators
“We were cheered by 55,000 spectators chanting “Go France! during our tour of the stadium. I said to the kids: enjoy, because this moment can only come once in your life! »
On the sporting side, the U16s lost in the round of 16 of the consolation.
They had the means to go further, they were leading 2-0 at halftime, and lost through overconfidence.
Many were U16 1D year, which made it physically difficult. The U14s, 1er of their hen, lose in 16ein a complicated match against a Swedish team where they take 2 red cards.
« I think the reds were undeserved, » said the coach. At the end, the referee recognized that he did not hold the match, and was sorry. The emotion subsided an hour later to be positive on the course. You have to learn from your mistakes. All the young people have matured, they have been respectful with everyone throughout the week, that made me happy. »
A great human experience
This is the most important World Cup for young people, and it did them good to get out of the French context by talking with the other teams, with the language of football.
“Above all, it was a great human experience,” assures Franck. Only young people throughout the city, in a very good atmosphere. In the street, people all smiles, happy to be there, breathing the joy of living, it was important after the Covid to be able to enjoy every moment. »
Young people and parents have been waiting for this for more than two years. The parents followed the adventure from a distance, the matches were broadcast on a website, and Franck sent them photos and videos every day.
He does not fail to thank the parents, in particular Maxence’s dad, and Tom’s parents present from the beginning to the end of the preparation.
He also thanks the club which supported the project in its preparation, then during the tournament, and he knows that it went perfectly. “Why not renew regularly with 3 or 4 teams, if possible with parents? he concludes.
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