A year before France plays host to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™特级做人爱c级日本, the European country will provide the stage for the ninth edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. And while the senior tournament will take place in nine host cities spread across the country, the U-20 equivalent will be held in one specific region, namely Brittany.
Located on the west coast, Brittany is regarded as one of France’s most beautiful regions. But in addition to its physical beauty and strong cultural identity, it is also a land of football; in fact, it is one of the most well-represented areas in the French professional set-up. No fewer than three clubs currently compete in Ligue 1 – Rennes, Lorient and Guingamp – while Brest, now in Ligue 2, played in the top flight as recently as 2013. And in the women’s game, Guingamp are one of Division 1 Feminine’s major clubs
Griedge MBock Bathy, one of France’s most promising players, was a product of Guingamp’s youth academy. Born in Brest, the Lyon defender won the Golden Ball award at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 and came second in the voting for the equivalent accolade at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014. “Brittany loves football,” she recently told L’Equipe newspaper. As well as MBock Bathy, fellow internationals Clarisse Le Bihan and Camille Abily were also born in Brittany, while stalwart striker Eugenie Le Sommer grew up in the region.
Brittany in brief
特级做人爱c级日本 Brittany is one of the 26 regions of France. It is made up of four departments, Cote d'Armor, Finistere, llle-et-Vilaine and Morbihan, and boasts nearly 3.1 million inhabitants (5 per cent of the French population). Bordered by the English channel to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, the region is renowned for its splendid coastline that stretches for 1,100 km, a figure that doubles when its islands – which number over a thousand, equating to nearly 70 per cent of metropolitan France’s islands – are taken into account.
Brittany is also notable for sites with ties to Arthurian legend, such as Broceliande and Huelgoat, for unique specialities (sweet and savoury crepes, cider, kouign amann cake), and for a rich tradition of music and dance (the Vieilles Charrues, Transmusicales and festou-noz festivals). This intriguing Celtic region has maintained a progressive outlook without ever forgetting its deep roots, which gives it the strong identity of which the Breton people are so proud.
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