A clever combination of rugby and football, Gaelic football is seen as a minor sport in France, but stands apart as an Irish national sport.
Acclaimed throughout the channel, it is one of the three team sports of Gaelic culture, along with the version of hurling and handball. “In France, we play 11 against 11. In Ireland, it’s played at 15. A match consists of two periods of 35 minutes each, explains Guillum Touquet, a player from Buget, who gets three points when he gives the ball a round and a weight and can kick or kick. , Enters the goal, and then a point when the player scores above the poles.
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Gaelic football: Irish ‘reason to live’
It was during his studies in Dublin that Gillum Touquet discovered this sport and fell in love with it, a “reason to live” for the Irish. On his return to France at the age of 22 he joined his first club in Clermont-Ferrand. Will stay there for eight years.
Then things will get faster. “Gaelic football has been spreading across the country for a number of years, he says, with clubs in their thirties and forties, organized into four divisions, men’s and women’s. Guillaume Touquet will take part in the Gaelic European Football Cup in Spain in July.
Due to England’s proximity, local championships, national and international federal championships are being organized, as in Brittany, and the French know how to show momentum: the Occitan team reaches the semi-finals of the 2019 World Games!
“This is a real recognition for our clubs, because in the midst of large organizations in Paris or Lyon, we have proven how local teams can lead British players.”
After the World Games in Waterford, Ireland, this Marketing Manager will be with his teammates from the Occitania selection for the European Championships in Pontavedra, Spain from July 14 to 17.
Guillaume Touquet, an amateur, declares, “This meeting requires considerable organization and a suitable infrastructure of five or six pitches. We will play about two games a day.” The Occitani team wants to shine like at the World Games.
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Occitanie selection jumps to European Cup
If the draw for the chickens takes place within two weeks, there will be about thirty teams from all walks of life: Germany, Italy, Galicia … and many more tricolor representations: the French team, the Bretton selection or still Gasconi. At the same time, the Occidents will arm themselves with a coat decorated with a duck. “This is the most common animal in the south-west, and it is known for its loyalty,” the Korean player explains.
Follow the competition
To follow the Occitania team in this European Gaelic football championship, Spanish television will organize live transcripts and follow the “red and yellow” on the federation’s social networks.
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