Wales hoping for a Breton match



Friday, 26 Feb 2010, 14:20

Brittany XI

Sgorio understands that Football Association of Wales are in discussions with the Brittany Football Association with regards to a friendly international in May.

John Toshack’s men would spend a week at a training camp in the French region using the training facilities of French Ligue 2 club, FC Nantes, before playing a match against the Breton select XI.

It is believed the match, which would be used as a preparation for a second friendly international against Croatia on 23 May, would take place at La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau in Nantes.

The Bretagne Football Association (BFA) are not members of Fifa or Uefa and play their matches under the jurisdiction of the French Football Federation (FFF).

This wouldn’t be the first time Wales have played against a non-Fifa representative XI – in May 2006, Wales secured a 1-0 victory over a Basque XI in Bilbao thanks to a solitary Ryan Giggs goal.

Brittany played their first representative match in 1922, defeating Luxembourg 1-0 in Rennes, but since the end of the Second World War, they have played just three matches.

Between 1999 and 2001, five scheduled matches were cancelled following objections from the FFF, but in May 2008 Brittany secured a 3-1 win over Congo in Saint-Brieuc.

Amongst those footballers to have pulled on the black and white shirt of Bretagne is former Paris St Germain player and former Rangers manager, Paul Le Guen.

As well as winning 17 caps for France, Le Guen played for Brittany in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in 1998.