Godfather of the FAB Cup 2022, Stéphane Guivarc’h tells his love of amateur football

Outstanding sponsor of the FAB Cup 2022, Stéphane Guivarc’h quickly returned to his roots after the end of his professional career. Vice President of the American Trégunc Club (R1 next season), the 1998 Breton world champion, is viscerally linked to amateur football.

Could the FAB Cup 2022 have dreamed of a better ambassador for its first edition? On Saturday, in Rostrenen (22), the best Breton amateur players will compete for the event tournament at this end of the year, organized by Le Télégramme under the watchful eye of Stéphane Guivarc’h.

In fact, the 1998 Breton World Champion, based in Concarneau, will be the extraordinary sponsor of this first edition. To the comments during the video broadcast of the event, which was broadcast on the Le Télégramme Sports Live platform from kl. 14.00, the heart of Trégunois quickly returned to the sources after his professional career, stopped at the age of 32. He talks about his love of lush lawns and the camaraderie between players.

You are the sponsor of the first edition of the FAB Cup, Saturday, in Rostrenen (22). How do you feel?

It makes me very happy, I am more or less involved in amateur football. It’s nice to showcase the best players at league level like this. It is a very good initiative. And then it’s so important to see people back in the stadium after these moments that we’ve experienced.

When we talk about amateur football, what are your first thoughts?

It already reminds me of passion. The players are passionate, make a big effort, with matches to be played at the weekend that require time and investment. Amateur football is more complicated than professional football. With work, it is not easy to have coherence at the group level.

In short, how would you describe your relationship with amateur football?

I was a professional and I switched to amateur football with Trégunc (he is the vice president of the club), I grew the club up to N3 last year (relegated to R1 at the end of this season). When I took over, we were in the first district ward.

What is the charm of amateur football?

It’s the atmosphere in the locker room, it can get in the way … I think it’s nice. There is also the earth itself. We are well armed, in Trégunc, with a synthetic track, but there are clubs for which it is more complicated. There are not many billiards! In amateur football, you do what you can with your funds, you have to adapt. That’s part of the charm.

Of course, US Trégunc is the club that has spoken the most in your career.

It’s my city. After my career I was a player, coach, president … What makes me happy is watching the club grow. This year we suffered. But we will find stability to stay in R1. What makes the charm of amateur football is also its derbies. Next season we have to play against Plouzané, Quimper-Kerfeunteun, Ergué-Gabéric, Douarnenez … Sometimes it is better to play these matches, there are more interests and bets! There will be many people in the stadium, many enthusiasts …

Why did you come back to Trégunc?

The logic wanted me to stay in football. I lost my mother after my career, my father was alone, I was not looking to go any further, higher. The president of the club asked me at the time. Twenty years later I’m still here! I’m a simple person who does not need cameras to exist. Above or below, football will always remain my passion Amateur football is even more fun. Saturday’s tournament should be a source of pride for the players.

You are world champion, the highest honor for a professional, and paradoxically, you have always been associated with the amateur world, with even a tournament in your name, in Trégunc (29)? How did you do?

There are some interesting lines on my track record (laughs). Being a world champion is something magnificent, but you have to come down again, not stay on your cloud. I have my comfort, I’m quiet, at home every night, I’m fine with my family, and I do not need anything else.

Stéphane Guivarc’h in 2010 with the World Cup. (Philippe Prizer Stock Photo)

In hindsight, aside from financial considerations, would you prefer amateur football over professional football?

I do not want to go that far. I do not think there is any subject as extra as professional football: To get up and train to play football. Simply my dad and brother worked at the factory, I know where I come from.

Do you still want to be so involved in amateur football in 20 years?

Yes ! Me, I’m fine, at home in this club. I still have a lot of things to come up with, I’m not alone either, we need people, volunteers. It is simply a passion. I would love to go 20 years back and play again, of course, it itches me sometimes. But I struggle in my own way today. I’m proud of what we’ve done. I fully devoted myself to professional football. And today I am trying to make amateur football grow.

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