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National neighborhood cup: “In Créteil, we expect it more than the World Cup in Qatar”


At the Dominique-Duvauchelle stadium, Pointe-du-Lac station in Créteil, onlookers are listening. Attracted by an air of the rapper MHD, they run down the stairs. On the synthetic turf, the Algerian team sings its anthem. Then it is the turn of that of France. Solemn mine, hand on heart, the most concentrated players articulate the words with their lips, while the public sings at the top of their voices. The Gallic rooster rubs shoulders with the Nike comma on a cobalt blue jersey with a floral pattern, which will also be worn by our Tricolores during the Women’s Euro, which begins on July 6 in England. Holders wear it in preview with notable pride.

Here, for the National neighborhood cup, on this ground which saw them grow up, the players represent their country of origin, that of their parents. Judging by the ubiquity of sponsors on billboards and equipment, this tournament is a real one. The highlight of the show, the final will be broadcast live on July 2 to the 800,000 subscribers of the TikTok account of Amazon Prime, the Ligue 1 broadcaster.

The ode to Algeria, “Disco Maghreb” by DJ Snake, accompanies the kick-off. With each strike, Ibrahim stamps his feet. With his group of friends, this educational assistant at the Albert-Schweitzer college in Créteil came to encourage his “Romanian nugget”Andrei, the pride of the entire Abbaye district, has become the star attacking midfielder of the Blues. “It doesn’t matter, come on, put yourself back”he hoarse in his

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