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An Aixois vice-champion of Europe in bridge in U21 » PACA’s economic and political letter

At 17, Clément Teil, became vice-champion of Europe in bridge with the France U21 team in Veldhoven (Netherlands), where Euro 2022 took place, which brought together 25 nations.

Profile: Clement Teil, Aix-en-Provence

He discovered bridge at the age of 9 and a half with his grandmother. Licensed to the Gap club.

His track record:

2022 U21 European team vice-champion (Netherlands)

European Team Vice-Champion in 2015 (Norway)

Bronze medal at the World Team Championship in 2016 (Italy)

Bronze medal at the European Team Championship in 2017 (Slovakia)

– 3 words to define bridge: Fascinating, friendly and thought-provoking game.

– What does bridge bring him: Bridge allows me to travel across France and abroad.

Blues at the top

It’s a feat for the French delegation which won 3 medals: gold for the juniors, silver for the U26 women and the U21. Out of 5 teams entered, 4 have qualified for the next Worlds in 2023. 7 days of intense competition, more than 15,900 cards played and memorized by each of the participants to overcome opponents just as motivated as the Dutch, at home, the formidable Poles or even the Italian ogre… Real performances!

A sport of the spirit and the spirit sport

They are high school students, students or young professionals, the players of the French teams have discovered bridge with their family or at college. After having passed the detection stage at the regional level, they joined the France group and regularly follow training and coaching, all the steps necessary to be a member of the national teams and to evolve at the highest level.

Younger and younger

A new generation of bridge player has appeared, thanks to a partnership with National Education. Bridge, considered an excellent educational tool for fun learning of mathematics, has been integrated into schools and is practiced from the age of 6.

Among the major assets of the discipline: it is the only mind sport that is played with a partner.

Podium U26 > 1. FRANCE – 2. ITALY – 3. ISRAEL

France U26 team European champion 2022 Nao Tabata (Lyon-7th), Louis Bonin (Nantes-44), Maxence Fragola-Jarjaille (Dardilly-69), Thomas Guichet (Yvré l’Evêque-72), Théo Guillemin (Paris -19th), Arthur Boulin (Laval-53). Captain: David Harari (Paris-13th)

Women’s U26 podium > 1. ITALY – 2. FRANCE – 3. NETHERLANDS

French U26 Women’s Bridge Team – European Vice-Champion 2022

Mathilde Thuillez (Suresnes-92), Anaïs Leleu (Montrouge-92), Constance Belloy, Margaux Kurek-Beaulieu (Nîmes-30), Clara Bouton, Wilhelmine Schlumberger (Paris-16e). Captain: Wilfried Libbrecht (Clichy-92)

Podium U21 > 1. ISRAEL – 2. FRANCE – 3. DENMARK

French bridge team U21 – vice-champion of Europe 2022

Romain Bloch (Levallois-Perret-92), Esteban Vallet (Rixheim-68), Maxence Roches (St Quentin-02), Pierre Bedouet (Corné-49), Clément Teil (Aix-en-Provence-13), Clément Bens ( Nantes-44). Captain: Christophe Oursel (Clichy-92)

Podium U31 > 1. NETHERLANDS – 2. TURKEY – 3. BULGARIA…. 5. FRANCE France U31 bridge team – qualified for the Worlds

Jennifer Mourgues, (Saint Pierre du Mont-40), Fabrice Charignon (Paris-15th), Baptiste Combescure (Paris-2nd), Léo Rombaut (Lys-Les-Lannoy-59), Julien Bernard (Paris-17th), Clément Thizy (Le Vesinet-78). Captain: Hervé Fleury (Jurançon-64)

Podium U16 > 1. POLAND – 2. ENGLAND – 3. NETHERLANDS… 11. FRANCE

Coach of all French teams: Michel Abécassis (Paris-5th)


Version 2022 bridge players are between 6 and 99 years old.

At the start of the school year, the FFB offers 10 initiation lessons in a club or 5 online lessons to discover bridge. 1000 clubs organize tournaments every day, everywhere in France. The FFB is present throughout the territory for the organization, training, promotion, development and practice of bridge. First European federation, second in the world after the United States, the FFB is an association under the 1901 law, approved as a national association for youth and popular education. It also ensures the representation of French bridge internationally.

France U21

From left to right: Christophe Oursel (coach), Romain Bloch, Esteban Vallet, Maxences Roches, Pierre Bedouet, Clément Teil, Clément Bens


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