Raymond Keruzore
Rennes (1968-1973), Marseilles (1973-1974), Rennes (1974-1975), Laval (1976-1979), Brest (1979-1980)

Raymond Kéruzoré is a Breton story, and also a little Mayenne. It is the journey of an intellectual on and off the pitch, as evidenced by the start of a career spent between matches with Stade Rennes and his studies in chemistry. “If I finally opted for Stade Rennes and not for FC Nantes, it was because the club conveyed a certain Breton image, with a very attacking style of play advocated by its coach Jean Prouff. But what I also liked was that Rennes had a tradition of young Breton students, he was telling Stade Rennais Online. I obtained my degree in science in 1970. I was then called by Jean Prouff during the summer, and I then realized that I really liked playing football. Suddenly, I cut short my holidays to train seriously with the professional group. In the meantime, “Monsieur Jean” had told me that he was counting on me for the resumption of the championship. In my head, I decided to make football my job. Also, I had taken the temperature the season before as a student. So I knew what I had to do to progress. At the time, it was above all necessary to be accepted by the pillars of the team. In Rennes, it was Pierre Garcia, André Betta and Marcel Aubour a little later. These were the events that propelled me higher, but I soon realized that I was on the level. I loved the workouts, they gave me confidence. I felt comfortable on the field. I was playing in a great team, and I took a lot of pleasure in contact with very good players. »

Kéruzoré then became the master of the Rouge et Noir, participating in particular in the victorious course in the Coupe de France in 1971. Two years later, he was however forced to leave the Breton club to bail out the coffers and save it from bankruptcy. He therefore landed at OM, where he had difficulty adapting and had a mixed season before returning to Rennes. For only one year, this time, in a context of conflict with President Bernard Lemoux, who even nicknamed him “the Maoist sorcerer” and hunted down the intellectuals of the Rennes workforce. He therefore took the road to Laval, where he maintained his reputation as an elegant and terribly fine technical player, to the point of being named Tango player of the century in 2002. A great reward for this lover of Brazil 1958 by Pelé and Garrincha. With his mane, his style and his kindness, the Finistérien charms the Laval public, who reciprocate: “We had a very intelligent team, which allowed us to move mountains. It’s true that I had a great love story with the Laval public. From my first match at Le Basser, the fans were already singing “Keru, Keru”. These are memories that mark. It was very fusional. I had never experienced this elsewhere. At the time, there was a big rivalry between Laval and Rennes. Moreover, when you go up to D1, Stade Rennes finds D2. It was a nice snub to history. » He will end his journey in Brest, being bothered by a few injuries and preparing for his retraining as a coach. Last year, the city of Carhaix paid homage to him by inaugurating a bronze statue in his effigy and symbolizing his famous exterior of the foot. This is exactly what was needed for this icon of Breton football.

In 1979, he left for Brest with whom he played for two seasons, the last of which was disappointing due to recurring injuries. This true master at playing will also have the privilege of being called up twice to the French team. 1981 will be his year of transition, because after leaving Brest, he will leave for Guingamp where he will take up the post of coach-player for five seasons. His playing career ended in 1986, when he signed for Brest as head coach. For the 1987/1988 season, he was called to the bedside of Stade Rennais to help the latter find a place in the elite. This will be done at the end of the 1989/1990 financial year, Rennes finishing 1st in its 2nd division group. But the 1990/1991 season in D1 will prove to be catastrophic for the Rennais and its trainer since the latter will finish last in the championship but will finally be fished out following administrative demotions from three other teams. Unfortunately, following certain disagreements with the managers and the players, he was dismissed from his coaching duties and was replaced by Didier Notheaux for the 1991/1992 season. His career on the bench will then continue in Tours (1992/1993) then in Quimper (1994/1997) and finally as an amateur in Carhaix (1998/1999) where he will spend his last year in a coaching role. Following health problems, he will be forced to stop his career in the world of football.

Named player of the century at Stade Lavallois in 2002, winner of the Coupe de France with Stade Rennais in 1971, Raymond Keruzoré, two selections for the France team, is a true legend of Breton football, known for his strong character, his elegance and his exceptional technique.

Black-listed everywhere, the one Lemoux calls the “Maoist witch” finally finds a base in Laval, which is also in D2. Offensive and confusing, but also surly and reluctant to accept certain things without complaining, Keruzoré is relaunching in Mayenne. Poet of the game, alternating short game and long game, the midfielder takes the Tangos to the first division. The public of the Francis Le Basser stadium adores its captain and playmaker for his kindness, his simplicity as well as his sporting and human values. Under the orders of Michel Le Milinaire, this playing master who exuded intelligence had an exceptional 1976-77 season, which earned him the award of the France Football Gold Star and being called up to the France twice. In 1976 against Eire, then two years later against Iran. He even appeared on the shortlist for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, but was ultimately not selected. The competition was too strong with Michael Platinieven Jean-Marc Guillouknowing thatHenry Michael and Dominique Bathenay were unbeatable and that Jean Petit was coming out of a huge season with Monaco, he could indeed have taken the place of Claude Papi, but the Bastia epic weighed too heavily. Hard to win in front of magnificent technicians.

The Finistérien is having a final season in Laval, with a maintenance still obtained in a snatch largely thanks to him and his seven goals in the league. His time in Mayenne will remain as the peak of his career since he will be elected Tango of the Century by the supporters of the Laval club. After two more seasons in Brest, he hung up his crampons at Guingamp where he began his retraining as a coach. A rare fact, Raymond Kéruzoré is the first French footballer to become a statue during his lifetime. Raymond Kopain 2018 in Reims, then Jean Prouff in Rennes and finally Henry Michael in Nantes, only knew this honor after their death. The bronze statue measuring 2.30 meters high and representing him in action, kicking a ball with the outside of his foot, stands a few meters from the entrance to the Charles-Pinson stadium in Carhaix. He also has the particularity of having collected neither yellow card nor red card during his long career.

Source: www.sofoot.com

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