Soccer. Jean-Claude Bernard, honorary president of US Bazeilles and figure of Ardennes football, has died

The Bazeillais leader was known and respected on all the grounds of the department.

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In this month of November, Ardennes football and in particular US Bazeilles has been in mourning since the death of Jean-Claude Bernard was revealed this weekend.

Indeed, the Bazeillais leader has been known and respected for so many seasons, his presence on all grounds being constant, even recently when he was experiencing health problems. His last place at the stadium that bears his name was for the gathering of young people from “his” football school. Quite a symbol, he who strives to be alongside those who work voluntarily for a club that was so dear to him.

Born in Reims on June 8, 1935, Jean-Claude Bernard took over, in 1947, as a minor, at the UA Sedan Torcy, under the orders of Joseph Kuzmir and René Muller. He will also practice gymnastics and judo.

In 1980, he took charge of the juniors of US Bazeilles, a club which would go on to the DHR then the DH, several coaches succeeding each other on the bench: José Kopniaieff, Pierre Tordo, Cédric Elzéard, Eric Crosnier, Miguel Vincent and Fabien Brandes. In 1983, having replaced Bruno Piroti, Bernard became president of USB. He remains so for 34 years, Isnet Tapan becoming him in turn before Didier Derulle takes up the position from 2021, Jean-Claude Bernard being appointed honorary president.

In addition, for 25 years, he was secretary of the Higher Appeal Commission of the Grand Est League, which sits in Reims. This figure of Ardennes football was also a great supporter of the Sedan club, and had been since 1950, when Louis Dugauguez was player-manager. Continually with Emile Albeau and Louis-Dugauguez, he attended all the Coupe de France finals played by the flagship Ardennes club.

He retired from work in 1995 as manager of the Peugeot dealership in Sedan. Our newspaper offers its sincere condolences to all his family.

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