He appeared last. After calling the players and the technical staff one by one under the applause of the 1000 happy supporters allowed to sit in the stands, Franck Le Goff appeared in a ray of light from a room plunged in darkness. A last communion with a public too long weaned from spectacle this year because of the sanitary situation. Surrounded by his two sons, the loyal right-hand man of Pascal Donnadieu took his last steps on the parquet floor of the Maurice-Thorez sports center in the skin of a member of this special team, with which he lived so successfully. Beyond the beautiful victory (86-79) over Monaco, winner of the Eurocup in May and main contender for the title of champion of France, Nanterre therefore lived an intense evening, rich in emotions.
At 50 and later - at the very least - 708 professional matches on the clock, Franck Le Goff decided to give his life a different direction and said "goodbye" to the club. It is not a page but a long and rich chapter which turns in Nanterre with the departure of Franck Le Goff. The club and the man have been intimately linked, inseparable for so many years.
After having coached at the neighboring club of Rueil (Pro B) at the end of the 1990s, then in Lebanon, in Saint-Etienne (Pro B) or the players of Sceaux (N1 then accession to the Women's League in 2005), Franck Le Goff arrived in Nanterre in 2005. The club has just discovered the professional world and the Pro B. Coming to take care of the young people of the club, in January 2006 he gave a helping hand to his friend Pascal Donnadieu.
With his career, he brings his rich experience to the Nanterriens.
From the following season, the club made its first entry into the big world with a Coupe de France final lost in a room still called Bercy (since become the Accor Arena) in front of the ogre Pau.
The start of an incredible epic.
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In 15 years, Franck Le Goff has participated in all the victorious campaigns of Nanterre, filling his trophy cabinet with a title of champion of France (2013), two Cups of France (2014 and 2017) and two European trophies ( 2015 and 2017).
He had warned Pascal Donnadieu on Saturday, after the defeat at Cholet who saw the last hopes of playing the playoffs for Nanterre fly away.
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A festive evening that had started even before the match.
Before the jump-off of the match, the Nantes nugget Victor Wembanyama (17) had indeed received the LNB trophy for best youngster of the season from the hands of Kevin Séraphin.
The former international and NBA player and his 2.09 m seemed very small alongside the 2.19 m of the youngster from Nantes.
This first award in the professional world is only the first in a long series.
Moreover, after the match, Wembanyama had already received a new one with that of the best blocker of the season.
We must take advantage of his appearances on the floor of Maurice-Thorez before he is sucked into the NBA where he could be the first French to be drafted in first place.
NANTERRE - MONACO: 86-79
Reed (19 pts), Cordinier (4), Kaba (14), Wembanyama (6), Warren (21), then Berhanemeskel (9), Bouquet (3), Motum (13), Conklin (6), Eyango Goofy, Rebic.