The Blues have no medals in this European Cup! The French men’s handball team, which won the Olympic title in Tokyo in August 2021, finished fourth in the European Cup in Budapest on Sunday 30 January, trailing Denmark (35-32) after extra time in the “mini-final” .
The Habs started the session flawlessly with three goals (12-9) and then a one-goal lead at half-time (14-13). However, after returning from the locker room, Denmark began to widen the gap (22-19).
The Blues managed to bounce back at the end of regular time (29-29) thanks to Carl Conan’s excellent defence, but were stripped of Mikel Hansen but replaced by goalkeepers Nicholas Landing and Jacob B. The Danes led by Holm failed.
The Frenchman has failed to compete in Europe despite the valuable returns of Vincent Gerrard (17 saves) and Kentin Mahé, who were excellent in the cage, after an eight-day absence due to SARS-CoV-2 contamination won the sixth medal. Denmark, who had the upper hand in extra time, won the bronze medal.
The French chocolate-colored medallion tastes bitter. By finishing fourth in European Sunday’s game in Budapest, the Blues were offered a charisma that won’t comfort many by the organization. “Well, in my opinion, there are not many people who can keep it”admits Valentin Porte, kinda offended, who wants to know “When are we going to award a medal for fourth place?”.
“What do we regret other than losing? We gave everything and I’m so proud of this team, so proud of this team., bounces the player. With the 2023 World Cup (Poland and Sweden) and the 2024 Paris Olympics looming, the Blues will also be able to rest on their laurels from young strikers such as Karl Konan, Aymeric Minny or Yanis Leine. Fusion, they experienced their first great rivalry in the A’s with executives Nikola Karabatic and Vincent Gérard.
“This group is living well. With the inseparable return of things like Luka (Karabatic) or Nedim (Remili), if we can stay fit and work together, the future will be great.concludes Kentin Mahé with a hint of optimism.
Sweden, which knocked out France in the semifinals, crowned their side after beating defending champions Spain (27-26).