Women’s World Handball Championship: Les Bleues hits the Japanese circuit

Bleues de hand Béatrice Edwige (c) is congratulated by his teammates after his transfer in the Euro 2018 final against Russia on December 16, 2018 in Paris. (©AFP/Archives/FRANCK FIFE)

Six months before the top goal of the Tokyo Olympics, french handball player Among the scouts in Japan, they will defend their title at the World Cup from Saturday 30 November 2019.

World champion in Germany two years ago and then European champion at Bercy last year, Les Bleues starts with an affordable race South Koreaon Saturday (10:00 am French time) in a city in the southern Kumamoto Islands where the entire race will take place.

The priority is obviously the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but the French have no intention of skipping the World Cup.

Team core Béatrice Edwige ensures:

We haven’t left our loved ones on vacation in Japan since November 17th.

Evidence: No player took the opportunity offered by coach Olivier Krumholz to jump ship and escort the Olympics.

hit the ball thoroughly

“It’s complicated to be brilliant twice in the same year. But we’ve reached the full force of our available power and from there we’re going to give it our all. But we’re not going to pretend to win everything,” admits Krumbholz, who has won back-to-back since 2016 Four international medals (Silver at Olympics 2016, Bronze at Euro 2016, Gold at Mondial – Euro 2017 and Euro 2018).

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Of course, a player like this still has the potential to go further Estelle Enzer-Minko, Beatrice Edwig and goalkeeper Amandine Leynaud.
Don’t forget young Orlane Kanor and Méline Nocandy, Messines, as well as old Alison Pinault, Alexandra Lacrabre and Camille Aigron, who are essential in defense.

On the pitch, the only notable absentee was winger and captain Siraba Dembele, due to pregnancy. One of the main novelties concerns the goalkeeper position, as in the absence of Cléopâtre Darleux (maternity) and Laura Glauser (knee) a relatively inexperienced player at the highest level, Catherine Gabriel, will serve as Leynaud’s inside cage.

Blue hands coach Olivier Krumbholz (g) and Allison Pineau during their Euro 2018 match against the Netherlands, December 14, 2018.
Blue hands coach Olivier Krumbholz (g) and Allison Pineau during their Euro 2018 match against the Netherlands, December 14, 2018. (©AFP/Archives/FRANCK FIFE)

The first goal is to reach the top three in the top six group stage with South Korea, Brazil, Australia, Germany and Denmark, before reaching the semi-finals in the top two in the second six-man group. “Then the wealth of labor might make a difference,” the French tech hoped.

Source: © 2019 AFP

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