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Handball: French women on the roof of the world

Handball: French women on the roof of the world

The players won their second world championship title against Norway (23-21) on Sunday in Hamburg.
It was unbreathable. For sixty minutes, the la France and the Norway have struggled for win a new title champions of the world . But it was finally the French who took over at the end of the game (23-21), with key saves and improbable goals at the best of times, for go look for their second world title after the 2003 title (32-29, against Hungary ).
After the bronze at the European championship and silver at Olympic Games , last year, the France team knew it was going duty defend his new status at the world championships. After a short period of three years without a medal (between 2012 and 2015, with a fifth place in London, the Olympics, and a sixth and seventh place at the world championships), the Blue are back on the front of the stage and s install again among the best nations of the world, at one year of the championship of Europe , that France must to welcome .
However, the players of Olivier Krumbholz were scared, with a surprise defeat in the first match against the Slovenia (24-23), a team they had largely mastered a few days earlier in the preparation match (26-18). Five days later, the draw against the Spain practically deprived them of a first place, finally acquired by the Romania .
More and more masters
But eventually, this probably did the business of the French. With a last reassuring victory against Romania, they secured second place in their group and fell to another part of the table that the Norwegian ogresses, who also finished in second place in their group, behind the Sweden , after a defeat in the last group game.
” I want to hold back the positive: progress in every game, even if we can make much better, explained the guardian Cleopatra Darleux. I also remember that we arrive at manage physically compared to others because we can do turn . ”
After the victory against Hungary, in the round of 16, the French coach said he was relieved , and happy, “Especially by the control we had on this match” . After a first part of complicated competition, the Blue ones are revved up, like Allison Pineau, back from a long way for participate at this competition. Same feeling of control against the Montenegro in quarters (25-22), as summarized the French rear:
“What satisfies me beyond victory is see that this team from France was able to remobilize after the defeat against Slovenia. Match after match, she knew pass caps. We put things back in place, including defense that hurts. It’s still a game full of control and a nice win at the end. ”
And now a European title?
Faced with Sweden (24-22), the Blues were scared, digging a slight gap twice in each period, before seeing the Swedes come back . But in the last moments, they knew raise their level of play in defense and shoot the maximum of their opportunities in attack, against a team that they had already beaten a year earlier on their field, in pools, at the Swedish Euro.
This victory in the final against Norway comes crown a team that was chasing its second world title, after that of 2003 and two failures in 2009 and 2011 – and another final lost in 2016, in Rio, at the Olympics.
At one year of its European championship, France knew show that even destabilized, she could reply present, raising his game as the competition progresses, shut up the best attacks in the world, assume a new status and find a place among the best nations in the world. As much say that Olivier Krumbholz’s daughters will be even more expected next year, in front of their audience who will hope to see them raise a first European title after their world title. Only Norway has achieved this feat. It was last year in Sweden, after the world title obtained in Denmark in 2015.
Gregor Brandy