The French Handball Team completed its preparations for Euro 2024 with a great victory against Brazil in Nantes this Saturday. The French hope that this Euro will be the beginning of a long journey that will culminate in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
French handball players successfully completed their preparations for Euro 2024 against Brazil (37-28) at the XXL hall in Nantes this Saturday, four days before the start of the tournament in Germany.
World champion Blues, who defeated Tunisia (35-26) on Thursday, this time played against superior Auriverde opponents in the second period (14-14 in the period).
The blues are ready
This eleventh success in as many matches against the Seleçao confirms the good form of Guillaume Gille’s men ahead of the opening Euro match against North Macedonia on Wednesday at the Düsseldorf stadium (18:00), where around fifty thousand spectators are expected.
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In the absence of the usual starter in the blue cages, Vincent Gérard, who was missing in the tournament due to injury, Montpellier goalkeeper Rémi Desbonnet again lined up from the start against Tunisia and offered the N1 role.
Unlike on Thursday, he was replaced by former Dunkirk goalkeeper Samir Bellahcene, not Charles Bolzinger. Vincent Gérard’s current wild card from Kiel, Germany, took advantage of only his fourth selection to score his first goal with the French team, scoring from the empty cage (28-21).
The target is 2024…
All three are in the final squad of the tournament. Unlike Nantais Aymeric Minne and Thibaud Briet, who were not selected by coach Guillaume Gille. However, the Blues boss announced that there would be 19 players in the group due to the recall of right winger Benoît Kounkoud “due to back pain symptoms of Yanis Lenne”, with sixteen names to be checked between them for each match.
In the Euros, North Macedonia, whose coach is the legendary Kiril Lazarov, will face France, Switzerland and then the host Germany. They then need to get past Spain and Croatia in the second group stage, called the main round, otherwise they will perform very poorly.
Even if the Blues qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in just over six months’ time, the failure will look bad for the Olympic champions, who have not won the Euros for a decade.