royal final for a seventh world crown

The French team challenges the two-time defending champions KACPER PEMPEL / PANORAMIC

Reigning Olympic champions the Blues take on two-time champions Denmark in the World Cup final in Stockholm this Sunday (9pm).

The final step to climb is certainly the highest: after a course full of pitfalls overcome with brio, the French handball team face double title holders Denmark in the final on Sunday (9pm) en route to a seventh world crown. Stockholm.

Waiting six years since the coronation at Bercy in 2017, “it scratches a little“According to the president of the federation, Philip Bana, although the blues won the Olympic gold in Tokyo in the summer of 2021. Facing Denmark, precisely (25-23), the best enemy at the top of the planet for ten years. Mikkel Hansen’s team, defeated in the finals of the 2011 World Cup and then Euro-2014, took revenge by depriving Nikola Karabatic of his third consecutive Olympic title in Rio. 2016 Before, therefore, a year and a half ago in Japan was given back its coin. A new episode of this thriller series will be broadcast on Sunday at the Tele 2 Arena, where the blues defeated the Swedish host on Friday (31-26), after already having the Spanish skin (at the end of the main round). and Germany (quarter final).


Spain, Germany, Sweden and now Denmark: this is a real obstacle course on offer to Guillaume Gille and his men. They crescendoed to a near-perfect score against the Swedes at the Tele 2 Arena (20,000) on Friday, which saw them through to the semi-finals of WC 2021 and then Euro 2022. “Since the start of the competition, we had the impression of progress, of playing better and betterVincent Gérard notes.

And this despite numerous injuries to the goalkeeper and his teammates along the way. Faced with seven withdrawals (Pardin, Minne, Villeminot, Kounkoud, Conan, Nguessan, Descat) before the start of the competition, Gille has not been able to count on all his manpower since he started on January 11. Katowice (Poland).

He reaches the final with the position of left-back suffering, the only specialist Romain Lagarde, recently hungry to play in Blue, at 100% of his ability. Will Thibaud Briet (right hand), Elohim Prandi (right wrist) and Nikola Karabatic (left leg) be at least partially recovered at the age of 38 in their tenth and final World Cup? Gille knew nothing about it on Saturday and praised “strong adaptability to various events falling into the corner of the figureof the team.

Which, from the deep reservoir of French handball, managed to win eight games in as many games. Still to be sought, according to Gille.realizes this fixed idea, this ambitionis displayed from the beginning.

“Stay Up”

According to Nedim Remili, the first world championship title since 2017 would also come.make concrete that this group once again has that collective power to seek and stay at the top, beyond the individual capabilities they have demonstrated at the club“.

The Danes sat at the top of the world table and are looking to stay there after 2019 and 2021 to achieve an unprecedented treble – France and Romania have won twice each and Sweden have won two consecutive world titles. They can always count on Hansen, a three-time winner of this award, as well as two-time World Player of the Year Niklas Landin and Nikola Karabatic (2011, 2015 and 2018).

At 35, the former PSG player is now used more as a leader, flanked by left-handed Matias Gidsel and right-handed Simon Pytlick, who has become one of the world’s best in the position at the back. Top of 22 years. A new challenge for the French defense, the empire on Friday, on the way to the seventh crown.

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