A RECORD-BREAKING TEAM
Never has a French team dominated a sport to this extent. The first all-round French team crowned world champions (1995) broke all the records with a winning streak that has continued with five World Championships, three European titles and two Olympic golds to date. The winning streak was started by Daniel Costantini and continued by Claude Onesta; the winning culture is in the DNA of the French handball players, embodied by a long line of exceptional talents: Jackson Richardson, Stéphane Stoecklin, Bertrand Gille, Daniel Narcisse, and the star Nikola Karabtic. “Barjots”, “Costauds” and now “Experts”, the French handball players have been the favourites in every competition since 1992 and their bronze at the Olympics. Disappointed at losing against Denmark in the 2016 finals at the Rio Olympic Games, the French have redirected all attention to the 2017 Handball World Championship where they hope to win again, in front of their home crowd, as they did in 2001. A victory for the team now managed by the duo Didier Dinart and Guillaume Gille would be truly phenomenal.
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DID YOU KNOW?
In six world finals, the France team has only lost once, at the first in 1993 against Russia (19-28). They lost one of their three Olympic finals (against Denmark last summer) and won their three Euro finals. An exceptional success rate, reaching the final in 10 out of 12 events!
France show fine form with clear opening win
Stars of the World Championship : Daniel Narcisse
Stars of the World Championship : Thierry Omeyer
COACHES: Didier Dinart and Guillaume Gille (France)