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The dream of the XV of France, the Bleues at the World Cup ... the key dates of the 2023 sports calendar


The Footballers' World Cup will give way to that of the players, France is hosting the Rugby and Ski Worlds and the French stars

From the Rugby World Cup to the Women's Football World Cup, including the NBA Draft or the Tour de France, here is a (non-exhaustive) list of moments not to be missed in 2023.

From January 11 to 29: the Blues of the hand set off again in conquest

They are reigning Olympic champions, but not world champions.

Dethroned by their eternal Danish rival, the Blues of Guillaume Gille set off again in conquest during the Worlds, organized in Poland and Sweden.

With the Karabatic brothers in particular, the French team will seek to gain confidence 18 months before the Paris Olympics and to confirm its status as the largest handball nation with six World titles, a record.

The Blues have not been world champions since 2017.

From February 5 to 19: Alpine Skiing World Championships in France

Marcot Odermatt and Mikaela Shiffrin reign over the start of the men's and women's World Cups, but the Worlds still hold their share of surprises.

The American is revengeful after the failed Olympics last year.

The French competition will come from Tessa Worley, in giant, who will try to find a place between Petra Vlhova, Sofia Goggia and Lara Gut-Behrami.

Among the men, Alexis Pinturault will be at home in Courchevel and will be supported by the eternal Johan Clarey or the Olympic slalom champion Clément Noël in the medal race.

The ladies' giant slalom is scheduled for February 16 in Méribel.

That of the gentlemen will be held in Courchevel on the 17th.

February 14: PSG challenge Bayern Munich

Kylian Mbappe will reunite with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting against Bayern.

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Good luck to all the couples who had planned to have a romantic evening for Valentine's Day.

February 14 is football, and the first huge club game since the wild emotions of the World Cup.

PSG, who finished second in their group, face Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.

A huge shock for the Parisian club, which is still running behind its first "big-eared cup".

And an opportunity not to be missed for Mbappé, Messi and Neymar to finally shine together on the European stage.

The second leg is scheduled for Munich on March 8.

The final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey on June 10.

March 11: the "Crunch" is always something

It's a World Cup year for the France team, but that doesn't mean the Six Nations Tournament doesn't count.

Especially since the blue XV is coming out of a Grand Slam in 2022. After facing Italy, the impressive Ireland then Scotland, the Blues will meet England at Twickenham on March 11 for the traditional crunch that our two countries wait each year.

Before why not finish in apotheosis a week later against Wales at the Stade de France.

The schedule of the XV of France at the VI Nations tournament:

Italy-France (February 5), Ireland-France (February 11), France-Scotland (February 26), England-France (March 11), France-Wales ( March 18).

March 24: the Blues of football find their audience

We will be just over three months after the cruel defeat in the World Cup final.

On March 24, the French football team will meet its audience at the Stade de France during a match against the Netherlands.

The opportunity to thank the heroes for their journey in Qatar, but above all to already focus on the next deadline, since this meeting will open the qualifications for Euro 2024. These qualifiers will fill the entire calendar of the Blues in 2023.

The matches of the France team in 2023:

France-Netherlands (March 24), Ireland-France (March 27), Gibraltar-France (June 16), France-Greece (June 19), France-Ireland (7 September), Netherlands-France (October 13), France-Gibraltar (November 18), Greece-France (November 21).

May 7 to 13: Agbégnénou and Riner dream of a title

Clarisse Agbégnénou will aim for the world title after the Olympic coronation in Tokyo.

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Back to prestigious tatamis for Clarisse Agbégnénou and Teddy Riner?

The French returned to competition at the end of November after giving birth to a baby girl.

The tricolor giant, he will aim for an eleventh world title in the over 100 kg after his failure at the Tokyo Games.

Les Bleus have a status to uphold as mixed team Olympic champions.

May 28 to June 11: what if Garcia set Roland-Garros on fire?

What if this was Caroline Garcia's year?

The Lyonnaise had reached the quarter-finals of "Roland" in 2017 but had stopped in the second round of the 2022 edition. But that was before winning her first tournament of the year on the grass of Bad Hombourg and to chain the successes until the final bouquet of the Masters.

The ladies' final will be held on June 10 on the Philippe-Chatrier court.

The tennis players will compete for the crown the next day.

It remains to be seen whether Rafael Nadal will be relieved of his injuries at the moment of defending his title at Porte d'Auteuil.

The tournament begins on May 28.

Women's final on June 10, men's final on June 11.

June 22, 2023: Wembanyama for NBA draft history

Announced as a potential number 1 in the Draft for a few years, Victor Wembanyama gave substance to this theory by splashing the United States with his talent during the Boulogne-Levallois tour in Las Vegas.

Since then, the NBA has been broadcasting Metropolitans games to prepare the American public for the Wemby phenomenon.

The Frenchy's only competitor, Scoot Henderson, was present in the Ignite selection of young players who had challenged the "Mets".

The storytelling has already started.

Read alsoWembanyama, a French prodigy: our series in five episodes to discover

From July 14 to 30: Léon Marchand, king of the pools?

He could be THE STAR of the World Swimming Championships, in Fukuoka (Japan), in the heart of July.

Already a triple world medalist (two in gold, one in silver) last year in Budapest, the pupil of Bob Bowman, the former coach of legend Michael Phelps, could well fly over this competition and become a real star in France.

Even if the jet lag will surely not help to follow his exploits and those of the French swimmers.

One year from the Paris Olympics, the meeting is huge.

July 1: madness in the Basque Country for the start of the Tour de France

It promises.

At the beginning of July, the Tour de France will start for the first time from the Basque Country, a land of cycling, and the atmosphere is likely to be boiling there.

For this edition, Vingegaard, the defending champion, and his runner-up Pogacar will fight, among other things, on the climbs of the Puy de Dôme, back after 40 years of absence, but also on the terrible Col de la Loze.

The 2023 edition of the Grande Boucle will delight us.

Departure of the Tour on July 1, arrival on the 23rd on the Champs-Élysées, in Paris.

July 23 to July 30: women also leave, from Clermont-Ferrand

It is not yet a ritual, nor even a habit.

But for the second year in a row, the Tour de France will start the day the men's one ends.

The Grand Départ will be given from Clermont-Ferrand for a week and 956 km of battle towards Pau, where the finish will be judged on July 30.

July 23: Les Bleues set out to conquer the world

Les Bleues dream of a World title next summer.

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This is the big meeting of the Blues.

After a Euro a little tarnished by the elimination in the semi-final against Germany, the players of Corinne Deacon leave for the other side of the world, in Australia and New Zealand, to try to conquer their first big title. international and the most beautiful of all: the World Cup.

Placed in the pool of Brazil, Jamaica and a play-off to be determined, Marie Katoto and her teammates should get into the heart of the matter from the round of 16.

The final is scheduled for August 20.

The Blue program at the World Cup:

France – Jamaica (July 23), France-Brazil (July 29), France-Barragiste to be determined (August 2)

August 19 to 27: Mayer and all the Blues at the World Athletics Championships

Traditional passage of the end of August, when the holidays are coming to an end, the athletes of the tracks meet for their big annual raout.

A year after the failure of the Worlds in Eugene (United States), the French delegation will have another chance to regain confidence one year before the Paris Games during the new Worlds in Budapest (Hungary).

Obviously, the leader of the French athlete, the decathlete Kevin Mayer, is expected there.

September 8: France-All Blacks, the dream opening match of the World Cup in France

It's hard to dream of a more beautiful poster to launch the Rugby World Cup!

The XV of France, unbeatable in 2022, will face New Zealand in a match that already promises to be historic on September 8 at the Stade de France.

But if they want to dream under their lucky stars, this is not the final meeting for our Blues: it will be on October 28, six weeks later, that they will have to meet again at the Stade de France to the final.

With the crazy dream of winning the World Cup for the first time.

The highlights of the World Cup:

in pools, France-New Zealand (September 8), France-Uruguay (September 14), France-Namibia (September 21), France-Italy (October 6).

Quarter-finals October 14 and 15, semi-finals October 20 and 21, final October 28.

August 25 to September 10: Les Bleus du basketball at the World Cup with Wembanyama… and Embiid?

This will be the big rehearsal.

Less than a year from the Paris Olympics, the French basketball team will challenge Team USA and the rest of the world at the Basketball World Cup, organized in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

If all the usual executives of the Blues (De Colo, Gobert, Fournier, Batum) should be present, it will also be – except for injury or agreement with his new NBA club – the first major competition for the phenomenon Victor Wembanyama.

And why not the star Joël Embiid, recently naturalized French?

What to present the first real "dream team" to the French.

November 30 to December 17: Les Bleues du hand to end in style

The year started with handball, it will end with handball.

The players of the French team, Olympic champion in title, will move at the end of the autumn to Denmark, Norway and Sweden for the Worlds.

Largely beaten in the final by the Norwegians during the last edition in 2021, Olivier Krumbholz's Bleues have revenge to take.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2023-01-01

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