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Les Bleus du hand beaten in the final: after the disappointment, place for the great dream Paris 2024


The Blues are not world champions but do not have much time to regret it. Another great challenge awaits them already, in 18 mo

Missed !

France has not found the place it has for nearly 30 years, up there, up there at the top of the planetary hand.

France is not at the same time Olympic champion and world champion and the Danes are the first to be crowned world champions three times in a row.

They deprive us of a nice moment of joy.

France is vice-world champion and it's still a good performance.

You have to savor it all the same because you risk quickly forgetting it, and the players too: barely back from Stockholm, several Blues will find their club's routine and the Coupe de France matches next Saturday.

It might shock them.

The great washing machine of a hand season never stops.

The France team does not have time to ruminate on this Swedish frustration either.

The biggest challenge in its incredible history is already on the horizon: Paris 2024. To be Olympic champion in China, England or Japan is absolutely brilliant.

Winning the gold medal in Paris is priceless and will console you for all the sadness of a Swedish evening.

Olympic champion in Paris, at home, it's the challenge of a lifetime.

Even if they say the opposite because it's a long way off, because everyone will have to play a good hundred games by then, the world champions are thinking about it.

It's stuck in the back of their minds.

“This group continues to move forward, to grow, there is a form of stability and renewal at the same time, which has led us to play the leading roles in a major competition,

explained Guillaume Gille at the microphone of BeIN Sports after the defeat.

This course is a satisfaction even if there is the regret of the last match.

We showed our strength of character on all terrains, we will come back even stronger.


What health for Karabatic?

We can perhaps already give you an idea of ​​the last four of the Olympic tournament: it could substantially resemble that of this World Cup with France, Denmark, Sweden and Spain.

Not impossible that Norway, Germany or Egypt slip in there but we will not be far from that.

Remember that the final phase of the Olympic tournament will take place in the setting of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq.

This northern enclosure, where part of the 2017 World Cup has already taken place, has a twin sister: the Tele 2 Arena in which the World Cup final was played on January 29.

At the level of the atmosphere, we took the marks.

It now remains to be seen with whom Guillaume Gille, the coach, will go into battle in 2024. Because obviously, he remains in post.

Since his appointment in 2020, he has led the Blues to an Olympic title, a world final, a world semi-final (2021) and a half at the Euro (2022): not bad.

He is obviously the man for the job.

We can bet without risk of being very wrong that the vast majority of world champions will still be there in 2024. Let's not forget that before the Games, there will be a Euro to play in Germany in a year sharp.

The Blues are not yet officially qualified but it should be fine.

The most cruel thing for the boss of the tricolors will be to make choices.

He will make people unhappy: he has 18 boys with him in Stockholm.

Unless the rules change, he will only be able to take fourteen at the Games.

It will be heartbreaking especially since the vice-world champions, we must add the absentees like Hugo Descat, Timothey N'Guessan or Karl Konan who missed the World Cup for injury.

The health of the players at the time of the Games will already, alas, make the first skimming.

Saying that, we obviously think of Nikola Karabatic.

A foot pain ruined his end of the World Cup.

In July 2024, the boss will be 40 years old.

If he is healthy, of course he will be.

Even if he plays little, his presence is essential and who would have the heart if he is able to deprive him of this jubilee?

But will it be?

"I hope that my body will allow me to be efficient and to deserve to continue playing with this team" he was content to answer after the defeat at the microphone of Tf1.

Wait and see, as they say.

Source: leparis

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