French handball dreams bigger

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Handball - Men's EHF Champions League Final - HBC Nantes vs Montpellier HB - Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany - May 27, 2018. Montpellier HB players celebrate with the trophy. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC12EB36ED50

By placing three clubs, Montpellier, Nantes and PSG, on the podium of the Champions League, French handball has achieved a historic feat. But he can do better. It took fifteen years for a French club to rise again on the roof of Europe. And it is Montpellier, already sacred in 2003, who reissued this incredible performance Sunday in Cologne, beating Nantes in the final (32-26). A real feat for the MHB, but also for handball tricolor since the PSG has completed the podium of this edition of the Champions League thanks to his victory over the intruder of the latter square blue, white, red, Vardar Skopje ( 29-28). “It’s a great joy to win this Final 4,” said Patrice Canayer, the Hérault coach, in the columns of Midi Libre, “I’m very proud of the final victory, of course, but most of all realized the players this week, which was a kind of condensed of our lives, that is to say, difficult moments, fantastic moments.I would like to congratulate the group who had a fantastic behavior. It has become a great team. ” What could be the norm is to see a French team in the final every year Olivier Girault A satisfaction shared by the leaders of the National Handball League (NHL), its president Olivier Girault in mind. “I am very proud of our clubs,” he told the Parisian, “the game has never been so good, the level has never been so high.” The French clubs have validated the fact that the French championship was well and truly the best in the world […] Europe did not necessarily know all the players on the ground, but they are the stars of tomorrow. ” And this future looks bright! If to find three clubs of Lidl Starligue in the last square was “exceptional”, and will not be repeated every spring, we must expect that a French success in the Champions League is no longer a surprise. According to him, “what could be the norm is to see soon a French team in the final every year”. With, he feels, a coronation of Parisians: “PSG is a great team, it will one day win the Champions League.” It’s only a matter of time … 

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