French Handball Federation

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French Handball Federation
Type Handball federation
Headquarters
  • Paris
Key people Joël Delplanque
Area served  France
Website www.ff-handball.org

The French Handball Federation (French: Fédération française de handball) (FFHB) is the national handball association in France. FFHB organizes team handball within France and represents French handball internationally. It sorts under the French Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The federation is a member of the European Handball Federation (EHF) and the International Handball Federation (IHF). The president of FFHB is Joël Delplanque.[1]

Club handball[edit]

The federation organizes the National League for club teams, and the French Cups for men and women (French: Coupe de France masculine and French: Coupe de France Féminine). The winners of these tournaments qualify for European Leagues and Cups — the EHF Men's Champions League and the EHF Women's Champions League, and the Men's EHF Cup Winners' Cup and Women's EHF Cup Winners' Cup.

International handball[edit]

France hosted the men's World Championship in 1970 and 2001,[2] and the women's World Championship in 2007.[3]

The men's team[edit]

The men's national team is reigning World Champions, Olympic Champions and, since Jan 31st, 2010, European Champions, making it the first team in the world to win the three titles in a row. It is widely regarded as the best current men's handball team in the world. The team has won the World Championship title four times, in 1995, 2001, 2009 and 2011, and the European Championship twice, in 2006 and 2010.[2] The men's team won gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[4] Head coach for the men's national team is former player Claude Onesta.[1]

The female team[edit]

The best results for the France women's national handball team are the victory at the 2003 World Championships in Croatia, and the silver medals from the 1999 World Championships.[3] The team was placed fifth at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[5]

Head coach for the women's national team is Olivier Krumbholz.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Composition et organisation. Organigramme de la Fédération Française de Handball" (in French). French Handball Federation. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Equipe de France Masculine. Palmarès" (in French). French Handball Federation. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Equipe de France Féminine. Palmarès" (in French). French Handball Federation. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Handball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's Handball" (in French). Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Handball at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's Handball" (in French). Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 

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