France national handball team

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Nickname 1992: les « Bronzés »
1993–1996: les « Barjots »
2001–2008: les « Costauds »
2008–: les « Experts »
Association French Handball Federation
Coach Didier Dinart & Guillaume Gille
Most caps Jackson Richardson (417)
Most goals Jérôme Fernandez (1452)
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Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances 6 (First in 1992)
Best result 1st (2008, 2012)
World Championship
Appearances 20 (First in 1954)
Best result 1st (1995, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2015)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1994)
Best result 1st (2006, 2010, 2014)
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France national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1995 Iceland
Gold medal – first place 2001 France
Gold medal – first place 2009 Croatia
Gold medal – first place 2011 Sweden
Gold medal – first place 2015 Qatar
Silver medal – second place 1993 Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Portugal
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Tunisia
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2006 Switzerland
Gold medal – first place 2010 Austria
Gold medal – first place 2014 Denmark
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Norway

France national handball team is the handball team, supervised by the French Handball Federation, that represents France in international matches. It is the first handball team to have held all three titles twice (the Danish women's team also held all three in 1997), and the only national team in its sport to hold five world titles. France's men handball team is widely regarded as the finest national team in the history of the sport and are as of August 2016, the defending World Champions.

Results at international tournaments[edit]

Since the 1990s, France has emerged as a major handball team. France won the bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics, giving birth to their first nickname: les Bronzés (meaning tanned in French, a reference both to bronze and to cult French film Les Bronzés). This led to an increased popularity of the sport in France, which was already one of the most popular in primary and secondary schools.

One year after their Olympic medal, les Bronzés reached the final of the 1993 World Championship, which they lost against Russia.

In 1995, France won the World Championship in Iceland, defeating Croatia in the final. The team became known as les Barjots because the players played the final with an extravagant haircut (barjot is a slang word for crazy in French).

The team finished 4th in the 1996 Summer Olympics (France lost the bronze medal game to Spain, whom they had beaten in the first round). France finished third a year later in the 1997 World Championship. The team finished 6th in the 1999 World Championship and in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

France won the world title again in the 2001 World Championship organised in France. During both their quarterfinal and final, against Germany and Sweden respectively, they were one goal behind until a few seconds before the end of the game, but managed to score a late goal and finally win in overtime with a three-goal margin. This great strength of character was cause for their new nickname: les Costauds (the strong, or the tough). Five members of les Costauds had already been world champions in 1995 with les Barjots: Jackson Richardson, Grégory Anquetil, Patrick Cazal, and the goalkeepers Bruno Martini and Christian Gaudin.

The team finished third in the 2003 World Championship. In the 2004 Olympics, the teamed finished 5th. Although they won their five games of the preliminary round, the team went down to an ageing Russian team led by 42-year-old goalkeeper Andrey Lavrov in the quarterfinals (24–26).

In the 2005 World Championship, France finished third again. This was the last international competition played by Jackson Richardson, a veteran from the first team les Bronzés. The retirement of their star meant for the French team the final transition between the early successes and the new generation of players.

In 2006 France won for the first time the European Championship, a competition in which they had never managed to win a medal until then. In the final they overwhelmed Spain, the reigning world champions (31–23), against whom they had lost the opening match in the preliminary round.

In 2008, France finished third in the European Championship. They were undefeated until the semifinal, which they lost to Croatia.

France won the gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. The French players elected to call themselves Les Experts, which is the French title for the TV show CSI in France. The team won the gold medal in the 2008 handball tournament in Beijing, defeating underdogs Iceland in the final (28–23). Thierry Omeyer, Daniel Narcisse and Bertrand Gille were voted into the tournament's All Star team.

France won the world title again in 2009 at the 2009 World Championship, hosted by Croatia, against the organizing country, and the European title in 2010 in Austria, once more against Croatia. As a result, they became the first men's team to hold the three major titles in the sport (olympic title, world title and European title) simultaneously (Denmark women's national handball team held all three titles in 1997). It also became the third team to have won all three titles ever, the other two being Germany and Russia.

In the 2011 World Championship, France held its title, winning against Denmark (37–35 after extra time). This victory, in addition to granting an automatic participation to the 2012 Olympics, marked several achievements:

  • it became, with Romania (1964, 1974) and Sweden (1958), one of the few handball teams (on the men's side) to have successfully defended a world champion status;
  • it became (and is the only, so far) the only national handball team in history to have won four major titles in a row;
  • three players on the team (Jérôme Fernandez, Thierry Omeyer and Didier Dinart) achieved three world champions titles – putting them on par with Cornel Oţelea from Romania in the 60s (had he been present in 2009, Bertrand Gille would also have been one of them, but he missed 2009 due to injuries).

The 2012 and 2013 years were a mixed bag for the team; after an unexpected setback at the 2012 European championship where the team ended up in 11th place, it went on to be the first national handball team to retain the olympic title at the London Olympic games. In 2013, they ended up being defeated by Croatia in this year's world championship.

2014 saw France regain its European title after losing it in 2012. Of note is that just like in 2009, the team ended up winning the final against the host country.

In 2015, they won their 5th World Champion title against host country Qatar. Thierry Omeyer was elected Most Valuable Player of the tournament; this was the first time in the IHF history that a goalkeeper was elected as an MVP.

Honours[edit]

Olympic Games
World Championship
European Championship

Competitive record[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Olympic Games[edit]

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
West Germany 1972 Munich Did not qualify
Canada 1976 Montreal
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow
United States 1984 Los Angeles
South Korea 1988 Seoul
Spain 1992 Barcelona Third Place 3rd of 12 7 5 0 2 157 143 +14
United States 1996 Atlanta Fourth Place 4th of 12 7 4 0 3 190 165 +25
Australia 2000 Sydney Match for 5th place 6th of 12 8 4 1 3 192 182 +10
Greece 2004 Athens Match for 5th place 5th of 12 8 7 0 1 221 176 +45
China 2008 Beijing Champions 1st of 12 8 7 1 0 228 185 +43
United Kingdom 2012 London Champions 1st of 12 8 7 0 1 229 175 +54
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Runners-up 2nd of 12 8 6 0 2 241 201 +40
Total 7/12 2 Titles 54 40 2 12 1,458 1,227 +231

World Championship[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Germany 1938 Did not qualify
Sweden 1954 Preliminary Round 6 3 0 1 2 26 61
East Germany 1958 Preliminary Round 9 3 1 0 2 66 57
West Germany 1961 Main Round 8 6 1 0 5 42 73
Czech Republic 1964 Preliminary Round 14 3 0 0 3 41 64
Sweden 1967 Preliminary Round 10 3 1 0 2 34 41
France 1970 Preliminary Round 11 6 1 0 5 80 105
East Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Denmark 1978 Preliminary Round 16 3 0 0 3 54 97
West Germany 1982 Did not qualify
Switzerland 1986 Did not qualify
Czech Republic 1990 Second round 9 6 2 1 3 138 138
Sweden 1993 Runners-up Silver medal icon.svg 6 4 0 2 134 131
Iceland 1995 Champions Gold medal icon.svg 9 7 0 2 218 185
Japan 1997 Third Place Bronze medal icon.svg 9 7 0 2 223 206
Egypt 1999 Quarter-finals 6 9 6 0 3 242 211
France 2001 Champions Gold medal icon.svg 9 9 0 0 233 172
Portugal 2003 Third Place Bronze medal icon.svg 10 8 0 2 286 218
Tunisia 2005 Third Place Bronze medal icon.svg 10 6 2 2 301 240
Germany 2007 Fourth Place 4 10 6 0 4 300 243
Croatia 2009 Champions Gold medal icon.svg 10 9 0 1 296 211
Sweden 2011 Champions Gold medal icon.svg 10 9 0 1 327 245
Spain 2013 Quarterfinals 6 7 5 0 2 207 182
Qatar 2015 Champions Gold medal icon.svg 9 8 1 0 259 215
France 2017 Qualified
Total 21/25 5 titles 141 90 5* 46 3507 3095
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.

European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Portugal 1994 5th/6th place 6 5 2 1 2 123 120
Spain 1996 7th/8th place 7 5 3 0 2 130 120
Italy 1998 7th/8th place 7 5 1 1 3 110 125
Croatia 2000 Fourth place 4 7 4 1 2 173 164
Sweden 2002 5th/6th place 6 6 3 2 1 152 136
Slovenia 2004 5th/6th place 6 6 3 0 3 163 154
Switzerland 2006 Champions 1 Gold medal europe.svg 8 7 0 1 243 192
Norway 2008 Third Place 3 Bronze medal europe.svg 8 6 0 2 231 207
Austria 2010 Champions 1 Gold medal europe.svg 8 6 2 0 225 196
Serbia 2012 Main round 11 6 2 1 3 156 163
Denmark 2014 Champions 1 Gold medal europe.svg 8 7 0 1 259 227
Poland 2016 5th/6th place 5 7 5 0 2 210 182
Total 12/12 3 titles 79 49 8* 22 2175 1986
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Didier Dinart/Guillaume Gille

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
5 RB Nedim Remili (1995-07-18) 18 July 1995 (age 21) 1.95 m 14 30 France Paris Saint-Germain
6 LB Olivier Nyokas (1986-06-28) 28 June 1986 (age 30) 1.88 m 19 32 France HBC Nantes
8 CB Daniel Narcisse (1979-12-16) 16 December 1979 (age 37) 1.89 m 300 912 France Paris Saint-Germain
12 GK Vincent Gérard (1986-12-16) 16 December 1986 (age 30) 1.89 m 47 3 France Montpellier
13 CB Nikola Karabatić (1984-04-11) 11 April 1984 (age 32) 1.96 m 273 1093 France Paris Saint-Germain
14 LW Kentin Mahé (1991-05-22) 22 May 1991 (age 25) 1.86 m 63 189 Germany SG Flensburg-Handewitt
16 GK Thierry Omeyer (1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 40) 1.92 m 347 4 France Paris Saint-Germain
17 LB Timothey N'Guessan (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 24) 1.96 m 38 74 Spain FC Barcelona
18 LB William Accambray (1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 28) 1.94 m 90 204 France Paris Saint-Germain
19 RW Luc Abalo (1984-09-06) 6 September 1984 (age 32) 1.82 m 217 707 France Paris Saint-Germain
20 P Cédric Sorhaindo (1984-06-07) 7 June 1984 (age 32) 1.92 m 172 360 Spain FC Barcelona
21 LW Michaël Guigou (1982-01-28) 28 January 1982 (age 34) 1.79 m 237 845 France Montpellier
22 P Luka Karabatić (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 (age 28) 2.02 m 64 75 France Paris Saint-Germain
23 P Ludovic Fabregas (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 20) 1.98 m 28 17 France Montpellier
27 RB Adrien Dipanda (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 28) 2.02 m 24 37 France Saint-Raphaël
28 RB Valentin Porte (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 26) 1.90 m 70 187 France Montpellier HB
32 RB Dika Mem (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 19) 1.94 m 2 1 Spain FC Barcelona

2016 Olympics squad[edit]

The following is the French roster in the men's handball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] view · talk

Head coach: Claude Onesta

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
8 LB Daniel Narcisse (1979-12-16)16 December 1979 (aged 37) 1.89 m 280 858 France Paris Saint-Germain
12 GK Vincent Gérard (1986-12-16)16 December 1986 (aged 30) 1.88 m 25 0 France Montpellier Handball
13 CB Nikola Karabatić (1984-04-11)11 April 1984 (aged 33) 1.96 m 252 1024 France Paris Saint-Germain
14 CB Kentin Mahé (1991-05-22)22 May 1991 (aged 26) 1.86 m 42 98 Germany Flensburg-Handewitt
15 LB Mathieu Grébille (1991-10-06)6 October 1991 (aged 25) 1.98 m 39 57 France Montpellier Handball
16 GK Thierry Omeyer (1976-11-02)2 November 1976 (aged 40) 1.92 m 328 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
17 LB Timothey N'Guessan (1992-09-18)18 September 1992 (aged 24) 1.96 m 20 35 France Chambéry Savoie
19 RW Luc Abalo (1984-09-06)6 September 1984 (aged 32) 1.82 m 196 646 France Paris Saint-Germain
20 P Cédric Sorhaindo (1984-06-07)7 June 1984 (aged 33) 1.92 m 150 302 Spain Barcelona
21 LW Michaël Guigou (1982-01-28)28 January 1982 (aged 35) 1.79 m 218 771 France Montpellier Handball
22 P Luka Karabatić (1988-04-19)19 April 1988 (aged 29) 2.02 m 42 46 France Paris Saint-Germain
23 P Ludovic Fabregas (1996-07-01)1 July 1996 (aged 21) 1.98 m 7 5 France Montpellier Handball
27 RB Adrien Dipanda (1988-05-03)3 May 1988 (aged 29) 2.02 m 7 10 France Saint-Raphaël
28 RB Valentin Porte (1990-09-07)7 September 1990 (aged 26) 1.90 m 48 114 France Fenix Toulouse

2008 Olympic squad[edit]

Gold medalists France collect their medals on 24 August 2008 in Beijing
Coaches

Kit suppliers[edit]

Since 2002, France's kit is supplied by Adidas.

Media Coverage[edit]

France's matches are currently televised by beIN Sports since 2015.

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