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France (FRA)

Losing two major finals against Norway definitely hurt France, but “Les Bleuses” are still one of the best teams featuring at the EHF EURO 2022. With an experienced core and plenty of talent at both ends of the court, Olivier Krumbholz’s side will surely be a challenger for the gold medal.

France will be favoured in the preliminary round in a group featuring Romania, the Netherlands and co-hosts North Macedonia. If France start well, they could be unstoppable until the end of the tournament.

Only one team in history has won four Women’s EHF EURO medals in a row: Norway. The most decorated team in history won eight consecutive EHF EURO medals between 2002 and 2016. France are still third in the all-time medal table, tied with Denmark on five medals, but with two fewer gold medals than the Scandinavian nation, France’s position will not change after the EHF EURO 2022.

France have not established a dynasty, as they lost the EHF EURO 2020 final and the 2021 IHF Women's World Championship final against Norway, but they are one of the best teams in history. Olivier Krumbholz has created an amazing side that relies heavily on defence to punish their opponents.

On paper, France have what it takes to win their fourth medal in a row, despite Siraba Dembele Pavlovic and Amandine Leynaud ending their international careers. But there are still no significant issues in the squad, with only centre back Meline Nocandy out injured.

After being outplayed by Norway in the second half of the EHF EURO 2020 final, France went to the 2021 IHF Women’s World Championship with big ambitions. However, they faltered once again in the final, as Norway produced one of the all-time great comebacks in women’s handball to cancel a half-time deficit of four goals.

That loss will surely haunt Krumbholz and his squad, but it can be a turning point for this experienced France side, which will try to learn from their mistakes and not collapse the way they did in 2021.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
10 Zaadi Deuna, Grace 8 21 39 53.85 8 / 12 0 0 1 220
6 Valentini, Chloé 8 20 32 62.5 0 / 0 1 0 1 278
27 Nze Minko, Estelle 8 19 30 63.33 0 / 0 0 0 2 219
22 Horacek, Tamara 8 16 27 59.26 8 / 10 0 0 3 115
8 Lassource, Coralie 8 15 22 68.18 0 / 0 0 0 1 200
19 Sercien Ugolin, Oceane 8 12 26 46.15 0 / 0 1 0 2 117
23 Lassource, Déborah 8 10 10 100 0 / 0 0 0 1 104
24 Edwige, Beatrice 8 4 4 100 0 / 0 0 0 1 233
21 Kanor, Orlane 7 26 44 59.09 0 / 0 0 0 5 189
26 Foppa, Pauletta 7 23 33 69.7 0 / 0 0 0 3 306
20 Flippes, Laura 7 17 26 65.38 0 / 0 0 0 3 248
3 Toublanc, Alicia 7 11 20 55 2 / 2 0 0 0 192
29 Ondono, Oriane 7 3 6 50 0 / 0 0 0 3 96
4 Coatanea, Pauline 6 8 12 66.67 0 / 0 0 0 0 185
31 Granier, Lucie 3 9 13 69.23 0 / 0 0 0 1 111
17 Dembele, Audrey 3 6 11 54.55 0 / 0 0 0 0 54
34 Grandveau, Léna 1 2 4 50 0 / 0 0 0 0 31
18 Ahanda, Orlane 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
38 Blonbou, Jannela 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
32 Bouktit, Sarah 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
36 Delaye, Siobann 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
13 Houette, Manon 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
33 Kanor, Laura 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
37 Kanoute, Coura 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
64 Lacrabere, Alexandra 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
9 Mazens, Alice 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
15 Niakate, Kalidiatou 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
2 Nocandy, Meline 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
14 Ouatara, Adja 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
7 Pineau, Allison Marie 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 222 359 61.84 18 / 24 2 0 27
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
12 Andre, Floriane 8 27 75 36 2 / 15
16 Darleux, Cléopatre 7 69 182 37.91 1 / 22
30 Depuiset, Camille 1 5 20 25 0 / 2
94 Gabriel, Catherine 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
1 Glauser, Laura 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 101 277 36.46 3/39

EHF competition history

Top Results

European Championship
2020 - 2nd place

European Championship
2018 - Champion

European Championship
2016 - 3rd place

Key Players

Key Players

Estelle Nze Minko)
Estelle Nze Minko

left back

current club: Györi Audi ETO KC since 2019         

  • Played in France for Toulouse, Mios Biganos, Nantes, Nimes and Fleury, signed for Siófok in 2016 and moved to Györ in 2019
  • Played in four previous EHF EUROs – and her superb and clever play lifted her to the title of the MVP at the EHF EURO 2020
  • Started playing handball when she was only 12, made her debut for the national team in 2014 and became France’s captain in 2022
  • Is of Franco-Gabonese origin and her nickname is Minkovic, a play on her name and a south Slavic suffix
  • Graduated with a degree in communications and media, has an entrepreneurial spirit and created a mystery box, named V Box, with various products for women

EHF EURO: G 2018, S 2020, B 2016; WCh: G 2017, S 2021; OG: G 2020, S 2016

EC trophies: EHF Cup 2019

Beatrice Edwige)
Beatrice Edwige

line player

current club: FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria since 2022

  • Born in Paris, she moved to Mana, in French Guiana, but returned to France at the age of 11
  • Nicknamed Bea, she left France after 15 seasons spent at Cercle Dijon, OGC Nice and Metz to join Györ in 2019
  • Joined her friend Grace Zaadi Deuna at Rostov-Don in 2021 after two seasons with Györ, but moved to FTC in 2022
  • Was the first Guianese player to play at the OG and was the All-star defender of the EHF EURO 2016
  • Her first three EHF EURO tournaments all resulted in medals: bronze in 2016, gold in 2018 and silver in 2020

EHF EURO: G 2018, S 2020, B 2016; WCh: G 2017, S 2021; OG: G 2020, S 2016

Head Coach

Olivier Krumbholz)
Olivier Krumbholz

Coach

  • Started his coaching career in 1986, spent nine years at Metz and has coached France in two stints
  • After coaching France between 1998 and 2013, he replaced Alain Portes as France coach in 2016
  • With 13 medals at major tournaments, including gold medals at the EHF EURO, WCh and OG, he is one of the most decorated coaches ever
  • Named the IHF Coach of the Year for female teams in 2010 and 2018 – with the second award coming after his first gold medal at the EHF EURO
  • Has coached the most matches (68) at the Women’s EHF EURO, with 41 wins, two draws and 25 losses, before his 11th EHF EURO appearance in 2022
  • His wife, Corinne, is a former handball player whom Krumbholz coached during his stint at Metz

International medals as a coach: EHF EURO: G 2018, S 2020, B 2002, 2006, 2016; WCh: G 2003, 2017, S 1999, 2009, 2011, 2021; OG: G 2020, S 2016

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