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16:17 08-December-2017

France cuts the squad to 21 players

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Written by: Rasmus Boysen

The French national coach Didier Dinart has revealed a list of 21 players convened for the preparation of the European Championship in Croatia.

Tuesday, Didier Dinart named a 28 players initial squad for the upcoming European Championship in Croatia in January (see the list here). Today, he has cut the squad to 21 players of the preparation of the European Championship in January.

The 21 players:

Cyril Dumoulin, HBC Nantes, France
Vincent Gerard, Montpellier Handball, France
Julien Meyer, Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc Handball, France

Left wings:
Michaël Guigou, Montpellier Handball, France
Kentin Mahé, SG Flensburg-Handewitt, Germany
Dylan Nahi, Paris Saint-German, France

Left backs:
Wiliam Accambray, Telekom Veszprém, Hungary
Timothey N'Guessan, Paris Saint-Germain, France
Olivier Nyokas, HBC Nantes, France

Nicolas Claire, HBC Nantes, France
Nikola Karabatic, Paris Sain-Germain, France
Romain Lagarde, HBC Nantes, France

Right backs:
Adrian Dipanda, St. Raphaël Var Handball, France
Dika Mem, FC Barcelona, Spain
Nedim Remili, Paris Saint-Germain, France

Right wings:
Luc Abalo, Paris Saint-Germain, France
Valentin Porte, Montpellier Handball, France
Yanis Lenne, FC Barcelona, Spain

Luka Karabatic, Paris Saint-Germain, France
Cedric Sorhaindo, FC Barcelona, Spain
Nicolas Tournat, HBC Nantes, France

Thus, the following 7 players are now reserves:

Thierry Omeyer, goalkeeper, Paris Saint-Germain, France
Benoit Kounkoud, right wing, Paris Saint-Germain, France
Baptiste Bonnefond, left back, Montpellier Handball, France
Benjamin Afgour, pivot, Montpellier Handball, France
Arnaud Bingo, left wing, Montpellier Handball, France
Raphael Caucheteux, left wing, St. Raphaël Var Handball, France
Tom Pelayo, right back, Dunkerque Handball, France


The players and the staff will meet on Tuesday, December 26th in Capbreton (Landes) for a 5 days training course. After New Year's Eve, the group will meet again in Rouen (January 2nd to 4th) and then in Paris (January 5th to 10th) to play the 2nd stage of the Golden League, which is part of the preparation of the EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, from January 12 to 28.

In Capbreton, at the time of the confectioners' truce, the reigning world champions will be gathered to carefully prepare the 2018 European Championship. "The departure of Daniel Narcisse greatly modifies the offensive operation at the level of rotations. We have to find the best team for the European Championship. In principle, at the end of the course of Capbreton, the list will be reduced to 20 players for this competition," says the French national coach Didier Dinart in a press release from the French Handball Federation.

Regarding the filing of the traditional list of 28 at the EHF earlier this week, the coach said: "It is an expanded list in which we will pick only in case of injury. Regarding Thierry Omeyer, who decided to end his career in France team last spring, there is no question of a comeback. But given its current benefits, I will not deprive myself of his potential in case of injuries. Naturally Vincent Gérard and Cyril Dumoulin have all my confidence."


You can see all the initial squads of the European Championship 2018 participants here.

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