The Dream Team of handball. The French have won or rather deserved this token in the last 15 years, not by chance. This is because the opponents assisted with the hands unarmed, instead trying to make things harder, with more or less success. It is natural, then, that a true handball player should see this team at every world event. Also in Budapest.
In France, handball can be like playing football in Brazil. As an outsider, one feels that everyone out there has a sense of it. Of course, even the bests have to fight hard against themselves and their rivals, however such a unique series of successes in modern handball that the Galls did led by Nikola Karabatic have never been achieved by anyone. Born in Serbia, the left back was there at every triumph and was the leader of his side. After winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they were able to take home the four of the seven World Championship trophies, sit on the throne of Europe twice, and not incidentally defend their title in London as well.
Although Karabatic may be beyond the zenith of his career, he is still outstanding in defense, due to his physical abilities and his skill to understand every element of the game. It was no coincidence that he was voted Best Male Handball Player of the Year three times. Ronaldo and Messi in handball mashed together. Nearly forty, he no longer pulls the others, but it would be a sin to miss him as a lover of any sport. What Federer for tennis, Nikola Karabatic is the same in handball.
Of course, since handball is a team sport, a swallow doesn’t make summer. Vincent Gérard is also an Olympic, World and European champion – although this can be said about many squad members. Gérard, like Karabatic, strengthens Paris Saint-Germain club, but we need only look at his performance at the Men’s EHF EURO 2022 so far, to understand what it means to be the best.
After four matches, with a 41% saving efficiency, making him second on the respected list behind the Danish Kevin Möller, but while the Scandinavian goalkeeper received a total of 53 throws, the 189-centimeter-tall goalkeeper is over 110 (111). We can safely say that he is the “cheat code” in handball, especially that he does everything confidently, without any ups and downs..
Led by the head coach Guillaume Gille, the “experts” – their one of many nicknames in handball – began to rejuvenate. One of the best-known members of the next generation, who has already achieved incredible successes and been playing in Barcelona since 2016, Olympic and World Championship winner, Dika Mem. The right back could have even chosen basketball as his brothers did.
And the performance of the other young athletes are easily reflected on the fact that the French national team beat their opponents several times already in the Men’s EHF EURO 2022, with the reserves – as they journalists and handball experts expressed.
We can be sure of one thing, that we can see both the legends and the geniuses of the future at the Main Round in Budapest.