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French Women’s Handball Team Defeated in World Championships Final

In Sport on December 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Norway (in white) celebrate their victory. Image from Libération: http://www.liberation.fr/sports/01012378452-handball-les-francaises-battues-par-les-norvegiennes

The French Women’s Handball team lost in the finals of the Women’s Handball World Championships on Sunday 18th December. The final was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil between the French team and their Norwegian opponents. The French team were defeated by 24 points to Noway’s 32.

France only lost one game in the group stage against the Brazilian team (26-22) and looked on course to win the world title. The team defeated Sweden, last year’s vice-champions, and then Russia in the quarter finals, this year’s defending champions. Unfortunately, one of their key players, Allison Pineau, damaged ligaments in her left knee in the semi-final match against Denmark. This proved to be a set-back for the French team in the final.

The French Coach, Olivier Krumbholz, played various combinations of players and tactics, but nothing could defeat the Norwegian defence. In particular, the formidable Norwegian keeper Katrine Lunde Haraldsen.

For information see the Libération article (French) here, Le Monde (French) article here and the International Handball Federation site (English) here

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