A little less than a month before the start of the Euro (from November 4 to 20, in Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia), Olivier Krumbholz delivered this Tuesday a first list of 20 players, summoned to prepare for the competition. List that includes a great absentee, given her experience and her career with the Blue: Allison Pineau.
The left back (33, 273 games), who currently plays for Ljubljana, playing in the Champions League, has not been called up since the World Cup in December 2021. “The road is very long until Paris 2024”, confided in September, while the Parisian she is dreams of finishing at home during the Olympics. She will have to fight because in the left-back position, the coach preferred two youngsters to her: Déborah Lassource (Paris 92, 23 years old, 6 sel.), with appreciated defensive qualities, and Audrey Dembélé (Besançon, 21 years old). , oblivious to the former captain Siraba Dembélé, summoned for the first time. In this same position, Kalidiatou Niakaté, Olympic champion, is not summoned either.
Another gold medalist from Tokyo, on the other hand, is back: Pauline Coatanéa, who was absent in September, even if Krumbholz should take only two of the three called right wingers (with Lucie Granier and Alicia Toublanc).
“Young girls who have the punch and physical qualities to bring us decisive action, if not fully grown”
“This is a 20-player roster with our usual framework and the desire to augment certain players who are now 22 months from the Olympics, explained Olivier Krumbholz in a press release. Of course, we are in the idea of making the team as competitive as possible, also to prepare for the future in the medium term. We take young girls who have punch and physical qualities to bring us some decisive action, if not fully mature. »
Among the novelties, the goalkeeper Floriane André (Nantes, 22, 2 caps) should live her first international competition with the Darleux-Glauser couple, Léna Grandveau (Nantes, 19, 0 caps) will try to get her place in the defense and Oriane Ondono (Nantes, 26 years old, 6 caps) was preferred to Messina Sarah Bouktit.
Two friendlies against Poland
Les Bleues will meet on October 23 at the Créteil handball house to start their practices, before two friendly matches against Poland, on October 28 and 30 (in Cesson and then in Nantes). They will start the European Championship on November 5 in Skopje, against Macedonia. Olivier Krumbholz will have to choose a group of 16 players to start the competition, but he will have to bring more, with the possibility of making two changes to the list of 16 in each round.