Thirteen Parisians preselected for the Euros
No surprise that is with The Experts that we see most of the club's internationals concerned. In total, seven of them appeared in Didier Dinart's initial list: leaders like Nikola Karabatic, Luc Abalo and Luka Karabatic; youngsters like Nedim Remili - already a World Champion, voted best right-back at the last World Cup - as well as Benoît Kounkoud et Dylan Nahi; and, last but not least, Thierry Omeyer. The Parisian 'keeper is staying on his toes in case he is needed to come into the squad to replace an injured player.
Luka Stepancic spoke to us recently about his dream of playing for his country on home soil, and he is now not far off making it a reality. The Parisian right-back, who has 55 caps and 119 goals to his name with Croatia, was part of Croatia coach Lino Cervar's initial 28-man list for the big tournament.
It's tough to imagine a national team doing well without their captain, so it was a fair bet to think that Uwe Gensheimer would be a part of this preliminary list. The Lidl StarLigue and Velux EHF Champions League top scorer will be out to give his all to help his country retain the title they won in Poland back in 2016.
Jesper Nielsen, equally important in attack and defence for Krisjan Adersson's side, has become a key member of the Sweden national team. The proof: his statistics in front of goal. With 107 goals in 86 matches, he is one of the most prolific players on Sweden's preliminary list.
A driving force behind Norway's impressive run at the 2017 IHF World Men's Handball Championshipin France, Sander Sagosen is one of the major players in this team. The youngster, always decisive for his country, will have another chance to shine at the Euros and perhaps go a step further than he did with a 41-goal haul on the way to final in January.
There are two Parisians who have been called up in the reigning Olympic Champions' preliminary list: our two left-backs Henrik Mollgaard and Mikkel Hansen. New Denmark coach Nikolaj Jacobsen would have been hard-pressed to go without these two players given what they bring to the table. Henrik gets through a mountain of defensive work, while Mikki, who was just voted as Denmark's Player of the Year for 2017, is his country's top scorer with 834 goals scored in 177 matches.