The Paris Saint-Germain Judo Women's Team are European champions!
Paris Saint-Germain Judo won the Judo Champions League with its women's team in Belgrade (Serbia) on Saturday 9 December, beating their opponents 3-0 in the final.
The women's team beat French club Pontault-Combault 3-0 in the competition's final, with Priscilla Gneto, Lucy Renshall and Marie-Ève Gahié all winning points.
This is the Paris club's second continental title in judo, following that of the men's team in 1995.
Earlier in the day, the Rouge et Bleu judokas, coached by Damiano Martinuzzi and Nicolas Mossion, had beaten Judo Club Bosna (3-0) in the quarter-finals and Galatasaray (3-1) in the semis.
The men's team took bronze, beating Georgian club Golden Gori 3-2 on points thanks to by Teddy Riner, Tato Grigalashvili and Lasha Bekauri.
"The women are on top of Europe right now and will go down in the Club's history. I'm so proud to see them on the highest step of the podium in the colours of Paris Saint-Germain! They overcame their opponents with great skill and technical precision. I'm delighted that their commitment and efforts have been rewarded today. They deserve it!
"I'd also like to highlight the reaction of our men's team. They hung on to win bronze after a bitter defeat in the semi-final, and they'll be back next year to take gold.
In a few days' time, we'll get back to work so that we can tackle the rest of the season and the final stretch before the Paris Games, where the Club will have no fear than seven representatives - and as many medal chances."
Djamel Bouras, President of Paris Saint-Germain Judo
"I'm very proud of our women's judo team, who have won the first Champions League in their history, and I'd like to congratulate them on this exceptional success. They dominated the competition with impressive commitment and fighting spirit. I am confident that there will be more success for our Paris Saint-Germain Judo athletes in the future and I look forward to seeing them compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games."
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain