What our internationals are up to
Before going to Egypt to take part in the 2021 World Cup, several Paris Saint-Germain Handball players of represent their countries as the Euro 2022 qualification campaign continues.
Group 1 (France)
In Group 1, no matches that had been scheduled for 2020 were contested. France - with Vincent Gérard, Yann Genty, Elohim Prandi, Nedim Remili and Luka Karabatic on board - will thus begin their European qualification campaign as of Tuesday, 5 January. Les Experts will first travel to Serbia, at 17:00, before the reverse fixture in Créteil at 19:00 on Saturday, 9 January. The other teams in the group are Belgium and Greece.
Group 5 (Poland, Netherlands)
Two of our players appear in the same group in this qualification phase. The first is none other than the Polish international pivot Kamil Sypzrak, whose side will play host to Slovenia on Wednesday, 6 January (18:15), then Turkey on Saturday, 9 January (20:00) in Plock. It should be noted that while Poland are, like France, yet to play a match, this is not the case for Luc Steins and the Netherlands. The latter defeated Turkey (27-26) in early November. On Wednesday, our centre-half and his team-mates will play host to Slovenia, before travelling to the Balkans for the reverse fixture on Sunday.
Group 6 (Latvia)
In Group 6, we find Dainis Kristopans' Latvia. Our right-back will also be getting his qualifying campaign out of the blocks, with a double-header against Italy on the evening of Thursday 7 January in Chieti and the afternoon of Sunday, 10 January in Valmiera. Norway and Belarus complete the group.
Group 7 (Denmark)
Denmark are one of the few countries to have played all their scheduled matches, claiming wins over Switzerland (31-26) and Finland (22-40). Mikkel Hansen and his teammates are therefore exempt from an official match before heading to Egypt. However, they will have a preparation double-header against Norway at the Sydbank Arena in Kolding on Thursday, 7 January and Saturday, 9 January.
As reigning champions, Spain do not need to go through this phase to punch their ticket for Hungary and Slovakia, so Viran Morros and his team-mates will prepare for the World Cup with Euro 2022 qualifying action. After an opening defeat in Hungary (32-29), they will look to bounce back in a double-header against Croatia (Tuesday, 5 January in Porec, Saturday, 9 January in Madrid).