What our internationals are up to
This week, there are no matches for Paris Saint-Germain Handball! Nonetheless, a busy schedule awaits several of our players, who will turn out for their respective national teams. Check out what's on the menu...
This weekend, our left-winger Dylan Nahi joined France teammates Luka Karabatic, Nedim Remili, Vincent Gérard and Yann Genty in their bod to qualify The Experts for the next Olympic Games. Six teams still have to secure their ticket to Tokyo. The programme will not be easy for Les Bleus, who started their camp last week at the Maison du Handball in Créteil. At the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier, they will have three matches in three days against Croatia, Tunisia and Portugal respectively. Note that the current squad of 24 players will be reduced to 20 by game time.
12 March: France - Croatia
13 March: France - Tunisia
14 March: France - Portugal
A Spain side featuring Viran Morros and Ferran Solé Sala has already qualified for the next Olympics, thanks to their taking out the title at Euro 2020. Together since Sunday, our two players and their compatriots will play two matches: a Euro 2022 qualifier against Slovakia, in Bratislava, in which they will need victory to bounce back from two defeats that have left them at the foot of the table; and then, three days later, in Madrid, they will play host to Egypt in a friendly.
10 March: Slovakia - Spain
13 March: Spain - Egypt
Denmark have also qualified for Tokyo, having taken out the 2019 World Championship. Mikkel Hansen and Henrik Toft Hansen, who will meet up with their compatriots on Monday, will play a double header against North Macedonia, first in Skopje, then in Aalborg. These two matches count for the second phase of Euro 2022 qualification. The Scandinavians are currently top of Group 7, having won their first two matches in the four-team group, against Switzerland and Finland.
10 March: Macedonia - Denmark
14 March: Denmark - Macedonia
.@TV2SPORTdk har lavet et herligt sammendrag af Håndboldherrernes titelforsvar i Egypten 🏆🇩🇰 Du kan se det hele på @TV2PLAY eller i aften i Kontra kl. 22.05 på @TV2SPORTdk #hndbld #håndbold pic.twitter.com/szZUhZjWlL— Dansk Håndbold Forbund (@dhf_haandbold) March 4, 2021
Netherlands and Poland
Luc Steins, with the Netherlands, and Kamil Syprzak, with Poland, will also compete in two qualifiers for the next European Championships. Our two players will face off in a rescheduled Matchday 2 clash in Wroclaw on Sunday. But before this clash between Parisians, our pivot and his compatriots, currently atop their group, will face nearest rivals Slovenia in Celje on Tuesday evening.
9 March: Slovenia - Poland
14 March: Poland - Netherlands
Welke assist van Luc is mooier 1️⃣ of 2️⃣? Laat het weten in de reacties! 👇 pic.twitter.com/eLQerRYPr5— Handbalheren Oranje (@Handbalheren) March 7, 2021
Finally, there will also be a European qualifier for Dainis Kristopans's Latvia. Our right-back will face off against Belarus in their Group 6 Matchday 2 clash. With one victory and one defeat, Latvia are currently bottom of the group and will have to win to stay in touch with the leaders.
13 March: Latvia - Belarus
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