What our internationals are up to
Ahead of the final stretch of the season, several Paris Saint-Germain Handball players left the capital to play for their respective national teams - check out what they will be up to for the next week.
A France team featuring Vincent Gérard, Nedim Remili, Yann Genty and Benoît Kounkoud will be in Euro 2022 qualifying action. Currently second in Group 1, they will face third-placed Greece - currently one point behind them but with a game in hand - in a double-header. On Tuesday, Les Bleus travel to Athens for the first clash (initially scheduled for the second day of the group stage), before the reverse fixture in Créteil on Sunday afternoon.
Tuesday 27 April, 19:00: Greece - France
Sunday 2 May, 18:00: France - Greece
The situation is more complicated for Dainis Kristopans and Latvia. Our right-back and his compatriots sit in last place in Group 6 as they head into a double confrontation against European heavyweights Norway on Wednesday and Thursday (their rescheduled Matchday 1 clash). Both matches will be played in Valmiera. The task will also be a tough one against the group Belarus in Minsk on Sunday.
Wednesday 28 April, 18:40: Latvia - Norway
Thursday 29 April, 18:15: Norway - Latvia
Sunday 2 May, 18:00: Belarus - Latvia
Netherlands and Poland
Luc Steins' Netherlands are in a favourable position to punch their ticket for Euro 2022 in Hungary and Slovakia. Thanks to their buzzer-beater victory over Poland on the last day, they sit second in Group 5, locked on points with leaders Slovenia. On Thursday afternoon, our centre-half and his partners will travel to bottom side Turkey before playing host to Kamil Syprzak's Poland on Sunday. The Poles are currently third, one point shy of the leading duo heading into Thursday's visit of Slovenian.
Thursday 29 April, 18:00: Turkey - Netherlands / 20:00: Poland - Slovenia
Sunday 2 May, 18:00: Netherlands - Poland
We zijn weer bij elkaar 💥 Deze week spelen wij de beslissende EK-kwalificatiewedstrijden tegen Turkije 🇹🇷 en Polen 🇵🇱 Er zijn een aantal wijzigingen in de selectie🤾♂️ Lees meer: https://t.co/hav8ehWXI1— Handbalheren Oranje (@Handbalheren) April 25, 2021
📸: Przemek Karolczuk pic.twitter.com/Uzx9LCqgih
Denmark, meanwhile, are almost certain to finish top of Group 7 with seven points (tied with Macedonia, but with a better goal difference). With Henrik Toft Hansen (but without Mikkel Hansen), the Scandinavians will first travel to Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon. On Sunday, in the final round of the group phase, the two-time world champions will have a derby on home soil against Finland.
Wednesday 28 April, 18:30: Switzerland - Denmark
Sunday 2 May, 6pm: Denmark - Finland
Finally, as defending champions, Spain do not need to go through the Euro qualification process. They will therefore participate in the 2022 EHF Euro Cup, together with Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia. La Roja have already played three matches (one win and two defeats). On Wednesday evening, Viran Morros and Ferran Solé Sala's team will meet the leaders, Hungary, in Antequera. On Saturday, they will face Slovakia in Lliria in their rescheduled Matchday 2 fixture.
Wednesday 28 April, 20:30: Spain - Hungary
Saturday 1 May, 9pm: Spain-Slovakia
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