The Nantes handball players created the feat: thanks to them, a French club won the European League for the first time (the European Cup “bis”). A reward obtained after a success in the final over the Hungarians of Siofok (36-31), reigning champions, Sunday May 9 in Baia Mare (Romania).
The Nantes women, who had never before taken part in a European “Final Four” (semi and final of the competition), were impressive throughout the weekend. Starting with their semi-final on Saturday, won against the host club Baia Mare (36-34).
On Sunday, they again achieved a great performance, taking the score in the first minutes of the match and then never let go. They relied heavily on Brazilian back Bruna de Paula (to be credited with 6 goals in the final and the title of “MVP” for the best player in the “Final Four”) and Swedish winger Linda Hagman (7 goals). ). Two remarkable performances, undoubtedly greatly appreciated by their president Yoann Joubert, in office since the beginning of the year only.
A second title on Saturday?
Historically, this success will make the end of the Nantes season much more comfortable. They have thus already validated a European qualification for next season. For the time being in third place in the French championship, the Nantes Atlantique Handball club will now be able to calmly prepare for the final of the Coupe de France scheduled for a week in Créteil, Saturday, May 15, against Brest.
Nantes’ success in the European League is all the more notable as, conversely, no French club has yet won the Women’s Handball Champions League, the most prestigious club competition in Europe.