Last January, Nikola Karabatic, Vincent Gérard, and Nedim Remili experienced one of the greatest disappointments of their career in the France team. Beaten (25-28) by Portugal at the opening of the European Championship, they then returned home without glory, eliminated in the first round (a first for the Blues!).
This Wednesday (6:45 p.m.), only Nikola Karabatic, injured, will miss PSG, 6th in Group A after a success and three defeats, expected in Porto, 3rd. In a badly started Champions League, Vincent Gérard and Nedim Remili will have the difficult task of reviving their team. Portugal, 6th in the last Euro, has indeed become one of the nations to be counted on from now on.
For six years, Wilson Davyes, 32, has played in the French D1 championship. Passed by Nantes, Cesson-Rennes, and Dunkirk, it is today one of the pillars of the US Ivry. Before joining France, the native of Lisbon was above all six times in a row (from 2009 to 2014) champion of Portugal with Porto, with whom he had a first participation in the Champions League (2013-2014).
“There is a great tradition of handball with us, advance left-back Val-de-Marne. As in football, it is mainly reflected with the three big sports clubs, Porto, Benfica and Sporting in Lisbon. In Porto, Ljubomir Obradović, our Serbian coach, gave us a lot. We were a group of ambitious young people who had grown up together. His teammates were then called Alexis Borges and Gilberto Duarte (Montpellier), two of the six Portuguese to evolve in Starligue with Pedro Portela (Tremblay), Alexandre Cavalcanti (Nantes) and Gonçalo Martins (Toulouse).
When he was in Nantes (2014-2015), Davyes was then under the orders of Thierry Anti. After ten seasons in Loire-Atlantique, the latter decided in 2019 to try the adventure at Sporting. “I had already glimpsed the potential of their players by playing against Braga,” explains the former coach of Paris Handball (2004-2008), now in Aix. I wanted to realize it and what I thought was confirmed. The players there have a real technical quality and are very fast. While they sometimes lack rigor and discipline at key moments, they work hard to learn. They also have a tactical culture. I am not surprised by the emergence of Portuguese handball at the international level. “
For several seasons, Portugal has also become a privileged land of welcome for young talents from Cuba, like Alexis Borges, who has since naturalized. Three of them are also in Portuguese selection. “Thanks to them, the national team has found a balance, considers Anti. All these boys develop a modern hand. And they are not yet at their maximum! “It has logically benefited from the progress of its players and the good results of its clubs,” Wilson Davyes concludes. And it’s not a matter of luck. With us, we are proud to wear the jersey, whether it is from Porto, Benfica, Sporting or Seleção. “
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