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Euro Hugo Pimenta is not quite satisfied Sunday June 12, 2022: Stats and info

Twenty-two players from the 2002-2003 generation joined the Ile d’Oléron this Sunday where a 1er gathering in preparation for the Euro U21 which begins in less than a month in Portugal. Twenty-two handpicked players including regulars like the left-hander Hugo Pimenta.

Since last weekend, there has been no shortage of requests for the Sélestadien, rewarded collectively but also individually. “It’s true that since Sunday, it hasn’t stopped. There was the title in Proligue and the rise in D1 and Thursday, the trophy for the best hope of the season. There, I did not expect it. It happened at the same time, there is something to be happy about. » And to think that a week earlier, his participation in the Final Four was uncertain. “It’s true, I was hurt. I did not participate in the play-offs against Nice, I had been out of action for more than a month, I could not run, barely walked and I resumed two training sessions before the semi-final against Ivry. » Christophe Viennet, the Alsatian coach was able to measure the use of his player. But it was really in the final against Cherbourg that with Schröder and Ekren on the back base, his talent was able to express itself. “My leg was fine, it was in terms of cardio that it was a bit tight. But I was carried by the dynamics of the team. For some time, we felt serenity within the group. As soon as we won the play-offs, we had achieved our objective. The Final Four was a bonus and so we approached the two matches without taking the lead and it worked well. » Five goals in the final (four in half), the Marnais of origin was overflowing with activity. In attack but also in defense and its versatility (right rear – center half) allowed the SAHB to vary the combinations. “I have an atypical profile for a right back because usually those who play in this position are taller. So I improved my vision of the game, the change of pace and it allows the opposing defense to be surprised. When I was injured, I worked on my muscles on the upper body, I took 2-3 kilos but it’s only the beginning. » Barely 19 years old (he celebrated them on May 3) and already several matches with the pros to his credit. With a remarkable entry, in March 2020 against Valence. His baptism of fire was perfectly successful with a glowing stat of 5 goals at 100%. “I took things as they came, without asking myself too many questions. This 1er match, it’s true I was young, it was a great experience but certainly not an end in itself. That evening, it went well but afterwards, those who saw me, expect me to repeat the performance. You have to prove that I am not here by chance but I feel that I am progressing and what awaits the team, with the climb, is even more exciting. »

And on the side of Sélestat, the president Christian Omeyer did not hesitate to propose a one-year extension to the initial contract which ran until 2023. The nugget is kept in his training club. “I discovered handball when I was 8-9 years old and I wasn’t influenced since nobody in my family practices this sport. I joined the Reims pole then that of Strasbourg and the Sélestat club without going through the training center. During my last year of pole, I trained regularly with the players of team 1. “ Hugo Pimenta is a pure product of the federal sector. Detected quite young, he had no trouble being selected by Pascal Person, then responsible for the under 16-17s. It was with the Bzdynga, Clay, Lorédon, Peleka, Villain and Vincent (survivors of the time), that he participated in the European Youth Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2019. Beaten in half by Germany and in the small final by Denmark, the Tricolores remained at the foot of the podium. The pandemic going through there, it was only last summer that the 2002-2003 were able to reconnect with high competition since the EHF wanted to organize a Euro U19 in Croatia. “It didn’t go very well since we only finished 10th. » Hence a desire to relaunch in early July in Portugal where once again in a European championship, the Habs will find opponents they know well enough to understand the difficulty of the task (see below). “It’s really important to me to show that the team has improved. I am convinced that we can do much better than in Croatia. In any case, we do not take it lightly! » And too bad if the holidays are considerably reduced and if while some partners are on the sand or in another resort, Hugo and his pals continue to sweat. “Wearing the France team jersey is a source of pride. Compared to all those who preceded us and who won medals, we have a responsibility. There is a big challenge to take up, we all know it, but in the group, everyone has gained in maturity. We are very united with each other. » A hard core in which he will miss the Nîmes Lou Derisbourg (recovering after a serious leg injury) has been formed. And Hugo Pimenta, never satisfied, is one of its worthy representatives.

Already thinking about the Portuguese Euro

The “campaign” is launched and of the 22 players gathered since this Sunday on the island of Oléron, Yohan Delattre and his technical staff will carry out a skimming for another training course planned in the suburbs of Paris. This new gathering will be preparatory to the traditional Airport Trophy to which the Tricolores are usually invited and disrupted in the previous two years by the pandemic. The U21s will come up against their Swiss, German (winners of Euro U19 last summer) and Spanish (3rd at Euro U19) counterparts. Back from Switzerland, a final reunion is scheduled at the Maison du Handball and after a short respite, just to spend time with family and recharge the batteries, the selection will fly to Portugal to defend their chances in the Euro. which takes place in three sports complexes around Porto. The task of captain Baptiste Clay and his partners will not be easy since in the preliminary round, they will face Croatia (2nd in Euro U19), Sweden (7th) and Montenegro. If they qualify among the first two of their group for the Main Round, they will find the two best of group D between Germany (winner of Euro U19), Iceland (8th), Italy (12th ) and Serbia (13th). In August 2021, in Croatia, the French failed to reach the Main Round and finished 10th in Euro U19.

The list of 22 players – France U21

Player

Club

Job

BENTERKI Theo

Chambery Savoy

ALD

BONNAT Hugo

Istres-Provence

UK

BZDYNGA Valentine

PSG

ALD

CARRERE Imanol

Ivry

PVT

CHEVALIER Thibault

Massy-Essonne

AR

CLAY Baptiste

PSG

DC

DELRIVE Tom

Ivry

ARD

DIARRASSOUBA-CALVES Loïc

Creteil

ARD

FADHUILE-CREPY Matteo

Saran Loiret

AR/DC

JOBLON Baptiste

USAM Nimes

PVT

LENCLUM Noah

PSG

AR

LONGERINAS Augustus

Ivry

ALG

LOREDON-Gautier

PSG

PVT

MANTZ Sasha

Chambery Savoy

PVT

MENDY Tony

PSG

ARD

PELEKA Wallem

PSG

AR

PIMENTA Hugo

Selestat Alsace

ARD/DC

PLANTIN Leo

PSG

ALG

VESCOVO Orestes

Selestat Alsace

ALD

Villain Leo

PSG

UK

VINCENT Gueric

USAM Nimes

ALG

ZAHAF Kalim

Country of Aix

UK

Technical supervision

DELATTRE Yohan

Head Coach

PARISY Arnaud

Assistant coach

PERISIC Mirko

Assistant coach

PLOQUIN Yohann

Goalkeepers Coach

Other staff members: Nicolas Foucher (physiotherapist), Frédérique Barthélémy (doctor), Barthélémy Bonneau (physical trainer), Philippe Bouthemy (head of delegation)

The U21 program

  • Internship on the Ile d’Oléron (Charente Mme) until Saturday June 18
  • Internship in Serris (Seine-et-M) from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 June
  • Airport Trophy tournament in Kloten (Switzerland) from June 24 to 26 with Spain, Switzerland, Germany
  • Internship at the Maison du Hand in Créteil (Val-de-M) from June 26 to 29
  • Euro U21 in Portugal (around Porto) from July 7 to 17 (preliminary round with Croatia, Sweden and Montenegro)
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