The players of Nantes Atlantique won the European League at the expense of the Hungarians of Siofok in the final (36-31), this Sunday.
The Nantes handball players created the feat by winning the first European League title in the history of French handball, by beating the Hungarian Siofok (36-31), reigning champions, this Sunday in Baia Mare (Romania). The Nantes women stifled the Hungarians from the start and kept a comfortable lead throughout the meeting to win the first edition of this European League, the second continental competition behind the Champions League.
The Nantes, who had never before participated in a European Final Four, were impressive throughout the weekend, starting by winning their semi-final on Saturday against host Romanian club Baia Mare ( 36-34). Brazilian full-back Bruna de Paula (6 goals, named MVP) and Swedish winger Linda Hagman (7, 11 in the semifinals) again led the attack on Team Roses (the team’s nickname) in the final . Third in the Women’s League, the NAHB will attempt the double with the Coupe de France next Saturday.
Nantes handball at the top
And handball in Nantes is doing rather very well since, almost at the same time, the players of Alberto Entrerrios have chained a fifth consecutive victory in the French handball championship during the 25th day against Chambéry (30-24) Sunday, four days before his quarter-final first leg of the Champions League against Veszprem.
Nantes, the only team to have beaten the overwhelming leader of the championship, Paris Saint-Germain, can still dream of snagging one of the top two places to qualify for the Champions League next season. Nantes are five points behind Montpellier, runner-up to Parisians.