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To go for gold, French handballers are the ‘Experts’

France's Luka Karabatic, right, celebrates after scoring as Qatar's Eldar Memisevic, left, looks on during the men's preliminary handball match between France and Qatar at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
France’s Luka Karabatic, right, celebrates after scoring as Qatar’s Eldar Memisevic, left, looks on during the men’s preliminary handball match between France and Qatar at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Men’s handball

 
Here comes the French strongest chance of medal in ball games in Rio: the ‘Experts’. Having won the gold medal in 2008 and 2012, and grabbed 5 world or europe championship in the meantime, the ‘Experts’ leaded by Nicolas Karabatic will be disappointed by anything else than a victory. The team started well with victories against Tunisia and Qatar and will face stronger Croatian and Danish teams to close its Group A program.

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Program (CET time)
12-08-2016 02:50 Argentina
13-08-2016 16:30 Croatia
15-08-2016 19:40 Danemark

Men’s basketball

France's Rudy Gobert (16) grabs a rebound over Serbia's Miroslav Raduljica, right, during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
France’s Rudy Gobert (16) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Miroslav Raduljica, right, during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Leaded by Tony Parker, the men’s basketball team has the ambition to do better than in 2012 and a defeat in quarter final against Spain. After a disappointing start against Australia and two reassuring victories against China and Serbia, the men’s team looks very capable to go far in the tournament.

Program (CET time):
13-08-2016 03.30 Venezuela
14-08-2016 19:15 USA

Men’s volley

France's Kevin Tillie passes during a men's preliminary volleyball match against Mexico at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
France’s Kevin Tillie passes during a men’s preliminary volleyball match against Mexico at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Since their European and World League titles in 2015, the French men’s volleyball team has emerged as a respectable title contender for Rio, but the team enthusiasm has been hit with a 3-0 defeat against Italy in the Group A opening game. Upcoming games against Canada, USA and Brazil will for sure put France to the test.


Program (CET time)
11-08-2016 22:05 Canada
13-08-2016 22:05 USA
16-08-2016 03:35 Brazil

Women’s basketball

France forward Isabelle Yacoubou reacts during the closing minutes in the second half of a women's basketball game against Belarus at the Youth Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. France defeated Belarus 73-72. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
France forward Isabelle Yacoubou reacts during the closing minutes in the second half of a women’s basketball game against Belarus at the Youth Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. France defeated Belarus 73-72. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


In 2012 in London, the French women’s basketball team reached the podium with a silver medal, a performance they will try to repeat this year. With two victories against Turkey then Belarus, followed by one defeat against Australia, the French team is in good position to reach the brackets, still having to face Brazil and Japan in Groupe A.

Program (CET time):
11-08-2016 20.30 Brasil
13-08-2016 22:45 Japan

Women’s football

France's Eugenie Le Sommer celebrates scoring her side's first goal during a group G match of the women's Olympic football tournament between France and New Zealand at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Arisson Marinho)
France’s Eugenie Le Sommer celebrates scoring her side’s first goal during a group G match of the women’s Olympic football tournament between France and New Zealand at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Arisson Marinho)

The feminine team has validated her ticket to this summer Olympic by reaching the World Cup quarter final, in June 2015. Despite last minute injury Laura George replaced by Sakina Karchaoui, the team has impressed by finishing second of Group G with two large victories and a 1-0 defeat against the USA.Things will get tough in quarter final against the easy winner of group F Canada.  

Program (CET time)
Quarter final  13-08-2016 00.00 Canada

Women’s handball

France's Laurisa Landre tries to score during the women's preliminary handball match between France and Argentina at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
France’s Laurisa Landre tries to score during the women’s preliminary handball match between France and Argentina at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Not as successful as the men’s team, women’s handball team has nevertheless qualified for the Olympics during the qualificative tournament hosted in France in March 2016. Things are looking good so far for them in Group B, with a victory against the Netherlands, a small defeat against Russia, and easier games ahead against Korea and Argentina.  

Program (CET time)

11-08-2016 02:50 Argentina
13-08-2016 02:50 Korea
14-08-2016 16h30 Sweden

Follow France during the Olympics:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_at_the_2016_Summer_Olympics

http://archyworldys.com/olympics-2016-the-chances-of-french-medals-in-rio/

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