Bernard Berthouloux, national coach and Technical Director of the FFH unveiled the names of eight players selected to play under the French flag at the next FIPFA World Cup in Paris. Bernard Berthouloux builds on a promising group, combining youth, enthusiasm and experience, eight musketeers with a mission: to conquer the world!
Sometimes it happens that the Post makes people happy … The dream of the World Cup has finally taken shape for eight players and has been lost for others. Bernard Berthouloux did not wait for the deadline of September 15 to reveal his group, he renewed his faith in the same group, but still leaves some doubt as to the goalkeeper. His official list for the World Cup is not surprising as it may seem, even if the coach admitted to having been tempted by last-minute surprises …
So a team which is more than half compared to Tokyo four years ago. The men of experience in this kind of environment will no doubt play a particular role (Jerome Durand, Sylvain Malard, Brahim Sébiane) to guide, reassure and relieve their five freshmen (Greg Nero, Anthony Bastien, Youcef Ayad Zeddam, Ludovic Paulot, Vincent Quellenec) their hearts are now racing. The opportunity to play a World Cup, in France, in front of family and friends, does not happen every morning! Their task will be difficult, but they are ready to meet the challenge. American competitors, Japanese, Belgian and English seems sharp, although still stronger than in Tokyo. No doubt the draw, to be held this Thursday evening, and classification could undermine all the French tactical plans.
A final training camp is scheduled from October 23 to 30 in Bourges. By then, the popularity of the World Cup, which is growing day by day around the Equipe de France, will probably reached its zenith. The players, themselves, hope to reach their goal on November 6, around 17:00, at Halle Carpentier.