The EHF has placed France in pot 3 for the draw for the final phase of Euro 2022, scheduled for Thursday. A position that could reserve a strong Preliminary Round for the Blues.
The Blues will be very attentive this Thursday during the draw for the final phase of Euro 2022. Indeed, following the conclusion of the qualifiers and three days before the event, the European Handball Federation has confirmed the composition of the four hats of six teams which will make it possible to define the groups for the Preliminary Round. A breakdown which, apart from the reigning European champion and his runner-up, was based solely on the results of these qualifiers.
Second in their group with two victories against Greece but also a defeat and a draw against Serbia, Guillaume Gille’s players already know that the fate may not be favorable to them on occasion. of the draw organized in Budapest. Indeed, the France team were paid into hat three, alongside Slovakia, Belarus, Iceland, Czech Republic and North Macedonia. And who says hat three for the Blues, says an opponent coming from hat 1 and another coming from hat 2 in their group.
A potential “group of death”
However, these two hats each include candidates for the title of European champion. In the worst case scenario, Guillaume Gille’s players could cross paths with Spain, reigning European champion, and Denmark, double reigning world champion. A reunion with Portugal, which participated in the elimination of the Blues from the Preliminary Round of Euro 2020, or Sweden, which beat the French in the semi-finals of the last world championship, are not to be ruled out. . A draw which will however be oriented since six nations have already been placed in a group.
Croatia will take place in Group A which will play in Szeged while Hungary, co-organizer, will be in Group B which will play in Budapest. The other co-organizer, Slovakia, will be in Group F which will play in Kosice while Slovenia have been placed in Group C based in Debrecen. Group D will host Germany in Bratislava, which will see Group E matches with the Czech Republic playing there. After the Preliminary Round, Budapest and Bratislava will each host a group from the Main Round when the last four takes place in the Hungarian capital.
HANDBALL – EURO 2022 (H) / DRAW
Composition of hats
Hat 1: Spain, Croatia, Norway, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal
Hat 2: Sweden, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Serbia, Austria
Hat 3: Slovakia, Belarus, Iceland, Czech Republic, France, North Macedonia
Hat 4: Netherlands, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania