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Salute the defending champions!
The names of the French stars strikes fear in most handball players worldwide.
Nicola Karabatic. Bertrand Gille. Thierry Omeyer.
Daniel Narcisse, Jérôme Fernandez, Luc Abalo ...
This guys will do everything to defend their gold from Croatia in 2009.

Handball is a popular sport in France. The big breakthrough for the sport's popularity came after the Olympics in 1992, when France unexpectedly won the bronze medals.
Since then, the team placed well in almost every major championship. In the following year France reached their first World Cup final, which they lost to Russia.
The first French World Cup title came against Croatia in Iceland in 1995.