The French will be directly immersed in the big bath for this new edition of the European championship of handball 2018, which is held this year in Croatia. This Friday, 12 January, 20: 30, they will be faced with the formidable team of Norway for their first match of the group stage.A victory would be a very good indicator of the level of the team of France a little bit reworked. A defeat would not sign, however, the elimination of the Blues in the competition.This clash between the champion (France) and the vice world champion (Norway), should in any case launch a competition that promises to be a real challenge for the Blues. In fact, it is a revamped team that has the duo of coach Didier Dinart and Guillaume Gille. Goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer and the back Daniel Narcisse, who were among the mythical ” Experts “, are no longer of the party.sentinels still presentAnd that could weigh on its weight in a competition identified as the Euro. It is the clear observation that address Nikola Karabatic AFP : ” It may be more the favourite as in the past, and like last year at the world championships we played it at home, that’s for sure. “To read : Handball, the reasons for the French successThat Blue is reassuring, however, all the major players have not yet hung up the shirt. As well, the French team will count on big men such as Nikola Karabatic or Michaël Guigou. These thirty-somethings, members of the team since 2002, are already triple champions of Europe and know the pressure of such a competition.In addition, if the entry in the field is difficult for the French, the latter should still have time to go into the competition with a format that allows, for start, three group matches, at the end of which, the first three in the group, four members are qualified for the main round. In addition to Norway, France will play against Belarus and Austria.A new generation is knocking at the doorthere are even hopes to see, at minimum, in the last square. Indeed, if the ” Experts “, the conquerors from 2008, seems on the point of turn, a new generation arrives, and may well perpetuate the tradition of the reign of the French on the discipline after the “Barjos” in the 1990s, and the “Beefy” in 2000.To read : The Blue of handball, in praise of the transmissionthe Already built-in during last year’s title at the world championships, Valentin Porte (27 years) and Timothey n’guessan (25 years), embody the succession. The first is the holder at the Montpellier Handball, and the second is the FC Barcelona, the two clubs regularly exposed to the highest level.Among the 16 players selected by Didier Dinart and Guillaume Gille, more than a third play throughout the year at PSG or Barcelona FC, respectively, 2e and 4e of the champions league during the last season.