July 31, 2021

what to (also) to remember from the sports weekend

Oui, Chelsea won the second Champions League in its history by dominating Manchester City on Saturday at the Dragon Stadium in Porto.

Chelsea players lift the Champions League trophy at the Porto Dragon Stadium on Saturday, May 29.

Yes, Fabio Quartararo won his third MotoGP Grand Prix of the season in Italy on Sunday and is widening the gap in the world championship.

Fabio Quartararo celebrates his victory at the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit on Sunday May 30.

Yes, Egan Bernal triumphed by winning the first Giro of his career, his second grand tour, after his victory in the Tour de France 2019.

Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) after winning his first Giro d'Italia.

Yes, the Paris-Saint-Germain footballers have opened up an avenue to win their first French championship title after bringing a draw 0-0 from their trip to Lyon.

But something else happened this weekend that you might have missed.

The three weekend lessons

  • For the Olympic Games, your ticket will be stamped

The French women’s basketball team 3 against 3 (Marie-Eve Paget, Laëtitia Guapo, Soana Lucet and Mamignan Touré) obtained its ticket this weekend for the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8, 2021). The men’s team, however, did not qualify.

The two selections were engaged in an Olympic qualifying tournament (TQO) organized in Graz (Austria) since Wednesday, May 26. Only three nations could get their precious sesame for Tokyo.

The French qualified by eliminating Japan in the semi-finals of the TQO (15-14). Practiced informally for a very long time, this discipline will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo. It was introduced to the Olympics in June 2017. It is played on a half court. To win, a team must reach 21 points (knowing that a basket is worth one point instead of two in normal times) or lead by the score at the end of ten minutes of regulation time.

  • Your entry to Roland-Garros, you will heal

It was not the most anticipated Frenchman on the first day of Roland Garros, Sunday, but it is the one we will remember. Enzo Couacaud played and won his first match in the final table of a Grand Slam. Better still, it is quite simply his first victory on the main circuit. The native of Mauritius created a surprise by dismissing in three sets Egor Gerasimov, 78e world player (7-6, 6-4, 6-3, in 2 h 17). « It was really a great moment of happiness ”, he said all smiles after this game ended on an ace.

26 years old, the 177e player in the ATP ranking has benefited from an invitation from the organizers to join the final table of the French Open. He proved them right by setting the court number 9 at Porte d’Auteuil on fire. In the next round, the one with the best ranking 164e world place in 2019 will face the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, seeded No. 12.

  • Your place in the elite, you will keep
Pedro Chirivella relieved after the maintenance acquired by FC Nantes against Toulouse, Sunday, May 30.

Until the end of the season, Nantes, 18e of Ligue 1 after 38 days, will have played to be scared. Despite his loss at home on Sunday against Toulouse (0-1) in the return leg of the play-offs, “the Canaries” (nickname given to the club) have avoided relegation to Ligue 2. They will play their 54 next season.e exercise in the elite of French football, thanks to their victory in the first leg (2-1) and the number of goals scored away from home. But it was not long before the players of Antoine Kombouaré, former Toulouse coach, were surprised by the TFC. Third in Ligue 2 at the end of the regular season, the Violets dominated FC Nantes. Forward Vakoun Bayo (62e) scored the only goal of the meeting with a pricked header that deceived Alban Lafont, ex-player from Haut-Garonnais. Since the introduction of the Ligue 1 accession barrage in 2017, only one Ligue 2 club has managed to beat the odds. It is about Troyes, four years earlier. The “Téfécé” will have to wait.

The weekend image

Thirty-seven years that France has been waiting for this. No, the winner of the Giro is (still) not a French cyclist, but Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën) still won the Grand Prix de la montagne at the Giro d’Italia 2021. This is the first time since 1984 that a Frenchman bring back the blue jersey of the best climber on the final podium.

Geoffrey Bouchard enjoys his blue jersey as the Giro's best climber after arriving at MiIan on Sunday May 30.

The native of Dijon (29 years old) is only the fourth rider from France to win this ranking. He succeeds three legendary runners: Louison Bobet (1951), Raphaël Géminiani (1952, 1957) and Laurent Fignon (1984).

The weekend figure


Like the number of titles won on the ATP circuit by Novak Djokovic. While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were quietly preparing Roland Garros, the Serbian did the homework. In his Belgrade tournament, Djoko dominated in the final the modest 23-year-old Slovak Alex Molcan (6-3, 6-4), 255e world player from qualifying.

Serbian Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy at the ATP Belgrade tournament on Saturday, May 29.

With 83 titles on the clock, the world number one is the fifth most successful player in history, the third in activity behind Rafael Nadal (88) and Roger Federer (103). Djokovic has only won his second tournament this season after his victory at the Australian Open in February 2021. He continues on Monday on Parisian clay against the American Tennys Sandgren.

The declaration of the weekend

“Thank you Didier! I’m here and I’m super happy. And if I can add something: happy birthday mom, I love you. “

Clairefontaine press room (Yvelines) hadn’t been so excited in a long time. On Sunday, Karim Benzema was the attraction in front of journalists. The responses of the Real Madrid striker were overdue after his surprise return to the list of the France team for Euro 2021 (from June 11 to July 11). The 33-year-old striker did not dismantle in front of the many questions concerning his interview with Didier Deschamps, at the origin of his return to the Blues.

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“It doesn’t matter who looked for what. The main thing is that we talked for a long time, we discussed football and not that, it went well. We had a good discussion between men. (…) We talked about many, many things. I am not here to repeat the discussions, they are private ”, Karim Benzema insisted before having fun thanking “DD.” In response to a reporter asking him “So, thank you Deschamps?” “, the former Lyonnais replied with a smile: “I’ve said it before, do you want me to say it here?” (looks up at the cameras) Thank you Didier! We have already had a discussion, it has been said and that’s how it is. I’m here and I’m super happy. And if I can add something: happy birthday mom, I love you. “

Belgian history of the weekend

It was through a message on social networks that the Belgian Football Federation announced on Sunday that Thierry Henry (43) will be back in the management of the national team on the occasion of the Euro (11 June-July 11).

According to the Belgian press, the former French international and former coach of Monaco (from October 2018 to January 2019) and Montreal (from November 2019 to February 2021) will find the post of assistant to Roberto Martinez that he had occupied between 2016 and 2018.

The weekend sportswoman

Alexandra Tavernier continues her preparation for the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 to August 8, 2021). The Frenchwoman won the women’s hammer competition at the European Team Championships held in Chorzow, Poland on Saturday. The reigning European vice-champion achieved the third best performance of her career throwing the hammer to 75.06 m. At 27, she failed just a few inches from her French record (75.38 m) dating from February. “I don’t have the optimal strength yet to hold the throws at this intensity, it’s super frustrating, I could have done better. If I had managed to go the distance, there was a minimum of 76.50 m ”, she regretted.

Alexandra Tavernier relishes her victory in the hammer throw competition at the European Team Championships in Chorzow, Poland.

The weekend quiz