|3. Puerto Rico||0/2||2|
|1. Czech Republic||2/0||4|
|3. New Zealand||0/2||2|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|21/04/1986||Cotonou, Republic of Benin||Valence (ESP)|
|15/05/1988||Reims, France||Bourges Basket, LFB (FRA)|
|19/10/1983||Grande-Synthe, France||Union Hainaut Basket, LFB (FRA)|
|25/06/1987||Cannes, France||UMMC Ekaterinburg, PBL (RUS)|
|14/05/1979||Rennes, France||Lattes Montpellier (FRA)|
|09/07/1982||Tarbes, France||Bourges Basket, LFB (FRA)|
|16/01/1985||Nantes, France||Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, LFB (FRA)|
|18/10/1983||Ziguinchor, Senegal||ESB Villeneuve d'Ascq, LFB (FRA)|
|09/12/1986||Dax, France||Basket Landes, LFB (FRA)|
|05/07/1985||Cherbourg, France||CRAS Basket Taranto (ITA)|
|25/04/1983||Auxerre, France||Bourges Basket, LFB (FRA)|
|14/04/1987||Lyon, France||Bourges Basket, LFB (FRA)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
French basketball on the up
|How they qualified :
(6 W – 3 L)
Rising star :
Team history :
Medals and participations
It’s undeniably crunch time for France and their head coach Pierre Vincent.
When the play-caller was installed into the hot-seat back in 2007, his primary aim was to lead Les Bleues to London and then ensure they post a performance worthy of the talent they possess.
After all, at European level at least, the French have found some real success during recent times. They were crowned EuroBasket Womenchampions during 2001and 2009 while claiming a bronze medal last summer.
Aside from their surprise implosion during EuroBasket Women 2007, the other main disappointment has been the failure to qualify for the past two Olympic Games after missing out during 2004 and 2008. Their only previous appearance was more than a decade ago in Sydney when they finished in fifth spot.
For a nation universally recognised as one of the elite nations of women’s basketball, their Olympic record is simply not good enough – hence why Coach Vincent was handed the reins and asked to improve it.
Stacked with talent, France will be one of the favourites to realise their ambition and book a spot for this year’s Games. However, with expectation comes pressure although Vincent looks to be the ideal man to motivate his players since he has already had to show his resilience in the face of some big injury problems.
This particularly affected their challenge for the FIBA World Championship during 2010 although last summer in Poland, they showed they have strength in depth by still grabbing a bronze medal. If they have a full roster this time around, they should be strong enough to not only progress but be a big threat if they do make it to London.
Their frontcourt is very strong and up there with the best as they possess four top level players in the form of Sandrine Gruda, Isabelle Yacoubou, Emmeline Ndongue and Endene Miyem while young players such as Ana Cata-Chitiga and Diandra Tchatchouang are likely to be be pushing for spots.
The backcourt has a world class playmaker in the unmistakable Celine Dumerc while the likes of Emilie Gomis offers further ammunition.
Despite their talent, France is simply a team built around the fundamentals of strong defence, discipline and functionality. Don’t expect to see them to change style, cut loose and play with great flair because what they have done so far under Coach Vincent has been generally effective.
With a continuous stream of young talent almost assured due to the work of the Federation at grass roots level, a new generation of players is always coming through and pushing for spots.
However, the time is now for the current team who must respond to the pressure and deliver a performance which has been almost five years in the making.A third successive failure to reach the Olympic Games would be a crushing blow for women’s basketball in France and so the heat is most certainly on.
|2016||FIBA Women 's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||1st|
|2001||European Championship for Women||1st|
|1999||European Championship for Women||2nd|
|1993||European Championship for Women||2nd|
|1970||European Championship for Women||2nd|
|1953||World Championship for Women||3rd|