Handball: Usam, its first Brazilian, the mayor and the ambition of the new coach

Handball: Usam, its first Brazilian, the mayor and the ambition of the new coach

The press conference at the Impérator, in Nîmes, marked the last day of the past season and the first of the next for Usam. FREE NOON – E. DZ.

Handball: Usam, its first Brazilian, the mayor and the ambition of the new coach

La dernière recrue Luciano Da Silva (à droite) pose ici avec son représentant et avec le président David Tebib. MIDI LIBRE – E. DZ.

This Friday, June 7, Usam killed two birds with one stone: a press conference at the Imperator, in Nîmes, marked the last day of the past season and the first of the next. Here's what you need to remember.

Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier with Usam. The chief magistrate of the City of Nîmes responded. As he responded when the president of Usam David Tebib came to find him in his office in town hall, in 2012, when the club was relegated to D2. "We are recovered, we are still here, we qualified for Europe, we held on", recalled Mr. Tebib.

"You know how attached I am to this club, replied Mr. Fournier. It’s a real pleasure to be there with you. I don't miss many matches at Parnasse, where there have been more than 50,000 spectators this season. We finished 7th, it was a great season. We have been side by side for 12 years, and we will do everything to find Europe next year. The "ON& quot; meant a lot…

Only downside: the Parnasse renovation project, which is at a standstill. "There is nothing for the moment, confirmed the mayor. But we're thinking about it ."

The new coach's response to Mr. Mayor. "Mr. mayor, I will do everything to achieve the European objective", immediately launched David Degouy, 44, new coach of Usam for two seasons for the moment. And who set the framework: "The pro team must drive the dynamics of a club. I want to get back to the fundamentals of Usam, defense and fast play. We are going to take care of the sense of welcome in our 9 meters! The recruitment, including that of Da Silva, aims to densify the team athletically. We start from a blank page. It's going to take a lot of work. A lot. I say it and I insist that you hear it and that the players hear it. Young people will do the preparation with us, so that they can integrate our game project: Del Blanco, Mirt, Chiron, Varlet and Guigues, Peyre being in the French team this summer".

Luciano, the first Brazilian in the history of Usam. "Security and opportunity", as summarized by President Tebib. L’Usam already had in his squad, at left-back, Acquevillo and the rookie Gibelin, but the latter was injured for a long time and is barely returning to form.

So here is José Luciano Costa Da Silva, 24 years old, 1.99m and around a hundred kilos, Brazilian international, played by Benfica, La Rioja, Al Hada (Saudi Arabia) and Sinfin ( Spanish D1, relegated to D2). "We see the quality of a player when he's tough. And the more Sinfin was in difficulty, the more he responded, assured David Degouy.I have a Brazilian network which confirmed its potential to me."

The player's first words. "I'm coming to look for a spirit in Nîmes. My two pillars are my family and my work. I come from a very poor place in Brazil, and it was my job, handball, that got me through. The championship is very tough in France, it's the same with Germany, it suits me very well. Nîmes is a Roman city, which has a history, which is very good too. I have come to settle in with my wife and my daughter." Recruitment is normally finished.

The preparation program

Resumption of training: Monday July 15.

Three stages : July 22 to 27   Mende, from 5 to 8 August ût à Nevers (with Pontault-Combault, D2) and from 15 to 18 August ût à Cluj (Romania).

Seven friendly matches : August 7th against Pontault-Combault à Nevers; August 16 ût à Cluj (Romania, semi-final of the local tournament); on August 17 against Besiktas Istanbul or Dinamo Bucharest & Cluj (final or match for 3rd place); on August 21, facing à Chambery at Parnasse; on August 23, ût à Saint-Raphaël ; on August 27 against Istres at Parnasse and on August 29 (subject to reservation) against Istres at Parnasse and on August 29 (subject to reservation) against Toulouse à Narbonne.

Resumption of the official competition : September 3 or 4 in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France; September 6, 7 or 8 in the championship.

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