France and Spain, 20 years of historical rivalry

Euro 2005: First team medal for Parker (win 98-68)

In 2005, after several disappointments in 1991 (a bronze defeat at the European Championships) and 1999 (a defeat in the semi-finals of the European Championships in France), the Blues came to a match for the still reeling third place. In the semi-finals, they were eliminated by Greece, when they were leading by 7 points with one minute remaining, with three killer pointers from Diamantidis. And so the French find La Ruga, which is released at the end of the suspense by Germany. Tricolor will absorb their disappointment much better to crush their neighbor (98-68) and win their first European medal since…1959!

After a disappointing fourth place finish in 2003, Tony Parker won his first international medal in 2005 (Deschamps/L’Equipe)

Euro 2009: The start of Spain’s curse (68-88 defeats)

The meeting almost started during the last group match between France and Greece, in which the winner will face Spain, which is losing its rival. But despite the mediocre performance of the Iberians, no one really wanted to challenge them. The Blues finally won confident (six wins in six matches). Problem: The higher the hope, the harder the fall. The French are rolled 68-88. As Nicholas Batum will trust, this match will launch the rivalry in the following years with our neighbors from the Pyrenees.

Tony Parker and Ricky Rubio in combat, the symbol of the next decade between the two countries.  (J. Prevost/Team)

Tony Parker and Ricky Rubio in combat, the symbol of the next decade between the two countries. (J. Prevost/Team)

Euro 2011: successful tournament but gold medal increased (defeat 85-98)

After their futile achievement in the 2010 World Cup group stage (win 72-66 without Parker), the encounter became a classic in international competitions. At Euro 2011, the French and Spaniards met again twice. In a match without a real bet in the second round, the Blues are humiliated (96-69). Then they eliminate the Greeks and the Russians to face … Spain in the final. Habs (85-98), unblemished, despite the impressive Parker (26 points), lost to Roja to lead her match.

Nicholas Batum was fended off by Serbia's EPACA air force when Spain took control of Europe (titled in 2009, 2011 and 2015).  (Martin / Team)

Nicholas Batum was fended off by Serbia’s EPACA air force when Spain took control of Europe (titled in 2009, 2011 and 2015). (Martin / Team)

2012 Olympics: An exasperating defeat and the highest tension

In the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament, France again faces Spain for the fourth time in many major competitions. After being twice defeated in pool, the Iberians don’t look too calm in these Olympics, and for the first time since 2005 in a cleaver match, the blues are even.

Leading by three points at the break (37-34), the match was decided in the last moments. After failing to succeed, the Hab succumbed and let their frustration escape via Ronnie Turiaf and then Nicolas Batum who dealt a heavy blow to Juan Carlos Navarro. In a post-match interview, the French criticized La Roja for voluntarily losing their last game to avoid the United States in the semi-finals. When asked about his gesture, he said: And losing a match on purpose is in the Olympic spirit, right? I wanted to give him a good reason to dive ins “.

Surrounded by referee, Nicholas Batum tells the story of an encounter that escaped the Blues at the last minute.  (S. Mantey/L'Equipe)

Surrounded by referee, Nicholas Batum tells the story of an encounter that escaped the Blues at the last minute. (S. Mantey/L’Equipe)

Euro 2013: Nothing then the great revolution

It becomes an annual meeting between two of the dominant European basketball nations at that time. Logically, they end up in the semi-finals. Led by 13 points at break and inoffensive (20-34), the Blues will rebel in the second half following Tony Parker’s legendary first-half speech. The Tottenham leader (32 points) caught fire and allowed the French to grab the extension. On their way, the Hab will not break this time for their best victory over their neighbor (75-72). They will finish the job in the final against Lithuania to win their first international gold medal.

2014 Worlds: A Masterpiece of Spain

In the quarter-finals of the competition, the usual confrontation between France and Spain takes place. At home, with a full squad, La Roja want to shake off the humiliation of Euro 2013. The Iberians have just crushed in the group stage a French team that disqualified Tony Parker (64-88) and arrived in full confidence a few days later. . In light of the tension, the French defense will suffer in the last quarter (23-9) and its control of the rebound (50 against 29). The Blues won 65-52 and will take the bronze after their semi-final defeat to Serbia. Their first medal at the World Championships.

Boris Diao (here against Rudy Fernandez) and his teammates have achieved one of the best achievements in French sport.  (R. Martin/Team)

Boris Diao (here against Rudy Fernandez) and his teammates have achieved one of the best achievements in French sport. (R. Martin/Team)

Euro 2015: the terrible revenge

Ninth confrontation in six years in major competitions. France welcomes this Euro at home and wishes to retain its title as it did… Spain (2009, 2011). At Stade Pierre Moroy, the Blues believe they did the hardest part by leading by nine points in the final quarter (61-52). But accompanied by the irresistible Pau Gasol (40 points, 11 rebounds), La Roja returns. Even if the French snatched the extension, La Roja deny the French team its final at home (75-80) against Tony Parker’s last in Euros. ” We want to shut the mouths of the French ‘, announced the Spanish axis before the meeting. Mission accomplished…

Olympic Games 2016: A slap in the back door

Jill’s latest international competition (Parker, Jillabal, Petros). Then France dreams of giving its NBA captain a great finale about Olympic charm. But just as in 2012, blue hopes will be dashed on the Iberian rocks. As in Euro 2013, they lead by 13 points in the first half. But this time, there will not be a single revolution. The Blues suffered a heavy defeat (92-67) in front of Nikola Mirotic (23 points). Tony Parker, who will be presenting some of the best French basketball pages, is leaving the international scene through the back door.

If this action seemed fierce, the duel would not really take place, as the Spaniards marched on the French at the last Parker in the blue jersey.  (P. Lahalle/Team)

If this action seemed fierce, the duel would not really take place, as the Spaniards marched on the French at the last Parker in the blue jersey. (P. Lahalle/Team)

After this worsening rivalry in 2010, France waited five years before facing the Iberians again. It was a friendly match, and she recorded two defeats last year (77-86 and 79-87).

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