Basketball: French team takes that mark at Dijon Sports Palace

In the 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign, the French team will face Portugal in Dijon’s Palais de Sports on Thursday, February 24th. A French basketball player participated in the first training session. Deputy General Manager Boris Diaw and former Dijon Axel Julian acquired shares on Tuesday, February 22nd.

In the sports sector, the arrival of the French basketball team is this week’s event in Dijon. It’s been over 20 years since she started playing in the provincial capital. She will do so on Thursday, February 24, 2022 on the parquet floor of the Dijon Sports Hall facing Portugal (between 7 pm).
Boris Diaw, the general manager of the French team, has registered for his return to this Dijon on the principle that the team belongs to all basketball amateurs and fans.

“There has always been a very big basketball culture here.”

“It’s also a French team and you can be close to the crowd. We know that many cities love basketball and Dijon is a fan. It’s always a very big basketball here. There was a culture, “he emphasizes a former professional basketball player who has a family bond with Dijon and remembers the high-level trips he had when playing at Poortes. It was difficult to come and play in Dijon and the spectators really pushed the team. Fires often occur here in public places. “
In addition to the internal refurbishment of the Jean-Michel Geoffroy Sports Hall by the City of Dijon, JDA Dijon has a well-received, “well-structured club” and is included in EdF’s selection. It is characterized by a “beautiful infrastructure” near the hotel. Appropriate preparation conditions are met.

My stay in Dijon before playing against Portugal in Porto on Sunday, February 27th is short. French basketball players only have a few training sessions on their feet before playing a match to count the 2023 World Cup qualifiers. Therefore, an important match, without insulting the opposing team, “She certainly isn’t. It scares the French team. Portugal, 58th in the FIBA ​​rankings, is currently at the bottom of Group E.

Whatever this favorite status a French basketball player has, it’s time to prepare. Then you have to stay serious to be able to force the hierarchy in style. The first two sessions, the end of Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, made it possible to work on the principles of games and systems without objection. If the international “window” is narrow, the staff of the French team around Director Vincent Colette relies on a group of players who are accustomed to these stays.

Axel Julian wants a “beautiful night”

One of them is also used in the hall of this sports hall and the parquet floor. Axel Julien, a former leader and captain of JDA Dijon, has clearly joined the ranks of Bourg-en-Bresse this season. “It’s better than coming back in an opponent’s jersey. Certainly, in addition to that, I’m a little proud of the French team’s jersey,” he confesses.

On January 29, he received a standing ovation, but there is no doubt that the final result (54-88 for Bourg-en-Bresse) did not please Dijon’s supporters at all. Axel Julian can now release himself more, enthusiastic about the idea of ​​playing under a unified color.
Two days before the match, his feelings are as follows. “Dijon is a city that deserves an event like this and I’m happy with the supporters. I think it’s a great event for people in Dijon and Chalon-sur-Saul. It’s going to be a fun event. I’ve been here for 6 years. I had a great time, but it ended in the best possible way. I still have a lot of contact with the people here, so I’m hoping to get a warm applause again in this room With the idea of ​​playing and meeting people I know again, I try to offer them the best match possible, and it’s a really good night for them and the French team.

These comments are in line with the player’s desire to think about collective victory first. “For a French team, the goal is to qualify for the team. I want to show you what you can do to be efficient and settle there. It’s going to pass the qualification and see later. But I don’t put a personal purpose before the qualification. I like to think of the team and for now it works. “

Axel Julian is convinced that the atmosphere is there anyway. “I’m sure Dijon will be more than a spectator, a true supporter. It’s a little strength of Dijon’s masses, they’ll be players in the match, and for home players, it’s always It’s a plus. ”Chalonnais supporters can see Mathias Lessort, Nicolas Lang, or David Michineau again.

In this international “window”, 12 players and 3 training partners join the group. Axel Toupane and Mathias Lessort are back in the group. Here, Sylvain Francisco, who plays for the club in Manresa, Spain, is integrated. Players playing against the EuroLeague in the NBA are not in the game. Amine Noua will eventually be confiscated and will not be replaced.
Remember that the French team has already won two victories in this qualifying campaign. She defeated Montenegro and Hungary in November 2021.

Alix Bertier
Photo: Alix Berthier