This Sunday at 5pm in all-sold-out Parnassus, Ossam Nimes welcomes Paris Saint-Germain, eight-time French champions. An amazing begin to the primary day of the match. And a primary in Starligue for Ljubomir Vranjes, Gard’s new coach…
Ten years in the past, when Ljubomir Vranjes gained the Coupe des Coupe Cup with Flensburg, Nîmes went right down to D2. Eight years in the past, when the Swedish technician gained the Champions League with the German staff, Osam, who was again in D1, was struggling there. Its boss, David Tayeb, has efficiently challenged the unification of his membership with the person who was named the perfect coach on the planet in 2014.
He was awarded the perfect coach on the planet in 2014
Vranjes, of Serbian descent however born in Gothenburg nearly 49 years in the past, shouldn’t be very tall (1.66m) however proficient. As a participant, firstly as a result of he was the most effective midfield half on the planet on the finish of the 90s – in the beginning of 2000, European and world champion and deputy Olympic champion with Sweden (164 caps, 451 targets). Then coach, two-time continental winner with Flensburg.
In November 2020, Parnassus introduced down
The remainder of his profession on the bench was marked by two failures (sacked by Veszprem in 2018 and chosen by Slovenia in the beginning of 2022)… and an exploit at Gard. Il ne le sait sûrement pas, mais en novembre 2020, avec ses compatriotes de Kristianstad, il match tumber le Parnasse pour la première fois de l’histoire européenne de l’Usam dans cette salle inaugurée en 1993 (8 june 2 succès). then).
This match, which the Swedes gained 25-24 after main 24-22 5 minutes from the top, was David Tayeb’s soul. “Sure, what occurred that evening was a problem for me. After going up over the previous few years, it appeared to me that we had reached a glass ceiling. To maintain shifting ahead we needed to open time to a separate persona from the membership who has strong expertise in high-level handball. Too. With Leopomir Frangis, the planets lined up.”
For his membership, the president was on the lookout for extra precision, necessities and tactical sense. ‘Lobo’, diminutive in dimension, has the looks. When Julian Rebichon was requested what he had heard essentially the most from his new coach’s mouth through the summer season preparations, the Osamist captain thought and answered: “Run” (run) and “A hundred percent” (100%). Within the seventh nation of his life as a handball participant (Sweden, Spain, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia), Franjes, who speaks 5 languages, might have earned a brand new title: Mr. 100%.
“Sure, I all the time need 100%, he assures us. We’re working very onerous to realize a really excessive degree. It is in my head, it must be on the gamers’ minds. We’re not working for right this moment or towards PSG on Sunday. We’re working for this fall and winter for the 12 months.” 2024″. And even later: the Serbian-Sweden signed a contract for 4 seasons, with the purpose of qualifying for the Champions League by 2026.
Probably the most troublesome bodily preparation
To make sure, Rebichon and his colleagues have skilled “the hardest bodily preparation of their careers.” Vranjes explains, “It is new, so it is troublesome. However we’d like that problem. Studying new issues is sophisticated. They may make errors, and subsequently get higher. It is not possible to progress with out errors.”
Good friendlies and “a really lengthy journey”
What’s going to change on this confirmed Usam within the high six in French since 2018? “First, I wish to keep a sure continuity. It is very important win the troublesome matches. Then construct a protection that makes us win. I additionally need a staff that runs, however not anyway, with its head! In assault, we could have new choices. We began effectively, we had matches Good pleasant (4 wins and just one defeat, with a purpose towards Montpellier, editor’s be aware).
And the person in all of it? “He has a familial facet,” Rebichon confirms. Usually smiles. Closed, however removed from closed. Iron fist in a velvet glove. Right here, in France, in Nîmes, for about two months, “I really feel very effectively. I solely anticipate one factor: to see the individuals who help us, the viewers of Parnassus, generally a little bit loopy like me (laughter) . to share emotions with them.” Lobo is certain to stay the second this Sunday towards PSG at 100%.
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The group of 16 self-made: Demael, Baznik (goalkeepers), Rebichon (hat), Vincent, Sanad, Gibbernon, Poyet, Camchopp-Barrell, Gallego, Conradson, Dupuy, Menil, Aquifilo, Hisham, Toby, M Salo.
Absence: Sissoko, Tessio (Rehabilitation after cruciate ligament surgical procedure of the knee).
Match and ticket workplace: Kick off at 5 pm, Parnassus doorways open at 3:30 pm, judged by Karim and Raouf Kasmi. There are nonetheless a couple of locations on the membership’s web site www.usam-nimesgard.fr