Paris vs Dunkerque

Dunkerque Handball Grand Littoral

Founded in 1958, Dunkerque Handball Grand Littoral have been in the French top flight since 1991-92, an indication of their consistency at the highest level. Currently coached by Patrick Cazal, the club won the Lidl Starligue title in 2014, and also collected 1 French Cup, 1 League Cup and 1 Trophée des Champions between 2011 and 2014.

Also known as USDK, the club finished sixth during 2017-18 season, just missing out on qualification for the European Cup after losing to Montpellier Handball in their final match of the campaign.

2013-14 Lidl Starligue champion, Dunkirk was ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier Handball in the rankings.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

On 2017-18 season, as part of League Cup Round of 16, the Red and Blue had defeated USDK 34 - 23 at Coubertin, thanks to a stunning performance of Thierry Omeyer who made 22 saves.

During 2018-19 season, Nedim Remili's teammates had defeated Dunkerque on Matchday 9 of the 2018/19 Lidl Starligue season, with a clinical 100% rate shooting of Toft Hansen. The Parisians had defeated them 30 - 23 at Coubertin on Matchday 14, with 7 goals from Nedim Remili, best scorer for the Red and Blue.

During 2019-20 season, the Parisians were welcoming Dunkerque on matchday 13, last encounter of the first round. Mikkel Hansen and his teammates won their thirteenth match on Lidl Starligue, 36-25, for a perfect beginning for the Red and Blue! After its victory over Gazélec Ajaccio, the Parisians have been receiving USDK as part of French Cup Round of 8, on March 8th, 2020. Vincent Gérard's teammates won 32 - 21 at Coubertin.

Dunkirk is the only club to have deprived Paris Saint-Germain of the Lidl Starligue title since 2013.

Players to follow

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Mikkel Hansen

Right back 22/10/1987
Considered by many to be one of the best handball players in the world, Mikkel Hansen started at GOG Svenborg in 2005, before moving on to FC Barcelona between 2008 and 2010, and then to the Copenhagen GA from 2010 to 2012. Transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, he asserted himself season after season as one of the key players in the French championship. On October 22nd, 2015, during the receipt of Dunkerque, Mikkel Hansen put in an exceptional attacking performance, scoring 14 goals, his highest total in a league match.
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Abdelkader Rahim

Center back 12/07/1990
Born on July 12th, 1990, in Saint-Dizier, Abdelkader Rahim is a Franco-Algerian player playing as a half-centre or left-back for the Dunkerque Handball Grand Littoral. Trained at Grand Nancy Métropole Handball, he discovered the Lidl Starligue with USAM Nîmes Gard during the 2013-14 season. He joined Dunkirk in the summer of 2017, gradually establishing himself as a key member of the USDK squad, as evidenced by his appointment as captain for the 2019-20 season. In particular, he took part in the 2019 French Cup final at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, a match he lost 31-21 against Chambéry.

The Stades de Flandres

Previously known as Louis Dewerdt, the Stade de Flandres is the official players' hall of the Dunkerque Handball Grand Littoral. Renovated at the end of the 2000-01 season and the World Championships organised in France the same year, it can now accommodate 2,400 spectators and is now one of the best venues in France.

Avenue de Rosendaël
59 378 Dunkerque
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Practical information
Located in the city centre of Dunkirk, the enclosure is easily accessible on foot as well as by car. The Dunkirk train station is located 2km from the Stade de Flandres.