Paris vs Toulouse

Fenix Toulouse Handball

The club was launched in 1964 as part of the Toulouse Sporting Association of Aeronautic Establishments, and successively bore the names Stade Toulousain, Sporting Toulouse 31 and Spacer’s de Toulouse Handball, among others, until settling on FENIX Toulouse Handball in 2011.

The south-western outfit has benefitted from the acumen of some major figures at the helm, such as Claude Onesta (1987-2001), current Saint-Raphaël coach Joêl Da Silva (2011-2014), and Philippe Gardent (2015-present).

The team has competed in the top flight since 1996, relying on a core of promising starlets throughout the Claude Onesta years, such as Jérôme Fernandez, Stéphane Plantin and Bruno Martini. During season 2017-18, Toulouse finished seventh in the Lidl Starligue; highlights of the campaign included impressive away successes over Dunkerque and Chambéry.

At the end of the 2019-20 season of Lidl Starligue, Fenix Toulouse finished at a very good 5th position, behind Montpellier and Nîmes.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

On March 18th, 2018, both teams had met in the Coupe de la Ligue final, with a 40 - 30 final victory for the Parisians.  During 2018-19 season on matchday 6 of Lidl Starligue, Paris Saint-Germain Handball had defeated FENIX Toulouse 36 - 30 thanks to good performance from Mikkel Hansen and Nedim Remili. The Red and Blue had defeated them once again 35 - 30 in Toulouse on matchday 15, with 24 goals from trio Nedim Remili - Mikkel Hansen - Uwe Gensheimer.  

On 2019-20, the Red and Blue had won 34 - 28 against Toulouse on Lidl Starligue matchday 4 at Coubertin, with 7 goals from Nedim Remili. On February 6th, 2020, for the return match in Haute-Garonne, the Parisians had defeated them once again 36 - 28, including 10 goals from Mikkel Hansen.

Finalists of the 2017-18 League Cup against Paris Saint-Germain, the club had eliminated Istres at the semi-final stage.

Players to follow

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Luka Karabatic

Pivot 19/04/1988
The youngest son of Nikola Karabatic, Luka plays in a pivotal position for both club and country. Transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in 2015, a few weeks before his brother, he began his career at Montpellier Handball in 2009, before spending four seasons at Pays d'Aix Université Club Handball between 2011 and 2015. On March 29th, 2017, Paris Saint-Germain hosted FENIX Toulouse in the Lidl Starligue championship. During this match, Luka Karabatic found the net 9 times, setting his new career personal record.
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Jef Lettens

Goalkeeper 12/08/1990
Born on August 12th, 1990, in Jasselt, Belgium, Jef Lettens joined Fénix Toulouse Handball in the 2019 season. He made his debut at Initia HC Hasselt, before joining Proligue and USM Saran in 2015, with whom he won the championship that same year. The following year, Jef discovered Lidl Starligue with Cesson Rennes Métropole Handball, before signing a contract with HBC Nantes in 2018. Since his arrival at Fénix de Toulouse in the 2019 off-season, the match against Saint-Raphaël remains his benchmark performance to this day, with 15 saves, his record since the start of the season.

The Palais des Sports André Brouat

Refurbished and inaugurated in September 2006, the Palais des Sports André Brouat is the official venue of the FENIX Toulouse Handball and Toulouse Volley Spacer's, both of which play at the highest national level. With a total capacity of 4,200 seats, the venue has the particularity of having a green roof.

3 rue Pierre Laplace
31 000 Toulouse
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Practical information
Located in the heart of the pink city, close to the Canal du Midi, the André Brouat Sports Centre is accessible by public transport, in particular by metro and line B, at the Canal du Midi and Compans Caffarelli stops. From the Toulouse Matabiau train station, it takes only about 20 minutes to walk to the venue. Numerous car parks are also available near the site.