Nantes HBC

Founded in 1953, HBC Nantes have enjoyed a meteoric rise since the early 2000s, returning to the top flight of French handball for season 2008/2009. Just 10 years prior to that, the club had been languishing in the fifth division.

To date, they have won a Coupe de France, a Coupe de la Ligue and a Trophée des Champions, secured against Paris Saint-Germain Handball on 2 September 2017 in front of a sold-out crowd at Rouen’s Kindarena.

On 2017-18 season, Nantes surprised many observers by reaching the final of the EHF Champions League, knocking out a Paris Saint-Germain Handball side featuring the Karabatić brothers in the previous round. Sadly for Le H, they could not carry their fine form into the showpiece match, where they lost 32-27 to fellow French team Montpellier.

On July 1st, 2019, the club announced the departure of Thierry Anti, who has been coaching the H since 2009. His successor is Alberto Entrerrios, a former player between 2012 and 2016, who was appointed as HBC Nantes' assistant after his retirement in 2016.

HBC Nantes

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Previous encounters

Paris SG - HBC Nantes

Last season in the Lidl Starligue, Mikkel Hansen and Co had defeated them 30 - 29 in Nantes on matchday 13. The Parisians had defeated them once again 34 - 29 at Coubertin on matchday 17, thanks to a great performance from Thierry Omeyer.

This season, the Nantais was traveling to Coubertin on Lidl Starligue matchday 2. The Parisians won 32-29 at home. The return match is forssen in February on matchday 17.

Did you know?

In season 2012-13, over 100,000 fans made their way to the Palais des Sports de Beaulieu to cheer on Nantes – a new national accumulated attendance record. Remarkably , Le H also hold the record for the highest Lidl Starligue crowd: switched to the “Hall XXL” of the Beaujoire exhibition hall, the game versus Paris Saint-Germain on 22 December 2016 managed to attract more than 11,000 spectators.

Player to watch

Nicolas Tournat
Line player

Nicolas Tournat is one of many high-quality players to have graduated from Nantes’ youth academy in recent years. After signing his first professional contract in 2014 at the age of 20, the robust pivot was handed his first cap for France under Claude Onesta the following year.

This past season, Tournat was instrumental in Nantes’ excellent campaign, which saw them finish third in the Lidl Starligue and reach the Champions League final, as well as on the international stage, where he helped Les Bleus to claim a bronze medal at the EHF European Handball Championship in Croatia.

HBC Nantes against Paris Saint-Germain

Wednesday,September, 11 2019 - The version of HBC Nantes during Lidl Starligue matchday 2!

Ovnicek, Buric, Rivera, Cavalcanti, Tournat, Emonet, Mine, Lazarov, Balaguer, Briet , Nielsen

Salle de la Trocardière

After a move to the iconic Palais des Sports de Beaulieu in 2011, Nantes joined Nantes Basket Hermine, the town’s second division basketball team, and the women’s top-flight volleyball team, at La Trocardière – a state-of-the-art arena within the complex, with a capacity of 4,600 – ahead of season 2015-2016. It is in this new home that the team has enjoyed some of its greatest Lidl Starligue victories, backed by one of the most loyal and vociferous fanbases in France.


9& rue de la Trocardière

44400 Rezé


Located in the district bearing the same name, La Trocardière is accessible via public transport, particularly tramline 3 (Trocardière stop). There are also several car parks available near the arena, with preferred access on match nights.

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