Istres Provence Handball

Founded in 1970, Istres Provence Handball reached the French top flight for the first time in 1995, having won the division two title the previous season. After establishing themselves in the domestic elite in the 2000s, the club have switched between the Lidl Starligue and the ProLigue in recent seasons.

Two-time division two champions, Istres Provence Handball also lifted the Coupe de la Ligue in 2009, beating Paris Handball in the semi-finals and Montpellier Handball in the final.

The club made its return to the Lidl Starligue in 2018 thanks to their second ProLigue title win, secured on the 26th and final matchday with victory over Nice.

Istres Provence Handball

  • Lidl Starligue
    Day 20
    Monday, June 1st
    Stade Pierre de Coubertin
    Date to be confirmed
    PARIS Saint-Germain Handball Istres Provence Handball
    PARIS Saint-Germain Handball
    Istres Provence Handball

Previous encounters

Paris SG - Istres Provence Handball

On 2018-19 season of Lidl Starligue as part of matchday 2, Istres Provence Handball had lost 31 - 24 against Paris Saint-Germain Handball, driven by an excellent duo Nadim Remili - Uwe Gensheimer. The Red and Blue had defeated them once again 44 - 29 at Coubertin on Matchday 19, with 9 goals from Mikkel Hansen.

The Parisians were travelling to Istres as part of 2019-20 opening matchday. Nikola Karabatic's teammates had defeated htem 35 - 25, with 10 saves from Rodrigo Corrales.

Did you know?

Istres Provence’s second division title win in 1995 saw the emergence of Bruno Martini, one of the greatest French goalkeepers of all time. A vital presence between the posts for France, along with Thierry Omeyer, Martini enjoyed a hugely impressive career, winning one Champions League title, five French championships, five Coupes de France, and two world titles with Les Bleus, as well as that division two crown.

He has since made a successful career change and is now the general manager at Paris Saint-Germain Handball.

Player to watch

Nicolas Boschi
Left back

Born on July 7th, 1992, left back Nicolas Boschi represented France at youth and junior level and moved to Istres Provence from Saint-Raphaël Var Handball in 2015 in search of more playing time. In top-scoring for his club on 2018-19 season with 119 goals, he made a huge contribution to their ProLigue championship triumph.

Paris Saint-Germain against Istres Provence Handball

September 4th, 2019 - Halle Polyvalente Istres
Discover Istres squad against the Red and Blue!

Sevaljevic, Roche, Hubert, Nielsen, Boschi, Crepain, Grosas, Parisini, Laguillaume, Guillaume, Daoud, Harbaoui

Halle Polyvalente

The Halle Polyvalente is a versatile 1,500-seater venue that hosts Istres Provence Handball’s home games and a wide range of cultural and other sporting events.


Place Champollion

13800 Istres


Situated on the shores of the Étang de Berre, a lagoon on the Mediterranean coast, the stadium is easily accessible by car and has a free car park nearby.

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