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Euro 2020: Pauletta Foppa, “golden hands” and the future of the French hand



At less than 20 years old, the young pivot will be one of the main assets of the France team to defeat Croatia in the semi-finals of the Euro this Friday (6 p.m.).

Not even 20 years old, the pivot Pauletta Foppa, who is playing her third international competition at Euro 2020 in Denmark, embodies the potentially golden future of the France team. In Herning, where the Blue are defending their European title, Béatrice Edwige, the other pivot of the Blue, is full of praise for Pauletta Foppa, able to catch any ball with her hands and turn situations into gold. offensive. “I see her a lot in training with the France team and I watch her a lot in club. Pauletta, she has golden hands, ”enthuses her partner, who has been leading the French defense for his part since the start of the tournament.

“She loves the ball a lot, that’s what makes her so fond of attacking, this desire to score goals. We have the impression that she does that easily, whereas it was a real job. “

Beatrice Edwige

At his age, Foppa is a phenomenon of precocity, able to impose his physique (1.77m) in any situation and pierce the opposing defenses to score a goal. In six matches, she is already 13 achievements in the heart of the French game. “She loves the ball a lot, that’s what makes her so fond of attacking, this desire to score goals. We have the impression that she does that easily, whereas it has been a real job. It does us a lot of good and allows us to unblock situations, ”adds Edwige, who sees a long and bright future for him in the blue jersey. “It is true that I have always liked to bring in attack, since always”, underlines the main interested party, a little embarrassed by so much praise, and who also evolved in the post of back in his youth.

“She has a sense of timing, she has nerve in attack. When she sees a space, she is able to dive back into it ”

Olivier Krumbholz

His models as a pivot? For the offensive part, she likes the Norwegian Heidi Loke, still present at Euro 2020 at 38, while Edwige remains her reference for the defensive part. For her first international tournament, at home in December 2018, she had played only 23 minutes in France’s eight matches, with all the same four goals to her credit. “She was still a minor and we had to ask the mother for permission,” jokingly reminds coach Olivier Krumbholz. “She has a sense of timing, she has nerve in attack. When she sees a space, she is able to dive back into it, ”rejoices the Mosellan. However, he does not forget to point out that the pivot has “matured a lot under the Brest sun”, where coach Laurent Bezeau gives him a lot of playing time, essential to progress. “She has matured for more than two years thanks to the work and the confidence given to her in Brest. It is now well ahead, ”adds Olivier Krumbholz.

Confirmation of Foppa’s exceptional potential has allowed Béatrice Edwige to focus her role more on defense since the start of the tournament: 80% against 20% in attack, whereas two years ago, in the absence of Laurisa Landre injured, she had to evolve on both sides of the field. Foppa will celebrate his 20th birthday on December 22, the day after the final of Euro 2020 and hopes to celebrate his birthday with a second medal around his neck after the gold of Euro 2018. For that, it will be necessary first defeat Croatia this Friday in the semi-finals.

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