LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday 8 March

Théo Sainte-Luce will no longer be allowed to play at Nîmes Olympique next season (Photo Anthony Maurin).

As every day, from Monday to Friday, discover the essential sports news of Gard in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

Update end of contract. As we know, the summer transfer window will be lively at Nimes Olympique. With nine players at the end of the contract and five players with a certain market value and starting wishes (Cubas, Fomba, Benrahou, Eliasson, Koné), the workforce is in danger of being seriously upset. The first project for the club is to extend the players it wants to keep beyond June 30, 2022. Let’s start with the players management wants to keep. First, Per Kristian Bratveit, author of A Satisfying Season and loaned by Swedish club Djugardens IF. The Crocos want to permanently recruit the keeper and plan to exercise the purchase option of around 400,000 euros. “An affordable price for a Ligue 2 club”says a source close to the player’s entourage. “I really enjoy playing here. It is also a beautiful place to live. I feel good and I would have no problem staying here.” had entrusted to the person concerned two weeks ago. The staff also expressed a wish to renew Antoine Valerio. Talks are ongoing, but other clubs are also looking for the midfielder. According to our information, his future should be sealed by the end of the month. Exchanges are also planned with the agents of Gaetan Paquiez and Pablo Martinez, players who, like Anthony Briançon, are trained at the club. Before possibly submitting a proposal to the historic captain, the club may be waiting to see his physical capabilities after an 11-month absence from the field. On the other hand, the trend is more towards a departure to Théo Sainte-Luce. Talks between the two camps failed and the left would have to continue its career outside the Gard. The same goes for Léon Delpech. In January, Nimes offered Olympique a first professional contract in the middle of 19 years, but he too received other offers that seem to attract more attention from those around him. Zinedine Ferhat will of course leave. As for Julien Ponceau, the purchase option agreed with Lorient is about 1.5 million euros. An amount too high for Nîmes who should no longer position himself in front of the middle. Finally, a loan extension is only planned for Moustapha Mbow because Reims is counting on him. Deployed on Saturday with the reserve team, he did not say that Nicolas Usaï wanted to keep the central defender next season.

Eliasson scored the most goals in his career for Nîmes Olympique (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Eliasson is on Koné’s heels† Niclas Eliasson scored his sixth goal of the season against Paris FC (1-1). The Swede had already scored against Valenciennes, Dunkerque, Niort, Dijon and Grenoble. In all competitions, the former Bristol City player is on the third rung of the Nîmes scorers list this season, behind Benrahou (10 goals) and Koné (8 goals). Eliasson’s red jersey counter is now at ten units since he had already shaken the net four times last season, his first in the Gard. It was with the NO that he scored the most goals in his career, 8 with IFK Norrköping and 7 with Bristol City. In addition, Eliasson and Koné are the only Nîmes to score in the past five days.

USAM Nimes Gard

Rémi Desbonnet was called up to the French team (Photo USAM)

Desbonnet with the Blues. A month and a half after the European Championship in Hungary, where France finished fourth, the Blues are back on the field for the third leg of the Golden League. For this match, Guillaume Gille, the coach of the French team, called up 21 players, including the Nîmes (and future Montpellier next season) Rémi Desbonnet to face Norway (March 19) and Denmark (March 20). On March 14, the Blues will meet at the Maison du Handball in Créteil to prepare for these two matches.

Triple jump

Jean-Marc Pontvianne from Nîmes (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Pontvianne at the World Cup in Belgrade. The French Athletics Federation has announced the list of nine athletes who will represent France at the World Indoor Championships in Athletics from March 18 to 20 in Belgrade (Serbia). The Nîmes Jean-Marc Pontvianne (27), is one of the lucky ones and he will defend the three-color opportunities in the triple jump. The representative of the Entente Nîmoise d’Athlétisme since 2004, on this occasion celebrates its ninth selection after participating in the World Championships in Doha (Qatar) in 2019 and the Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan) in 2021. The French triple jump champion 2017, 2020 and 2021 is one of four athletes drafted by the French Athletics Federation.