Racing in European mode, the coronation of PSG in hand… Your sports weekend in Ile-de-France

Basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby… “Le Parisien” has been offering an overview of the unmissable events in Île-de-France for several weeks and every weekend.

The poster follows: Racing rugby players aim for a place in the last European four

RUGBY. It’s the moment of truth! After a first group stage and round of 16 with back and forth matches, which left the opportunity to recover after a misstep, things start to get serious for the eight clubs still in the running for the European Cup. Four French representatives are among the last survivors, including Racing 92.

After beating their neighbor Stade Français in the 8th round (55-31 over the two games), the Ciel et Blancs will face Sale’s Englanders for a place in the half. Laurent Travers’ players have the advantage of receiving and leaving with the favorites label. While the English never made it to the quarter-finals of the continental event (in 2006), the residents of Ile-de-France have already played in three finals. Three painful memories because they were never able to lift the big cup. To hope to beat the Indian mark, they will have to get rid of Sale as early as this Sunday.

The event: the clash PSG – Montpellier in Coubertin

HANDBALL. This is the shock of this 25th day of the championship. This Friday evening (8.30pm) in Coubertin, PSG will be crowned champions of France when they beat Montpellier. The Parisians leave with a huge capital of confidence after their demonstration (41-24) against the same opponent, just under a month ago in the Coupe de France. In the first leg, Montpellier had clearly hooked the Parisian ogre and lost with one goal (33-34) on the buzzer.

The challenge, with this 9th league title (the 8th in a row) reaching them, is threefold. The first effect will be to get closer to the Hérault club (14) and pass only 2nd for Ivry in the history of the French Championship. The 2nd is to continue the incredible streak of wins in this competition. PSG is aiming for 30 out of 30, unheard of. The latter is to get yourself in the best conditions before hosting the Germans of Kiel in the quarter-finals of the Champions League first leg on Wednesday (8:45pm). This is the main goal of Nikola Karabatic and his teammates at the end of the season.

The sentence: “It is absolutely necessary to win,” warns Chris Singleton

BASKETBALL. Sceaux’s players no longer have the right to make mistakes. Defeated by Monaco (57-67) last week on the first day of the final stages of the Women’s National 1, Olga Maznichenko’s partners must beat Feytiat this Saturday in hopes of winning one of the two tickets in play to gain entry to Women’s Ligue 2.

“Everything is going to happen on Saturday,” warns coach Chris Singleton. Before the start of the play-offs we were second out of four, that’s still the case, but we screwed up our joker. It is imperative to win against Feytiat, otherwise we know the situation is in serious jeopardy before we play the last two away games. †

A challenge made all the more complicated as Sceaux will evolve without its leader Aminata Konaté (injured). “She is the best player in the championship in her position, it’s a serious handicap but we will do everything we can to win,” said Singleton.

Sceaux is the last team from Ile-de-France to have played at the highest level in France, the Women’s League, during the 2001-2002 season. 20 years ago…

The place to go: an MMA night at the Accor Arena

The second largest organization in the world of the discipline behind the UFC, Bellator will descend on the Accor Arena in Paris for the second time in its history on Friday evening (from 8.30 pm). During the first edition, in October 2020, the Paris sports hall could unfortunately only accommodate 1,000 spectators due to the health situation and the pandemic. This time at least 10 times more are expected.

One of the most anticipated fights of the evening, which will see the title of world heavyweight champion, will pit French veteran Cheick Kongo (46) against American Ryan Bader, the belt holder. The fighter Lucie Bertaud, also known for her participation in the show Koh-Lanta: The Secret Weapons which she will complete as a finalist is also on the agenda of the meeting.

Top tip: the Blitz Society Bar

CHESS. This Friday, at 6.30 pm, the Blitz Society (4, rue du Sabot in the 6th arrondissement), the first Parisian chess bar, organizes a France-Ukraine match. Four great French players face four Ukrainian Grand Masters live from their country in public and “online”.

The French players who will be in attendance are: Laurent Fressinet, multiple champion of France, coach of Magnus Carlsen; Marie Sebag, one of the few women in the world with the prestigious title of International Chess Grandmaster; Yovann Gatineau, French Under-20 Champion and already International Master; and Vincent Riff. Since the conditions for organizing such a meeting are more than delicate, the names of the Ukrainian representatives will be revealed at the last minute.

Finally, it should be noted that all donations and contributions collected during this evening will fully benefit Ukraine.

The epic to follow: Cergy-Pontoise’s basketball players dream of Pro B

BASKETBALL. Show, play and bet. The Maradas complex should be full for the next few hours and so rarely shake. Tombeur de Chartres – one of the contenders for the turnout – last weekend, in the round of 16, Cergy-Pontoise welcomes Lorient this Saturday for the quarterfinals of the National 1 play-offs. A historic match for the Spartans, nicknamed players.

“It is unheard of, says Manuel Munoz, manager of the club. It is the first time that a promoted player has reached the quarter-finals of this competition. It’s great if you remember where you come from. We didn’t hear of our turnout until July and had to build up our team at the last minute last summer. It’s a great experience for our players and the club, but now that we’ve tasted his emotions, we want to go all out. †

By the end of April, 1,300 supporters had already gathered in the perimeter stands to cheer on Cergy-Pontoise’s players against Chartres in the round of 16 – “a club with a budget 4 times bigger than ours”, Munoz estimates. -, they should be even more numerous and boiling before the arrival of Lorient. The club chaired by Amara Sy also has many activities planned throughout the evening.

Also qualified for the big eight of the National 1, Rueil hosts the Stade Rochelais. The winner of these play-offs will join Angers next season, the first of the season at the end of the season, in Po B.

The athlete to watch: Paralympic table tennis champion Fabien Lamirault in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

PARA TABLE TENNIS. Four-time Paralympic champion, de Francilien will be one of the main headliners of the event. From Thursday to Sunday, the International Velodrome of Saint-Quentin and Yvelines hosts the 2nd edition of the International Para Table Tennis Tournament. A spectacular and prestigious meeting, belonging to the world circuit and qualifying for the World Championships that will take place in Granada (Spain) at the beginning of November.

The best table tennis players in the world – from 33 countries – will be in attendance. Among them are the medalists of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, including Fabien Lamirault. One of the stars of the discipline. Paralyzed since a road accident at the age of 17, de Francilien, born in Longjumeau and used to the hall of Issy-les-Moulineaux where he trains regularly, won two gold medals at the last Games. Two charms of the most precious metal added to the unchecked in 2016. This meeting will also serve as a preview of two years of the Paralympic Games in Paris.

The discovery: an introduction to chess, a mix of chess and boxing

CHESSBOKS. Since 2019 the discipline depicted by Enki Bilal in his comic strip Cold Ecuador saw his practice take shape in France. After the creation of a French federation and a French team (8 gold medals at the 2019 World Championships) and the organization of official fights in Paris, the development of this sport combining chess and boxing was hampered by the health crisis.

In preparation for the 2022-2023 season, Chessboxing Club Paris is offering a free discovery day this Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm in the Apollo Sporting Club room (3, quai du Lot, 19th). A unique day to discover this atypical sport that combines physical performance and cerebral control, in the company of the champions who bring the discipline to life. On the programme: introduction to boxing and chess, workshops and exhibition fights.

The workshops, supervised by recognized boxing coaches and Chess Grand Masters, are open to everyone (from 12 years, adult guides required for children under 14), regardless of their level in one discipline or the other. The 226 m2 hall with a central ring will accommodate about fifty participants. The equipment (chess and boxing) is provided by the Chessboxing Club Paris. Participants must simply appear in sportswear.


BASKETBALL. Division 1. Sunday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX – SAVIGNY-SUR-ORGE (Jean-Maréchal Stadium), La Rochelle – SÉNART.

BASKETBALL. National 1. Quarter-finals (To go) RUEIL – Stade Rochelais Rupella (Saturday, 8 p.m., Stadium); CERGY-PONTOISE – Lorient (Saturday, 8 pm, Complexe des Maradas).

National 1 Women (play-offs, 2nd day). SCEAUX – Feytiat (Saturday, 8pm, Clos Saint-Marcel room).

HANDBALL. Liqui Moly Star League (25th day). PSG – Montpellier (Friday, 8.30pm, Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium), Nancy CRETEIL (Friday, 8.30 pm).

proleague (28th day). Billère – TREMBLAY (Friday, 8 pm). IVRY – Sélestat (Friday, 8.30pm, Auguste-Delaune gymnasium), PONTAULT – Valence (Friday, 8.30pm, Espace Roger-Boisramé), Villeurbanne – MASSY (Friday, 8.30pm).

Butagaz Energy League (24th day). PARIS 92 – Plan-de-Cuques (Sunday, 5 p.m., Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier in Issy).

RUGBY. European Cup (quarter-finals): RACING 92 – Sale (Eng) (Sunday, 4 p.m., Paris La Défense Arena) national (26th day). MASSY – Valence Romans Drome (Sunday, 3 p.m., Jules-Ladoumègue stadium); Nice – SURESNES (Sunday, 3 p.m.).

Elite 1 Women (14th day). STADE FRANÇAIS – Stade Rennais (Sunday, 3 p.m., Christophe Dominici Stadium, Paris XVI); BOBIGNY – Grenoble (Sunday, 3pm, Henri Wallon Stadium); CHILLY-MAZARIN – Lyon (Sunday, 3 p.m., Jesse Owens Stadium).

VOLLEY-BALL. League A, playdowns (7th day): Toulouse – LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON (Saturday, 8pm).