20 out of 20: best start of the season in the history of the French Championship
Paris Saint-Germain Handball has made the best start to a season in the history of the French Championship thanks to its victory over Istres (39-26) on Tuesday at Coubertin. The Rouge & Bleu have won the first 20 games of their Lidl Starligue season.
Paris Saint-Germain welcomed Istres Provence Handball to the Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin in a delayed match from the 11th round of games on Tuesday 13 April. Raul Gonzalez's men won (39-26), thus achieving a 20th victory in as many games since the start of the 2020-2021 season.
The previous record was set in the 2011-2012 season with 19 wins in the first 19 matches.
With ten games remaining, the Rouge et Bleu are currently leading the Lidl Starligue standings, four points ahead of Montpellier who they will host on Saturday at Coubertin in the clash for Matchday 23. Paris is in the running to win a 7th consecutive national title and thus improve on its record achieved with their 6th straight title in 2019-20.
"This historic performance is particularly significant for the Club," said Jean-Claude Blanc, Paris Saint-Germain's deputy CEO. “In the current context and in a championship that is always so competitive, it reflects a consistency that is quite simply exceptional. Our team has shown an extraordinary ability to push its limits and maintain its level of demand week after week. The hard work put in by the players and the entire staff is paying off. We are looking forward to an exciting end to the season. "
THE 20 WINS IN 20 GAMES
W1 27/09 Paris - Aix 34-31
W2 03/10 Paris - Cesson 39-21
W3 06/10 St Raphaël - Paris 23-37
W4 09/10 Paris - Toulouse 41-35
W5 17/10 Ivry - Paris 25-35
W7 31/10 Paris - Limoges 40-20
W6 11/11 Tremblay - Paris 30-33
W8 14/11 Nîmes - Paris 27-31
W10 29/11 Créteil - Paris 27-40
W9 06/12 Paris - Chartres 36-23
W12 13/12 Nantes - Paris 24-26
W13 16/12 Montpellier - Paris 32-36
W14 19/12 Paris - Dunkerque 30-20
W16 13/02 Paris - Créteil 28-24
W17 20/02 Chartres - Paris 29-39
W18 28/02 Istres - Paris 22-32
W19 20/03 Paris - Ivry 34-25
W20 04/04 Paris - Chambéry 34-23
W21 11/04 Dunkerque - Paris 22-30
W11 13/04 Paris - Istres 39-26