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