Top 10 of the most beautiful comebacks in French sport

It’s not just PSG that takes big comebacks in the face (but if it happens very often). No, sometimes we are happy to see that our French people wake up at the last minute to offer us victory. Even if you shouldn’t do that too often because we have heart problems and personally I care a little about life.

1. The comeback of the French handball team against Denmark during Euro 2022

The blues won this match 29-30 so as much to tell you that it was really played with a hair of ass. And now the French went to the semi-finals when they were led the whole match, enough to infuriate the Danes.

2. Vincent Defrasne Olympic pursuit champion in Turin in 2006

In the 2000s in biathlon there were only two men who won everything (a bit boring, we agree), Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Frenchman Raphaël Poirée. And yet during the Winter Olympics in 2006, neither one nor the other will win, and it is a guy totally unknown to the battalion who will win. Vincent Defrasne arrives out of nowhere and snatches the victory from the Norwegian in the last moments of the competition. “And wham in your teeth” he would have added according to the legend.

3. Floria Guei and her comeback during the European Championships in 2014

This video we have seen, reviewed and re-re-reviewed, because it is one of the greatest exploits of French sport. It is thanks to her that we knew the famous “ALORS PEUT-ETRE, SO PEUT-EEEETRE” by Patrick Montel (thank you patounet). Here, the French women were far from the leading pack and they were going to finish at the foot of the podium in this 4x400m relay. But that was before seeing Floria Guei get a second wind and cheer everyone on the home stretch of this 4x400m.

We let you watch the video again because even 8 years later, it still makes us vibrate.

4. The comeback of Marc Raquil during the final of the 400m world championships in Paris

In the same spirit as the 4x400m final, in 2003 at the Stade de France, Marc Raquil had managed to impress everyone by going up against his opponents and managing to climb to third place on the podium. Faced with the Jamaicans and the Americans who largely dominate the distance, it must be said that it was really a feat. Patrick Montel didn’t believe it before seeing it before his eyes (definitely Patounet…). Raquil finished 3rd with a time of 44 seconds 79, which will be the new national record.

5. Pierre Latour winner of the 20th stage of the Tour of Spain in 2016

The Frenchman was able to delight us on the Vuelta (the Tour of Spain what) in 2016, especially thanks to his incredible comeback which will allow him to win the 20th stage of this race. Pierre Latour had won the Alto de Aitana, a stage in the mountains where you have to pedal like a calf to hope to reach the end of the course. Distanced by the Colombian Darwin Atapuma, he managed to win in the last meters and thus be the third Frenchman to win a stage of this Tour of Spain.

6. The rise of the French women’s handball team during the 2003 world championships

Always hand, but feminine this time. We are in the final of the women’s handball world championships and the French are playing against the Hungarians. The match was very tight, but Hungary had the advantage, nevertheless in the last seconds, France manages to snatch extra time. They will finally win this match 32 goals to 29 and become world champions for the first time. Once again we came close to tachycardia, thank you French ladies it’s super nice, next time try to win from the start please.

7. The Davis Cup returns to the French (when it was not won) in 1996

Yannick Noah’s France had been badly beaten by Italy in the round preceding the final (2 to 0) and yet, a few days later, the French regained the advantage thanks to the double formed by Guy Forget and Guillaume Raoux . The next day, after more than 9 hours of play (yeah it’s long), Pioline gives in to Enqvist in the final round.

It is therefore Boetsch on whom everything is played, no pressure for the guy. And as I have said too often, it is in the great moments that we recognize great men. The Frenchman was behind and had already managed to save match points three times. But finally Boetsch wins 10-8 in the last set and wins his team. It was totally unexpected, but he did it and the French won the Davis Cup that year.

8. France’s triumph over New Zealand at the 1999 Rugby World Cup

The “Twickenham miracle” as we like to call it, was really a miracle. Already France was playing against New Zealand, so it didn’t start very well, on top of that we had arrived last in the 5 Nations tournament, in short everything was going badly.

And finally, the blues will manage to recover from a 33-point deficit and win this match against New Zealand even if we will lose a few days later in the final against Australia (but that must not be said).

9. When France snatched their place against Ukraine in 2014 World Cup qualifying (shame)

The blues had lost 2-0 against Ukraine in the first leg of the World Cup play-offs in Brazil, which was really a humiliation we can say. And yet in the return match they manage to qualify by winning their match 3-0 thanks to a double from Sakho and a goal from Benzema.

10. The 4 x 100m freestyle relay with Yannick Agnel’s incredible comeback

At the London Olympics in 2012, France became Olympic champion in the 4x100m relay for the first time in history. Already when you start a paragraph like that, it must be said that it slams quite a bit. The French were second throughout the race but Yannick Agnel who was the last runner manages to get back on his opponent, the American Ryan Lochte. Nice perf.

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