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Marine Johannès Opens Up About Controversy and Return to French National Team

FIBA (DR) / NBA Extra (DR)

By Guillaume K. | Sports journalist

Almost a year later, Marine Johannès is back in the French team jersey to play three friendly matches. The opportunity for her to return once and for all to the fiasco of the last Euro and the controversy with Céline Dumerc.

After almost a year of absence, Marine Johannès is back in the French team to the delight of fans. She is currently in China with her teammates to play three friendly matches on the sidelines of the Olympic Qualification Tournament. With Les Bleues already certain of participating in their Games, this trip is above all an opportunity to develop automatisms and find a rotation that matches the ambitions of the Federation.

For the fanciful ASVEL full-back, these few days will allow her to rediscover the atmosphere of a major competition, having missed the 2022 World Cup due to injury and especially Euro 2023 following an injury. big controversy… During an interview given to the FFBB website, MJ returned to this story once and for all:

Marine Johannès honest about the French team controversy

At the time of the situation, I was so disappointed not to be with the players and not to participate in Euro 2023. All of this of course impacted me, it made me sad. It was not an easy situation. I couldn’t watch all the Euro 2023 matches live, between the time difference and obligations with New York, but I followed what was happening closely all the same, exchanging messages with the girls.

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I know that this situation was not easy for them either, it weighed on the group. We really learn from each situation. This was not easy, but I think I was well surrounded by my family and my friends. I didn’t think I would find myself in this situation one day. I feel like it made me grow, that’s for sure. The time difference almost helped me manage it all in the end: I paid less attention, I looked less at what was happening on social networks.

I didn’t think I had that much following, and that people watched women’s basketball so much, we saw that that was the case. I found it positive in the misfortune of this situation. Sometimes we don’t realize enough that women’s basketball has a real audience, and this demonstrated it.

Marine Johannès knows that she had a lot of difficulty digesting this affair, since she really wanted to participate in this European campaign with her friends, and that they were also affected by the situation. But in this negative spiral, she was also able to see how much the fans loved her and how much women’s basketball appealed to the fans. Let’s hope she can return this love on the ground in Paris.

Marine Johannès was perhaps on the other side of the world shining in the WNBA, she had an eye on the French team and the Euro. She was obviously disappointed not to participate in the competition, even if she has some positives from it today.

2024-02-07 16:10:00
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