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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2024 FINAL FOUR

On Saturday January 6, the Dojo de Paris will host the Final Four of this second edition of the Judo Pro League. It's a gala evening for French judo, with two semi-finals already shaping up to be explosive, and a sure-fire winner.

On the starting line, they were among the favorites. The four semi-finalists and their line-ups, all geared up for final victory, will provide us with an evening of indecision and a very high level of competition. However, one parameter remains unknown for the moment: the presence of certain international players, depending on whether or not they have been selected for the training camps in Mittersill (for the women) or Reunion (for the men).

How to follow the Final Four?

Final Four schedule

15h30 : Semi-Final #1 - SGS Judo vs ES Blanc-Mesnil Judo

16h50 : Semi-Final #2 - AM Asnières Judo 92 vs Judo Nice Métropole

18h30 : Final - Winner Semi-Final #1 vs Winner Semi-Final #2

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Starting at 6:30 p.m.

Live final

Starting at 3:30 p.m.

Final Four live and in full

Starting at 3:30 p.m.

Final Four live and in full

Semi-finals presentation

Sainte-Geneviève Sports vs ES Blanc-Mesnil Judo

A Francilien duel for this first semi-final. On one side, Sainte-Geneviève Sports, the Essonne-based club with a resolutely team-oriented DNA. A very strong identity for the Rouge et Blanc, who are currently impressing: top of Pool A (four teams) with seventeen points and just one defeat, the group coached by Laurent Bosch, Edouard Gingreau and Celso Martins gave the Dojo Nantais no chance in the quarter-finals with a straightforward eight-to-one victory. With a large, high-quality squad (almost thirty-five judokas took part in the elimination phase), Sainte-Gen' boasts a number of strong points, including Léa Fontaine, recent silver medallist at the Tokyo Grand Slam, and Quentin Joubert, 2023 French champion in -81kg.

France Judo/S.Bonnet

Facing the Essonniens, the Blanc-Mesnilois club is also moving forward with great ambition, this Judo Pro League clearly being one of the club's objectives this season. A team also top of its pool - C - despite the presence of Judo Nice Métropole. (see below)But they had to fight hard to overcome Auxerre Judo in the quarter-finals (5-4)! A group that effectively mixes French judokas, such as Alexandre Rubiano, bronze medallist at the 2022 French Championships in the -73kg class, and foreigners, such as Tunisian +78kg Sarra Mzougui, twenty-nine years old and 2023 African champion, undefeated in this Judo Pro League in the +70kg class. A deliciously uncertain duel!

France Judo/T.ALbisetti

Arts Martiaux Asnières Judo 92 vs Nice Judo Métropole

Fans will remember this duel as a rematch, as the two teams had already met last year at the same stage of the competition! The Niçois won before losing in the final to Paris Saclay Judo. For Asniérois, the motivation will be obvious. The Hauts-de-Seine team, managed by Guillaume Etchegaray and Rayane Hamdaoui, has a good reputation in this competition, relying on numerous fighters trained at the club (Antonin Elion Gambou, Doria Boursas, the Ngayap Hambou brothers, etc.), for remarkably strong cohesion and a homogeneity that is always very useful in a team competition. However, they gave themselves a scare in the quarter-finals, winning by just waza-ari and ippon against Normandie Judo, even though the score was two wins all. Is this a sign that the group is destined to go all the way this year? In any case, the Asniérois have the means to match their ambitions, with a frighteningly masterful group phase: fourteen points and the highest number of waza-ari and ippon scored in the elimination phase of this Judo Pro League.

France Judo/T.Albisetti

Nothing to frighten the Nice team, who will have only one obsession: to do even better than last year. A squad built around judokas who have passed through the Nice "Pôle Espoirs" and/or trained with Côte d'Azur clubs. It's a powerful identity for the only club outside the Paris region still in the running, whose ranks include internationals such as Tizie Gnamien (vice champion of France 2023 in -81kg), Guerman Andreev (champion of France 2021 in +100kg and bronze medallist this year in -100kg), and Léa Metrot, a long-standing Nice licensee and fifth at the 2023 French championships in -52kg. A source of pride nissarte which gives wings to this young and uncomplicated team, with Thierry Dibert and Renaud Carrière at the helm. A rematch that also promises much.

France Judo/T.Albisetti

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