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France's water polo team achieves its historic ranking

TOPSEC has been an official partner of the French men’s water polo team since the end of 2022. Today, the media are buzzing about the French team’s achievement at the World Water Polo Championships, when they finished in the top 4, the best ranking in the team’s history.

french waterpolo team world champion cup
french waterpolo team world champion cup

The French men's water polo team in the spotlight

After a disappointing 9th place finish at the European Championships, the team came back into the game and shook up the media at the World Championships in Doha.

Their performance in the quarter-finals against Hungary, the reigning world water polo champions, left a lasting impression. An 11-10 victory for the blues in the last second, with an exceptional goal from Thomas VERNOUX, put them through to the semi-finals of the World Championships in Doha. This is the first time in the history of the French team that they have reached the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, it was after a very close match against Croatia that France lost out in the penalty shoot-out.
Finally, the team tried to win the bronze medal but was unable to beat Spain, with one match more than their opponents in their legs.

The French water polo team therefore finished in the TOP 4 at the world championships. It‘s an unprecedented result, and one that promises some fine performances in the competitions this summer.

This well-deserved success is the reward for months of training, travelling abroad to face the best teams in friendly matches, and preparing for all the championships that will follow in 2024.

A partnership steeped in history and a family affair

Since June 2023, Ugo CROUSILLAT, captain of the French water polo team, has been TOPSEC’s official ambassador. He shares his match debriefs on the Instagram account @topsecfrance and allows the company to go behind the scenes of their training sessions, particularly at the INSEP.

His father, Marc CROUSILLAT, left us two years ago and played alongside our Chairman, Thierry ALIMONDO, in the French national team too. This particularly strong link has led TOPSEC to sign a partnership agreement with the French Swimming Federation to support the French men’s water polo team in its development.

Shared values with the French water polo team

As well as supporting the players in all the competitions they will be taking part in this year, TOPSEC wants to pass on the values of top-level sport to its employees, partners, sports establishments, aquatic facilities and local authorities, as well as to its customers directly.
Their relentless ambition, self-sacrifice and genuine teamwork are bearing fruit and the team continues to inspire.

In particular, TOPSEC has broadcast several live videos alongside French national team coach Florian BRUZZO and Ugo CROUSILLAT, which are available on the TOPSEC Group’s YouTube channel: