The reigning world champion takes up the position of centre back in the new season

French player Grace Zaadi Deuna will join Krim Mercator as a centre back next season. The 30-year-old, who is currently still defending the colours of Romania's CSM Bucuresti, won a gold medal at the last Women's World Handball Championship - the second gold medal of her career at the World Championships.

Grace Zaadi started her rich career in Metz. In 2011/12, she got her first taste of the pressure of the European scene with her debut in the EHF Champions League. She signed for one goal then, but has already built on her tally in the following years.

Grace Zaadi: I am looking forward to becoming part of RK Krim Mercator. I am already looking forward to the next two seasons and the project ahead of.

In 2020, she went abroad for the first time, specifically to Rostov, Russia. A short return to Metz was followed by a trip to Romania. She’s staying with CSM Bucuresti from the 2022/23 season and Ljubljana will be the next stop on her handball adventure. She has signed a two-season contract with Krim Mercator.

Although the excellent central back player has not yet realised the dream she must have had as a young handball player in her club career, it makes her France national team career all the more rewarding. Gold from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the World Championships in Germany 2017 and Denmark, Norway and Sweden 2023, and her home European Championships 2018.

These are just the most precious medals she can boast. She also has three silver medals and one bronze from major competitions, and has scored 198 goals in 129 official games for the French national team.


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