Spain Give a draw to Brazil
First surprise: at halftime,
, in its World Cup debut, beat Argentina, the best team in South America, on Friday.
What was happening?
Second surprise: the star of the African team was a pivot with an exaggerated physique, possibly of
about 130 kilos
, who did what he wanted.
What was happening?
It was happening Gauthier Mvumbi,
the revelation of the World Handball, the self-described 'The Giant'
, a very interesting player who has generated a stir on social networks due to his obvious overweight.
Against the Argentina of
the Simonet brothers
, a team capable of reaching the quarterfinals, Mvumbi appeared unstoppable, immeasurable, indefensible.
Because of his size, he drove defenders like Gastón Mouriño, Argentine pivot from Guadalajara, who no longer knew whether to cover him in front or try to fight his position behind.
The Congolese scored four goals of four attempts in an extraordinary first half and then faded like his teammates, who ended up losing 28-22.
But ... Who is Mvumbi?
According to an interview with the local media
, he is a player born and raised in Chartres, France, of Congolese parents, natives of Kinshasa.
Graduated from a training cycle in Electricity at the Lycée Jehan de Beauce, he trained in the club of his city, at the age of 18 he went to the club of the neighboring town, Vernouillet, and then lived the opportunity of his life: the academy of Creteil .
With a very different physique from the current one according to the photographs, Mvumbi enjoyed a few months with players from the current French team such as Nedim Remili and Hugo Descat, but finally returned to Vernouillet where he played seven seasons in the N1, the French third division.
As the local chronicles indicate, there he was an outstanding pivot until this season, already 26 years old, he decided to take a step back and go to Dreux of the N2, the fourth division.
"You can't move it"
"He's a huge player, you can't move him. We knew his characteristics and we focused on defending him," commented the coach of one of his first rivals in the N2 last October on the competition's website.
By then he had already increased his weight and by then he was already focused on his dream: to play the World Cup with the Congo.
"I never thought I was going to experience this so I have to take advantage of it.
My goal now is to have fun
, live the competition to the full," Mvumbi himself acknowledged before the tournament at 'L'Echo Republican', where he admitted that he hopes that Mikkel Hansen, the star of Denmark, I exchanged one of his famous hair bands.
The pivot has already played four African Championships with Congo, but only the expansion of the World Cup from 24 to 32 teams allowed his team to play the tournament.
And in fact he did it at the last minute.
There were seven places at stake and after losing to Cape Verde in extra time, Congo had to fight Gabon for this seventh place.
He did it with a good performance from Mvumbi and a celebration, for the pictures of the costumes, for everything great.
His next rival this Sunday will be
Hansen's Denmark (8:30 p.m.),
which presumably will not present him with the facilities of Argentina, but will offer him another opportunity to show his handball to the world.
Then the duel with Bahrain will come, more even, and who knows if later, after seeing the commotion in social networks, an opportunity in a category higher than N2.
After all, as he showed on his Instagram profile, Mvumbi is delighted with the surprise he has generated.
"Call me: 'El Gigante'", claimed in a post, the revelation of a World Cup, a very interesting player.
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