France captain and Pamesa Valencia player Antoine Rigaudeau has decided to call it quits.
Rigaudeau came out of international retirement to help the French team capture the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2005, which they accomplished on Sunday by beating Spain in Belgrade.
France coach Claude Bergeaud fears it will be difficult to recreate the team spirit engendered by his side during the recent EuroBasket 2005.
Les Bleus recovered from an indifferent start to the competition, which saw them lose to Greece and Slovenia in the group stage, to oust host nation Serbia & Montenegro and defending champions Lithuania.
||Height||Birth date||Place of birth||Current club|
|4||Frédéric Fauthoux ||G ||1.80 ||06.12.1972 ||St. Sever ||Pau-Orthez |
|5||Mickael Gelabale ||GF ||2.01 ||22.05.1983 ||Pointe Noire
||Real Madrid (ESP) |
|6||Antoine Rigaudeau ||G ||2.00 ||17.12.1971 ||Cholet, Maine & Loire
||Pamesa Valencia (ESP) |
|7||Cyril Julian ||C ||2.06 ||29.03.1974 ||Castres
|8||Mickael Pietrus ||SG ||1.98 ||07.02.1982 ||Abymes
||Golden State Warriors (NBA) |
|9||Tony Parker ||PG ||1.88 ||17.05.1982 ||Brugge
||San Antonio Spurs (NBA) |
|10||Mamoutou Diarra ||GF ||2.00 ||21.05.1980 ||Paris
|11||Florent Pietrus ||PF ||2.01 ||19.01.1981 ||Abymes
||Unicaja (ESP) |
|12||Jérôme Schmitt ||C ||2.06 ||08.09.1981 ||Colmar
||JL Bourg |
|13||Boris Diaw ||PF ||2.05 ||16.04.1982 ||Cormeilles
||Phoenix Suns (NBA) |
|14||Frédéric Weis ||C ||2.18 ||22.06.1977 ||Thionville
||Lagun Aro Bilbao (ESP) |
|15||Sacha Giffa ||GF ||1.97 ||14.06.1977 ||Moscow
After 46 years, the French basketball team can finally return home from a EuroBasket with some hardware.
Tony Parker was magnificent with 25 points and five assists, Mickael Pietrus added 23 and France crushed Spain 98-63 to win bronze at the 2005 EuroBasket and bring home the country's first medal in the competition since 1959.
France and Spain both wanted to put last night's semi-final heartbreaks behind them to at least salvage a bronze medal.
But it seemed only France was able to get over the defeat of the previous night as they thrashed Spain 98-68 to earn their first medal in the European Championships since 1959.
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