Alain Jardel is back in youth international basketball

The first change this season at the youth international basketball level in France sees Alain Jardel's return to the international scene.

Abdou N'Diaye who is the head coach of Villeneuve d'Ascq decided he needed to have a break this summer (2009) and step down as coach to the France U20 women squad.

 Alain Jardel © Bellenger/IS/FFBBHis replacement is no other than former French senior women's coach Jardel (in photo).

Jardel who is 62 years old was the head coach of the senior women's team from 1997-2006.

In that time France played 192 games of which they won 150 games. France became champions of Europe in 2001 and also finished second in 1999.

He also took France to the Olympic games in 2000 where they finished fifth.

France also participated in the World Championship in 2002 and 2006 under his leadership.

He was replaced by Jacques Commères after the 2006 World Championship as head coach of France.

Since his departure he has been busy with the French Basketball Federation on developing a structure for development of training young women basketball players at the regional academies in France for talented 14/15 year olds.

France U20 Women have been drawn in the same group as Sweden, Belarus and Russia in this year's U20 European Championship Women division A which will be held in Gdynia, Poland between the 9-19 July 2009.

France won the silver medal in 2008.

For the first FIBA Europe U20 competition for women in 2000 France failed to qualify. However since then France have always finished with a medal.

They have been bronze medallist on three occasions, silver medallist twice and European Champions once in 2005.

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Date created: 04 February 2009

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