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Meet the teams: Group C – Spain

Summer arrives and with it, the next Men’s Youth Championship will be held from the 9th to the 12th August in Varaždin and Koprivnica. The first great tournament for the generation of 2000/2001 which the Spanish handball put all its hopes in. A promising generation of players plagued by a real talent that has already left a good showing of its competitive level in the events in which it has participated through the promises category. The youth Hispanos have demonstrated a high level in different tournaments such as the Scandiberic, Easter Tournament, the numerous first level friendly matches played in their beginnings with the national team, or in the Mediterranean Games held in France, where Spain obtained the silver medal in the final against Germany. Results that make clear the potential of a group that aspires to everything, and in which stands out the player of the Barcelona Lassa Football Club, Mamadou Diocou. Right-wing and extreme of an amazing potential that already knows what it is to compete in high-level competitions with a generation that last season was proclaimed runner-up in the World Championship in Georgia. Participations with another good generation of Spanish handball that have allowed the Spanish player to reach this tournament with 133 goals in his particular account. Spectacular numbers that will surely continue to grow in these two years, where the Barcelona player will be one of the great protagonists of the international scene. He is a key player, as well as Eduardo Calle (left wing, F.C. Barcelona Lassa) and Jorge Pérez (goalkeeper, F.C. Barcelona Lassa) for a team with a promising future, directed by the successful coach Alberto Suarez. A team who will give much to talk about in the next big championships organized by the EHF and IHF.

Head coach Alberto Suárez is aware they will have a tough job in their group:We have three major rivals, it is a very demanding and strong group, as always happens in the European Championships where there is not an easy rival. I imagine that our rivals also have the same feeling, they are not happy about playing against Spain. The possible hard rivals do not surprise me, because European Championships are always demanding and a simple match doesn’t exist, you have to be focused every day, due to any small detail, as the difference of goals can make you up or stay out. We will be very concentrated from the first day of the preparation, which begins 40 days before the Championship until the last day of competition. We are going to Croatia with a good team, which has improved a lot this season thanks to the work done in their clubs, and for that reason, we want to reach the best placement possible.”

Right wing Mamadou Diocou revealed what is the atmosphere in the team like: As every year all the players were nervous before the official call for the Youth Hispanos, eager to know if we would be part of the group in this new adventure that involves participating in the best competition that can be played at the level of national teams. All those desires cause that once you know the list everything is transformed into motivation to prepare a championship that we face with great enthusiasm and desire to achieve our goal.” 

 “The fact of being able to play matches during the preparation phase is a luxury since it allows us to evaluate the work we are doing, the mistakes we are making and correct them, with the aim of finishing the Championship in the best possible way. These matches also allow us to measure ourselves with the great rivals that are waiting for us in Croatia and that is a point in favor of a championship of great demand, in which all experience is little.”

“In the face of the Championship, the objective we have is to become European champions and I think we are capable of achieving it. We are a very competitive team that fights until the end. The ambition that, I believe, has been demonstrated when we were in the promises team. We wish to win, a desire that we surely share with the rest of the teams who are also working hard during the summer. We have to continue working hard and more than the rest of the teams in order to achieve our great objective. The results obtained in France does not make us one of the favorites, since as we burn stages the level of competition goes up, it is becoming more complex and people get stronger, causing the competitions to be every time tougher. In competitions like the European Championships, there are no favorites, it is very difficult to choose a favorite team. We do not want to enter the group of favorites, what we want is to go there and show the hard work we have done. We will try to get the grand prize at the end of the summer.”

Although I have already participated in European or World championships I still have the same desire as the first time I was called by the national team. The fact of knowing the competition that awaits us this summer is more a motivation than an advantage. I do not feel any extra confidence but of course, I am motivated to participate again, to relive again everything experienced the previous year. For these reasons I really want to compete again. Perhaps, the only advantage I see is to be able to correct the mistakes made in previous years and help my colleagues to adapt as quickly as possible. Despite all these experiences, I continue with the same enthusiasm as always, and I desire more than ever to share the success with my generation colleagues with those who I have worked very hard to compete face to face against all the participants in this European Championship.”

Spain at the EHF M18 EURO 2018 CROATIA:

Preliminary Round in Varaždin – Group C:

  • Spain – Hungary / 9.08.2016, 20:30
  • Russia – Spain / 10.08.2016. 20:30
  • Germany – Spain / 12.08.2016. 20:30

Past results at the EHF M18 EURO:

2016 – Croatia – 6th place

2014 – Poland – 3rd place

2012 – Austria – 4th place

2010 – Montenegro – 2nd place

2008 – Czech Republic – 6th place

2006 – Estonia – 5th place

1999 – Portugal –2nd place

1997 – Estonia – 8th place

1994 – Israel – 1st place

1992 – Switzerland – 3rd place

Official Squad ESP

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