Croatian head coaches Davor Rokavec and Iva Kanjugović and captains of Croatian teams Ivan Jurić and Kristina Smiljanić participated at the official press conference ahead the Beach Handball European Championship. Guests spoke about the preparation period and their expectations at the EURO.
Croatian men’s team is current European champion and they will do their best to win the fifth European title in a row. „We always want to win a gold medal and this time as well. Preparation period was short, but I am satisfied. I would like to thank the guys from other clubs who were selflessly coming to train with us every day and they were our sparing partners. I think we are well prepared for the Championship”, head coach Davor Rokavec said.
Men’s team captain Ivan Jurić believes that Croatia will qualify into the main phase of the competition with the maximum number of points. His opinion about Croatian opponents in the group is: “The first match will be against Serbia, which is a very good team. Then, we will play against French team who was excellent. On Wednesday, we will compete against Switzerland. The last matches in the group will be played against Norway and Ukraine, teams that should not be underestimated”.
Captain of Croatian women’s team, Kristina Smiljanić is optimistic ahead of the European Championship. “I think the Spanish team who are current champions is the biggest favorite. We played friendly matches and were better in every game. If we will play the way we have agreed, I believe we can pass the group at least to place second”, captain Smiljanić said.
Croatian men’s team is allocated in the group with France, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine, while women’s team will compete against Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The first game, seniors will play tomorrow, 20th of June at 10 am against Serbia, while the women’s team will open the competition with Italy at 12 pm.