Sunday, 15 May 2022

Croatia Deaf Handball Team Wins Deaflympics Gold Medal for 5th Time!

May 15, 2022 - The Croatia deaf handball team won the gold medal at the Deaflympics in Caxias do Sulu, Brazil, beating Germany 32-21 in the final! This is the fifth gold medal for the Croatia handball team at the Deaflympics and the 17th total from major competitions. 

The rhythm was slow in the first half on both sides, but Croatia was somewhat better, which, thanks to the outside line in which Lušić and Glumac played very well, managed to take the lead in the middle of the half with three goals. Šagovac defended well again with eight saves, one of which was a 7-meter throw.

We already knew the winner in the first three minutes of the second half. Three goals by Bošnjak and one by Glumac put Croatia ahead by seven goals which delighted more than 2,000 spectators at the final. Bošnjak led the Croatia national team with ten goals, followed by Glumac with six and Ilija Perak and Lušić with four each.

After the game, top scorer Tomislav Bošnjak said that the start was nervous with a lot of technical errors, but even with such a game, they ended the half with a three-goal advantage.

"At halftime, we agreed to start strongly from the beginning, which was achieved, and the difference only grew to the final 11-goal advantage," added Bošnjak.

The Croatia men's deaf handball team is one of Croatia's most trophy-winning teams. This is their 17th medal in major competitions. Winning this gold brings their Deaglympics medal count to 8 (five gold, one silver, and two bronze), with seven European (five gold, one silver, and one bronze) and two World Championship medals, both gold.

Serbia won third place at the Deaflympics. In the women's part of the tournament, Denmark finished first, Turkey was second, while Brazil won bronze. 

Croatia won a total of four medals at the Deaflympics - three gold and one silver in Caixas do Sulu. In addition to handball, taekwondo fighter Matea Kolovrat and javelin thrower Laura Štefanac won gold medals, and taekwondo fighter Petra Goleš won the silver. 

Source: Jutarnji List + HRT

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Sunday, 17 April 2022

Croatia Qualifies for 2023 World Handball Championships!

April 17, 2022 - Although Croatia practically qualified for the 2023 World Handball Championships after beating Finland earlier in the week, they confirmed their spot in Sweden and Poland next year with another victory in the return match in Varaždin on Saturday night. 

Croatia defeated Finland 21:34 in the first match of the 2nd round of qualifications for the 2023 World Championships and played the return match in Varaždin on Saturday, winning 36:22. The most efficient player was Marino Marić with 7 goals. Filip Glavaš added 6, Marin Jelinić 4, Halil Jaganjac and Tin Lučin 3 each, and Domagoj Duvnjak, Igor Karačić, Veron Načinović, Luka Cindrić, Davor Ćavar and Luka Lovre Klarica 2 each. Leon Šušnja scored one goal. Matej Mandić recorded 8 saves and Marin Šego recorded 5 in goal. 

With another convincing victory, Croatia sends a message to the handball world that it is back on track and ready for new challenges. Coach Hrvoje Horvat had another opportunity to test out some of the young forces that have had to jump in after a series of injuries. Thus, Luka Lovre Klarica, Mateo Maraš, Veron Načinović, Dominik Kuzmanović, or Matej Mandić will get playing time with Croatia again.

Croatia has never missed the World Championships. Croatia's first appearance was 22 years ago in Iceland in 1995, when they won the silver medal. Croatia went on to win four medals after that - one gold (Portugal 2003), two silver (Tunisia 2005, Croatia 2009), and one bronze (Spain 2013). The 2023 World Championships in Sweden and Poland will be their 15th appearance, and as Croatia, Denmark, and Norway will host the 2025 World Championships, Croatia has already qualified for their 16th tournament. 

Interestingly, Croatia has also never lost at the Varaždin Arena. They played in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers there for the first time and recorded three victories: Japan 36:22, Chile 35:15, Iceland 31:28. The last performance was in the qualifications for the European Championship 2016 against Norway when Željko Babić was on the bench. Croatia celebrated 31:25. 

The World Championships are scheduled for January 11 to 29, 2023, and will feature 32 national teams. Hosts Poland and Sweden, world champions Denmark and France, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Bahrain, Qatar. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, and South Korea have already qualified. 

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Croatia Beats Finland in Game 1 of 2023 World Handball Championship Qualifiers

April 14, 2022 - The Croatia men's handball team defeated Finland 21:34 in the first leg of the 2nd round of the 2023 World Handball Championship qualifiers.

Croatia has thus made a big step toward securing a spot in that competition and plays the return match in Varaždin on Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm.

FINLAND: P. Roslander 0/1, M. Makela 16/46, L. Lindberg 2/2, M. Henriksson 2/4, F. Forss 0/2, V. Gronmark 1/1, B. Helander 1/3 , R. Sundberg - / -, E. Hammarberg 0/1, R. Syrjala 1/2, R. Granlund 5/9, S. Vainionpaa 2/2, S. Sakkinen 1/3, G.Montonen 3/6, F. Karlsson 3/6, O. Norlund 0/1, coach: Ola Lindgren (Swe)

CROATIA: D. Kuzmanović 1/3, M. Šego 12/32, M. Marić 0/3, D. Duvnjak 1/1, I. Karačić 1/3, M. Maraš 0/2, M. Mamić 2/2 , L. Cindrić 6/8, V. Matanović 2/4, T. Lučin 2/3, H. Jaganjac 0/1, L. Šušnja - / -, D. Ćavar 4/6, F. Glavaš 8/10, L. L. Klarica 3/8, M. Jelinić 5/7, selector: Hrvoje Horvat

Of the 18 players brought to Finland, coach Hrvoje Horvat left Matej Mandic and Veron Nacinovic in the stands. It is worth reminding that Croatia was left without David Mandić, Željko Musa, Zvonimir Srna, Ivan Čupić, Luka Šebetić, Marin Šipić, and Ivan Martinović before these two qualifying matches due to injuries.

Croatia opened the match with the following line-up: Marin Šego in goal, Marin Jelinić and Filip Glavaš on the wings, Marino Marić as the pivot, and Domagoj Duvnjak, Luka Cindrić and Luka Lovre Klarica on the outside positions. There was only one change in defense-attack, Marino Marić - Leon Šušnja.

Croatia started calmly and used four of the first five attacks to take the 2:4 lead after only six minutes. 

Domagoj Duvnjak pushed forward, resulting in a series of mistakes for Finland. Thus, in the 12th minute, Croatia doubled its advantage to 4:8. After the first quarter, they could have been up by 8 or 9 points, but it was 6:10. 

Horvat started with a series of substitutions. Igor Karačić, Vlado Matanović, and Tin Lučin entered, and Marko Mamić also defended. Croatia made good use of Finland's exclusions, and at the end of the 20th minute, Croatia was up by 6 goals - 7:13. However, Croatia went without a goal for five minutes, and Finland was helpless against Marin Šego (10 saves).

At halftime, Croatia was up by seven goals (9:16), and 8 Croatia players were among the scorers.

Finland did well in the second half. They came to minus 5 with two quick goals and forced Croatia to get serious. Croatia responded with two goals by Filip Glavas, one from seven meters, and quickly calmed down the growing ambitions of the hosts.

After 13 minutes of play, Croatia went up by 10 (15:25) with the first goal by Marko Mamic. As expected, Horvat started several new changes to give all players the opportunity in the match. The young Dominik Kuzmanović was in goal. Croatia's advantage grew from attack to attack until the final 21:34. Along with the excellent Marin Šego, who had 12 saves, the top scorer for Croatia was Filip Glavaš, with eight goals from 10 attempts. Luka Cindrić scored six and was chosen as the best player for Croatia. 

Source: HRS

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Friday, 1 April 2022

Euro 2024 Handball Qualifiers: Croatia Draws Group 5 with Netherlands, Greece, Belgium

April 1, 2022 - The Euro 2024 handball qualifiers have been announced after a draw held last night in Berlin. Croatia was drawn into Group 5 and will play against the Netherlands, Greece, and Belgium from October 2022 to April 2023.

A draw of qualifying groups for the 2024 European Championship hosted by Germany was held in Berlin on Thursday night. The EURO is scheduled for January 10-28, 2024, and will be played in six German cities: Dusseldorf, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Manheim, and Munich.

An earlier placement at the European Championship was secured by Germany as the host and the medal winners at the last (this year's) European Championships: Sweden, Spain, and Denmark. Thus, for the second qualifying phase, there were a total of 32 teams that were drawn from four "pots" in eight strong groups. Croatia was placed in the first "pot". Russia and Belarus were not in the draw due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but their places were taken by Georgia and Luxembourg, while Kosovo and Serbia cannot be in the same group.

First, the teams from the fourth "pot" were drawn, each team in one group and so on until the last, first "pot". Croatia thus drew group 5, along with the Netherlands, Greece, and Belgium.

The complete qualification draw, on the other hand, looks like this:
Group 1: PORTUGAL, NORTHERN MACEDONIA, TURKEY, LUXEMBOURG
Group 2: NORWAY, SERBIA, SLOVAKIA, FINLAND
Group 3: ICELAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, ISRAEL, ESTONIA
Group 4: AUSTRIA, UKRAINE, ROMANIA, FAROE ISLANDS
Group 5: CROATIA, NETHERLANDS, GREECE, BELGIUM
Group 6: HUNGARY, SWITZERLAND, LITHUANIA, GEORGIA
Group 7: SLOVENIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, KOSOVO
Group 8: FRANCE, POLAND, LATVIA, ITALY

Qualifying matches will be played from October 2022 to April 2023, after which there will be a total of 20 national teams: two first-placed teams from each group and four best third-placed teams to be decided after all qualifying matches, taking into account only matches against the two best-placed national teams. With four previously placed national teams, we come to the number 24, which is the final number of teams that will ensure their appearance at the European Championships in 2024.

Source: HRS

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Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Coach Horvat Announces Croatia Handball Squad for 2023 World Championship Qualifiers

March 29, 2022 - The Croatia handball squad for the upcoming 2023 World Championship qualifiers against Finland has been named. Croatia will play the first match away on April 13 and in Varaždin on April 16. 

After the recent national team gathering in March, the Croatia men's senior national team will get together again in April. During the upcoming EHF week from April 11 to 17, 2022, the second round of qualifications for next year's World Championships will be played. Croatia is also participating in the second round of qualifications.

Croatia will meet Finland in the 2023 World Championship qualifiers. The first match will be hosted in Vantaa, on April 13, 2022, at 18:00. The return match will be played at Arena Varaždin, on April 16, also at 18:00.

Coach Hrvoje Horvat announced the list of players for the upcoming matches. There are 21 players on Horvat's list and nine more on the reserve list.

Croatia handball player list

MARIN ŠEGO – MONTPELLIER HB
MATEJ MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
DOMINIK KUZMANOVIĆ – RK NEXE
DAVID MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
MARIN JELINIĆ – RK NEXE
IVAN ČUPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
FILIP GLAVAŠ -HC TRIMO TREBNJE
VERON NAČINOVIĆ – MONTPELLIER HB
ŽELJKO MUSA – RK PPD ZAGREB
MARINO MARIĆ – MT MELSUNGEN
MARIN ŠIPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK – THW KIEL
LUKA CINDRIĆ – BARCA
IGOR KARAČIĆ – LOMZA VIVE KIELCE
ZVONIMIR SRNA – RK PPD ZAGREB
MARKO MAMIĆ – SC DHfK LEIPZIG
TIN LUČIN – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
IVAN MARTINOVIĆ – TSV HANNOVER-BURGDORF
LUKA LOVRE KLARICA – RK PPD ZAGREB
HALIL JAGANJAC – RK NEXE
LUKA ŠEBETIĆ – CB NAVA

RESERVE PLAYERS:
JOSIP ŠARAC - FRISCH AUF GöPPINGEN

JAKOV GOJUN - RK PPD ZAGREB
MATEO MARAŠ - HC EUROFARM PELISTER
LEON ŠUŠNJA - ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
IVAN PESIC - TVB 1898 STUTTGART
KRISTIAN PILIPOVIĆ - CADET SCHAUFFHAUSEN
DAVOR ĆAVAR - RK PPD ZAGREB
VLADO MATANOVIĆ - RK PPD ZAGREB
ANTE GADŽA - RK VARDAR 1961

COACHING STAFF:

HRVOJE HORVAT, COACH
IVANO BALIĆ, COACH
IVAN STEVANOVIĆ, GOALKEEPER COACH
ŠIME TOMAŠEVIĆ, CONDITIONING COACH
ŽELJKO KERCEL, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
FILIP ŠIMUNOVIĆ, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
KREŠIMIR ROTIM, DOCTOR
DOMAGOJ GAJSKI, DOCTOR
IVICA UDOVIČIĆ, DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL TEAM
IVICA MARAŠ, SPEAKER AND TEAM MANAGER
ZDRAVKO MIRILOVIĆ, TECHNICIAN
ZORAN ČULK, VIDEO (from April 13, 2022, Varaždin)

Source: HRS

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Croatia Handball Legend Igor Vori Comes Out of Retirement to Join German Bundesliga

March 23, 2022 - 41-year-old former Croatia handball pivot Igor Vori has come out of retirement to join German Bundesliga club Fuchse Berlin!

The celebrated Croatia handball player Igor Vori will play handball again after almost three years! On Tuesday, he signed a contract with the German Bundesliga club Fuchse from Berlin, reports Sportske Novosti.

Fuchse striker Johan Koch from Denmark is seriously injured, and the German club sent an offer to Igor Vori, who accepted it, even though he has not played handball for almost three years.

Vori was the director of the Croatia national handball team. From June to October 2020, he was also the coach of PPD Zagreb, and he was recently named the coach of the Croatia junior national team.

Vori has 246 appearances for Croatia. He became the Olympic champion with Croatia in 2004, was the best player of the 2009 World Championships, and won the Olympic bronze in London in 2012. From 2009 to 2013, Vori played in the Bundesliga for HSV Hamburg. The 2.03-meter-tall pivot also played for Zagreb, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain.

Board member Stefan Kretzschmar spoke about Vori's arrival: 

"We were thinking about how we could make up for the absence of Johan Koch. As the transition period closed in February, only players who did not previously have a contract or played were allowed to be brought in. The choice is, of course, limited. I talked to some pivots on the phone, and Igor Vori immediately said he wanted to help. His readiness was also decisive. We get a very experienced player who can relieve Mijaj Marsenić. We get a great player for the tasks ahead. I would also like to thank Bob Hanning for making this transfer possible."

Füchse coach Jaron Siewert is also satisfied.

"Some at the club know Igor, and I've only heard positive things about him from them," Siewert said.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Croatia Men's Handball Team in Varaždin Ahead of 2023 World Championship Qualifiers

March 15, 2022 - The Croatia handball team has gathered in Varaždin to prepare for the upcoming 2023 World Championship qualifiers against Finland.

In the week when European national teams will play the first round of qualifications for the 2023 World Championships hosted by Sweden and Poland, the Croatia men's senior handball team will train in Varaždin. The national team gathered on Monday at 11:00 am at the Westin Hotel and, after antigen testing, extended their trip to the Turist Hotel in Varaždin, where they will stay until Sunday, March 20.

Coach Hrvoje Horvat invited 22 players to this gathering. But, due to injuries, Marin Šipić, Ivan Martinović, and Marko Mamić dropped out of the lineup, so there will be 19 players in Varaždin. The coach has not invited anyone from the list of reserves, which includes ten players.

Several players on this list missed the European Championships in Hungary for various reasons. There are also many young talented players, some of whom we saw in significant roles at the last big competition and some that will get the opportunity to prove themselves to the coach for a potential spot on the next list before the 2023 World Championship qualifiers against Finland 

In addition to the coach and his first associate Ivan Balić, there are several new professional staff members. Ivan Stevanović, or "Stivi," is the new goalkeeper coach. Šime Tomašević has been appointed fitness trainer. The new/old physiotherapists are Željko Kercel and Filip Šimunović. Along with psychologist Sivia Juratovac, who has been working with the A national team for some time, the new doctor with Krešimir Rotim is Domagoj Gajski, who has been with the women's team for years.

Croatia player list 

  1. MARIN ŠEGO – MONTPELLIER HB
  2. MATEJ MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  3. DOMINIK KUZMANOVIĆ – RK NEXE
  4. DAVID MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  5. MARIN JELINIĆ – RK NEXE
  6. IVAN ĆUPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  7. VLADO MATANOVIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  8. FILIP PERIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  9. ŽELJKO MUSA – RK PPD ZAGREB
  10. MARINO MARIĆ – MT MELSUNGEN
  11. VERON NAČINOVIĆ – MONTPELLIER HB
  12. DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK – THW KIEL
  13. LUKA CINDRIĆ – BARCA
  14. IGOR KARAČIĆ – LOMZA VIVE KIELCE
  15. HALIL JAGANJAC – RK NEXE
  16. TIN LUČIN – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
  17. LUKA ŠEBETIĆ – HC MOTOR
  18. MATEO MARAŠ – HC EUROFARM PELISTER
  19. LUKA LOVRE KLARICA – RK PPD ZAGREB

Reserve players 

  1. LEON ŠUŠNJA – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
  2. FILIP VISTOROP – RK PPD ZAGREB
  3. DAVOR ĆAVAR – RK PPD ZAGREB
  4. JOSIP BOŽIĆ PAVLETIĆ – HC EUROFARM PELISTER
  5. LOVRO MIHIĆ – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
  6. JAKOV GOJUN – RK PPD ZAGREB
  7. IVAN PEŠIĆ – TVB 1898 STUTTGART
  8. MATE ŠUNJIĆ – US IVRY HANDBALL
  9. KRISTIAN PILIPOVIĆ – KADETTEN SCHAUFFHAUSEN
  10. JOSIP ŠARAC – FRISCH AUF GöPPINGEN

Coaching staff 

  1. HRVOJE HORVAT, COACH
  2. IVANO BALIĆ, TRAINER
  3. IVAN STEVANOVIĆ, GOALKEEPER COACH
  4. ŠIME TOMAŠEVIĆ, CONDITIONING TRAINER
  5. ŽELJKO KERCEL, PHYSIO
  6. FILIP ŠIMUNOVIĆ, PHYSIO
  7. SILVIA JURATOVAC, MT THERAPIST
  8. KREŠIMIR ROTIM, DOCTOR
  9. DOMAGOJ GAJSKI, DOCTOR
  10. IVICA UDOVIČIĆ, NATIONAL TEAM DIRECTOR
  11. IVICA MARAŠ, SPOKESPERSON AND TEAM MANAGER
  12. ZDRAVKO MIRILOVIĆ, TECHNICAL

Source: HRS

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Sunday, 6 March 2022

EHF EURO 2022 Qualifiers: France Tops Croatia Women's Handball in Toulouse 27-19

March 6, 2022 - France was better than the Croatia women's handball team for the second time this week, winning 27-19 in Toulouse on Sunday in the 4th round of the EHF Euro 2022 qualifiers. 

The Croatia women's handball team lost to France in the 4th round match of the EHF Euro 2022 4th qualification group in Toulouse 19-27 (9-13).

Two days ago in Koprivnica, France was better than Croatia, winning 21-19, though Croatia put up a great fight. Croatia offered good resistance to the Olympic champion in the return match as well, which they played without coach Nenad Šoštarić, who is sick with an intestinal virus. Šoštarić was thus replaced on the bench by Snježana Petika. 

At the end of the first half, Croatia played well, holding the 9-9 draw. France then scored four goals in a row and went into halftime with a significant advantage. In the second half, Croatia did not manage to bring the result much closer. 

Dejana Milosavljević was the best for Croatia with four goals, while Kristina Prkačin, Ana Debelić, and Andrea Šimara scored three goals each. France's Grace Zaadi was the most efficient with four goals. Croatia's goalkeeper Ivana Kapitanović recorded 9 saves.

This was Croatia's 58th match in the history of European qualifiers. So far, until this match, Croatia counted 38 wins, 2 draws, and 17 defeats. France, on the other hand, had played 55 matches, with 39 wins, 4 draws, and 12 defeats. Recall, in the last two years, France has also won the Olympic gold, world, and European silver.

France leads Group 4 of the EHF EURO 2022 qualifications with a maximum of six points, Croatia has two points, as well as Ukraine, while the Czech Republic is without points. Two duels between Ukraine and the Czech Republic have been postponed due to the war in Ukraine.

The EHF EURO 2022 will be jointly organized by Slovenia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. 

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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

2023 World Handball Championship Qualifiers: Croatia Player List Announced

March 2, 2022 - The Croatia men's handball team will gather for the first time since the European Championships to face Finland or Ukraine in the 2023 World Handball Championship qualifiers. 

The Croatia men's senior national team will gather for the first time since the European Championships when a part of the European national teams will play the first phase of qualifications for the 2023 World Championship or in the so-called EHF week. 

Coach Hrvoje Horvat announced the list of players for this campaign, which will take place in Varaždin from March 14 to 20, 2022. There are 22 players on the coach's list, and there are ten more on the reserve list.

During their week-long stay in Varaždin, the national team will only train and prepare for the World Championship qualifying matches against the match-winner between Finland and Ukraine.

A new part of the expert staff has also been published, which you can see below. Namely, Ivan Stevanović returns to the national team, but as a goalkeeper coach.

"There are some new names on the list that have imposed their form in clubs. But, of course, part of it includes those who left a great impression at the recently concluded European Championships. We are taking this upcoming week of joint preparations very seriously and responsibly because it is an ideal opportunity for us to work a little more on our game since there are no friendly matches in that period," said coach Hrvoje Horvat.

Player list

  1. MARIN ŠEGO – MONTPELLIER HB
  2. MATEJ MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  3. DOMINIK KUZMANOVIĆ – RK NEXE
  4. DAVID MANDIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  5. MARIN JELINIĆ – RK NEXE
  6. IVAN ĆUPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  7. VLADO MATANOVIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  8. FILIP PERIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  9. MARIN ŠIPIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
  10. ŽELJKO MUSA – RK PPD ZAGREB
  11. MARINO MARIĆ – MT MELSUNGEN
  12. VERON NAČINOVIĆ – MONTPELLIER HB
  13. DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK – THW KIEL
  14. LUKA CINDRIĆ – BARCA
  15. IGOR KARAČIĆ – LOMZA VIVE KIELCE
  16. HALIL JAGANJAC – RK NEXE
  17. MARKO MAMIĆ – SC DHfK LEIPZIG
  18. TIN LUČIN – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
  19. LUKA ŠEBETIĆ – HC MOTOR
  20. IVAN MARTINOVIĆ – TSV HANNOVER-BURGDORF
  21. MATEO MARAŠ – HC EUROFARM PELISTER
  22. LUKA LOVRE KLARICA – RK PPD ZAGRE

Reserve list 

  1. LEON ŠUŠNJA – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
  2. FILIP VISTOROP – RK PPD ZAGREB
  3. DAVOR ĆAVAR – RK PPD ZAGREB
  4. JOSIP BOŽIĆ PAVLETIĆ – HC EUROFARM PELISTER
  5. LOVRO MIHIĆ – ORLEN WISLA PLOCK
  6. JAKOV GOJUN – RK PPD ZAGREB
  7. IVAN PEŠIĆ – TVB 1898 STUTTGART
  8. MATE ŠUNJIĆ – US IVRY HANDBALL
  9. KRISTIAN PILIPOVIĆ – KADETTEN SCHAUFFHAUSEN
  10. JOSIP ŠARAC – FRISCH AUF GöPPINGEN

Coaching staff 

  1. HRVOJE HORVAT, COACH
  2. IVANO BALIĆ, TRAINER
  3. IVAN STEVANOVIĆ, GOALKEEPER TRAINER
  4. ŠIME TOMAŠEVIĆ, CONDITIONING TRAINER
  5. ŽELJKO KERCEL, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
  6. FILIP ŠIMUNOVIĆ, PHYSIOTHERAPIST
  7. SILVIA JURATOVAC, MT THERAPIST
  8. KREŠIMIR ROTIM, DOCTOR
  9. DOMAGOJ GAJSKI, DOCTOR
  10. IVICA UDOVIČIĆ, NATIONAL TEAM DIRECTOR
  11. IVICA MARAŠ, SPOKESPERSON AND TEAM MANAGER
  12. ZDRAVKO MIRILOVIĆ, TECHNICAL

Source: HRS 

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Sunday, 30 January 2022

2023 World Handball Championship Qualifiers: Croatia Learns Potential Opponents

January 30, 2022 - The draw for both rounds of the 2023 World Handball Championship qualifiers was held in Budapest on Saturday. 

The draw took place in two phases, as there are two qualifying rounds. Thus, the first to be drawn was the national teams that have already passed the first round of qualifications by groups, i.e., those ranked from 15th to 24th place at this European Championship, reports HRS.

UKRAINE - FINLAND
ITALY - SLOVENIA
PORTUGAL - SWITZERLAND
AUSTRIA - ESTONIA
GREECE - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
NORTHERN MACEDONIA - ROMANIA
ISRAEL - LITHUANIA
SLOVAKIA - BELGIUM
FARO ISLANDS - BELARUS

The first matches will be played from March 16 to 17, and the return matches on March 19 to 20, 2022. The first-named national teams are the hosts in the first matches.

The second round of qualifications was then drawn. Russia and Ukraine could not face each other. Therefore, Russia was drawn first and will play against the winner of Slovakia - Belgium. The Croatia men's national handball team will thus play against the winner between Ukraine and Finland in the 2023 World Handball Championship qualifications, which is being played in Sweden and Poland next year. 

RUSSIA - WINNER SLOVAKIA / BELGIUM
WINNER UKRAINE / FINLAND - CROATIA
WINNER GREECE / BiH - MONTENEGRO
WINNER PORTUGAL / SWITZERLAND - NETHERLANDS
WINNER ITALY / SLOVENIA - SERBIA
GERMANY - WINNER OF THE PHARE ISLANDS / BELARUS
CZECH REPUBLIC - WINNER SJ. MACEDONIA / ROMANIA
WINNER AUSTRIA / ESTONIA - ICELAND
WINNER ISRAEL / LITHUANIA - HUNGARY

The Croatia handball team is participating in the second round of qualifications, played in two games between April 11 and 17 this year.  The return match is played in Croatia.

Six European national teams have already won their place at the World Championships. These are hosts Sweden and Poland, Denmark as world champions, and France, Spain, and Norway.

"We can be happy with the draw. Ukraine is a slight favorite in the match against Finland. We saw them at this European Championship. They showed several young, very talented players. They will certainly include three to four of the best who were not at the Euros. Most have experience playing in the Champions League. Finland is somehow the weakest of the Scandinavian countries, but it is certainly not to be underestimated. But if Croatia is right, and we have no reason to doubt it, we should move on without major problems. Especially before we play the return match at home," said coach Hrvoje Horvat. 

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