«sep 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«oct 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«nov 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910
«dec 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
27282930123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567
«jan 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
567891011
«feb 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627281234
567891011
«mar 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627281234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
«apr 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456
«may 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
«jun 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«jul 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«aug 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanBelgiumBosnia HerzegovinaBelarusBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkSpainEstoniaFaroe IslandsFinlandFranceGreat BritainGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandIsraelItalyKosovoLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMoldovaFYR MacedoniaMaltaMontenegroMonacoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSloveniaSerbiaSwitzerlandSlovakiaSwedenTurkeyUkraine
 
EnglandScotland
Other EHF Sites 

02.04.2013, 14:49
Portugal and Israel prepare in Serbia for crucial matches
«Go back »Print Version


National teams hold mutual training camp to gather the best possible form for EHF EURO 2014 qualification
 

Portugal and Israel prepare in Serbia for crucial qualification matches

To find the best possible form ahead of their EHF EURO 2014 qualification matches, Portugal's and Israel's national teams have spent a few days in a training camp near the Serbian capital Belgrade.

Both teams resided at the "Kovilovo" Sport Center where the Serbian team was based during its EHF EURO 2012 campaign that ended with the silver medal.

Portugal will meet Switzerland in Group 1 on 4 and 7 April, while Israel face Montenegro in Group 2 on 3 and 6 April.

Portugal's head coach Rolando Freitas and his players worked hard to prepare for the upcoming matches which could put them closer to their first EHF EURO event since 2006.

"The conditions are very good here in Serbia. We are happy for the opportunity to work together with the Israeli national team.

"They were good rivals with young and talented players. Our test match (26:26) was a useful part of the whole preparation. It was a good test for us," Freitas said before his team headed for St. Gallen where it will meet the Swiss squad on Thursday.

Portugal lost their first EHF EURO 2014 qualifier against Spain (20:34), but won the second one against FYR Macedonia (32:25).

"It’s not easy to say what our chances are to qualify for Denmark. We have to wait until June and the last matches in our group. Our way of thinking is to go step by step.

"The two matches against Switzerland are very important, maybe crucial. I can’t say that we are favourites," Freitas explained.

"Of course, they (FYR Macedonia) are still favourites to qualify for Denmark. (But) they aren’t in my focus right now. However, I am very happy that after the two opening matches everything depends on us."

Freitas also commented on the match between Portugals group rivals Spain and FYR Macedonia.

"Spain are clear favourites in the two matches, but they have to survive the 'hot atmosphere' in Skopje.

"I really don’t know how big the impact will be that FYR Macedonia have a new head coach. Does he bring something new or will the team keep the game?"

Israel want to gain more experience

Israel's men's national team prepared simultaneously to Portugal for its two matches against Montenegro.

After having lost the opening two rounds of the EHF EURO 2014 qualification, the final tournament in Denmark is already very hard to reach, but head coach Dragan Djukić and his international coaching staff continue to make the future for handball in the country look brighter.

"I am really satisfied with all we have done here. Conditions were on a high level so our only duty was to focus on handball and on Montenegro," Dragan Djukic said.

"The Montenegrins are absolute favourites in the next two matches, but we will try to surprise in the second match next weekend.

"That will be a tough job for us. Montenegro are very close to qualify for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014. They also have the negative experience from two years ago (when Israel beat Montenegro 29:24 in the EHF EURO 2012 qualification), so it is normal that they will be highly motivated.

"We won’t be under pressure, that could be our chance. This philosophy brought us good performances against Germany and Czech Republic.

"The winning days lie ahead of this young team."


TEXT: Zika Bogdanovic / ts
 
Share
CONTACT FORM