Entrerríos makes comeback for Spain
After being left out of the Spanish squad for the 2012 Olympic Games, HBC Nantes left back Alberto Entrerríos is making a comeback and has been nominated by head coach Valero Rivera for Spain’s two EHF EURO 2014 qualification matches against Portugal and Switzerland at the beginning of November.
"At certain moments during the Olympic Games I missed him for all he can contribute to our squad, so I think that he should return to the national team for these two matches and the World Championship which will be played in Spain in 2013,” Rivera was quoted on the Spanish Handball Federation's website.
However, 35-year-old Entrerríos’ comeback was not the only news. Compared to the fourteen men he nominated for the London Games, Rivera selected three more players who were not part of the team back then.
These players are Ángel Montoro, right back of Barcelona Intersport, and Paris Saint Germain's Antonio García and José Manuel Sierra, the latter being the replacement for injured goalkeeper José Javier Hombrados.
On the contrary, Eduardo Gurbindo and Mikel Aguirrezabalaga, both playing for Barcelona Intersport and both part of Spain’s Olympic team, have not been selected.
Spain are seeded in of Group 1 for the EHF Euro 2014 Qualification. They will play in Seville against Portugal on 1 November and then face Switzerland in Schaffhausen on 4 November.
Spain’s complete roster for the qualification matches is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Arpad Sterbik (Barcelona Intersport), José Manuel Sierra (Paris Saint Germain/FRA)
Right wings: Víctor Tomás and Albert Rocas (Barcelona Intersport)
Right backs: Jorge Maqueda (HBC Nantes/FRA) and Ángel Montoro (Barcelona Intersport)
Middle backs: Joan Cañellas (Atlético de Madrid), Daniel Sarmiento and Raúl Entrerríos (Barcelona Intersport)
Left backs: Alberto Entrerríos (HBC Nantes/FRA) and Antonio García (Paris Saint Germain/FRA), Viran Morros (Barcelona Intersport)
Left wings: Valero Rivera Folch (HBC Nantes/FRA) and Cristian Ugalde (MKB Veszprem/HUN)
Line player: Julen Aginagalde (Atlético de Madrid) and Gedeón Guardiola (Rhein-Neckar Löwen/GER)
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TEXT: Javier Villanueva / ts