11.09.2012, 12:47
Countdown part 9: Reale Ademar León

The return of Cadenas and complete squad reconstruction

Countdown part 9: Reale Ademar León

The upcoming season will be a tough one for Ademar León and their coach Manuel Cadenas, who is returning to his former club after a five-year absence. The squad has seen big personnel changes since their exit from the 2011/12 VELUX EHF Champions League season in the quarter-final.

Baena has made his way to Créteil, Straňovský and Montoro are wearing the scarlet and blue strips of FC Barcelona Intersport this season, Andreu has signed for TSV Hannover Burgdorf, Čutura left to HCM Constanţa and Krivoshlikov is yet to find a new team. The club has seen ten newcomers come through the doors. Ranking third below FC Barcelona Intersport and Atlético Madrid BM in Spain, it will be no easy task for Leon to make it to the knock-out stage.

“We want to achieve the best possible results; we know that our opponents are stronger than us. Besides that, we hope to keep up our ‘fighting spirit’ in the Spanish league and in the Champions League. We have a long way to go; our squad is still under construction. It is always important that the hard work is followed up with good results, because it gives the squad confidence, especially when you have so many young players like we have,” club manager José Ludena Montenegro said.

Three questions to coach Manuel Cadenas:

ehfCL.com: What are your expectations for the upcoming season of the VELUX EHF Champions League?

Manuel Cadenas: Our main objective is to be in the top four of our group to try to proceed to the next phase. Our group consists of teams which play at the top level in world handball, so it won’t be easy.

ehfCL.com: What does the participation in the VELUX EHF Champions League mean to you and your club?

Manuel Cadenas: For me personally it is the return to the ‘big stage’. For the club it is important to represent the club in a good light and to make it as far as possible in this competition.

ehfCL.com: What teams are your personal favourites to reach the VELUX EHF FINAL4 and for winning the title this season – and why?

Manuel Cadenas: Clubs like Kiel, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Berlin or Montpellier have the potential to be part of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 and to go on and win the trophy. It will all come down to how a squad performs on the day in Cologne.

Reale Ademar León (ESP) 
Qualification for the 2012/2013 VELUX EHF Champions League season:  Third ranked in Spain

Coach: Manuel Cadenas, since 2012

Newcomers: Vladimir Vranjes (Banja Luka/BIH), Faruk Vražalić (Sloga Doboj/BIH), Matej Ašanin (Zagreb), Iñaki Malumbres (Caja 3/ESP), Raul Nantes (Pilotes Posada), Djordje Golubović, Diego Piñeiro, Mario Lopez, Luis de Vega, Alberto Molina (Ademar Leon Juniors and second team)
Left the club: Antonio Garcia (Paris), Alvaro Ferrer (Atletico Madrid), Juan Andreu (Hannover-Burgdorf), Rafa Baena (Créteil/FRA), Angel Montoro and Martin Straňovský (Both FC Barcelona Intersport), Dalibor Čutura (Constanta), Jaime Gonzalez, Denis Krivoshlykov (both destination unknown)

VELUX EHF Champions League records:
Participations (including 2012/2013 season): 11
Quarterfinal (4): 1997/1998, 1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2011/2012
Last 16 (3): 2003/2004, 2005/2006, 2009/2010
Main Round (2): 2007/2008, 2008/2009
Qualification (1): 2010/2011

Other EC records:
Cup Winners Cup:
Winner: 1998/1999, 2004/2005
Final: 2000/2001, 2006/2007

Spanish champion: 2001, runners-up: 1997, 1998, 2000
Spanish Cup winner: Asobal Cup 1999, 2008, Copa del Rey 2003

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TEXT: Björn Pazen

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