Czechs put faith in Kubes and Filip as squads finalised

NEWS ROUND-UP: Several teams have narrowed down their EHF EURO squads to 17 players and announced the starting line-ups for the first matches of the tournaments

Daniel Kubes and Jan Filip embrace during the EHF EURO 2018 - they will continue to lead the Czech Republic until 2023. Photo © Sasa Pahic Szabo / kolektiff

Czechs extend contract with their coaches

The Czech Handball Federation have set a signal prior to the start of their EHF EURO 2020 campaign by extending the contracts of their two coaches, Daniel Kubes and Jan Filip, until 2023. The former Czech internationals have coached the team since 2014.

“This duo fit perfectly, proved by their sixth place at the EHF EURO 2018, they are the ideal composition,” said Czech federation executive member Daniel Curda in a press release.

Co-hosts Sweden beat Egypt in their last test

Sweden are ready to host the EHF EURO. In their final test match Kristjan Andresson’s team beat Egypt 27:24. The best scorers were Max Darj and Lukas Nilsson with five goals each. Sweden had to replace Mikael Appelgren and Albin Lagergren.

The hosts will face Switzerland on Friday in their opener in Gothenburg.

Co-hosts Austria announce their EHF EURO squad

“It was a really hard decision for the whole coaching staff, but finally we had to decide,” said Austrian national team coach Ales Pajovic, when announcing the 16 players who will start against the Czech Republic on Friday.

From the original squad of 18 players, Julian Pratschner and Daniel Dicker miss out. Alexander Herrmann is part of the squad despite a thumb injury.

“I am sure I will be ready for Friday,” he said, according to the Austrian federation.

News in brief

One day before their EHF EURO opener against the Netherlands, German coach Christian Prokop announced his squad of 16 players. He left out young line player Johannes Golla, but underlined: “We are a team of 17 players, we are 17 here in Trondheim, and Johannes will definitely get his chance.”

Iceland have travelled with 17 players to Malmö, where they will face Denmark in their opener on Saturday. Coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson hopes that playmaker Elvar Orn Jonsson will recover quickly from his ankle injury, which occurred during the test match in Germany. From an original squad of 19 players, Agust Eli Bjorgvinsson and Daniel Tor Ingason were not nominated.

Former Croatian national team coach Zeljko Babic is now coach of VELUX EHF Champions League participant HC Eurofarm Rabotnik from Bitola in North Macedonia. Babic steered the Croats to their last EHF EURO medal, bronze in 2016.

Seven German national team players – including the EHF EURO players Paul Drux, Tobias Reichmann, Jannik Kohlbacher and Julius Kühn – are supporting animal rights group PETA in their fight against killing seals. “Save the seals” is the motto of their photo shoot, which includes painted wounds on their body.



written by Björn Pazen / jh