Co-hosts Austria go into EHF EURO 2020 aiming to build on what has been one of the most successful decades in the history of the Austrian Handball Federation.
The Austrians’ performance at their home EHF EURO 2010 was the catalyst, as it started three successful EURO and World Cup qualifying campaigns. The ninth place finish achieved 10 years ago gave Austria the confidence to go on and qualify for the 2014 and 2018 events.
While several key players, such as Victor Szilagyi, Conny Wilczynski, Vitas Ziura and Roland Schlinger, ended their careers, the Austrian Handball Federation successfully formed a powerful, young team – one that is now led by captain Nikola Bilyk. In Aleš Pajovič they have a head coach who knows Austria inside-out, having played and coached at domestic level in the past.
The current squad has a healthy mix of youth and experience, with a wide selection of talent who are plying their trade in some of the strongest handball leagues of Europe. Domestically Austria’s top flight spusu LIGA top-flight remains home to numerous up-and-coming and experienced players further highlighting the positive state of Austrian handball.
Now, with a home crowd behind them at EHF EURO 2020, the Austrian team will want to write the next positive chapter in the recent history.
Tunisian-born team captain who has scored over 260 goals for Austria since making his debut in March 2016. Bilyk played for HC FIVERS WAT Margateren in Austria before moving to THW Kiel in Germany in 2016. The youngster won the DHB Pokal in his first season with the Zebras and in 2019 he celebrated winning his first international title, the EHF Cup.
Considered one of the most talented wing players in the German Bundesliga, Robert began his career in Austria with ALPHA HC Hard, where he won Newcomer of the Year in 2005. Three years later Weber moved to HBW Balingen-Weilstetten for one season before switching to SC Magdeburg, where he remained for a decade. In 2019 he left Magdeburg for HSG Nordhorn-Lingen. With more then 2,000 goals in the German top flight, Weber has become of the top 10 all-time scorers in the division.
Slovenian who took charge in March 2019 from Patrekur Jóhannesson. As a player Aleš won the EHF Champions League three times with Ciudad Real (ESP) and was a runner-up at EHF EURO 2004 with Slovenia. He arrived in Austria to play for HSG Graz in 2015 and a few months later took over as player/coach. His first major victory as Austrian coach was against reigning European Champions Spain.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events