No country in the history of the EHF EURO has won more medals than Spain’s seven and that statistic alone means Jordi Ribera’s side will start EHF EURO 2020 as one of the hot favourites to take the gold medal.
The reigning champions, following their success in Croatia two years ago, will be aiming to become the first nation to successfully defend their title since Sweden in 2002. With a talented squad at his disposal, Spain certainly have a big chance.
Their gold medal at EHF EURO 2018 ended a 24-year wait for European Championship glory after a number of near misses in previous editions of the tournament. Previously Spain had been the bridesmaids, finishing runners-up no less than four times. No nation has won more silver medals than the Spaniards.
After finishing fourth in 2012, third in 2014 and second in 2016, Ribera’s side made no mistake in Croatia last time out, earning automatically qualification for 2020 and this year hopes will be high of regaining the title once more.
With the likes of Álex Dujshebaev, the winner of the VELUX EHF Champions League last season with RK Vardar of Macedonia and Ferrán Solé, who was named Best Right Wing at the last EHF EURO, expectation on reaching the final weekend in Stockholm will be high.
Considered as one of the best Spanish pivots ever, Julen has enjoyed a fine career in the game and is now aiming to make it back-to-back EHF EURO titles following the gold in Croatia two years ago. The 6ft 5in pivot began his career in his homeland with Bidasoa, Ademar, Ciudad Real and Atletico Madrid. In 2013, he moved to PGE Vive Kielce in Poland and during that time his performances for the national team have also helped them win gold in the World Championships in 2013 plus medals at the last three EHF EURO events.
One of Jordi Ribera’s greatest discoveries, Ferran has exploded on the scene with BM Granollers before joining Fenix Toulouse in 2016. In 2020 the right winger will join Paris Saint-Germain . Ferran has smashed a number of records since breaking into the national team. He was chosen as the Best Right Wing at both EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia and the World Championship in 2019.
The man tasked with winning back-to-back EHF EURO titles, Jordi has already written himself into Spanish handball history after their success in Croatia two years ago. Ribera took over the national team role in 2016 having coached Brazil, twice, and Argentina in a career that began back in the mid-1980s.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events