After missing out on EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, Poland are aiming high at what will be their ninth appearance at the finals.
Their participation at this year’s event came courtesy of a nail-biting last round victory over Israel in qualification Group 1. Going into the last game the two teams and Kosovo all held a chance of filling the second qualification spot behind group winners Germany, but Patryk Rombel’s side who celebrated following their 26:23 win in Plock.
Rombel, who took over as head coach in February 2019, will be hoping to rekindle the kind of form that had made Poland one of Europe’s most feared teams on the court. The nation won World Championship silver in 2007 and bronze medals at the 2009 and 2015 edition and narrowly missed out on a medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, finish fourth.
Although they missed out on the last EHF EURO event, Poland had enjoyed a string of consistent finishes before 2018, the best of which came back in 2010 when they finished fourth after losing to Iceland in the fight to win the bronze medal.
Rombel’s motto is “work, work, work” and that will be the Poles’ goal as they look to make up on lost time in their first EHF EURO since hosting the 2016 tournament.
One of the most experienced and most recognisable Polish players, Kamil began his career at Orlen Wisła Płock, where won the Polish Championship in 2011. He first came to prominence at the World Championship 2015 in Qatar, in the winning bronze medal match against Spain, where he threw the winning goal for Poland in extra time. He also participated at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In June 2015, he joined FC Barcelona and has since won multiple titles in Spain, including the Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and IHF Super Globe. In 2019 Kamil made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
A true defence specialist, Piotr has become of Europe’s best defenders. He made his national team debut in 2010 and has gone onto become captain of the side. His achievements with the national team include a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, while at club level he has won the Polish title five times, once with Orlen Wisla Plock and four times with PGE Vive Kielce.
While he remains one of the youngest coaches at EHF EURO 2020, Patryk has a wealth of coaching experience, having been assistant coach of Talant Dujshebaev in Poland National Team from 2016 to 2017. He then became head coach of Poland’s B team prior to him taking over the main job. As a player, he won silver and three times bronze medal with MMTS Kwidzyn in the PGNiG Superliga. With his motto of “work, work, work” Rombel is aiming to guide his side to glory during EHF EURO 2020.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events