The Russian handballers will start at the European championship

Российские гандболистки стартуют на чемпионате Европы

The Russian women’s team handball, which won the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to begin their participation in the European championship which will pass in Sweden.

The tournament will be held from 4 to 18 December in five cities in Sweden – Stockholm, malmö, Kristianstad, Helsingborg and Gothenburg, which will host matches of the playoffs. The Russian handballers will start in the championship of Europe on 5 December the match against Croatia. Kick-off at 20:30 GMT.

Participation in the European championship will take 16 teams in the preliminary round is divided into four quartets. Three best teams from each Quartet appear in the main round of the tournament, where they form two groups of six teams each. In the semi-finals will be the top two teams from two groups.

Group a (Stockholm): Spain (silver medalist CHE-2014), Sweden (bronze prize-winner CHE-2014), Serbia, Slovenia;

Group (Kristianstad): Netherlands (silver medalist at 2015 world Championships), France (silver medalist of the Olympics in 2016), Germany, Poland;

Group C (Malmö): Montenegro, Hungary, Denmark, Czech Republic;

Group D (Helsingborg): Russia (the champion of the Olympic games of 2016), Norway (bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, world champion in 2015, the champion of Europe in 2014), Romania (bronze medalist of world Cup 2015), Croatia.

The minimum objective of the Russians — medals

After the triumph at the Olympics Russian handball players waiting for the victory and the championship of Europe, which, incidentally, they were not previously submitted. In 2006 the Russian women’s team won silver of the European championship, and in 2000 and 2008 — bronze. However, after gold Rio Russian national team has changed markedly. Several Olympic Champions ended his career in the national team became a period of rejuvenation. The head coach of Russians Evgenie Trefilov has warned fans from shapkozakidatelskih moods – team, experiencing the formation of a new composition at the tournament in Sweden will be tough.

“In the championship we will have a very hard time. God will not give, the pig will not eat. Will try, not for the first time. Some teams also change their composition, and some balanced composition will play. It’s hard for us to play in this tournament. Can now be any surprises. As we have in the squad, and rivals,” said Trefilov.

In this case, the European championship in honor of the Russian national team will defend the leaders of the team, as Anna vyakhireva Anna Sen, Vladlena bobrovnikova, Viktoriya Zhilinskayte, Lyudmila Postnova. According to Sen, the local handball players after the Olympic gold desire to win has not diminished.

“This (Olympics) is not the last vertex, which yielded to our team. For me it is important that the Russian team was always on top. Especially after such a success we have achieved at the Olympics. We will try (to win a European championship gold). Every athlete has this motivation – to compete for medals. I just said before the Olympics, and it worked. We work, try,” said Sen in an interview “R-Sport”.

As stated by the President of the handball Federation of Russia (FGR) Sergey Shishkarev, the minimum objective of the Russian team at the European Championships is to win medals. “To return to the results of the Olympiad need only because reached the highest level. Need to be equal to this high result. Evgeny Trefilov’s no gold medals of the European championship. I set the minimum goal is to get into the top three. But if it works, and will be accompanied by sports luck, and to fight for European gold,” — said the head of the RHF.

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