Young and experienced - that's how they see us in Europe
04.09.2019, 08:45

Young and experienced - that's how they see us in Europe

  • Magda Pluszewska
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  • Anna Benicewicz-Miazga
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Anna Benicewicz-Miazga

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Journalists of the European Handball Federation have begun to publish a series of articles classifying this year's Champions League participants according to various criteria. So far, they have published two rankings - in both of them PGE VIVE Kielce was ranked in top spots.

The EHF placed the yellow-white-and-blues in fourth place among the teams with the greatest experience at the top level in Europe. French journalist Kevin Domas pointed out that although our team has many young players, these are already players at a high level, experienced in many tournaments, who can be counted on in European competitions. In the decisive moments of the matches we will certainly be able to rely on the experience of the new central playmaker, Igor Karacic, who replaced Luka Cindric on this position, and of other players such as Krzysztof Lijewski, Mariusz Jurkiewicz or Julen Aginagalde, as well as the training duo of Talant Dujshebaev and Uros Zorman themselves. According to the ranking, the only teams with more experience than VIVE are Barca, Veszprem and the winner of the ranking, Paris Saint-Germain.


The Polish Champions, on the other hand, reign in terms of the potential of young players. Chris O'Reilly, an ehfTV commentator of Irish origin, looked at the teams participating in the league from the perspective of the young talents they have in their ranks this season. The ranking could not be complete without the team, which for years has earned itself the brand of a "breeder" of talents, Celje Pivovarna Lasko (this is where Blaz Janc came to us from, and where Daniel Dujshebaev and Branko Vujović were players on loan). However, the Slovenian team reached only the fifth place, behind Montpellier, THW Kiel, Barca and the winner of the ranking, PGE VIVE Kielce. The EHF emphasizes that youth will be the advantage of the team from Kielce this year, listing new players, Doruk Pehlivan and Branko Vujovic (born in 1998), but also the already experienced Blaz Janc, Daniel Dujshebaev and last year's debutant Arek Moryto (1996 and 1997), as well as Belarusian strongmen Arciom Karalok and Uladzislau Kulesha (1996).


The combination of youthful freshness, cleverness and the experience of long-time veterans promises a very interesting season. Exciting months of the season 2019/20 are ahead of the fans of PGE VIVE Kielce, while for the coach Talant Dujshebaev this will be a challenging game of chess, requiring the proper use of all the skills of his players.


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