Seven PGE VIVE players in the final phase of EHF EURO 2020!
- Magda Pluszewska
- Grzegorz Trzpil
The Final Weekend of EHF EURO 2020, held in Stockholm, will be see the participation of seven Polish Champions and the PGE VIVE assistant coach, Uroš Zorman. This means that EHF EURO 2020 medals are definitely coming to Kielce, however, the color and number of medals still remains unknown.
This year's EHF EURO is going very well for the PGE VIVE players. The PGE VIVE players who were the first to be knocked-out of the tournament were: Arkadiusz Moryto, Mateusz Kornecki and Sławomir Szmal (assistant coach), and Montenegrin Branko Vujović, who said their farewells to the tournament after the group phase. Belarusians Arciom Karalok and Uladzislau Kulesh, Spaniards Alex and Daniel Dujshebaev, Julen Aginagalde and Angel Fernandez, Croat Igor Karačić, German Andreas Wolff and Slovenians Blaž Janc and Uroš Zorman (assistant trainer) advanced to the main round. For the Final Weekend, out of the entire group only the Belarusians will not be heading out to Stockholm, ultimately finishing in fifth place in Group I and tenth place in the overall tournament.
The results of last matches of the main round were quite interesting. There were two draws in Vienna — Spain tied 22:22 with Croatia and Belarus 36:36 with Austria. The Germans beat the Czech team 22:26, but the result of this match did not change anything, because Andy Wolff and the company had already secured third place in Group I.
“It is a pity that at this stage of the competition there are still some matches the results of which had no effect on anything” — Andi Wolff commented after the meeting — “Well, we did win, we accept this result and now we focus on the match against Portugal for fifth place.”
The match between Croatia and Spain gave the latter the first place in Group I, which made them face off against the team second in Group II — Slovenia in the semi-final of EHF EURO. The winners of Group II, Norway, will play against Croatia.
“I'm very happy that Blaž and Uroš have advanced to the semi-finals, the more Kielce players in this phase, the better! I wish all my colleagues who stayed in the game all the best!” — said Julen Aginagalde after the tied match.
Slovenia lost 30:33 to Norway in their last group match and therefore ultimately came second. Earlier, Portugal’s victory against Hungary 34:26 helped the Slovenian team advance to the Final Weekend.
The EHF EURO 2020 semi-finals will take place on Friday, 24 January. At 6:00 p.m., Norway will play against Croatia and at 8:30 p.m., Spain will take on Slovenia. On the following day, on Saturday, at 4:00 p.m., Germany will face off against Portugal in the match for fifth place in the tournament, and at 6:30 p.m., the semi-finals' losers will fight for the bronze medal. On Sunday, EHF EURO 2020 comes to a spectacular end with the final match at 6:30 p.m. and, most importantly, certainly with the participation of the Kielce players!