«STRONG INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT»
Statements by the coaches of Romania, Croatia, Iceland and Bosnia about VRILITTOS 2018
There are only few weeks left for the beginning of the 6th international handball tournament «VRILITTOS 2018», (March 30th- April 3rd), which will be held in the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens with the participation of National Teams (K16).
The coaches of the four National Teams of Romania, Croatia, Iceland and Bosnia/Herzegovina, who will participate in the B’ group of the A’ phase made statements to «VRILITTOS 2018» press office.
Teams history and coaches statements:
It is a great handball school with great excellence. It has won four World Men Championships (1961, 1964, 1970, 1974), two bronze medals in the same organization (1967, 1990) and four medals in the Olympic Games (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984). It’s their second participation in VRILITTOS. The team took the 6th and last place last year in Veria.
Citu Narcis (coach Romania): «Dear Handball Friends,
it is a great pleasure and honour for us to participate for the second consecutive time at this strong international tournament. We consider it a very good opportunity to prepare for our national team U17 and at the same time we can do objective evaluation of the potential of our team against opponents with value and handball tradition. We are convinced that this tournament will be a success both in organizational and sports level.
Thanks to the Hellenic Handball Federation and the Organizer Committee VRILITTOS 2018 for the invitation! ».
National team of Croatia has won two golden medals in «VRILITTOS» in 2016 won the final against Hungary (29-25 goals) and in 2017 won Austria (30-24 goals). They participate for the 3rd time in the tournament. It’s one of the world traditional handball forces. They have won the Olympic golden medal twice (1996, 2004), one World Championship (2003), and another ten medals in various big organizations.
Nino Markovic (coach Croatia): «We expect that, as every year, the tournament will be high quality, both in sports and in organizational terms, and that our selection will play as many quality matches as possible. This tournament is an ideal opportunity for us to determine where we are in relation to other national teams especially out of Europe NT-s, and to provide the players with the opportunity to prove themselves and to achieve individual progress through quality matches».
It’s really impressive how a country with so little population (just 332.529 residents) has managed to evolve into a great handball school with major experience in organizations.
They have seven participation in Olympic Games and won the silver medal in 2008 and 4th place in1992.
They have participated in 19 World Championships and 10 European and won the bronze medal in 2010 and the 4th place in 2002.
Maksim Akbachev (coach Iceland): «We are very pleased to be invited to participate in this tournament. This is the first time a national team from Iceland participates in this tournament. Everything I’ve read and seen about this tournament seems to be at a top level.
We have an interesting group of players who want to achieve high goals in their handball career and therefore our goal is to end up in top 3.
We are very excited to attend this tournament and compare us to other handball nations».
It’s their second participation in «VRILITTOS». Last year in Veria the team was very competitive and won the bronze medal. The team has made quite a progress so far as it has the legacy of the great handball school of Yugoslavia. Men National team managed to participate in the World Handball Championship in Qatar in 2015.
Vasilic Dejan (Coach Bosnia): «This is the first international experience for this generation of Bosnian handball players. Under the close eye of our Federation is a generation of very good players. We come to Athens with the desire to show ourselves in the best possible light and play a better tournament. We hope for a successful competition, sports gathering and that our boys bring the most beautiful memories from your country and your city».
VRILITTOS 2018 PRESS OFFICE