Today’s expertise will take a look on Group B of EURO 2012 in Serbia. Let’s chek out what our expert, Eduarda Amorim thinks about this group:
The European Championship is coming up and I am excited to follow one of the strongest handball championships in the world.
It is a championship where there is no place for weak teams since they passed through a strong qualification to get here…
Most players are exhausted coming from one tournament directly to another CL, Olympics, CL again and now in December the ECh without proper rest… It will be in the hands of the coaches to use and rotate their players so they can reach the top places and get to the podium with a perfect performance.
It starts a new cycle of four years for all the national teams, I am looking forward to see the new players and the surprises that this event will bring.
It is difficult to give some guess about which teams are going to be in the top of this ECh, but I believe that Norway again, together with Russia, France, Spain and Romania belongs to the favorites.
Group B : France, Sweden, Denmark, Macedonia
The are very well prepared tactically and are really powerful individually. Maybe they will feel the absence of goalkeeper Amandine Leynaud, but with Allison Pineau back on court again, regarding her qualities, I think France will qualify to the Main Round, carrying the maximum amount of points.
Sweden became the surprise of the last ECh, organised in Norway and Denmark. They will surelly fight, to keep the same level.
The team is well structured and organized, showing patience in attack and having high-class shooters like Linnea Torstenson and Isabelle Gulldén. With a new coach (Torbjörn Klingvall), they will have a stronger motivation as they had in Olympics and I believe that they will fight with Denmark for the second position of this group.
Denmark , as I see had the biggest change of players in their squad, among all participating teams. I am looking forward to see if they can keep the good performance as at the last preparation tournament when they managed to defeat Norway, France and Russia.
They always had a very fast play in attack and it has been also introduced a 4:2 defense system. Danes has also players with very good skills, like Line Jørgensen and Susan Thorsgaard.
Macedonia will have the support of their fans and will show also a strong fighting spirit. But even with experienced players like Tanja Andrejeva and Dragana Pecevska I don’t think they can reach the Main Round.