MVM EHF Final Four, Budapest, Papp László Sport Arena
Larvik HK – Dinamo Sinara
Buducnost – Vardar
Dinamo Sinara from Russia, Volgograd in one of the four teams qualified to the MVM EHF Final Four in Budapest.
At the beginning if the season nobody would predict that they will actually be participants in Budapest in May, so as I see they are the surprise team here.
It is the biggest succes so far for this Russian club, they have never been before in the best for teams of the Champion League.
This season returned to the club Russian national team goalkeeper, Anna Sedoykina and all-around backplayer Olga Akopian (earlier Levina), after giving birth to their children.
Rightback Anna Kochetova has also decided to continue playing handball, after she took a break, when she travelled.
Having back these three players meant a lot for this team, because they brought lot of experience in the young Dinamo team.
On the rightwing there is also an experienced player, Anita Gace is Croatian national team player and has gained many years of international experience playing with Podravka in CL and CWC.
Lineplayer Asma Elghaoui, is a young talent, and the Tunisian is the only handballer representing the African continent in this FF.
Dinamo Sinara is mostly an outsider regarding the opponents, but they definitelly deserved to be here, and after defeating HCM Baia Mare in quarterfinals they proved what a fighting spirit they have.
All-around player, Olga Akopian is looking forward to the FF in Budapest:
About their way to the FF:
” The first thing that was great for our team was the lucky draw we got in the group phase. This helped us to win first position in the group. Then, we had a situation where in the away matches we played even better than at home. We could smell victory more often and we felt that maybe we were able to advance and this brought us to the finals.”
About MVM EHF FF:
“You simply cannot make any mistakes. In the classic matches with home and away games, you had the opportunity to correct your bad performance in the away game with a great performance at home, and here you simply don’t get a second chance. The other great thing about this system is that it is a real handball holiday. You have all the best teams in one place combined with their fans, which makes it more interesting and entertaining.”
About Larvik, their semifinal opponent:
“Looking at their team at the moment, there are no big changes. We still have to play against a team which is really strong and has a lot of experience and above all they are playing fast handball”