The Spanish head coach of the Brazilian men’s national team, Jordi Ribera is leaving the bench of the Brazilian national team. The 53-year-old was leading the South American national team since 2012, but this was not his first period at the steering wheel of Brazil: he led them between 2004 and 2008 too. In his second period starting in 2012, he was not only the coach of the adult national team, but he was also working in several different areas, observing the regional and national competitions to be able to select the best possible team for the competitions.
In his last competition on the bench of Brazil, he helped his team to a historic 7th place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil woke the attention of the whole handball world in Rio, defeating the reigning European champions Germany and the world championship medalists Poland and were a tough competition for every team. Under his command, the Brazilian men’s team conquisted the American continent, being the reigning champion in both the Pan American Games (Toronto, 2015) and the Pan American handball championship (Buenos Aires, 2016)
According to the official release of the Brazilian Handball Federation (CBHb), Jordi Ribera is returning to his native land Spain and will take over the bench of the Spanish men’s national team. As known, Manolo Cadenas left the Spanish bench after the qualification tournament which meant that the Spanish men’s team had to miss the Olympic Games in Rio as silver medalists of the last EURO.