Coach: Nenad Perunicic
Key players: Nemanja Ilic (Leftwing ), Vladimir Cupara (goalkeeper), Nemanja Zelenovic (back), Bogdan Radivojevic (Rightwing )
Qualifications Information: Winner of European eligibility Play off versus Portugal
History in Tournament: 1954-1990: as part of Yugoslavia, 1993-2005: DNQ (like Serbia & Montenegro), 2007: DNQ (like Serbia), 2009: 8th, 2011: 10th, 2013: 10th, 2015: DNQ, 2017: DNQ
Under previous coach Ljubomir Obradovic, Serbia qualified for Germany/Denmark 20-19 thanks to a 53:46 aggregate conquer Portugal back in June. Their seven-goal (28:21) triumph in the first leg in Nis managed to get a near-impossible task for its Portuguese to return at the 2nd leg four days after — that game ended in a 25:25 draw to seal Serbia’s appearance towards the very best international tournament since their 10th-place back in Spain, in 2013. As an independent state, Serbia have emerged only 3 times at this level before, with a most of spot, straight back at Croatia 2009.
In the Portugal match-ups, abandoned wing Nemanja Ilic and rightwing Bogdan Radivojevic both scored 10 days each to get rid of as high scorers plus they will be two important players in Berlin as Serbia start at the preliminary round against Russia before confronting other band A rivals, France, Brazil, Korea and hosts Germany.
“At the eligibility matches against Portugal we played with incredibly great and we trust our amount of performance from then could be replicated in Germany,” said captain Nemanja Ilic. “Our group in Berlin is demanding and there are not any teams that is often defeated ‘on newspaper ’. It’s challenging to say such a thing regarding our aspirations, but we will go match-by-match, day-by-day. ”
47-year-old coach Nenad Perunicic took over the job back in September and the prior player who gained titles throughout the world having a variety of clubs including Al-Ahli, SC Magdeburg, THW Kiel, Select Szeged and FC Barcelona, has been training RK Red Star Belgrade as 2011.
He already has experience of winning a medal at a World Championship, having won bronze at the 1999 edition, held in Egypt and can be relishing the chance to participate at a different one.
“Berlin will be a huge challenge for us,” ” said Perunicic. “there are not any outsiders in not just our group, however the tournament all together and there is no space to dismiss anyone. Our approach is similar to we are playing against Olympic champions daily.
“Korea can cause issues to all the teams, even while Brazil have an excellent team with nearly all of the players playing in Europe, in France and Spain.
“When you see Diego Simonet from Argentina is one of the best in the world of hand ball, individuals may consider you and think you made mistake and altered together with football,” lasted that the Serbia coach. “However that’s the ability of hand ball and is a real challenge for older conventional handball nations — that the only thing I want to own is motivated and healthy group of players at the end of December. ”
Group at Germany/Denmark 20-19
Games at Germany/Denmark 20-19
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Friday 11 January Serbia Versus Russia
Saturday 12 January France Versus Serbia
Monday 14 January Serbia Versus Brazil
Tuesday 15 January Korea Versus Serbia
Thursday 17 January Germany Versus Serbia
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Photo: Handball Federation of Serbia