Radivojevic and Vyakhireva swoop September awards
September lifted the curtain on the widely anticipated start of the new season. As with any beginning, it is new and somewhat unknown, making it difficult to assume anything before the season progresses and that is why we love it.
However, the two laureates have more in common than their in-form start to the season, which brought them the accolade. Interestingly, both Vyakhireva and Radivojević use their left as the dominant shooting hand and occupy the right side of the court.
Anna Vyakhireva became the first four-time EHF Player of the Month. She claimed the award in June, October and December 2018, and now in September 2019.
“Our goals are clear, it is already time to win the trophy. But now I am not thinking about it, first we have to start the tournament. I am looking forward to it, as I have been missing the atmosphere of the champions league,” she says.
Radivojevic: “Honoured, but there is still a lot to learn”
Bogdan Radivojevic was ecstatic following his first EHF Player of the Month award. With 21 goals in three matches, the Serbian right wing is also a current joint top-scorer of the VELUX EHF champions league, along with fellow EHF Player of the Month nominee, Aalborg’s Sebastian Barthold.
“Player of the month, wow. Well, it is quite an honour, I am very proud. I feel there is so much more for me to learn in years to come, but it motivates me to become even better in the future,” says Radivojević, before revealing the reasons behind his excellent form.
“It feels great being in Szeged. The team, as well as the city suite me well. Especially, being only two hours away from home (Belgrade).
“There is a great companionship here. Mario Sostaric helps me a lot to adjust to life here.
“I am especially happy that the coach has confidence in me. I have waited six years for a chance like this, so when I finally got the opportunity, I took it. I am working hard to repay the faith, and feel I am growing as a player each day,” says the 26-year old.
With three points from as many matches, a big challenge lies ahead for MOL-Pick Szeged in Group A. The Hungarian side have assembled an experienced group of players, looking to make a step further in the VELUX EHF Champions League this season. Having come as far as the quarter-finals, the VELUX EHF FINAL4 is their goal.
“I believe this team can accomplish a lot. We will fight for the domestic trophies, and I hope we can make a step forward in the Champions League this season, as well. This team has the quality to win the competition,” concludes Radivojevic.
EHF Players of September nominees
1. Anna Vyakhireva (RUS) – Rostov-Don
2. Katrin Klujber (HUN) – FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria
3. Ana Gros (SLO) – Brest Bretagne handball
4. Jovanka Radicevic (MNE) – Buducnost
5. jelena lavko (SRB) – Erd
1. Bogdan Radivojevic (SRB) – MOL-Pick Szeged
2. Sebastian Barthold (NOR) – Aalborg
3. Nikola Bilyk (AUT) – THW Kiel
4. Marin Sego (CRO) – Montpellier
5. Melvyn Richardson (FRA) – Montpellier
TEXT: Nemanja Savic, Sergey Nikolaev / cor