For the first time, an edition of the Men’s Handball World Championship will take place in Spain. For this reason, Valero Rivera’s side have a great opportunity to do something big in front of their crowd. The Spanish national team comes to this tournament with a well-drilled unit, in which every player knows each other since years ago and with its key players in a perfect maturity state. Third in the last World Championship, held in Sweden on 2011, it is time for Spain to take a step forward and, maybe, become World champions in front of their own fans.
|2||Alberto Entrerríos Rodríguez||192||102||36||Nantes||Back|
|4||Albert Rocas Comas||189||80||30||FC Barcelona Intersport||Wing|
|5||Jorge Maqueda Peña||197||105||25||Nantes||Back|
|8||Víctor Tomás González||178||89||28||FC Barcelona Intersport||Wing|
|11||Daniel Sarmiento Melián||188||85||29||FC Barcelona Intersport||Centre back|
|12||José Manuel Sierra Méndez||194||92||35||Paris Saint Germain Handball||Goalkeeper|
|13||Julen Aguinagalde Akizu||195||116||30||At. de Madrid||Line player|
|16||Arpad Sterbik Capar||200||119||33||FC Barcelona Intersport||Goalkeeper|
|21||Joan Cañellas Reixac||198||100||26||At. de Madrid||Centre back|
|22||Ángel Montoro Cabello||210||102||24||FC Barcelona Intersport||Back|
|24||Viran Morros de Argila||197||92||29||FC Barcelona Intersport||Back|
|25||Carlos Ruesga Pasarín||184||96||28||Reale Ademar León||Centre back|
|26||Antonio García Robledo||191||99||29||Paris Saint Germain Handball||Back|
|28||Valero Rivera Folch||189||90||28||Nantes||Wing|
|29||Aitor Ariño Bengoechea||185||80||20||FC Barcelona Intersport||Wing|
|30||Gedeón Guardiola Villaplana||199||103||28||Rhein-Neckar Lowen||Line player|
The Basque pivot is the key player of the Spanish offensive game. 30-year-old Aginagalde is enjoying the best moment in his sporting career so far, considered by the press as the best line player in the world. In fact, Julen is one of the five nominees by the IHF to become Best Player of 2012.
The Serbian-born goalkeeper is considered as one of the best between the sticks. Hombrados’ injury will increase his responsibility, although after three years with the Spanish jersey, Arpad has shown that the home team’s goal is in the very best hands. His height (2 meters) and arm span make of him a wall for his opponents.
FC Barcelona’s player is one of the best men of Valero Rivera’s defensive system. The Catalan left back barely plays in attack, but his great arm spam and ability to anticipate make of him one of the best defenders in modern handball. Viran is a real expert in blocking the ball, which allows many fast breaks that he usually scores effectively.
The 36-year-old Asturian left back returns to the Spanish national team after his absence during the last Olympic Games, and he do it as the captain. Due to Jose Javier Hombrados’ injury, Entrerrios’ elder brother will be the most veteran player of the team in a tournament in which he must lead the group on and off the court. His 683 goals in 228 international games make of him a live legend of Spanish handball.
|President||Juan de Dios Román Seco|
Best result: 1st (2005)
worse outcome: 13th (1974, 2009)
Gold: 1 (2005)
Bronze: 1 (2011)
Bronze: 3 (1996, 2000, 2008)
Silver: 3 (1996, 1998, 2006)
Bronze: 1 (2000)
Legendary Players. 28 January 2013
Pre-match. 27 January 2013
Interviews. 27 January 2013
Spain. 28 January 2013
The hidden aspects. 27 January 2013
Final. 27 January 2013