Although Spain have won medals at all three major championships since their first EHF EURO silver in 2008, they are yet to win gold, meaning the stakes are high as they arrive in Denmark

The Spanish team heading for EHF EURO 2020 will be aiming to improve on their 12th place finish at the last European Championship but have plenty of confidence after winning silver at the World Championship last year.

Although the Spaniards are missing the likes of left back Alexandrina Barbosa, who was part of the All-star Team in Japan but is out of the EURO through injury, they will still expect to reach the final weekend in Herning – provided other key players, such as Nerea Pena and Alicia Fernandez, can step up.

Spain are led by coach Carlos Viver, who has been in charge since 2017. Since he took on the job, Viver has refreshed the squad, giving seven players their debut at the World Championship in 2017 and another five at EHF EURO 2018, leading to Spanish success last year.

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Upcoming Matches

Spain
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Sweden
05.12.2020
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20:30
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Herning
(DEN)
Spain
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Czech Republic
07.12.2020
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18:15
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Herning
(DEN)

CARMEN MARTIN

Right wing Martin has been key to Spain's greatest triumphs since joining the national team back in 2005. She is a dangerous shooter, proof of which lies when looking at her scoring record with the national team: 221 games played, and 751 goals scored. The ‘Spanish goal machine’ has a spectacular record. At club level she has won two Spanish Leagues, two Queen's Cups, two Super Cups, one League and one Cup in Slovenia, three Leagues and one Cup in Romania and one EHF Champions League. With the Spanish national team, the right wing won silver at the EHF EUROs of 2008 and 2014, and bronze at the 2011 World Championship and the 2012 Olympic Games. In addition, at EHF EURO 2018, she was chosen as a member of the All-star Team.

 

NEREA PENA

One of Spain's other dominant players is 30-year-old centre back Pena. In 159 games for her national team, the midfielder scored 531 goals. In addition to her shooting skills, her dazzling carelessness and great passing precision make her key to Carlos Viver's side. After her historic feat in Japan, where she achieved a world runner-up, 'Handball Planet' shortlisted her to receive the award for best player in the world 2019. Throughout her career, she has had two serious injuries that cut off her projection and hampered her presence in the 2012 Olympic Games. However, she is now going through one of the best moments of her sporting career and wants to continue as a member of the Spanish team, with whom she dreams of playing a great role at EHF EURO 2020 and the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

Carlos Viver has needed time to establish his game system in the team and turn the group of players into a winning team. With Viver in command the Spanish team achieved a historic silver medal at the IHF Women's World Championship 2019 in Japan. Now he hopes to prolong those good feelings in this EHF EURO in which Spain will try to honour its status as world runner-up and improve the 12th place achieved in France. Viver has been recently renewed as head of the Spanish team, with which he will live exciting challenges such beyond the EHF EURO including qualification for the Olympic Games and the World Championship 2021 that will take place in Spain.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event Host Place/Medal
1998 Netherlands 12th place
2002 Denmark 13th place
2004 Hungary 8th place
2006 Sweden 9th place
2008 FYR Macedonia Silver
2010 Denmark/Norway 11th place
2012 Serbia 11th place
2014 Hungary/Croatia Silver
2016 Sweden 11th place
2018 France 12th place