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Spain have been one of the most consistent teams – if not the most consistent – over the last six editions of the EHF EURO. “Los Hispanos” have made the semi-finals every time since 2012 and have won a medal in the past five editions, winning the title in both 2018 and 2020, silver in 2016 and 2022, and bronze in 2014.

This era coincided with the appointment of coach Jordi Ribera in 2016. He oversaw a great run, with some excellent handball delivered by Spain over these years using an excellent playing system which worked wonders both in attack and in defence. Over the past five editions of the EHF EURO, Spain boast an overall 66 per cent winning efficiency in the competition.

For EHF EURO 2024, Spain will once again be one of the big favourites and will hope to create more magic in the preliminary round, where they face Romania, Austria, and Croatia in Mannheim, being expected to start the competition with three wins in a row, setting them up nicely for another semi-finals berth.

Players like Joan Cañellas, Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas, and Adria Figueras will surely bring the experience to the table, but overall Spain have plenty of talent, as well as experience, to challenge for the trophy once again, having featured in the last four finals of the EHF EURO.

“Los Hispanos” will rely once again on the same core, albeit an aging one, but with plenty of talent and experience at their disposal. And with the return of right back Alex Dujshebaev, who missed the 2022 edition with a shoulder injury, Spain are likely to once again be considered as main contenders in this edition of the premier European national team competition.

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EHF competition history

Top Results

European Games
2023 - Champion

European Championship
2022 - 2nd place

2022 - 3rd place

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Key Players

Gonzalo Perez de Vargas Moreno)
Gonzalo Perez de Vargas Moreno

Gonzalo Perez de Vargas is a medallist at five consecutive EHF EUROs, starting in 2014, including two golds in 2018 and 2020. Before joining the senior team he represented Spain in all age categories. Perez de Vargas began his career in Barcelona, and returned to the club in 2014 after stints with Granollers and Toulouse focused on gaining experience. He was voted as All-star Team goalkeeper of the EHF Champions League in 2016/17 and in all Spanish domestic competitions since 2014/15. He was also MVP of the ASOBAL league in 2016/17. As well as being a superb shot-stopper, Perez de Vargas also has 18 goals for the national team.

Aleix Gómez Abelló)
Aleix Gómez Abelló
Right Wing

Aleix Gómez made his first national team appearance at the IHF Men’s World Championship 2019, two years after being named best right wing of the Junior World Championship 2017 where he won gold with Spain. He won gold on his EHF EURO debut in 2020, scoring 31 times including 11 penalties across the competition. Gómez was the leading scorer for Barça in 2018/19 and 2019/20 EHF Champions League group phases, and the Champions League top scorer in 2021/22 with 104 goals in total. He was named on the Champions League All-star Team in 2019/20 as best young player, and in 2020/21 and 2021/22 as right wing. 

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Head Coach

Jordi Ribera Romans)
Jordi Ribera Romans

Under Jordi Ribera’s command, Spain won the EHF EURO twice, in 2018 and 2020, as well as Olympic and world bronze. The Spanish coach took on his first job at just 21. He took over his first national team in Argentina in 2004, before moving to Brazil then taking the job for Spain in 2016. Ribera recently extended his contract with Spain until 2028.

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