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Facing Germany, hosts Montenegro, and Poland in preliminary round group 4 in Podgorica, Spain have three tough matches in the first stage of EHF EURO 2022.In the process of rejuvenating the team, coach Ignacio Prades counts on a mixture of youth and experience, and he will hope for a better finish compared to the last three European Championships.

At the last two World Championships, Spain were semi-finalists, finishing second in 2019 and fourth at home in 2021, but since reaching the final in 2014, they have underwhelmed at EHF EUROs. In 2016, 2018 and 2020, Spain won once and finished 11th, 12th and ninth.

With 22 victories from 68 matches, Spain are ranked ninth in the Women’s EHF EURO ranking. Goalkeeper Silvia Navarro and Alexandrina Barbosa are most experienced players since Spain’s all-time EHF EURO top scorer Carmen Martin (200 goals at seven final tournaments) is no longer part of the team. The pair lead the young players, who Ignacio Prades has added to the team.

The shining jewel among those talents is 20-year-old Cameroon-born line-player Lysa Tchaptchet, who won the Champions League in 2022 with Vipers Kristiansand, while there are high hopes that Paula Arcos will make her international breakthrough at EHF EURO 2022. Players such as Jennifer Gutierrez, Lara Gonzalez or Almudena Rodriguez are in their peak years and are highly experienced at club level.

In qualification, Spain took five victories from six matches, were only defeated by Hungary on home ground on goal difference and finished second in their group.

Silvia Navarro is 43 years old, but still among the best goalkeepers in the world. She does not grow older, but only more mature and experienced. At national team level, the two-time European Cup winner with Rocasa Gran Canaria has been part of all Spain’s major successes.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
86 Cabral Barbosa, Alexandrina 6 23 44 52.27 3 / 5 0 0 0 196
6 Campos Costa, Carmen 6 18 28 64.29 12 / 14 0 0 1 157
62 Arcos Poveda, Paula 6 16 33 48.48 0 / 0 0 0 1 245
17 Gutiérrez Bermejo, Jennifer Maria 6 16 25 64 5 / 7 0 0 0 170
30 López Jiménez, Soledad 6 15 15 100 5 / 5 0 0 0 176
7 Arrojeria Arantzazistroke, Esther 6 9 12 75 0 / 0 0 0 1 137
33 Gassama Cissokho, Kaba 6 9 15 60 0 / 0 1 0 4 198
57 Valdivia Monserrat, Paula 6 9 15 60 2 / 4 0 0 2 141
18 Echeverría Martínez, Maitane 6 8 15 53.33 0 / 0 0 0 1 193
22 Gonzalez Ortega, Lara 6 7 10 70 0 / 0 0 0 2 166
61 Tchaptchet Defo, Lysa 6 6 9 66.67 0 / 0 0 0 2 120
39 Rodriguez Rodriguez, Almudena Maria 6 4 11 36.36 0 / 0 0 0 0 76
23 Spugnini Santomé, Alba Chiara 6 2 5 40 0 / 0 0 0 2 71
8 Arderíus Martin, Silvia 3 3 5 60 0 / 0 0 0 0 49
34 Fernandez Fraga, Alicia 2 2 2 100 1 / 1 0 0 0 26
51 Espinola Perez, Irene 1 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 6
63 Capdevila Barbany, Martina 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
10 Cesareo Romero, Elisabet 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
32 Cuadrado Sánchez, Elena 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
65 Erauskin Martínez, Anne 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
29 Gomes da Costa, Maria 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
20 González de Garibay Barba, Amaia 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
13 Hernández Selva, Laura 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
44 Hernández Serrador, Ainhoa 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
38 Loidi Etxaniz, June 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
2 Lopez Herrero, Marta 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
53 Mbengue Rodríguez, Seynabou 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
52 Pérez Buforn, Paulina 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
19 Somaza Bosch, Ester 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
31 Vegue I Pena, Ona 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 147 244 60.25 28 / 36 1 0 16
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
45 Aalla Rotaetxe, Maddi 5 7 38 18.42 1 / 5
41 Wiggins Sancho, Nicole 4 31 121 25.62 1 / 3
16 Castellanos Soanez, Mercedes 2 12 41 29.27 0 / 5
12 Navarro Giménez, Silvia 1 2 12 16.67 0 / 0
91 Sanz Ledo, Carmen 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 52 212 24.53 2/13

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Silvia Navarro (12) replaced by NICOLE WIGGINS SANCHO (41)

EHF competition history

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ECh Beach Handball
2021 - 3rd place

ECh Beach Handball
2017 - 3rd place

European Championship
2014 - 2nd place

Key Players

Key Players

Silvia Navarro Giménez)
Silvia Navarro Giménez

goalkeeper

current club: Rocasa Gran Canaria since 2013

  • At the age of 43, she is still one of the best goalkeepers in Europe
  • Made 44 saves at the EHF EURO 2020 and shares the goalkeeping position with Merche Castellanos
  • Has always played for Spanish clubs except for the 2012/13 season, when she was signed by Romanian side Valcea
  • Since 2013, she has played for Rocasa Gran Canaria and has won Europe’s third-tier club competition twice
  • Is number four in the all-time ranking of international matches for Spain – below Marta Mangue, Cristina Lopez and Carmen Martin – with more than 240 games

EHF EURO: S 2014; WCh S 2019, B 2011; OG B 2012

EC trophies: Challenge Cup 2016, European Cup 2022

Jennifer Maria Gutiérrez Bermejo)
Jennifer Maria Gutiérrez Bermejo

left wing

current club: CS Rapid Bucuresti since 2022

  • Born in Switzerland but has Spanish citizenship
  • Started playing handball in Elche, moved to Guardes, but returned to Elche in 2018 and became the top scorer and MVP of the Spanish league in 2019/20
  • Had two seasons with German side Borussia Dortmund, including one where she won the German league, but joined reigning Romanian champions Rapid Bucuresti in 2022
  • Was part of Spain’s beach handball national team and the top scorer of the EHF Beach Handball EURO 2015
  • Has played for the indoor women’s national team since 2017

WCh: S 2019

Head Coach

Jose Ignacio Prades Pons)
Jose Ignacio Prades Pons

Coach

current club: none

  • Succeeded Carlos Viver as coach of Spain’s women’s national team after the 2020 OG in Tokyo
  • Was previously Viver’s assistant for several years
  • Former coach of Spanish clubs Elche, Elda and Atletico Guardes
  • Steered Atletico Guardes to the Spanish championship in 2017
  • His nickname is “Nacho”
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