The lodge of the Spanish handball group in Gdansk is a form of Massive Brother. Norway, its rival this Wednesday (6:00 p.m., Teledeporte) within the quarterfinals of the World Cup, with which it shares a reception, boring views and a eating room, can also be housed within the venue, which isn’t that massive. As well as, after all, to the freezing chilly that falls today in Poland. “We’ll go all the way down to eat the spaghetti and we will not even discuss in regards to the recreation as a result of we’ve got them subsequent to us,” commented a participant this Tuesday in a huddle. There, at midday, lamenting in regards to the group, Kauldi Odriozola (Zumaia, 26 years previous), the second prime scorer for the Hispanics this match (23, two behind Álex Dujshebaev) and the one who has gained probably the most progress, handed by with a peaceful air. to the final nice championship, the 2022 European Championship. Each January, Jordi Ribera blossoms with a brand new one, and this time it was this right-handed winger (and left-handed arm) raised on the Basque coast of the Cantabrian Sea. “A robust, trustworthy, Gipuzkoan man”, they outline him in his surroundings.
“Final 12 months I solely performed half-hour towards Bosnia and two within the last. Now, once I noticed that Aleix Gómez was not coming [por lesión], I knew that my function can be completely different and I’m making the most of the chance ”, highlights Odriozola, who in the summertime modified his comfy home in Irún for the demand of Nantes. One other nice leap, sporting and private. “It’s tough to do properly within the nationwide group from the primary day. I arrived and I used to be with my idols, whom I noticed on TV. At first, it shocks you. I used to be additionally at Bidasoa then, and now within the French league and within the Champions League, which is one other degree. Through the season I’ve confronted a lot of those that are right here. You get used to enjoying essential video games. Every little thing influences”, explains this younger man of 1.83, who was cooked within the success of the decrease classes of Spain, the place he was junior European champion in 2016 and the world champion in 2017, along with Dani Dujshebaev and Aleix Gómez, his competitors and with whom he at all times has shared a room. He now does it with Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas.
His case symbolizes a number of the points that revolve across the nationwide group and Spanish handball. On the one hand, the convenience of the dressing room to soak up newcomers because of the identical recreation thought developed from the bottom underneath the management of Jordi Ribera; and to the favorable environment that’s normally breathed contained in the partitions, outdoors the monitor. “Gonzalo tells me that he treats as they’ve handled him. Earlier than within the locker room there have been extra variations between older and youthful, they had been tougher. Fortunately, I’ve not skilled it ”, he signifies.
Key in protection
And the second situation, this much less pleasant one, that Kauldi Odriozola involves symbolize is the fast emigration of latest abilities as a result of restricted financial capability of Spanish golf equipment, besides Barcelona, to retain them. Of the 18 referred to as up, solely Pérez de Vargas and Pol Valera (Ian Tarrafeta’s substitute) compete in Asobal. The primary is on the Palau and the second might be culé after the World Cup (from Granollers). When Odriozola agreed to signal him for the highly effective Nantes, who paid his termination clause, the smallest finances within the French League (Saran, 2.3 million) was virtually double that of Bidasoa, which is listed within the first echelon of the earthly world (on the margin of Barça) and that it was the one entity within the competitors that didn’t apply an ERTE within the pandemic.
“It’s a brief race and you must reap the benefits of it to be in the very best groups and earn more cash. On the courtroom, I began properly at Nantes, enjoying lots. The change in life is tougher for me, particularly due to the language, ”admits this right-handed winger who was skilled in his city, at Pulpo de Zumaia, till he was captured by Bidasoa on the age of 18.
A pupil of penalties by video (he didn’t miss one within the World Cup till the sixth recreation, towards France) and a roadrunner to punish in counter-goal actions, along with his ability in assault, his worth these two weeks has grown resulting from his exercise of legs within the superior place inside the 5:1 protection, a Chinese language within the sneakers of a number of rivals. “Some underestimate us, they like to play towards us. The opposite day, everybody selected Spain over France [en cuartos]. Others do respect us. We’re by no means favourites, however we’re at all times there, ”he warns earlier than assembly Sander Sagosen’s Norway.
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