Coach: Washington Nunes
Key Players: Thiagus Petrus dos
Santos (Left Back), Fabio Chiuffa (Right Wing), Jose Guilherme de Toledo (Right
Qualification for France 2017: Winners of the 2016 Men's Pan American Championship – Buenos Aires,
History in Tournament: 1954:
DNQ, 1958: 15th, 1961-1993: DNQ, 1995: 24th, 1997: 24th, 1999: 16th, 2001:
19th, 2003: 22nd, 2005: 19th, 2007: 19th, 2009: 21st, 2011: 21st, 2013: 13th,
Brazil have started to taste what could
be the beginning of a golden age in their handball history. In only one year,
they reached the top of the two most important competitions in the continent –
the Pan American Games and the Pan American Championship – and advanced to the
quarter-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympics for the first time.
Last year, in Toronto, the team coached
by the Spaniard Jordi Ribera at that time claimed gold at the Pan Am Games versus
Argentina – after they had lost the 2011 edition in Guadalajara and therefore
failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In June 2016, they validated their strength
at the Pan American Championship held in Buenos Aires, where they beat the hosts
23:20 in the semi-finals – to book a spot in the France 2017 World Championship
– and then defeated Chile 28:24 in the final. Argentina had won the three
previous editions of the tournament.
Rio 2016 were the first Olympic Games
to happen in South America. Thousands of Brazilians went to Future Arena to see
the performance of their national team. And they did not disappoint them. In the
preliminary round, Brazil celebrated a 34:32 win against Poland in their debut and
also claimed a major victory 33:30 versus the EHF EURO champions Germany. They
qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time, where France stopped them.
A 27:34 loss still meant the 7th place in the Olympic Games.
“A big part of our first line is formed
by players who acted at the Brazil 2015 Junior World Championship. (Jose
Guilherme de) Toledo is 22 years old, as well as Leo (Santos) and Joao (Silva),
while Haniel (Langaro) is 21,” analysed Jordi Ribera in Rio after their match
against Germany. “The youth of our first line is making a difference and then
we have experience in other players.”
After the Olympics, Jordi Ribera left
Brazil and went back to his country of birth to coach the Spain national team.
When his departure was only a rumour, centre back Joao Silva said about the
trainer: “He changed many things in Brazilian handball, he achieved many
“It would have been better…We should
have won something more, we should have got further…Unfortunately sport is like
this,” the player added.
Ribera’s assistant Washington Nunes took
his position and, although he has guided the team before – between 2008 and 2009
– the 2017 World Championship will be a baptism by fire for him in this period.
“We want to continue with the process
we have been going through. The idea is not to leave a dead cycle, but to
guarantee continuity, as if it was a spiral,” says Nunes.
Considering that the best historic rank
for Brazil in the Men’s World Championship was the 13th place at Spain 2013, it
is undeniable that they now aim high: “Although we are in a tough group, our
expectations for the World Championship are really good because of the
development of our team during the last four years. Our goal is to make it to
27-year old left back Thiagus Petrus
dos Santos (MOL-Pick Szeged, HUN) is an essential player for Brazil in both defence
and attack. An offensive key element for the South Americans is right wing
Fabio Chiuffa (KIF Kolding Kobenhav, DEN) – who was the top scorer of the team
at Rio 2016 with 25 goals, scored 43 goals at the 2016 Pan American
Championship and 24 in Qatar. They will also count on the potential of Orlen
Wisla Plock (POL) right back Jose Guilherme de Toledo – who accumulated 21
goals at the Olympics and 20 in Buenos Aires.
To gear up for France 2017 – where they
will make their debut against the hosts, as it happened two years ago in Qatar –
Brazil played and won the Four Nations Tournament (4-6 November) at home. They beat
Canada 46:12, Cuba 45:17 and Chile 40:29. From December 2-22 they trained
together with the men’s junior national team, while their last preparation days
were in Switzerland with training sessions and friendly matches.
Group at France 2017:
Group A: France, Poland, Russia,
Brazil, Japan, Norway
Games at France 2017:
All times local
Wednesday 11 January: FRA-BRA
Saturday 14 January: BRA-POL (14:45)
Sunday 15 January: BRA-JPN (20:45)
Tuesday 17 January: NOR-BRA (14:00)
Thursday 19 January: RUS-BRA (14:00)
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