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Date: 1/9/2017
 

Coach: Washington Nunes

 

Key Players: Thiagus Petrus dos Santos (Left Back), Fabio Chiuffa (Right Wing), Jose Guilherme de Toledo (Right Back)

 

Qualification for France 2017: Winners of the 2016 Men's Pan American Championship – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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, 2015: 16th

 

Overview:

 

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 things.

 

“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 the quarter-finals.”

 

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 (20:45)
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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