After many days of preparation in Thessaloniki and strong friendlies in Mavrovo, North Macedonia, the National Youth Team (K18) is ready for the challenge of the European B’ division championship.
The representative group leaves on Saturday morning from Athens for Tel Aviv via Istanbul and on Sunday it enters the games against the Netherlands as its first opponent.
As the national coach Yiannis Pilalidis pointed out, “essentially this is the first appearance of the team with this composition in an important international competition. Most of the athletes who make up the team had the experience of participating in the Mediterranean, but for the rest it is their first participation. We travel to Israel to face the Netherlands, who have made significant strides in their national teams in recent years, and the Czech Republic, who are a traditional powerhouse, in their opening group. We want the distinction, we want the path of this team to start with good performances, experiences and successes for the benefit of Greek handball”.
For the sixteen of the national team, Yiannis Pilalidis chose Boutkaris, Daio (Aeropos), Vardaxopoulos, Kalyva (AEK), Kouvraki, (Phoebos), Kouroupis (Alexandros Axioupolis), Panagiotou, Charitonidis, Kolezakis, Bati (ASE Doukas), Tsortekis, Koutoulogeni, Prokopiou (Olympiakos), Marino (PAOK), Vassiliou (AO Prosotsanis) and Cavazis (Drama ’86).
In the European Championship, the National Youth Team was drawn in the first group of the competition, where they will face the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, with the qualification to the semi-finals going to the first two teams. Israel, Lithuania, Georgia and Bulgaria are in the other group. The winner of the tournament will get the ticket to the 2024 European U20 Championship A’, as well as a place in the 2023 U19 World Championship.
All matches will be broadcast by the European Federation channel (ehftv.com)
The program of the national team
Sunday 7/7/2022 (15:00): Netherlands – Greece
Monday 8/7/2022 (15:00): Greece – Czech Republic
Friday 12/7: Semi-finals – Ranking matches
Saturday 13/7: Finals – Ranking matches
source: on sports