Handball-Planet.com presents the EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10 Losers list.
1. WHERE HAVE THE „EXPERTS“ BEEN?
What happened with the French „Experts“ in Serbia? We heard a lot of theory, from problems among players (younger VS older), to problem with Onesta, motivation, etc. However, French domination is over. We will see, do they still have golden quality in London. Karabatic, Omeyer and Co were to bad, out of the rhythm…
2.IS WENTA „GAME OVER“*?
There is no doubt that Poland has TOP quality. We saw that in win against European champion, Denmark, but also, against Germany. Obviosly, they have some other problem. Luck of motivation and character is so „live“ and depends from game to game. Maybe it’s time that their legend, Bogdan Wenta says „it is enough“, to prolonge a Era of current generation, who can play better and more consistently with some refreshment and the “new words” from the locker room…
3. OLAFFUR’S KIDS NEED DADDY
There were no leaders among Icelanders in Serbia. That wasn’t Gudmundur Gudmundsson, most of the time so angry and unable to control the team. That weren’t young Aron Palmarsson or Alexander Petersson, who have only average tournament. This team still need Olaffur Stefansson, even as some kind of advisor…
4. SWEDISH „BACK TO REALITY“
The fourth place at the last year World Championship in Malmo was just a „home team song“. Sweden has no TOP quality in that measure to obtain in TOP 4, but another thing is lack of fighting spirit and character, when you see them on the court. They are now out of TOP 4, but with these level of performance, TOP 8 is also a questionable for the future.
5. BALKAN WAR
Stupid things happened in Belgrade before and during the semifinal match between Serbia and Croatia. Some IDIOT from the tribune hit Zarko Sesum in his eye with metal coin, broke dreams of one young sport athlete to play the big final in his own country.
6. RUSSIA MUST TO CHANGE
They played in their stereotypes. With full strength, with no creation and with same tacticts since many years. Russian handball and players are „boring“. It’s time for some changes. It is a time for legendary Maximov to leave and give a chance to some younger coach with a new ideas…
7. GERMAN „MATCH BALLS“
They were to lucky to enter the Main Round with 4 points. After draw with Serbia in „Belgrade Arena“ in the Round 1, Handball Europe said „Germans are Germans“, but Germans didn’t use fantastic opportunity to qualify for the semifinal. They missed two semifinal chances, without a „real“ leader among the players…
8. NORWEGIAN WITHOUT HEART
They were angry against Slovenian „let them to shoot“ last minute tactics against Iceland, but there is no any kind of justification for Norwegian last game against Croatia. „Without heart“, what is totally unacceptable for the team, where 10 from 16 players are playing in Norwegian League and maybe dreaming about full „proffesional“ career abroad.
9. HUNGARIAN „BATTERY LOW“
The biggest problem for Lajos Mocsa was in the Main Round that most of the players aren’t the leaders in their teams. The players were „empty“ without a chance to got the wings from the enthusiastic fans in Novi Sad.
10. CZECHS AND SLOVAK – SAME STORY
They have problem to obtain a winning mentality. Slovak had very tough group, but humiliation in match against Poland is unacceptable. On the other side, Czech Republic had clear situation, but again, Jicha and company were affraid of the Hell in Nis (they already lost two WCh against Serbia in that Hall)