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Struga 2013 is coming: Vardar with two wins finished preparation in Slovenia

Macedonian champion RK Vardar Skopje with two easy victories over Slovenian teams RK Maribor Branik 35:29 and Trimo Trebnje 33:23 has finished the first part of preparation for upcoming season in Kranjska Gora (Slovenia). Serbian left back Ilija Abutovic knows that this part of preparation is very important for building the squad for the challenges in domestic competition, but also EHF Champions League:

– It was good. We tried some different defense system to see how good we can play. We have a lot of newcomers, so time is the most important thing to make good squad.

Three Russian players came this summer to RK Vardar. How are their first days in the new team?

– They are really good guys. There is no problem in communication with them. All three are very good players, professionals, experienced guys from whom you can learn something. We talking more with Chipurin and Dibirov, while Rastvorcev has a little problem with language. These two guys speak very good, almost all. We have to start to learn a bit of Russian.

Alex Dujshebaev also came to Vardar…

– He speaks English and Russian, so it’s easy to speak with him. He wants to learn Macedonian as fast as possible. Every time he asks for some word, explanation, translation.

Tournament in Struga will start on Wednesday. Fans in Macedonia expecting the final between Vardar and Metalurg, the first chapter of the “war” in new season? Is it possible to call that match “friendly”?

– Uh, it’s hard to say that any match with Metalurg is friendly. Every match against them is derby – says Ilija Abutovic.

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