Rio 2016

BLOG: Forget on petrodollars – Qatar has a team!

The most impressive performance on the first day of Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio has been seen by Qatari national team. Valero Rivera squad demolished Croatia 30:23 and showed once again that dreams about Olympic medal aren’t so unrealistic, as well as success on home soil – World Championship 2015 final. The editor of Balkan-Handball.com, Zika Bogdanovic, gave five reasons of Croatian defeat against Asian side.

One of them explaining much of that:

  • Forget on petrodollars. Qatar has the team. They aren’t national selection, they are the team. The members of the team don’t play for their clubs, but only practice with Valero Rivera. The number of days on Camps in Spain, Andora, etc,in the last two years can’t compare with the time which Željko Babic (Croatia) or other NT coaches have to built their own systems with their players. Everything in Qatar is devoted to the national team success. They have their own hall-hotel complex. That isn’t alibi for the others. It just like it is. All the rivals are in minus against Qatar at the beginning. Moreover, Rivera is proven extraordinary coach – wrote in his blog, editor of Balkan-Handball.com 
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