With many changes in the squad, Hungarian silver medalist Pick Szeged started preparations this week for next season. Dániel Buday, Antonio Pribanic, Rajko Prodanovic and Norbert Nagy left the team while Spanish internationals Niko Mindegia and Garcia Parrondo, Bosnian giant Vladimir Vranjes and Hungarian international Ferenc Ilyés arrived.
Coach László Skaliczki has been replaced by world-class Juan Carlos Pastor, whose aide is Marko Krivokapic, brother of legendary former Pick player Milorad.
The very first training of the new season was open to the public. Approximately 1000 spectators applauded the new players while world champion coach Pastor was greeted with a standing ovation. Szeged spectators expect no less then a completely new handball style for their team.
The almost 2-hour training started with a short warm-up excercise, a mixture of handball and football. After that various tactical formations, attack- and defence variation-exercises were carried out. Coach Pastor, the ‘Mister’ participated in the whole training with great intensity, showed all the excercises and instructed every single player. After the end of the training spectators were able to take photos and get autographs from the players.
The team is now in a mountain training camp in Kopaonik, Serbia until 3 August. On 7 August they will play against RN Löwen in Germany, three days later against Temesvár in Szeged. Preparations for CL-qualifiers against Metalurg Skopje at the end of August will then continue in Szeged.
ARTICLE: Gábor Várkonyi