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Icelandic Handball Women at European Play-Offs

icelandicflagThe Icelandic national team in women’s handball will play against Croatia in the European Championship play-offs in Denmark tonight in its first ever game in the play-offs of a major tournament.

The team is the third Icelandic A-list national team to make it that far in ball sports, the other two being the national team in men’s handball and in women’s football, Morgunbladid reports.

Iceland’s coach Júlíus Jónasson is optimistic. “The preparations are going alright. As a coach you are always bothered by something but overall it is going well,” he commented.

Since Iceland is participating in a major tournament at this level for the first time, it is likely that it will be evaluated as the weakest team of the qualifying group. However, Jónasson believes Iceland stands a chance against Croatia.

“It is a very strong team and the game will be hard. Croatia has tall and physically strong players who are used to routine. I think our chance lies in playing as fast a handball game as we can handle,” he said.

“We can surprise them that way and therefore it could prove our weapon,” the coach added. “I understand that the Croatians aren’t expecting much.”

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