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Sunday, January 31, 2010

GB to Host Euro 2012 Matches

WORLD class handball action is set to come to Great Britain later this year after the draw for the 2012 Men’s European Championships gave GB the right to host their group matches.

Great Britain will play Estonia, Cyprus and Bulgaria over three days from June 11-13, with the winner of the group going through to the second round of qualification, which will be a series of home and away matches against another three opponents.

GB Head Coach Dragan Djukic, pictured, attended the draw in Vienna, and shortly afterwards he said: “I am very happy that we will be officially participating in this tournament alongside all the other European nations, that is the most important thing.

“I am also happy that we have the chance to play at home, because it gives us chance for the British people to see us, and to find out what a beautiful game handball is.

“I am also happy because the players and I believe that our time is coming - that we will be stronger, more experienced and ready for a good fight with our opponents, and I believe we are competitive with them!

“It will also give handball in Britain a good chance to gain experience which is important for the Olympic Games, not just for the players but also for organisers, volunteers, coaches, journalists - everybody.”

Details of the match dates and venues will be released later in the year.

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