Spain had a fairy tale ending at home in January, winning the gold medal at the World Championship with a record winning margin in the final against Denmark. Coach Valero Rivera, who had won more than 70 titles with FC Barcelona, claimed the title in his home town.
Just like at the World Championship, qualification for the EHF EURO 2014 was not a difficult journey for the Spaniards. After only four matches (and four victories) they were confirmed as the first team to book their ticket to Denmark and was followed by Rivera’s announcement to resign in April. The legendary coach moved to Qatar to build a team for the 2015 World Championship host.
Manoel Cadenas, Rivera's successor at FC Barcelona from 2007 to 2009, took the position and has a huge number of world class players at his disposal, with goalkeeping duo Sterbik and Hombrados, followed by the defensive specialists like Jorge Maqueda and Viran Vorros, highly efficient wings Tomas, Rocas and Garcia and the ace in their pack, line player Julen Aguinagalde.
At the age of 32, Raul Entrerrios has matured into one of the household names in Spanish handball and he is one of the leading players of the national team.
Although his natural position sees him playing in the centre, his many skills in the first line allow him to change permanently with effectiveness and perform with ease in all positions.
His vision of the game is unique, and his shot is hard and straight. He is a highly charismatic player who loves the sport.
He has won all the most important European Cup competitions including the EHF Champions League with his current team FC Barcelona. He is a gold medallist from the 2005 World Championship, but was deprived of taking to the court at the 2013 World Championship because of an injury.
Considered being one of the best line players in the world, Julen Aguinagalde has been one of the most important players in the past years whenever he played for the national team. He topped Spain's golden performance at the 2013 World Championship by also being voted into the tournament's All-star team as the best line player.
After having played for four seasons for Ciudad Real and the club's successor Atlético de Madrid, he signed for the Polish side KS Vive Targi Kielce ahead of the 2013/14 season, where he will be one of the club's main weapons on their quest to win the VELUX EHF Champions League.
He is essential for the Spanish national team's attacking game, and his movements are studied and admired by lots of coaches at an international level.
When Arpad Sterbik is mentioned, one talks about one of the world's best handball goalkeepers. He is currently playing in his second season for FC Barcelona, after some very successful years with Ciudad Real and Atletico Madrid which saw him winning the EHF Champions League in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Since he celebrated his national team debut at the EHF EURO 2010 in Austria, his performance has always been of utmost importance to the achievements of the "Hispanos", both for the bronze medal at 2011 World Championship in Sweden as well as for the gold medal obtained at the 2013 World Championship in Spain.
THE COACH - Manuel Cadenas
After Spain had won 2013 World Championship, a substitution took place on the coach's bench.
Valero Rivera left the team and moved to Qatar where is now coaching the men's national team and Manuel Cadenas Montanes took over as new Spanish head coach.
The 58-year-old Cadenas started his career as professional handball coach in 1986, first directing the handball club from Oviedo.
Until then he worked at Cantabria, Valladolid, Ademar León, FC Barcelona as well as BM Granollers and - apart from his job on the national team's bench, he currently coaches Polish VELUX EHF Champions League participants Orlen Wisła Płock.
In his coaching career he won, among further silverware, the Cup Winners' Cup three times, once with Cantabria in 1990 and twice with Ademar Leon (in 1999 and 2005).
Manuel Cadenas is in love with handball and he is an academic icon in the sport.
He still teaches at seminars for coaches, and he has invested much of his time in training at grassroots level and therefore has positively earned the respect and affection of all Spanish fans.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events