Hrvoje Horvat Named New Croatia Men’s Handball Coach

Daniela Rogulj

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HRS reports that through a telephone session, the Croatian Handball Federation Board of Directors accepted the resignation of coach Lino Cervar. At the same time, the Board of Directors received a proposal from the Coordinator for Men’s Handball, Lino Cervar, for three candidates to lead the Croatia men’s senior national team – Hrvoje Horvat, Slavko Goluža, and Ivano Balić.

After an exhaustive discussion and detailed analysis of each of the offered candidates, it was determined that Ivano Balić, unfortunately, does not have the necessary credentials to act as a coach. Of the two remaining candidates, the Board of Directors, by a majority of votes, with one vote against and one abstention, and the non-declaration of a member who is busy with work obligations, decided to maintain continuity in the work of the national team and decided on Hrvoje Horvat as the coach of the Croatia men’s senior national team.

Hrvoje Horvat, the new national team coach, commented on his appointment: 
“Thanks to the Board of Directors for trusting me. I am delighted. I would also like to thank the entire Croatian Handball Federation for these eight years of working with younger ages and Lino Cervar’s assistant. Through all these years, I have gathered a lot of experience and knowledge, and I believe that it will help me lead the Croatia men’s senior national team. Thanks, of course, to Mr. Lino Cervar for proposing me. I am aware of how much responsibility and obligation it is, but I believe that I can respond to all challenges and successfully lead Croatia.”

The Croatia handball team will gather this spring for the critical Olympic qualifying tournament, which will take place in France in March. 

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