Tall Russia meet experienced Spain – and a Hungarian towers above them all

Facts and figures for the eight teams in Groups A and B

Photo: Uros Hocevar

The first eight teams are ready for their opening of the Women's EHF EURO 2014, and as they have made their nominations it is time to have a closer look at them.

With an average height of 1,80 metres, Russia have the tallest squad in Group A, and that is despite the fact that none of the Russians are among the five tallest players - the title for the tallest, by the way, goes to Hungary's right back Szimonetta Planeta who towers at 1,98 metres.

With 1,75 metres on average, Spain have the smallest squad. In Group B Ukraine have the tallest roster, Denmark and Norway figuratively speaking compete on the same level as Spain.

With Trine Ostergaard at 1,65 metres, Kristina Kristiansen at 1,63 and Ann Grete Noorgaard Denmark have the three smallest players in Group B.

But even more important than size is experience and that is where Spain beat their competitors in Group A.

Spain's 16 players have played an average of almost 90 matches, compared to less than 70 for Russia, Poland and Hungary.

In that department Norway from Group B are level with Spain with an average of just about 90 internationals for each player. Ukraine will field a comparably inexperienced squad.

On average the Ukrainian players have played just above 20 internationals each.

It comes to no surprise in Group A that Spanish right back Marta Mangue with 249 internationals is the most experienced player, no one else in Group A is part of the 200-matches-club.

However, Poland's Kings Grzyb is just one match shy and will play her 200th match against Spain on Sunday night.

In Group B there are more members of this illustrious club. Karoline Breivang stands at 297 matches and will break the 300-mark come the last group phase match in Debrecen.

Marta Mangue is also the overwhelming leader when it comes to goals in Group A. She has netted more than 900 goals and it will take a good while for Poland's Karolina Kudlacz, who netted more than 650 times which sees her ranked second, to catch up with her.

In Group B Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth is almost exactly par with Mangue, while Valentina Ardean-Elisei is just two goals shy of 800.

When it comes to age, Poland have nominated six players who are older than 30 (Hungary have only one), but they have also the youngest player in Group A in their ranks: Katarzyna Janiszewska is just 19 years old. She was born on 26 October 1995.

In Group B Romania have five players who are 30 or older. Ukraine's 19-year-old Tamara Smbatian is the youngest player in Group B.

written by Björn Pazen / ts


Group B: Ukraine vs. Norway