Lazarov very hopeful for the future of Macedonian handball

Macedonia’s top handball player Kiril Lazarov says he is very hopeful about the future of the sport, with a national team rejuvenated by young players. Lazarov spoke with the Balka-handball site, after the team competed in the World Championship in France where Macedonia reached the knock-out phase.

“I’m not the type of a person to be satisfied with little things. I can often go overboard and lose my sense of reality. But, a month after the World Championship, I can say that we left an excellent impression and can now begin the new Olympic cycle. Macedonia began to rejuvenate its team, with the help of the more experienced players. Our coach knows what he’s doing and what he wants. He has enormous experience in his career and we all know that we need to be calm and patient. Results will come, and we will have our future secured for the next 10 years”, the national team captain said.

Lazarov is set to leave Barcelona for Nantes, signing a two year contract with the French team. “I had many options on the table, and spent many sleepless nights. I had the option to remain in Barcelona until the last day, but they also want to bring in new players. Nantes has shown a lot of ambition and plans to move toward the top. They beat PSG by seven goals this season, which is no mean feat, to defeat the French champion like that. They were very specific and precise in their negotiations, I spoke with my former team-mate Enterrios, as well as with Scoff, and both had only the highest praise for the team. This led me to sign on to a two-year contract”, Lazarov told Balka-handball.

Asked about Macedonian teams, Lazarov says that both Vardar and Metalurg, after the troubles in the latter team, are now on a firm path forward and have solid plans for the future.


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