Xavier Pascual, the former coach of the Barcelona Men Handball Team, is the new coach of Romania’s Men National Handball Team. Pascual is also the current coach of Dinamo Bucharest, the leader of the Romanian Handball League.
Xavier Pascual is not on his first try at this position. Three years ago, Xavier Pascual was forbidden by Barcelona to train Romania’s team, but also any other team, while being Barcelona’s and Romania’s coach.
This time, though, as he trains the handball players from Dinamo Bucharest, he’s free to also be the coach of the men’s national team. In his new position, Pascual already announced he would have the national team called up each month.
We have to know precisely where we stand now. For me, it is important to know that this is not my team, nor the team of the president, it is everybody’s team, it is Romania’s team and we need all the players, all the coaches, everybody to work together if we want to have a national team. We have to have call-ups, to have training stages, to talk to the club’s coaches and this starting from today.Xavier Pascual, Romania’s Men Handball coach
Romania’s Men National Handball Team had some very good performances in the past, as they were four times World’s Champions. Also, Romania’s team won silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Games from 1972 to 1984.
The objective of the new coach is to qualify Romania for the Olympic Games in Paris, 2024. Until then, qualifying the national team to the World’s Championship in Sweden and Poland, 2023, is an intermediary objective.