Djukic braced for 'best ever' Games

26 July 2012 / 15:44

Great Britain men's handball coach Dragan Djukic is preparing his side for their maiden Olympics campaign in what he has branded "the best ever" Games for the sport.

The Serbian tactician, who will leave his post after the action ends in London, leads Team GB into Group A games against reigning Olympic gold medalists France, silver medallists Iceland, as well as Sweden, Argentina and Tunisia.

After forming in 2006 with the intention of performing at London 2012, Djukic's side have only ever won one competitive game and are expected to find life tough in the Copper Box.

While the matches against the European nations, who dominate the sport, may well prove a test too far, the fixtures against their South American and African opponents represent a better chance of victories and Djukic is paying special attention to Argentina.

"This is the best ever handball competition," he said. "The Olympics are special for everyone, you cannot compare it to any other competition. I have had the opportunity to build this team and I'll be so proud.

"It is difficult to believe at this moment we can beat the really top European teams because there is such a big gap between the top eight and the other teams.

"We chose to go in Group A because of Argentina, they are our main target.

"Even though they have an amazing team with amazing individuals, they are still individuals and a young team in their first Olympics and the rivalry between the two nations is something else to play on.

"For us, it's the most important game. Let's see how we do, but we are the best prepared we can be and I hope the supporters recognise that."