The 'guerreras' were the big surprise of the EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia as they made it all the way to the final which they, however, lost to Norway. In the semi-final they dethroned defending champions Montenegro which was like late revenge for the semi-final defeat they had against Montenegro at the Olympic Games 2012.
The Women's World Championship 2015 was not the most successful tournament for Spain; a third place in the preliminary round was followed by an early exit in the Last 16 at the hands of France. And it was no different at the Olympic Games 2016 either, as the team finished third after the preliminary round only to lose to eventual silver medallists France in the quarter-final.
However, Jorge Duenas and his team have shown in the past that willpower is one of their stronger assets and they will for sure be at their best come the EHF EURO 2016. In qualification for the final tournament Spain placed second behind the Netherlands, but ahead of Austria and Bulgaria.
Nerea Pena is a player known for her strong character. She is a 'product' of the Itxako youth academy in Navarra, the centre of Spanish women's handball in Europe. With her great personality, Pena is the kind of player who leads a team's attack and if she has the space to shoot, her throws are very dangerous from the middle distance. After having played at Itxako up until 2012, she joined Hungarian side FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria in the 2012/2013 season. In 2015/16 she was her team's European top scorer, netting 63 times in the Women's EHF Champions League.
After the farewell of Eli Pinedo, Carmen Martin is arguably the standout player in the Spanish team. The right wing won the Women's EHF Champions League with CSM Bucuresti in the 2015/16 season and is regarded as a very complete player. She is skilful in one-on-one situations, plays great combinations on the wing, is an almost deadly weapon when it comes to counterattacks and literally never fails when it comes to penalties for her team.
Jorge Dueñas is a legend in Spanish women's handball in Spain. Under his guidance the national team won bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games, bronze at the World Championship 2011 and silver at the Women's EHF EUROs in 2008 and 2014 - to date these are the squad's biggest achievements.
He has built a team that relies on sacrifice, character and companionship and has deservedly earned its nickname 'guerreras' (warriors). Dueñas’ challenge right now is to introduce young key players without losing the competitiveness which is one of the squad’s trademarks.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events