Sladana Pop-Lazic takes a coffee break during the team media call. Her red nails are a tribute to Serbia’s playing colours, and several of her teammates also painted their nails red for the competition.
Kristina Liscevic is the mastermind of Serbia’s attack from the playmaker position. She says it is unusual for her to spend time alone in her room as the team are usually together, but as she was nursing a mild illness she took time to rest in the peace and quiet.
Allison Pineau has every reason to be confident in Sweden. France entered the EHF EURO as the silver medallists of the 2016 Olympic Games, and on the last main round day in Gothenburg they qualified for the semi-finals.
Astride N’Gouan has yet to step on the court at the EHF EURO 2016, as she is part of the squad but not the start list of 16. But these fringe players are just as vital as those on the court or bench, and she must be ready to join the team and perform at any time.
The Netherlands’ Angela Malestein and Maura Visser spend some time relaxing in their room. The two are teammates for the first time since 2011, after Visser was not part of the team under Henk Groener’s guidance but rejoined the squad on invitation from new coach Helle Thomsen right before the EURO began.