The women’s national team will play an official race in Teramo for the first time in history. It will happen on 29 March next year at The Palace, where Italy led by Ljiljana Ivaci will face Lithuania for the 4th day of Group 2 qualifying for the EHF EURO 2020 in Norway and Denmark.
To make the location and date of the appointment official, the decision of the Federal Council of FIGH met yesterday in Verona.
The Abruzzo city, one of the most traditional places in the history of the Italian movement, will return to be the scene of an appointment dyed blue 16 years after the challenge between Italy and Iceland valid for the 2005 World Cup qualifiers, that time however to the men’s. The Palasannicolò, a structure that responds in full to the demands of the EHF (European Handball Federation) for events of this magnitude, will have to be packed with teramani and Abruzzo fans as had already happened in the previous important events related to the discipline of handball, starting with the 2008/09 and 2015/16 editions of the Final8 of the Italian Men’s and Women’s Cup.
GROUP 2. Italy and Lithuania will hunt for their first victory on their way to the continental event, both after giving way to Montenegro and Hungary, the two big favorites for the passage of the round. The match in Teramo will be anticipated by a first match on March 26 in Alytus, at the home of the Lithuanians.
ABRUZZO PROTAGONIST. The match between Italy and Lithuania will lead the way to the long series of international events scheduled in Abruzzo between now and next summer: the World Beach Handball Championships in Pescara (June 30 – July 5), the European U16 Championships of Beach Handball in Silvi Marina (8 – 11 July), in addition to the inevitable Interamnia World Cup now in its 48th edition.
(Pictured is the blue centre-back Ramona Manojlovic. Credit: FIGH – Isabella Gandolfi)