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Date: 8/12/2015

IHF.info spoke with Russian handball legend and Vice President of the Handball Federation of Russia, Andrey Lavrov about the 2015 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship in Ekaterinburg and how it is progressing so far, but whilst the interview was taking place at the Uralian sport hall, Spain were on court in Preliminary Group B.

We took the time to arrange a special photo with Daniel Dujshebaev, the Spanish left back, and youngest son of Talant Dujshebaev, another handball legend and who just happened to play alongside goalkeeper Andrey to win gold in the men’s handball competition at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Talant and Andrey were representing the Unified Team - the 12 independent states, minus the Baltic states, which once made up the Soviet Union - and played together in the side which went all the way, beating Sweden 22:20 in the final.

“It’s great to see Dani here in Russia,” said Lavrov. “Of course, I’ve known him since he was born but I’ve always been interested in both Dani’s and Alex’s (the older brother, who plays for RK Vardar and Spain) careers and always look for them.

“I don’t see them very often outside of the court floor, but I communicate with Talant and his wife, chatting a lot on Skype and we see each other maybe four to five times a year.”

Spanish coach Alberto Suarez Menendez was also keen to get in the photo too as the link between two different periods of handball was made on court.