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Date: 7/8/2016

Coach: Gonzalo Peluffo


Key Players: Luciana Moreira (Specialist), Victoria Ramos (Pivot)


Road to Qualification: Winners – 2016 PATHF Pan American Beach Handball Championship


History in Tournament: 2004: DNQ, 2006: 9th, 2008: 7th, 2010: DNQ, 2012: 6th, 2014: 8th



Uruguay come to Budapest at the best possible time having sealed their qualification for Hungary after winning the 2016 PATHF Pan American Beach Handball Championship in Vargas, Venezuela.


Held over late March and early April 2016, Uruguay beat Paraguay (2-1), hosts Venezuela (2-0) and finally Argentina (2-1) to finish top of their tournament group. They then faced the blue and whites of Argentina, who finished second, again, in the final to decide the champions. A more emphatic 2-0 victory ensured that the Uruguayan ladies enter Budapest as the number one team from their continent.


Coach Gonzalo Peluffo has been a mainstay of both indoor and beach handball coaching in Uruguay for nearly 25 years, having worked at numerous clubs since 1992 including Defensor Sporting, Club Nacional De Regatas, Colegio y Liceo J. F. Kennedy, Club Nautilus, CSD Huracán Buceo, Escuela Naval and, currently, Club Nautico De Carrasco y Punta Gorda.


At international level, since 1992 Peluffo has overseen Uruguayan indoor teams at 17 South American championships, nine Pan American championships and the 2001 and 2005 IHF Women’s World Championships in Italy and Russia respectively.


On the beach side he has been involved with three South American championships and four Pan American championships as well as the 2013 World Games in Colombia and 2014 IHF Beach Handball World Championships in Brazil.


Peluffo is ably assisted by Maximiliano Malfatti who has been his assistant since 2013.


That gold medal in Venezuela represents Peluffo’s best result on the beach since 2004 when he guided his side to the same position at the 2004 edition held on home sand.


“The primary goal of this team is to play the final and win it,” said the 53-year-old Peluffo about Budapest 2016. “In Uruguay, handball and beach handball players are amateurs and they have worked hard to raise more than US$2,000 each to attend Hungary; that is really admirable and they deserve respect for it.


“I want to express on behalf of them to everyone reading that to attend the world championships is extremely important, a great experience and is the result of much sacrifice including training in winter and fundraising to travel.”


Uruguayan preparation for Budapest 2016 has been curtailed by the fact that beach handball is only played two months a year in the country, in the summer, starting in February, so the team have been training in low temperatures in the Uruguayan winter.


“The sacrifice is so great for the athletes,” added Peluffo. “But it's something they do; going beyond difficulties to try to reach their best form.”


Those athletes include players from seven clubs including Aebu, Bohemios, Huracan, Malvin, Nautico, Parque Cubano and Scuola Italiana.


The diverse age range of players named in the provisional squad include16-year-olds Belen Camacho, Maria Florencia and Michaela Morales and 32-year-old Valeria Souza, while Luciana Moreira of Parque Cubano and pivot Victoria Ramos of Malvin are ones to watch.


Group at Budapest 2016
Group B: Croatia, Spain, Hungary, Oman, Uruguay, Australia


Games at Hungary 2016
All times local


Tuesday 12 July: BRA-URU (10:50)

Tuesday 12 July: URU-NOR (16:20)

Wednesday 13 July: URU-TPE (10:00)

Wednesday 13 July: TUN-URU (19:50)

Thursday 14 July: POL-URU (10:00)


Fixture link here

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