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Date: 4/15/2017
 

The Argentina Confederation of Handball moved swiftly this week to announce the experienced Manuel Cadenas as new coach for their mens national team following the decision by Eduardo Gallardo to step aside after nine years in the hot seat.

 

The 61-year-old Cadenas will arrive in the South American country to start his new job and announce his backroom team in May, in the initial stages of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle the four-year period after one Olympic Games finishes and the next one starts.

 

His task will be to lead a side to Japan, with the key milestone the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, where the qualification for the PATHF spot at Japan will be decided.

 

In his career with Los Gladiadores Gallardo, amongst other successes, led Argentina to two Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) where his side finished 10th both times, and to the IHF Mens World Championship in Qatar (12th) and France (18th).

 

Cadenas is not the first Spanish coach to take charge of Argentina Jordi Ribera, later Brazilian womens national team coach at Rio 2016 and now current Spanish womens coach took charge of them from 2004-05.

 

Born in Valdevimbre, León, Spain, Cadenas led the Spanish side to bronze at EHF EURO 2014 in Demark and silver at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, but lost out narrowly on a medal at Qatar 2015, as his side were defeated by Poland in the bronze medal match. He left the role before France 2017.

 

He was the candidate we liked the most because of the history, the language and because he knows very well the Argentine players who are abroad, said Mario Moccia, President of the Argentina Confederation of Handball upon the announcement of his appointment.

 

Argentina have numerous male and female players in Europe playing and with his experience of the continent and having coached players himself in the continent, Cadenas is expected to conduct training in Europe and South America throughout his tenure.

 

In the most recent Argentina squads for Rio 2016 and France 2017 there were players playing their club handball in France, Switzerland and Spain including Gonzalo Carou, Sebastián Simonet and Federico Vieyra who all play for Ademar de León, the club based just 20km from Cadenas birthplace.

 

Over his 30-year career Cadenas has coached for a variety of Spanish club sides including Naranco Oviedo (1986-1989), Cantabria (1989-1991), Valladolid (1991-1995), Ademar León (1995-2007 and 2012-2013), FC Barcelona 2007-2009) and Granollers (2010-2012). He also led Wisla Plock (2013-2016) in Poland.

 

For more information about handball in Argentina, visit www.handballargentina.org

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