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May 15, 2021

Handball: Oltchim to be reborn in Bucharest?

After Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea, the top club of the Romanian world of women’s handball (finalist of the European Champions League in 2010), was abolished and after HCM Baia Mare’s failed in its attempts to reach the European elite, the hopes of handball fans now turn towards another club, this time less known.
Sources quoted by ‘Gazeta Sporturilor’ state that the Bucharest City Hall and several private sponsors will invest massively in CSM Bucharest, a club for which several of the best players of the world will sign. Alexandra do Nascimento (the best player of the world in 2012, Brazil’s top all-time goal-scorer with 502 goals, as well as Hypo’s top goal-scorer in the Champions League), Fernanda Franca da Silva and Ana Paula Rodrigues (all playing for Hypo Vienna, finalist of the Champions League in 2008) could play for CSM starting next season. Other rumored names include Gabriela Perianu, Oana Manea, Aurelia Bradeanu and Linnea Thorstenson.
CSM Bucharest seems to have also solved the issue of the coach. Although they would have wanted to bring Jakob Vestergaard, who coached Oltchim in 2012-2013, the CSM officials were refused. So they turned to Mette Klit, Vestergaard’s former assistant coach at Oltchim and Viborg. “Mette Klit has already signed for us and will effectively attend the team’s training sessions starting on February 15,” CSM President Constantin Caliman stated for gsp.ro.
According to ProSport, CSM Bucuresti has fired Coach Vasile Magureanu, in view of coopting a new coach. “On February 15, Jakob Vestergaard, the former coach of Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea is expected to arrive in Bucharest for talks. I believe we have 80 per cent chances to convince him to accept our offer,” deputy mayor of Bucharest, Marcel Nicolaescu, said. He added that Vestergaard is to be accompanied by Mette Klit, the coach with whom he worked at Viborg and at Oltchim.
If the coach agrees, the second stage will begin, i.e. getting top players. Nicolaescu said there are negotiations with several handballers, but he is waiting for Vestergaard’s demands. “We want very much to have a champion here in Bucharest, we are tired of mediocrity, we want high performance. Together with a great team we are going to built a centre for children and juniors,” Nicolaescu added.
Moreover, CSM Bucharest will play its home games in the most modern polyvalent hall in Bucharest, a hall that will be built within the “Lia Manoliu” National Sports Center in District 2 with the financing of the Bucharest City Hall and the government. The investment totals EUR 80 M, the construction works will start this year and the hall will have a capacity of 15,000 seats.

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