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        Spain is one of the great powers of handball, being one of the most successful teams, but do you know when he played his first game as a team? Their first game was a friendly played on April 15, 1953 against Sweden, which they defeated us 12-23. That same year, on November 13, we played the first official match, losing again 23-11 against the French team.
        And the biggest win in history? It was in August 1981, in a tournament played in Hungary, where the Soviet Union team defeated, or rather humiliated, the Afghan team 86-2.
        Denmark, Spain, France, Norway, Croatia, and previously Sweden, Romania, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are and have been the great world powers, but who has the most world championships? The answer is France, which has won 6 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals; being the second power, Sweden, with 4 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes. And at a European level, who's in charge? In this case, Sweden, which has 5 gold and 1 silver; France has achieved 3 golds and 2 bronzes and in third place, we find Spain with 2 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronzes. Finally, will our neighbors the French be the most successful in the J.J.O.O.? Yes, they lead the classification with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze; followed by the former Soviet Union with 2 gold and 1 silver.
        On an individual level, we are struck by curiosities such as: who was the tallest player to have played handball? Among the players who have had a certain level, we find a Russian called Valery Savko, capped 80 times, who was 2.20m tall. and it would not be very easy to stop him near the box or outplay him defensively.
        In the ASOBAL league, who has been the player who has scored the most goals in a single game? The honor belongs to a Croat who played right back and was capped 65 times by his country, Zoran Milukic, who scored 21 goals in a game played in Guadalajara. Not bad!
        Does any player come to mind who has won some metal with two different teams in the J.J.O.O.? That player is one of the best of all time, Talant Duyshebaev, who won the gold medal with the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) in 1992 and then in 1996 and 2000 he won bronze with the Spanish team.
        To finish, I leave you with a mythical phrase pronounced by one of the best handball players of all time:
        “Children play football, men play rugby and the gods play handball” NIKOLA KARABATIC.



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