Renowned Rivera is new Qatar handball coach
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Valero Rivera, who helped hosts Spain win the 2013 IHF World Championship title, will train Qatar from this season onwards.
The high-flying coach has agreed to a minimum two-year deal with the Qatar Handball Association (QHA), until the ’15 IHF World Championship, which the country will host.
“I’m excited to start my new assignment in Qatar,” the 60-year-old told Doha Stadium Plus, on the sidelines of a Qatar League match on Sunday.
A section of the Spanish media had reported that the QHA had offered Spanish King Juan Carlos’s son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin, under investigation for corruption, a job as Rivero’s assistant.
But it has been revealed that Rivera, a former Barcelona player and coach, will bring two assistants — Kosovac Veroljub and Ricard Franch — with him.
QHA President Ahmed Mohammed Abdulrab Al Shaabi was pleased with the new development.
“We wanted the best expertise to help develop our national team. We’ll host the IHF Worlds in two years time and there’s no one better to lead our side at home than Rivera. We’ll call a formal Press conference to announce the signing in a few day’s time,” he said.
Qatar saw off competition from Norway, France and Poland in ’11 to win the hosting right of the mega event.
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