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SEHA: Derby day! CO Zagreb against HC Vardar

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Today at 17:30 Zagreb Arena will be hosting one of the biggest derby matches in Seha league between the last and only champions HC Vardar Skopje and CO Zagreb. An interesting fact is that both of the teams won the league on the rivals court. In the first season 2011/12 HC Vardar on the final-four played in Zagreb won the championship winning Metalurg in the semi-final, and in the final was better than Zagreb.

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Last year 2012/13 Zagreb was winner of the Seha league in the final-four played in Skopje. First of all they won Brest Meshkov in the semi-final, and in the final were better than todays rival HC Vardar.

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This will be an interesting match, real derby of the Seha league. Before this match, both of the teams enter the match with one defeat, and that will be clash for the first place on the table.

Expectations for the match

Andon Boskovski, Vardar’s coach:

Our team is in a good shape but I think that this will be a taugh match because the team of CO Zagreb is a great team. With young players the team plays very good together and the prove are their good performances in the Velux ehf champions league. For me Vardar,Tatran Presov,Zagreb and Metalurg are top favourites for the championship title in Seha. Our players are in a good health condition, and we will play with the same players who played against Wacker Thun. From the team will be absent Petric,Angelov and Nedanovski. I expect good game in Zagreb Arena.

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Ilija Abutovic, Vardar’s player:

I think that Zagreb is a serious team and they will enter the match preparated. The defeat from Veszprem in the Velux ehf champions league will not affect their game. It is a team compose of great players, but I expect good result because we play better and better every match.

Boris Dvoršek, CO Zagreb’s coach:

Two probably best teams of the league are playing each other and it is, I believe, the reason good enough for supporters to come to Arena Zagreb. Speaking of the preparations for this match, we let most important players rest while others were training normally. The most important thing against Vardar will be to have the fresh team. They are probably the strongest team of the league. They’ve invested much money, brought much great Russian players, added Alex Dujshebaev and some experienced Macedonian players. They have right to hope to win the league this season and I am sure they are coming to Zagreb to win the match. Many people also say they’re favorites but I don’t think so. There is only one favorite in Zagreb and that’s us. Their team is the combination of Macedonian national team players and quality backs like Pribak, Karačić or Dujshebaev. By them here are great goalkeepers Angelov, Milić and of course winger Dibirov. This will surely be a hard match but we’ll do our best to win.

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