The goalkeeper of the women’s handball team, Paula Ungureanu, has announced on Wednesday her withdrawal for the national representative. “It’s hard, but it’s the time,” Ungureanu said.
Paula Ungureanu, 36, was goalkeeper with the national handball team at all ages starting 1993.
Her decision comes shortly after the ones of her CSM Bucharest teammates Aurelia Bradeanu and Oana Manea.
“I wanted to withdraw ahead of the European Championship in Sweden, but now I’m glad I didn’t. It was hard, my entire life was with the national teams, starting on 1993. It seems dozens of years have passed… Now I believe it’s time. Every athlete feels when the time comes, and for me this moment is now. It’s hard for me, but it’s the moment to spend more time with my family and at the CSM Bucharest handball club. It’s not yet the time to leave the club,” Paula Ungureanu has told news.ro.
Ungureanu played for Remin Deva, Hypo Vienna, Dunaferr NK, Podravka Koprivnica, Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea, HCM Baia Mare and now for CSM Bucharest. With the national team she won the silver medal at the World Championship 2005 and the bronze medal at the European Championship 2010.
Paula-Claudia Ungureanu was born Rădulescu on March 30, 1980.
Ungureanu successfully replaced Luminița Dinu after her retirement. Shortly after taking these positions she became known for a high percentage of saves in games and for managing difficult saves in key points of games. Paula Ungureanu ranked fourth on the Top Goalkeepers list of the 2009 World Women’s Handball Championship with a 41% save rate. In the 2014 European Championship, she ranked second after Silje Solberg on the Top Goalkeepers list with a 40% save rate.