Women’s handball: Dragan Djukic, appointed coach of CSM Bucharest

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Serbian Dragan Djukic has been appointed on Thursday as main coach of the CSM Bucharest women’s handball team, thus replacing Magnus Johansson (Sweden), the club’s website informs.

Dragan Djukic, a coach with extensive experience in European handball, as trained important teams including Pick Szeged (Hungary), Vardar Skopje (Macedonia), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), but also the national teams of Montenegro, Israeli, Britain , Switzerland, Macedonia and Jordan.

The 56-year-old technician is having a second experience in Romania, following the 2017-2018 season when he coached the HC Odorhei men’s team, which was disbanded earlier this year. He has a Master Coach license since 2014. Djukic has also graduated an EHF Master of Academics and is part of the first generation of coaches (13 in number) who enjoy a ‘Master Academic’ title.

“The cooperation with CSM Bucharest is a challenge for me. I want to share with the girls my experience and to make them enjoy handball again. I am not afraid of the pressure in terms of results, I am the first one to lay pressure on myself. The aim of each coach is to win every match, I want to accomplish great results with the club, but now there’s no time for talk, it’s time for facts,” Dragan Djukic said.

Johansson was dismissed by the club’s management, following the poor results lately. He had signed a two-year contract in July, but CSM Bucharest lost the SuperCup final against SCM Ramnicu Valcea, and in the last two matches was defeated by the same team in the National League and by BBM Bietigheim in the Champions League.

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