She ended her career as a player at just 20 years old, but experienced the real drama as a coach: ‘I’ve suffered a lot’

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Born in Bucharest, Mihaela Effie wanted to make a name for herself in handball at Târgu Morey, but injuries and an unfavorable environment forced her to leave what she loved most. She soon established a club in her “accredited” city and became a successful coach with national and international titles.

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Mihaela Effie: “At the moment it was easy for me to give up my handball but after a few months I started missing it”

I spent an important part of my childhood and adolescence in the national team camps. I was a very passionate child, but unfortunately I took the most important step, moving from young to old, wrong. Born and raised in Bucharest, at the age of 18 I had to move to a big team. I chose Targu Morey, because at that time it was a newly promoted team in League One, and I was told that there I would have the opportunity to play more, being a youngster.

The team changed some coaches in a very short time, and after a while, I had surgery. Because of the bad environment I was in, I started to have some heart problems, blood pressure periodically increased, and when I got to a specialist he advised me to give up sports because I was too young to have such problems.

It was so easy for me to let go of that moment, I even felt liberated. But after a few months, I started to miss handball. At Targo Mori, I also met my husband, who is a former athleteSaid Mihaela Effie on digisport.ro.

The blow to Mihaela Effie: “I suffered a lot because it was my dream”

Mihaela Effie, who is currently coaching CS Gloria Bistrița, in Romania’s second division, recalls the complacency when she coached at Târgu More, but also the disappointment she experienced when she had to ditch the club over who created it.

The idea to create a private handball club came naturally and easily, and they were teachers of physical education and sports. Târgu Mures was a city with a tradition in handball, but it had not been in the final tournaments and important competitions for a very long time.

I’ve always loved kids, so the task of playing handball and playing with the kids seemed perfect. The creation of the Olympic Club was a real success, hundreds of children have registered since the first month of activity. Because I was so young, I was 21 when I started training, I chose to start from scratch, with groups of 7-8 year old girls. In 10 years of activity, we have won all possible national competitions: junior V, junior IV, junior III, junior II, the ice on the cake, junior I.

I also won many medals in international tournaments with that generation. Being a private club, the activity could not be continued when the girls moved into their seniors. I think the local authorities created the SCM in 2018, but that turned out to be a fiasco. A club with 13 divisions in its first year of existence accumulated huge debts after a few months. The year I was a Junior National Champion, I competed with money from home.

We haven’t been paid in months, but we kept bringing in money so we could finish the competition. Although the conditions were very challenging, I was on the verge of promotion in the League of Flowers with a team averaging 19 years old. The pandemic came and with it the offers made to our players at that time, who finally decided to put the financial part first.

We suffered a lot at that time because it was my dream to go up in the first league with the same formula that, one by one, we achieved all our dreams together. But I think that was actually a blessing. We have personally incurred a lot of debt to support the business and would probably have continued to do impossible things if we had not been disappointed.

I am proud that I never skipped a step in my training as a coach, I started with a little game of handball and became the National Champion in the Junior Team 1 with his breeding team.Mihaela Evi added.

  • 6 National Champion titles and 3 times Vice National Champion is Mihaela Effie’s performances as a coach.
  • 3 titles in the Sarios Cup, Slovakia, Silver Cell Cup, Hungary, Smederevo Cup winner, Serbia, still has a record.

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