Cristina Verzaro, first interview since her return to CSM Bucharest: “The politician is very involved in Romanian sports because he supports it financially.” exclusive

CSM Bucharest has had a tough season. “Tigreaicele” lost the title to Rapid and missed the Final Four. This summer, there have been massive changes to the team, as the management of CSM has been changed.

Cristina Verzaro, first interview since returning to CSM Bucharest: “I set my goal to win the Champions League and from a different position”

Cristina Vărzaru has returned to CSM Bucharest, this time as team manager. In 2016, he won the Champions League with the “Tigers” team, and in the past four years he has been the general secretary of the Romanian Handball Federation.

The former great handball player gave an extensive interview with fanatic In it he talked about the new position at CSM Bucharest, the goals of the current season, but also about more sensitive topics such as political participation in the sport or public money in Romanian handball.

Christina, you have finished your playing career at CSM Bucharest, and now you are returning to a management position. How do you feel in this new position?

– In 2017, I ended my sports career, one year after winning the Champions League with CSM. It was the moment I set my goal to win the Champions League and from a different position. Life has taken me down a different path in the past 4 years, but now CSM Bucharest has given me this opportunity to be able to work towards my dream, so I feel so amazing!

“The negotiations were short and to the point.”

Tell us how the negotiations with officials from CSM Bucharest went. What convinced you to accept this challenge?

– The negotiations were short and direct, the discussions that took place, until the moment we agreed to cooperate, were about the vision of both parties to increase the CSM in Bucharest in terms of performance, image, vision, etc. Everything went smoothly and naturally, I think it’s a sign that we found a lot in common.

What are the team’s goals in the new season?

– The same goals the club has achieved since 2014: winning all the local championships (Cup, Championship, Super Cup) and qualifying for the fourth final of the Champions League.

“(There is no right-hand position) I think it is psychosis for some, but I am satisfied with the team with which CSM Bucharest starts the season”

Are you happy with the way the team looks?

– I have no advantage in the composition of the team with which CSM Bucharest starts this season, because at the time of the start of the cooperation (July 2022) the team, as is normal, was already formed. But yes, I am satisfied with the composition of the team, both at the level of the players and at the level of the technical staff.

There has been a lot of talk about Inter’s right position. CSM Bucharest has introduced several important European players to the position. Is it a weak point? What solutions do you have there?

– I think some have psychosis, but as I mentioned earlier, I am satisfied with the team with which CSM Bucharest starts the season. Omoregie, Zaadi, Klikovac and Gogîrla can perform there without problems. We’ll see each other in the future!

“If you like, the politician is deeply involved in Romanian sports because he supports it financially”

It was written in the public space about the participation of politicians in the CSM team in Bucharest. How do you see this? When you negotiated the contract, did you discuss these aspects, so that the professionals decide the team?

– I think they are rather inventions and speculations. If you wish, the politician is very involved in Romanian sports because he supports it financially. Discussions with CSM in Bucharest were always based on the sporting side, on development and performance, and there were no assumptions. Bucharest City Hall supports performance and is in line with sport! Otherwise, everyone is doing their homework and doing what they should and what they know best.

“I hope for quick success too, it will be interesting to follow their path in the Champions League”

Who do you think are fighting for the title in the flower league? But for the Champions League trophy?

The Romanian championship looks stronger after the transfers that took place this summer. There are many teams that have consolidated and aspire, with real chances, to a place in the European Cups next season: Bistrita, Braila, Buzau, Cisnedi, Baia Marie, Rapid, Craiova, Valcia… Half of the participants.

In the Champions League, there are teams that consistently reach the end of the final week of the competition. Vipers, winner of the last two editions, and Gyor, multiple cup winners, are usually the main contenders for the trophy in the 2022-2023 season. Add in Esbjerg and Metz, and I think the FTC and Odense are also looking, on paper, a lot better, this season. I wish quick success too, it will be interesting to follow their path in the Champions League.

“All sports in Romania are mostly supported by public funds. Bucharest has 3 teams participating in the final handball competition”

What has CSM been missing in recent years for the Final Four? Since 2018, he’s always been nearby but not around…

– I don’t have the answer. The situation always looks different on the inside, where you can really influence and change things for the better. I can only hope that all the people who joined the squad in the off-season, I mean both the players, the medical, psychological and administrative staff, as well as the CSM team they need to get into the Final Four once again are in the Champions League.

There is a lot of talk about the public money controversy in handball: the budget of CSM and other teams, Cristina Nygo’s salary, etc. As a handball player, how do you position yourself in facing this issue?

– All sports in Romania are mostly subsidized by public money. Bucharest has 3 teams participating in the final handball competition. Just looking at the combinations of the three teams and the top players in their composition, I think the benefits of having them in the halls in Romania are enormous. Because they are role models, they tell success stories for the entire community.

“The sporting results did not live up to the effort put in by the FRH team that I was a part of”

Before you came to CSM Bucharest, you were the General Secretary of FRH. How was this experience for you?

– Fabulous! It was a time when I learned a lot about myself, about the whole handball spirit in Romania, the mentalities, the cult of work, etc. The sporting results were not up to the effort of the FRH team I was a part of, which is a regret I left, but there are many things we achieved together and I am very proud of them.

“I never knew how to lose, that’s what my 27 years of playing handball taught me, so regardless, it wasn’t the time to lose the April election”

Finally, I would like to ask you if you have a bitter taste after the elections in April? I was in the camp that lost the election…

The camp I like to put myself in is handball. When it comes to the team, yes I was part of Mr. Dedu’s team and after 4 years in FRH I still think all my picks were the best in terms of teams I’ve joined over the years. I never knew how to lose, that’s what my 27 years of playing handball taught me, so regardless, it wasn’t time to lose the April election. Moreover, there were projects we started which still needed time before reaping the fruits…but the anti-hands breathing decided that change was necessary and only time would determine whether the election of the majority of associate members was the best I wish the new administration much strength Action and inspiration.

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