By Peter Bruun
When Dragana Cvijic says that she wants to finish in style in Buducnost, there is no doubt what she has in mind.
“I want to win the Champions League!” she tells stregspiller.com before her last FINAL4 with the Montenegrin powerhouse.
After this season, she will be changing to another FINAL4 contender – HC Vardar Skopje.
“I want to win again this year, and I think we have a very good chance to do just that,” says the 27-year-old Serbian line player who won the title with Buducnost for the first time in 2015.
This will not only be her last FINAL4 with Buducnost. It will also be the last FINAL4 for Buducnost in the line-up that we know today.
Apart from Cvijic, stars such as Cristina Neagu and Katarina Bulatovic, just to mention a few, will be leaving the club.
“However, I think Buducnost will soon have a strong team again.
“Right now, they are building a new squad for the future, and there are some really talented young players on their way up.
“Maybe we will not see Buducnost in the FINAL4, next year, but within the next three or four years, I am sure they will be back again.
“Personally, I am looking forward to joining Vardar.
“I need something new to happen in my handball life after six years with Buducnost, and I expect to be back in Budapest for the FINAL4 in 2018, as a Vardar player.
“By then, I´ll be coming here to win the title again, this time with Vardar!” she promises.
But before Dragana Cvijic will face a tough, but not impossible semi-final
“First of all, it is all about winning it this year with Buducnost,” says Dragana Cvijic.
This year, exactly like 12 months ago, the semi-final opponent will be Gyor.
Last year, that meeting ended in a narrow 21:20 defeat for Buducnost, a match, Dragana Cvijic does not have fond memories of.
In the bronze medal match Buducnost lost against Vardar, 30:28.
Cvijic is known as a powerful defender, and some referees may keep a particular eye on her just because of that. But, she does not complain and is keen on giving everything she has to get a better result than last year.
“I think we have a good chance against Gyor.
“It will be a hard-fought semi-final, of course. But last year, we were able to keep the match open, and I think we can do it again.
“If we accomplish this, I think we will be victorious this time.
“I do not care much, who our opponent in the final will be.
“I will think about it once the semi-final is over. Actually, I see the chances between CSM Bucuresti and Vardar as 50-50.
“Therefore, I cannot point to another favorite apart from ourselves,” a confident Dragana Cvijic says.