Romania town of Braila late last week played host to the 51st
edition of the Carpati Trophy. It is one of the longest-lasting competitions in
world handball. Each year, the Carpati Trophy is a very useful test for the
Romanian national squad. For this tournament, Romanian women handball players
are usually divided in two teams: Romania A and Romania B. That is what
happened this year as well, and joining Romania A and Romania B were the teams of Angola and
Angola won the
Carpati Trophy in 2019 as in the last game of the competition, the team from
Africa held Romania A to a 21-all draw. In the final rankings, Angola was at
the top thanks to its better goal average. Japan came 3rd, while
Romania B was 4th-placed in the competition.
Crina Pintea was
designated the best handballer of the tournament, and Radio Romania
International has also designated Crina Pintea the Athlete of the week.
Crina Pintea was
born on April 3rd, 1990 in Bacau County's commune of Podu Turcului.
She made her debut as a professional handball player at the age of 20, being
signed up by Handball Club Bacau, head-coached by Gheorghe Tadici. In 2012
Crina Pintea reached as far as the EHF Cup final and in 2013, Handball Club Zalau
reached as far as the EHF Cup's semifinal. In 2015, Crina Pintea began
negotiations with HCM Baia Mare, and Gheorge Tadici ruled her out of the team.
Then Crina Pintea signed a contract with the German squad Thuringer, a team
with which she won the Bundesliga in 2016. In 2017, Crina Pintea played for the
French team Issy Paris Hand, today known as Paris 92. For the 2018-2019 season,
Crina Pintea was designated the best pivot of the French women's handball
championship. Subsequently, the European champions, the Hungarian team Gyor
took over Crina Pintea's contract with Paris 92. In the coming season, Crina
will be signed up by CSM Bucharest.
Crina Pintea made
her debut with the national squad in 2012. She won bronze medal at the World
Championship in Denmark in 2015.