Nexe – striving for the first ever SEHA podium


Nexe are one of the few clubs that  have been a part of the SEHA – Gazprom League from the early beginnings. But, the last season was truly the golden one for the Croatian team from Nasice. They managed to tie everything together and secure their first ever SEHA Final 4 tournament. After years of hard work and patience, Nexe finally got the chance to show that they can do wonders. At the end, their 4th place at the Final 4 tournament made last season the most successful one in the club's history. 

Besides amazing results in the SEHA – Gazprom League, Nexe also did well on the domestic court. Even thought they were not able to win the Croatian championship, they were runner-ups for the 10th time in a row. 

In their 9th SEHA season, the team from Nasice will try to repeat the last season's achievements. On that path, they will meet with reigning champions Vardar, Slovakian Tatran Presov, Serbian Vojvodina, newcomers from Hungary, Grundfos Tatabanya and Ukrainian Motor Zaporozhye in the Group A.

On top of that, Nexe are going to participate in the EHF Cup. They are only one step away from the group phase as they were placed in the 3rd qualification round. This is a great opportunity to repeat the good results from two seasons ago when they got all the way to the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, Nexe did not qualify for the Final tournament, but they surprised everyone with their amazing play against Fuchse Berlin in the first quarter-final match. 

While preparing for the new season, the team went through some changes. One of their amazing wings, Vedran Zrnic decided to end his playing career. But, this was not the final goodbye as he will still be a part of the club, only outside of the court. By the end of the last season, Patrik Leban departed Nexe as well as Aljaz Lavric and Marin Sipic. Young and talented Sipic will stay under the SEHA wings as he will continue his career in PPD Zagreb. 

Nexe did not wait long until they welcomed some new faces. Zivan Pesic joined the team from Ademar Leon, as well as Ivan Dumencic who previously played for Dubrava, Gianfranco Pribetic from Porec, Fran Mileta from Rudan Labin and former Umag player, Tomislav Severec. With so many new reinforcements, Nexe's coach, Hrvoje Horvat, will have a tough time choosing the best seven that will start each match. But, he proved many times in the previous seasons that he has good tactics and knows how to use all the names on the bench. 

Besides good tactics and skilled players, Nexe can also rely on their fans. No matter if the match is super important or not, their fans always support them and give them that extra bit of strength at the right moment. 

It seems as they have found the perfect formula on the court. The amazing team spirit and support from their fans can only boost the team's self esteem. It will be interesting to see if Nexe can secure another Final 4 tournament, or even a medal around their necks. The new season is going to be another challenge for them. We will soon find out if the team from Nasice can meet all these expectations and come out the other end stronger and better than ever before.