The entire handball world has learned, in a short period of time, who Vladimir Cupara is and what he is capable of. 25-year-old goalkeeper has become a key player in both Telekom Veszprem's and Serbian national team's successes.
For half a year now, he has been showing his talent in Veszprem's jersey, but that that is not only a matter of talent, but of constant hard work, he discovered in our first ever Q&A interview.
We talked to Cupara in December, but despite that, we thought about giving you a chance to ask him a few questions yourself.
As a proof that you did a good job scratching under the surface and passing the journalist test, read the following interview and enjoy it, after all - this is your work.
In your opinion, who is the best shooter in SEHA League, a shooter that is the hardest to defend against?
I haven't played a lot of games in SEHA League this season, considering it's my first one, so I'll have to choose two of my teammates, Vuko Borozan and Rasmus Lauge Schmidt. Even though we are one-on-one only in training sessions, Vuko and Rasmus are unbelievable.
Why did you leave Kielce?
I left Kielce because Veszprem were interested in me. They sent an offer and, without thinking, I accepted it and came here.
Who’s the player you watch on TV and say, “He’s something special to watch”?
For me, Timur Dibirov. He's courageous, has an incredible wrist and handball skills, in most difficult situations scores from smallest angles, and often those are quite an effective goals.
Who is the funniest teammate in Veszprem and why?
I don't know, it is a difficult question. Really, everyone's funny in their own way, but I would say it is Kentin Mahe.
Who is your handball role model?
Easy, Arpad Sterbik and Danijel Saric.
Is it true that when someone hits you, during the match, with a ball in your head, afterwards, you get better at saving your goal?
In some situations, that can be very helpful, in others, not so much. Depends. Sometimes, it is nice to be hitted with a ball, to wake up a little or be a bit more aggressive.
If you could go back in time, what sport would you train, except handball?
Probably basketball or water polo.
What is your favorite food?
I don't have favourite food. I like to eat everything, which can be assumed when you look at me. However, I would single out Serbian specialties and local cuisine, which is what I miss most while abroad.
What is the one thing you want to achieve in your career?
There are many things I would like to accomplish in my career, above all, winning any medal with the national team, winning Champions League title with the club and all other leagues and competitions we participate in.
What drives you to get up in the morning and go training every day?
The desire to succeed, the desire to conquer anything, to move forward. I want to be the best version of myself, the best I can at my job, give everything I have and get into my best form as soon as possible. To sum up, to reach the top.
If you weren’t a handball player, what profession would you have gone?
I never thought about it, to be honest. I do believe that I am resourceful enough and that I would surely find something I am good at. That occupation would be something that makes me happy. So far, I do have some plans for when I finish my career, but it is hard for me to talk about ''what would have happened if''.
What do you miss the most from your home country Serbia?
People. After that, Belgrade, an amazing city full of anything and everything, a city I was born in, grew up with. Of course, there is food and language, but before anything else – my people, family and friends, the most important things in the world.
Finally, what are you doing now in quarantine?
In quarantine, I am cooking, training to stay fit, spending time with my dog, walking around... The good thing is that here in Hungary we still have a lot of movement freedom. So, those are the things I do most.