Gabriel Hernández new Spain men's head coach

Gabriel Hernández is the new Spain men's national team head coach. The former Sabadell coach was presented in a special press conference regarding the new Spanish water polo technical staff towards the 2016 Olympic Games on Wednesday. Hernández, famous for scoring 3 of Spain's 4 goals in a 4-2 win over Yugoslavia in the 2001 world championship final in Fukuoka, Japan, will lead Spain's men through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and succeeds Rafael Aguilar who, as the Federation technical director steps down as men's head coach after almost 10 years. Gabriel (Gabi) Hernández previously coached CN Sabadell's men's team with whom he surprised Barceloneta to win the 2011 Spanish cup final and next domestic Super Cup as major achievements. The 39-year old stated: ''I am proud to get to that what is undoubtedly the largest personal and professional challenge of my life.'' Hernández' and Spain's first task is to qualify for the 2014 European Championships next summer in Budapest, Hungary facing Ukraine in the two-game play-off round (15 february / 1 March) where the Spanish team enjoys a highly-favorite status.

Gabriel Hernández (right) shaking hands with Federation president Fernando Carpena after agreeing to become the new Spain men's national team head coach.

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