Player Ratings – Vardar vs Veszprém

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By Chris O’Reilly Vardar found a way to overcome all the odds, fatigue and a larger opposition squad to claim their second title at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in three years with a 27:24 win over Veszprém. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) …

Vardar shock the world again

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FINAL REVIEW – For the second time in three years, and maybe for the last time, HC Vardar won the VELUX EHF Champions League, while Veszprém lost a final for the fourth time in as many attempts. From six goals down towards the end of the first half, Veszprém managed to reduce the deficit to one goal a few times …

Palmarsson guides Barca to bronze

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MATCH REVIEW – A stellar playmaker performance by Aron Palmarsson helped Barca Lassa win a high-scoring and entertaining bronze medal match against Kielce at the VELUX EHF FINAL4. By Peter Bruun VELUX EHF FINAL4 Bronze medal match Barca Lassa vs PGE Vive Kielce 40:35 (20:16) The result “These FINAL4’s live a life of their own,” Barca coach Xavi Pascual told …

Player ratings – Vardar vs Barca

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By Chris O’Reilly A stunning second half turnaround saw Vardar reach their second final in three years, while Barca suffered VELUX EHF FINAL4 heartbreak yet again in a 29:27 thriller on Saturday evening. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best). …

Player ratings – Veszprém vs Kielce

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By Chris O’Reilly Veszprém’s second half demolition job in attack booked them a ticket to the final with a 33:30 win over Kielce in the opening match of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2019. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best). …

Nenadic fires Veszprém into final

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MATCH REVIEW – An out-of-this-world performance from Petar Nenadic played a decisive part, as Veszprém booked their ticket for the VELUX EHF Champions League Final, overcoming the Kielce team who had been giving them bad dreams for three years. A well-prepared and brave Kielce team managed to hang in almost all the way, but they had to let go at …

It’s all blaugrana in the experts’ eyes

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By Chris O’Reilly Handball journalists Laia Copa (RAC1, EHF) and Kevin Domas (stregspiller, Handnews, EHF) had their focus firmly set on Barca Lassa ahead of semi-finals day at the VELUX EHF FINAL4. They spoke about the expectations surrounding the Catalan record champions, potential shocks on Saturday and which players they expect to shine brightest at LANXESS arena. Laia Copa, Kevin …

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Victor Tomas feels the goosebumps

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By Chris O’Reilly Despite reaching the VELUX EHF FINAL4 for the seventh time, the special feeling has not worn off on Barca Lassa captain Victor Tomas. The right wing compares this year’s campaign to their last successful trip to Cologne in 2015, shares their mentality heading into the semi-final against Vardar and explains how Barcelona’s style of play and strength …

Dissinger determined to fight with Vardar brothers

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By Chris O’Reilly On the eve of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2019, HC Vardar’s Christian Dissinger speaks about what it means to him to return from a nasty arm injury just in time for the biggest weekend of the season. The only German player at this year’s event also talks about team spirit and the support he has felt from …

Davis has made Veszprém an ugly opponent

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INTERVIEW – As one of the most experienced players in the PGE Vive Kielce team, Krzysztof Lijewski knows better than most what playing in the VELUX EHF FINAL4 is all about. In this interview with stregspiller.com, he makes no secret of the fact that he fears his team’s semi-final opponent, Veszprém, whom he finds to have undergone a huge change …