COVID – Russia – FINAL4

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In hindsight it almost felt like a miracle – something from a time long begone – after having witnessed the energy and excitement of the two pinnacle events in club handball – the EHF Champions League FINAL4 tournaments, in Budapest and Cologne. Two spectacular events ended the 2021/22 handball season which continued to be plagued by the vagaries of the …

Media Call – 2022 FINAL4 in Cologne

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by J. Schuetz   What They Said Igor Karacic (Back-court; Lomza Vive Kielce) On how it feels to be back at the EHF FINAL4: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I am so excited. For me, it feels like I was here a very long time ago (2019 ed.) and I am glad that I am back.  It’s …

Don’t hesitate to innovate!

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by J. Schuetz   It’s one of the greatest innovation slogans and tagline of all time and while many sport organizations around the globe have succumbed to self-pity on the heals of the still lingering COVID pandemic and Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, the European Handball Federation (EHF) has emerged with a breath of fresh air. From pandemic to war …

One night in Paris

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J. Schuetz   Coupe de France 2022 It turned out to be a historic night in Paris. The 2022 edition of the Coupe de France did neither offer any surprises nor any drama as could be observed in the “Departemental” and “Regionale” finals – where Metz HB (women) and Paris St. Germain (men) emerged as the winning teams after a …

Preview – Coupe de France 2022

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J. Schuetz   Every year the Coupe de France is a true highlight as the French Handball Federation showcases the country’s entire breadth of handball, but this time it will be a different, even more exciting event. On the women’s side, Metz HB will try to put the cherry on the icing of the cake after succeeding in the domestic …

Media Call – 2022 FINAL4 in Budapest

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  By J. Schuetz What They Said Ambros Martin (Head coach; Gyor AUDI ETO KC) “Once we are here (at the EHF FINAL4 ed.) the only objective that’s left is to win.  If we are the one, we will be very happy. “The most important thing is to have a positive feeling and good emotions. That way we can make …

Momentum Play

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By J. Schuetz   It’s almost here – the big season ending event in women’s handball – the EHF Champions League FINAL4, in Budapest, on June 4-5. The 8th edition of the pinnacle competition in club handball will feature the record champions Gyor AUDI ETO KC, the French handball powerhouse, Metz HB, the reigning title holder, Vipers Kristiansand and Danish …

And Hungary’s Number 1 is …

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J. Schuetz   The 2022 edition of Hungary’s “Magyar Kupa” boils down to a simple question: Which club is the true number one in Hungary -Gyor AUDI ETO KC or FTC Railcargo? Although the 2021/22 Hungarian K&H women’s league produced a champion – Gyor AUDI ETO KC succeeded by the slimmest of margins.  After 26 rounds of handball the record …

Raus aus der Brühe

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von J. Schuetz   Almere – kaum ein anderer Ort in den Niederlanden verkörpert Zukunft und Aufbruch besser, wie die künstlich geschaffene Stadt vor den Toren von Amsterdam. Grund und Boden wurden in den 60iger Jahren dem Ijsselmeer abgerungen und 1976 war das erste Gebäude fertiggestellt. Dank den Visionen des niederländischen Stararchitekten Rem Koolhaas ist das Zentrum von Almere heute …