Vardar and the curse of third place

HC Vardar have been extremely consistent over the past three years – more consistent than they like.  By Peter Bruun For the past three years, the Women´s Champions League has finished the season with a FINAL4 tournament.  On all three occasions HC Vardar have finished third of the four participating teams at the Papp Lászlo Arena, in Budapest. No doubt, many clubs would be very content of finishi… »

Will FTC ever get out of Gyor’s shadow?

FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria will continue their struggle as number two in Hungary and they will have to watch their archrival become the only Hungarian representative at the 2016/17 FINAL4 once again. By… »

Lyudmila Postnova

Depleted Russian champion with modest chances

Having lost 14 players of the team that won the Russian championship back in spring, Astrakhanochka can only have modest hopes ahead of their Champions League debut. By Peter Bruun Ana Vyakhireva, Pol… »

Will Leipzig reach the main round for a fourth time?

We conclude our look at Group B with German wild card team HC Leipzig, a club that will have difficulties reaching the main round for the fourth time. By Peter Bruun HC Leipzig are in for their 12th Champions League adventure in the club’s history.  In their previous 11 Champions League campaigns, the East German club made it to the main round three times. Another main round participation is what… »

Macarena Aguilar

Not even Herbert Müller can take THC to Budapest

By Peter Bruun Taking the temperature of the Champions League teams of the 2016/17 season – we are still in Group A – German champions Thueringer HC´s best chance to play in Budapest will be meeting F… »

Pia Narvesen

Optimistic newcomers with nothing to lose

By Peter Bruun Having overcome the qualifiers in their second attempt, Glassverket are finally ready for the Champions League group phase. The Norwegian debutants can play freely in Group A, where the… »

The girls in skirts are back

By Peter Bruun We take a closer look at Metz Handball who are back in the Champions League after a one year break. The club from France may be heading for their best result yet. Over the years, Metz Handball have drawn attention to themselves by playing in skirts instead of pants.  Despite being heavily criticized – mainly by feminists – they continue to wear this outfit.  But it should not take o… »

Will Buducnost miss the FINAL4 for the first time?

By Peter Bruun Taking the temperature on the teams in Women´s EHF Champions League, we start with the 2012 and 2015 winner, Buducnost, who have been participating in the FINAL4 ever since the event mo… »

Between mountains and beaches

Do you remember the EHF Euro 1998 in Italy? Yes, in Italy.  The tournament included just twelve teams back then, hosted by cities like Bolzano and Merano, where half of the people speak a strong Germa… »

Underdogs no more

Do you remember the 2014 Final 4 in Cologne?  I guess you do.  Kiel or Barcelona, Barcelona or Kiel, maybe Veszprem?  And SG Flensburg-Handewitt?  Bound for fourth place.  In the end the boys of Ljubomir Vranjes stunned the handball world – first shocking Barcelona and then archrival THW Kiel.  It was a weekend for the ages. But Flensburg is far from being the underdog these days.  Vranjes has don… »