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… »

A new dynasty in the making

Just to let you know right away, I’m not a fan of the THW Kiel.  Actually I’m not a fan of any club.  I like some, but I’m far away from being a supporter.  But I love to see young and talented player… »

Third time is a charm – maybe not

Hungary’s Veszprem already looked like the champion of Europe, but shockingly wasted a 9-goal lead in the most dramatic Champions League final to date, losing to Kielce in a penalty shoot-out.  It was… »

Jesper Noddesbo

New approach, same goals in Barcelona

Although German outfit THW Kiel has emerged as a top threat to Barcelona’s throne as the biggest club in handball the Catalans are still number one, and maybe that’s not really a point of discussion.  But something has changed recently at the “Blaugrana”, where anything but first place is considered failure.  Well, at least when it comes to the Spanish league – keeping in mind that today’s ASOBAL… »