Servaas expects Bundesliga to be downsized

By Sascha Staat Kielce’s boss, Bertus Servaas, is a man not shy of raising his voice and he did so after his team’s Champions League victory against Rhein-Neckar Löwen’s B-team last weekend. Here is what the outspoken Dutch businessman had to say when I talked to him about the match and necessary consequences. First of all congratulations to the lopsided win, even though it was no contest at all.… »

“The bus ride back home will be a long one”

By Kevin Domas “The bus ride back home will be  a long one.” In one sentence, FC Barcelona’s Cédric Sorhaindo summed up the team’s feeling after losing their Champions League game in Montpellier by th… »

No winners – only losers

By Sascha Staat After the Champions League match of PGE Vive Kielce against Rhein-Neckar Löwen (RNL) on Saturday, when I talked to legendary goalkeeper Slawomir Szmal he told me the following: “We wer… »

Tor Odvar Moen’s new challenge

INTERVIEW – After 20 years as “Mr. Larvik”, Tor Odvar Moen is leaving the Norwegian top club to take over Siófok KC in Hungary. Although it will be his first foreign adventure, he does not see it as a particularly big transition– and before leaving, he would like to win the Norwegian league one last time with Larvik. By Peter Bruun  It came a bit of a shock to many people in Norway and the interna… »

“My mental coach helps me focus on what is important”

INTERVIEW – Danish international, Line Jørgensen, hired a personal mental coach in her efforts to come back from her long injury break. In her conversation with stregspiller.com, she talks about the r… »

“My goal is to turn Germany into the new Holland”

INTERVIEW – Henk Groener, who became famous for leading the Dutch women’s national handball team from oblivion to the 2015 World Championship final, is determined to perform a similar miracle in Germa… »

“I want to win the Champions League while I am at my peak”

INTERVIEW – Her wish to play in the Champions League again and the chance of winning it have been the major reasons for Lois Abbingh´s decision to join Rostov-Don. Money did not play a major role in the 25-year-old Dutch international´s thought process, she claims. Ambitions are sending her east instead. By Peter Bruun “I want to play in the Champions League again, and I want to play in a club, wh… »

“I am 100% sure that Flensburg will remain a top club”

INTERVIEW – Despite stiff competition from wealthier clubs elsewhere in Europe, Flensburg’s managing director, Dierk Schmäschke, is convinced that his organization will defend its position as a top cl… »

“I’m quite fed up thinking about who’s to blame”

By Sascha Staat The announcement of Rhein-Neckar Löwen sending their B team to battle Kielce in the Round of Last 16 of the 2017/18 Champions League has been the hot topic in the world of handball dur… »

Total chaos

By Sascha Staat Wow, it escalated quickly.  In case you don’t know what’s going on, here is some basic information about the matter.  Back in 2016, the EHF informed all its member federations and national leagues, with regards to scheduling international competitions, including the current EHF Champions League.  And in 2017, the DKB Handball-Bundesliga (HBL) published its new schedule for the ongo… »