Sascha Staat Unplugged

Welcome to “Sascha Staat Unplugged”. Sascha is a German freelance sports journalist. He started working for a local radio station when he was 19 years old and has hosted radio shows in both Germany and Italy, talking mainly about handball, football, baseball and ice hockey. He’s specifically known for hosting “Kreis Ab”, a weekly German handball podcast, and has been awarded the Herbert-Zimmermann… »

“We have to be 100 percent willing to work hard in every single game”

By Sascha Staat Just over two years ago, Maik Machulla took the helm at SG Flensburg-Handewitt.  Sincce then, he added two league titles to his resumee. As in 2018, he also had to part ways with key p… »

“There was a title on the line, one I hadn’t won before”

By Sascha Staat  Flensburg’s Magnus Rod will take on a bigger role in the upcoming season for the German champion, as veteran Holger Glandorf will be out for a while. At the moment the Norwegian is th… »

“I don’t want a player on my team, who does not want to play for Kielce”

By Sascha Staat On the outset of the 10th edition of the VELUX Men’s EHF FINAL4, Bertus Servaas, the president of Vive Kielce, talks about the team’s prospects in Cologne, beating Paris and the departure of Croatian playmaker Luka Cindric to Barca Lassa. First of all, congratulations to winning the Polish championship and making it to the VELUX EHF Men’s FINAL4 once again. For many that’s a big su… »

“I can always trust my teammates”

By  Sascha Staat INTERVIEW Xenia Smits is one of the players that stands out in the 2018/19 Champions League season and her nomination as one of five of “Best Defenders” in the league speaks for itsel… »

“Every time we take a step forward, we take two steps back”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – Tomorrow, Rhein-Neckar Löwen will try to keep their last title-hope of the season alive, when they face HBC Nantes, in France, in the return leg of the VELUX EHF Champions… »

Going for the jackpot

By Sascha Staat Who would have thought? Germany went “all in” and so far Uwe Gensheimer & Co. keep defying the odds. It looks like the jackpot is waiting for the team of Christian Prokop at World Cup’19. Well, let’s not exaggerate, Denmark still is the favorite to win it all, especially because of Mikkel Hansen, who seems to be unstoppable, while Niklas Landin appears to stop everything. But f… »

Time to put the cards on the table

By Sascha Staat “I’m very proud of my team – we all should be very proud.” These were the words of Christian Prokop, head coach of the German national handball team after Tuesday’s draw against France… »

“Norway is ready”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – Frode Scheie used to be the shot-stopper of Norway’s national handball team, but these days he is the voice of handball for TV channel Viasat. I talked to the former goalke… »

All In

By Sascha Staat Well – I may have used this headline before, but I cannot recall when?  Yet, it wouldn’t surprise me, especially in connection with the German national handball team. A World championship on home soil is on the horizon for coach Christian Prokop and his men – one year after a disastrous ninth-place finish at the EHF Euro 2018, just ahead of Belarus and Macedonia. It wasn’t enough b… »