Showtime

The new season of the DKB Handball-Bundesliga is set to start with two games tonight, while most of the other teams will follow up on Sunday.  To be honest, I don’t know if I have ever been this excited before the kick-off of a new campaign.  There are many reasons to look forward to the more than 300 matches.  For example, the new television deal the league struck with Sky (and public TV stations… »

Hard work

A new HBL season in Germany is about to begin this week but clubs already started the campaign with some cup matches. For example, the SC Magdeburg reached the round of the last-16 easily.  After the… »

“17 years have been a long time”

Flensburg’s Mattias Andersson is about to start his last season as a professional handball player.  This campaign will be his 17th, in Germany.  But according to him he is getting tired.  Actually, to… »

“The basics are still there”

SG Flensburg-Handewitt is working with a new coach this season, after Ljubomir Vranjes decided to leave the team to join Telekom Veszprem.  Kentin Mahé will follow him in 2018, while Mattias Andersson has announced his retirement.  Thomas Mogensen is set to return to Denmark.  That’s why the role of Rasmus Lauge as a leader of the team is about to increase, significantly.  The Dane still sees room… »

2017 Power Ranking – Goalkeeper

Last but not least, I turn to the goalkeepers, their performances and the way I measured them. # 5:          Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (Barcelona and Spain) surely is one of the premier goalkeepers arou… »

2017 Power Ranking – Right Back

Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed by the performances of the various left-backs this past season.  Looking at the position of right-back it seems like it’s more crowded with younger, talented players t… »

2017 Power Ranking – Left Back

Let’s move on and take a look at the back-court, the so-called “King’s” position – the left-back.  Please remember that my list is subjective and open for discussion. Having said that, I prefer players who can do it all.  So, someone who  is able to defend as well, probably stands a better chance getting my attention. # 5:          Nikola Bilyk (THW Kiel and Austria) already makes my list, and I h… »

“For me the team is more important than a single star”

This summer has seen a big change of scenery for the long-time coach of SG Flensburg-Handewitt, Ljubomir Vranjes.  The former Swedish international with Serbian roots, now in charge of Hungary’s champ… »

2017 Power Ranking – Playmakers

I am a huge fan of playmakers, as they carry the whole team. Everything starts with their first move. Their concentration has to be top notch all the time in order to be successful. Playmakers have to… »

2017 Power Ranking – Right Wings

From the left side we move over to the other wing, where it’s possible to choose from a long list of excellent players. That’s why my picks are probably very debatable, to say the least. I had to subtract various stars. First, let’s see who made the cut before we get to the ones who didn’t. # 5:          Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen and Germany) is a very underrated player, at least in my… »