A bunch of winners

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A few people thought that winning the DKB Handball-Bundesliga in 2016 would be the last title of its kind for Rhein-Neckar Löwen in a long time. The “face” of the club, Uwe Gensheimer, was set to leave to  join Paris Saint-Germain. In the meantime Andy Schmid wouldn’t stay injure-free for another season, as some expected. And with all the stress, …

Lessons to learn

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When I talked to Stole Stoilov, the captain of freshly crowned Champions League winner RK Vardar, for the first time during the Media Call at the EHF Final 4, I was instantly impressed.  He’s a force of nature, that’s for sure, but the true reason was a different one.  He talked about the prospects of Vardar at the 2017 FINAL4, …

FINAL4 Reactions: Paris vs Vardar

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Ivan Cupic: “I was sure to score” The game came down to the wire as Vardar had the ball with seven seconds to go. Like in the semis against Barcelona, the Macedonians took profit and Ivan Cupic scored the most important goal of the weekend, crowning his new team the European club champion while personally defending the title he had …

FINAL4 Reactions: Veszprem vs Barcelona

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Gaspar Marguc: “We can be upset” Playing for third place only matters at national team tournaments, at least when you ask Veszprem’s Gasper Marguc about it. He had a tough time finding the right motivation for the game against Barcelona and appeared to be even more upset afterwards. Are you satisfied? GM: Of course we are happy that we finished …

Game Reactions – Barcelona vs Vardar

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Ivan Cupic: “It’s all about Vardar” Ivan Cupic knows the feeling of winning the Champions League very well after conquering the crown last season with his former club of Vive Tauron Kielce. But for the Croatian right-wing it’s all about the team, and not himself, as he claimed right after Vardar’s victory over Barcelona. It’s the first time in Cologne …

Game Reactions – Paris vs Veszprem

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Here is what players had to say after a dramatic Day 1 of handball at the VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4: Andreas Nilsson: “It just didn’t work out!” The loss against Paris was a tough pill to swallow for Veszprem’s Andreas Nilsson. The usually outspoken Swedish line-player hardly found words for the defeat against the French champion. What kind of …

Only winning on his mind

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Alex Dujshebaev is a superstar in the making but he attends the FINAL4 in Cologne for the very first time.  Here is what’s on his mind ahead of the 2017 Champions League season ending event. It’s your first time at this event, how does it feel to be here? AD: The feeling is quite impressive. I think the whole team …

“It’s almost like a festival”

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Gasper Marguc doesn’t like to be reminded on last year’s collapse against Kielce, but instead prefers to look forward to what he calls a handball festival.  Surprisingly, he sees Veszprem in the role of underdog. Is it about time to win it this year? GM: I think so, yes. We have been getting closer every year, last year really, really …

The pride of Macedonia

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Stole Stoilov has a lot of experience, but nonetheless he is a first-timer at the VELUX Champions League FINAl4.  Yet, he is not interested in assuming the role of underdog and is full of pride. What’s your first impression of the event here in Cologne? SS: It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, everybody is doing their job, everybody knows what they …