“We thought we were closer to the best teams”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – It’s been a rough start to the new EHF Champions League season for Thüringer HC. On Monday, the German club lost their fourth match in as many attempts, against defending champion, Györ, although the final result (31-28) was a massive improvement from the 16-goal loss in the first game against the Hungarians. I talked to the charismatic head coach, Herbert Müller, about… »

“It’s a lot of fun to play in Veszprem”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – For the past two seasons Jesper Nielsen was part of the star ensemble of Paris Saint-Germain. He reached the Final4 of the VELUX EHF Champions League twice, but ended up em… »

“The Champions League has been the biggest challenge for me”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – Emily Bölk’s move from Buxtehude to Thüringen was one of the most anticipated transitions this summer, including her debut in the EHF Champions League. Having scored a tota… »

“We are very determined”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – Ever since Kim Naidzinavicius entered the spotlight after winning the junior World championship in 2008, she has continuously progressed and today she is a key player, in her club, Bietigheim, and in Germany’s national handball team.   During her teenage years – she already played in the Bundesliga – everyone expected her turning into an international star in short orde… »

Kohlbacher wants to win it all

By Sascha Staat When Jannik Kohlbacher joined Rhein-Necker Löwen this past summer, nobody was in doubt that he would fit in well with the reigning German cup champion. But the line-player has exceeded… »

“I am just looking ahead”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – He is considered one of the biggest talents on the goalkeeper position in all of Europe and prior to this season he transferred from Danish Holstebro to the German champion… »

“I play my own game”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – Magnus Jøndal is already 30 years old, an experienced Norwegian national team player but this year he decided to try the DKB Handball-Bundesliga together with SG Flensburg-Handewitt. Right before the official start of the season, I talked to him about his move, why his timing maybe perfect and what he is expecting to achieve during his time in the North of Germany. Firs… »

A bit different

By Sascha Staat Sometimes you think you have seen it all – that it’s hardly possible that the underdog(s) will prevail again, that it will be boring. I let my 2018 VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4 im… »

“The gap between the two leagues has never been so small”

By Sascha Staat It was the first time I spoke to Bruno Martini, the general manager of French handball giant, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The former goalkeeping star now has his hands full in making su… »

The final curtain

By Sascha Staat Some may have seen it as some sort of a fairytale, when Vardar captured last season’s Champions League title, beating both – Barcelona and Paris – in the dying moments of the game courtesy of Luka Cindric and Ivan Cupic , respectively. Yet, despite all of last year’s glory, it will be the final curtain in Cologne for a club that was just about to find its place among the superpower… »