Casper Mortensen lives his childhood dream

By Sascha Staat It’s not official yet, but all rumors hint Danish left-wing, Casper Mortensen, joining Spanish handball giant FC Barcelona in the summer 2018. His current club, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, and the player himself already announced the departure. I talked to the HBL’s scoring leader about his reasons to move on, the team’s objectives in a season of ups and downs and the state of the natio… »

“I think we can still do better”

By Sascha Staat The past few days have been quite emotional for Spanish veteran, Joan Canellas.  First, he returned to his former club, THW Kiel, for the first leg of the EHF Champions League quarterf… »

“In Flensburg I can make my dream come true”

By Sascha Staat When SG Flensburg-Handewitt announced the signing of left-back Michal Jurecki in the summer of 2019, a lot of people were shaking their heads in disbelief – too old, too slow for a tea… »

“Upsets by the underdogs make handball more attractive”

By Sascha Staat Dominik Klein surely is one of Germany’s most popular players. The former left-wing of THW Kiel just recently announced his retirement, while enjoying the last months of a very successful career in Nantes. In fact, the French club has a good shot at reaching the Final4 of the 2017/18 Champions League –  one of the  topics I had the chance to talk about. Your Champions League perfor… »

Utmost respect for Montpellier

By Sascha Staat Holger Glandorf is not only one of the most regarded players in all of handball, but also one of the best and most successful ones. Recently he broke the record set by legendary Korean… »

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 w… »

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 were preparing for Löwen’s A team to play against us. When Flensburg lost in Magdeburg in Germany’s domestic league earlier in the week, we didn’t know if they (Rhein-Neckar Löwen ed.) would change their… »

“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 nati… »

PRO-kop

By Sascha Staat Frankly, it was a somewhat stunning move by Germany’s handball federation when president Andreas Michelmann announced Christian Prokop to remain head coach of the men’s national team, on Monday afternoon.  A surprising decision, but a courageous one. During a time when only results seem to matter, hardly anyone gets a second chance, especially in the world of pro-sports. Moving for… »