The final curtain

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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 …

Casper Mortensen lives his childhood dream

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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 …

“I think we can still do better”

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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 quarterfinal and then he opted to leave Vardar at the end of the season to join MOL-Pick Szeged. I spoke to the reigning European champion about …

Utmost respect for Montpellier

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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 right-back, Kyung-Shin Yoon, for most field goals scored in the history of Germany’s Bundesliga. I talked to the outstanding right-back about his accomplishment, …

Servaas expects Bundesliga to be downsized

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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 what the outspoken Dutch businessman had to say when I talked to him about the match and necessary consequences. First of all congratulations to the lopsided …

No winners – only losers

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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 …

Total chaos

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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 national leagues, with regards to scheduling international competitions, including the current EHF Champions League.  And in 2017, the DKB Handball-Bundesliga (HBL) published its new schedule for …