Derby #100

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PREVIEW – The wait is over – club handball takes center stage again when German champion, SG Flensburg meet their eternal rival THW Kiel at Duesseldorf’s ISS Dome, in a battle for the 2019 PIXUM Super Cup, on Wednesday evening, at 19:30 hrs. It will be the 26th Super Cup edition and THW Kiel will aim to leave an early …

Player Ratings – Vardar vs Veszprém

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By Chris O’Reilly Vardar found a way to overcome all the odds, fatigue and a larger opposition squad to claim their second title at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in three years with a 27:24 win over Veszprém. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) …

Vardar shock the world again

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FINAL REVIEW – For the second time in three years, and maybe for the last time, HC Vardar won the VELUX EHF Champions League, while Veszprém lost a final for the fourth time in as many attempts. From six goals down towards the end of the first half, Veszprém managed to reduce the deficit to one goal a few times …

Palmarsson guides Barca to bronze

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MATCH REVIEW – A stellar playmaker performance by Aron Palmarsson helped Barca Lassa win a high-scoring and entertaining bronze medal match against Kielce at the VELUX EHF FINAL4. By Peter Bruun VELUX EHF FINAL4 Bronze medal match Barca Lassa vs PGE Vive Kielce 40:35 (20:16) The result “These FINAL4’s live a life of their own,” Barca coach Xavi Pascual told …

Player ratings – Vardar vs Barca

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By Chris O’Reilly A stunning second half turnaround saw Vardar reach their second final in three years, while Barca suffered VELUX EHF FINAL4 heartbreak yet again in a 29:27 thriller on Saturday evening. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best). …

Unbelievable comeback sees Vardar reach final

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MATCH REVIEW – Despite being seven goals down at half-time and during the first minutes of the first half, HC Vardar managed to pull off an amazing comeback and beat Barca Lassa to the ticket for the VELUX EHF Champions League Final. Barca simply collapsed at the end against the Macedonian team, who never gave up. By Peter Bruun VELUX …

Player ratings – Veszprém vs Kielce

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By Chris O’Reilly Veszprém’s second half demolition job in attack booked them a ticket to the final with a 33:30 win over Kielce in the opening match of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2019. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best). …

Nenadic fires Veszprém into final

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MATCH REVIEW – An out-of-this-world performance from Petar Nenadic played a decisive part, as Veszprém booked their ticket for the VELUX EHF Champions League Final, overcoming the Kielce team who had been giving them bad dreams for three years. A well-prepared and brave Kielce team managed to hang in almost all the way, but they had to let go at …

It’s all blaugrana in the experts’ eyes

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By Chris O’Reilly Handball journalists Laia Copa (RAC1, EHF) and Kevin Domas (stregspiller, Handnews, EHF) had their focus firmly set on Barca Lassa ahead of semi-finals day at the VELUX EHF FINAL4. They spoke about the expectations surrounding the Catalan record champions, potential shocks on Saturday and which players they expect to shine brightest at LANXESS arena. Laia Copa, Kevin …