The end of a dynasty

Eight major titles in 15 years, two triples, countless medals.  It’s been quite a ride for Claude Onesta, the former head coach of “Les Experts”.  He will go down as the most successful men’s national team coach of all time, there’s no question about it.  Having said that it feels a bit weird that he won’t have a chance to finish his career on the sidelines on home soil at the upcoming World champ… »

The idea of a Confed Cup is way out of line

When Christian Dissinger suffered another long-term injury during the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, some people connected it to his history of major injuries rather than the amount of games he has… »

Vardar and the curse of third place

HC Vardar have been extremely consistent over the past three years – more consistent than they like.  By Peter Bruun For the past three years, the Women´s Champions League has finished the season with… »

Will FTC ever get out of Gyor’s shadow?

FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria will continue their struggle as number two in Hungary and they will have to watch their archrival become the only Hungarian representative at the 2016/17 FINAL4 once again. By Peter Bruun FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria – will we ever take the time to say the full name, and will it ever become natural to us? Probably not.  We still know the organization under its old name – Ferencv… »

Lyudmila Postnova

Depleted Russian champion with modest chances

Having lost 14 players of the team that won the Russian championship back in spring, Astrakhanochka can only have modest hopes ahead of their Champions League debut. By Peter Bruun Ana Vyakhireva, Pol… »

Will Leipzig reach the main round for a fourth time?

We conclude our look at Group B with German wild card team HC Leipzig, a club that will have difficulties reaching the main round for the fourth time. By Peter Bruun HC Leipzig are in for their 12th C… »

Macarena Aguilar

Not even Herbert Müller can take THC to Budapest

By Peter Bruun Taking the temperature of the Champions League teams of the 2016/17 season – we are still in Group A – German champions Thueringer HC´s best chance to play in Budapest will be meeting FTC on the road during the main round. The FINAL4 – once again – will be out of reach. Two things are certain every spring:  The weather gets warmer and Thueringer HC become German champions in women´s… »

Pia Narvesen

Optimistic newcomers with nothing to lose

By Peter Bruun Having overcome the qualifiers in their second attempt, Glassverket are finally ready for the Champions League group phase. The Norwegian debutants can play freely in Group A, where the… »

The girls in skirts are back

By Peter Bruun We take a closer look at Metz Handball who are back in the Champions League after a one year break. The club from France may be heading for their best result yet. Over the years, Metz H… »

Will Buducnost miss the FINAL4 for the first time?

By Peter Bruun Taking the temperature on the teams in Women´s EHF Champions League, we start with the 2012 and 2015 winner, Buducnost, who have been participating in the FINAL4 ever since the event moved to Budapest. But is the Montenegrin powerhouse a contender again this season? If we look back at Montenegro´s most recent performance at the Rio Olympics – the core of the team consisted of player… »