Same procedure as last year?

WOMEN´S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REVIEW – The FINAL4 of the Women´s Champions League will consist of the same four teams, as last year. That is the inevitable conclusion after the first leg of the quarter-finals in the most prestigious club tournament in the world of women´s handball By Peter Bruun CSM, Gyor, Vardar, Buducnost. Does this quartett ring a bell? Right, these were the four participants of the… »

Hungry Kiel wears down Flensburg

It has been said so many times: “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”  Sunday’s final between the THW Kiel and the SG Flensburg-Handewitt proved – once again – the old adage.  On Saturday,… »

Fortunate finish moves CSM one step closer to FINAL4

MATCH REVIEW – What looked to be an equal affair for quite some time turned into a rather reassuring five-goal victory for CSM Buduresti, courtesy of several mistakes by Ferencvaros towards the end of… »

“Bella” dreaming of a repeat

INTERVIEW – Swedish star Isabelle Gulldén of CSM Bucuresti talks to stregspiller.com about the upcoming Champions League quarter-finals against Ferencvaros, her dreams of another Champions League triumph and a very fast-turning coaching carousel at her club. By Peter Bruun Things have turned out quite well for Isabelle Gulldén and her teammates at CSM Bucuresti in their first season after winning… »

Against all odds

COLUMN – FC Midtjylland, Larvik and Ferencvaros – in that order – have been the positive surprises in the Women´s Champions League thus far.  In Midtjylland´s and Larvik´s case, their quarter-final be… »

Ruling Champion out

MATCH OF THE DAY – Kielce lived up to the “rule” that a defending Champions League winner won’t do a repeat in the following year. By Peter Bruun KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL) vs Montpellier HB (FRA) 26… »

“Winning in Germany would be just perfect”

In basketball, the most exciting stars play “above the rim”, in handball they shoot from way beyond the 9-meter perimeter. Lois Abbingh, the Dutch international, is one of the elite few, blessed with the talent and skill to score from long distance.  Enjoy reading what the sharp-shooting back-court player from Issy Paris has to say about playing in the Champions League, fighting for precious metal… »

Landin focused on the present

Niklas Landin and Andreas Wolff are two big-time goalkeepers on the same roster.  So far it’s going quite well for both of them, even if their club THW Kiel is not performing on the high level as in p… »

“We have a realistic chance to win the German Cup”

It’s been a roller-coaster season so far for Swedish Handball-Bundesliga rookie, Lukas Nilsson.  On Thursday, he was part of a Kiel side many had already labeled as the underdog before a second-leg ti… »

Nantes – 60 minutes away from a sensation

By Kevin Domas Three days after conceding a draw (26:26) on home court against Paris, in the first leg of the Champions League round of Last 16, HBC Nantes were defeated mid-week in the French league by visiting Nîmes (29-33).  Still, there’s room for a sensational performance in the league of champions on Saturday. There was a sense of disappointment in the air, on Saturday night, when Nantes dre… »