Lessons to learn

When I talked to Stole Stoilov, the captain of freshly crowned Champions League winner RK Vardar, for the first time during the Media Call at the EHF Final 4, I was instantly impressed.  He’s a force of nature, that’s for sure, but the true reason was a different one.  He talked about the prospects of Vardar at the 2017 FINAL4, and that he saw all four teams on the same level – seriously. Too many… »

Paris Saint-Germain – Evaluation of a Failure

By Kevin Domas Losing a Champions League final is never easy. For Paris, Sunday’s defeat in the last game of the tournament was even harder. Not only because they lost by one goal in the last second b… »

FINAL4 Reactions: Paris vs Vardar

Ivan Cupic: “I was sure to score” The game came down to the wire as Vardar had the ball with seven seconds to go. Like in the semis against Barcelona, the Macedonians took profit and Ivan Cupic scored… »

Cupic’s buzzer beater sends Vardar into frenzy

MATCH REVIEW – Ivan Cupic´s winning goal with one second left handed FINAL4 debutants, HC Vardar, the surprising win against the top favorite, Paris Saint-Germain. By Peter Bruun HC Vardar (MKD) vs Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) 24:23 (11:12)  Before the Match Playing the final match in the Champions League was a new experience for both clubs. Vardar were debutants at the FINAL4, while PSG sec… »

FINAL4 Reactions: Veszprem vs Barcelona

Gaspar Marguc: “We can be upset” Playing for third place only matters at national team tournaments, at least when you ask Veszprem’s Gasper Marguc about it. He had a tough time finding the right motiv… »

Barcelona leave FINAL4 empty-handed

MATCH REVIEW – Apparently, Veszprém wanted third place at the 2017 FINAL4 a bit more than Barcelona, and after relinquishing a four goal lead in the first half, Laszlo Nagy & Co left no doubt afte… »

Game Reactions – Barcelona vs Vardar

Ivan Cupic: “It’s all about Vardar” Ivan Cupic knows the feeling of winning the Champions League very well after conquering the crown last season with his former club of Vive Tauron Kielce. But for the Croatian right-wing it’s all about the team, and not himself, as he claimed right after Vardar’s victory over Barcelona. It’s the first time in Cologne for Vardar and the first final right away, a g… »

Game Reactions – Paris vs Veszprem

Here is what players had to say after a dramatic Day 1 of handball at the VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4: Andreas Nilsson: “It just didn’t work out!” The loss against Paris was a tough pill to swal… »

“It’s just the best of everything”

The VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4 does not only showcase the best handball in Europe but it attracts many of the best (former) players as well. stregspiller.com spoke with a deeply impressed Jelen… »

Last second goal from Cindric send debutants to the final

MATCH REVIEW – FINAL4 debutants Vardar Skopje are ready for a final match against Paris Saint-Germain. The winning goal in the dying seconds was scored by playmaker Luka Cindric who scored Vardar´s last two goals. By Peter Bruun HC Vardar (MKD) vs FC Barcelona (ESP) 26:25 (13:12) Before the Match  Just like Veszprém, Vardar claimed to be the outsider, referring to their status as FINAL4 debutants.… »