“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 Jelena Eric – Rakonjak, one of Serbia’s best handball players,  about her first time at Europe’s premier handball event on the club level, in Cologne. Jelena ended her international career after winning th… »

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 la… »

Paris goes FINAL2

 By Peter Bruun Veszprém (HUN) vs Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA) 26:27 (11:11) Before the Match Veszprém had done their best to present themselves as underdogs in the days ahead of the game, and t… »

“Play it like it’s the last time”

Daniel Narcisse is a frequent traveler, at least when it comes to checking in at the players hotel, at the FINAL4 in Cologne. He is a big fan of the event but knows, that he won’t come back that often again in the future.  He is enjoying his time there at the fullest. It’s your fifth time here at the FINAL 4 in Cologne. Does it feel any different than the first time around? DN: This event is getti… »

Only winning on his mind

Alex Dujshebaev is a superstar in the making but he attends the FINAL4 in Cologne for the very first time.  Here is what’s on his mind ahead of the 2017 Champions League season ending event. It’s your… »

“It’s almost like a festival”

Gasper Marguc doesn’t like to be reminded on last year’s collapse against Kielce, but instead prefers to look forward to what he calls a handball festival.  Surprisingly, he sees Veszprem in the role… »

The pride of Macedonia

Stole Stoilov has a lot of experience, but nonetheless he is a first-timer at the VELUX Champions League FINAl4.  Yet, he is not interested in assuming the role of underdog and is full of pride. What’s your first impression of the event here in Cologne? SS: It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, everybody is doing their job, everybody knows what they are doing.  All is good. Alex Dujshebaev said he is a… »

“This year Veszprém are the underdogs”

By Peter Bruun For the fourth time a row, Veszprém have made it to the FINAL4 of the Champions League. On the three previous occasions, the pride of Hungarian men´s handball did reach this stage of th… »

“Barcelona belong at the FINAL4”

By Peter Bruun Having won the Champions League twice already is not enough for Victor Tomas. Of course, it is not. Any top athlete – in fact any competitive person – will always want more and having b… »

“Once, you are in the final, anything is possible”

By Peter Bruun Last year, Ivan Cupic lifted the Champions League trophy with Kielce after that unforgettable, nail-biting final against Veszprém, where his Polish team was nine goals down, but won after a penalty shoot-out. Following the triumph, he ended a four yearlong spell with the Polish powerhouse. This season, the 31-year-old Croatian right wing will participate at the FINAL4 with the debut… »