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 they are the obvious underdog. This time Glassverket, managed to qualify for the Champions League group phase.  For a second year in succession, Drammen was hosting the qualification group.  In their fir… »

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 mo… »

Between mountains and beaches

Do you remember the EHF Euro 1998 in Italy? Yes, in Italy.  The tournament included just twelve teams back then, hosted by cities like Bolzano and Merano, where half of the people speak a strong German dialect, while the rest converse in Italian.  South Tyrol is a region of contrasts, but no matter what this particular tournament feels like it happened a very, very long time ago. Handball in Italy… »

Underdogs no more

Do you remember the 2014 Final 4 in Cologne?  I guess you do.  Kiel or Barcelona, Barcelona or Kiel, maybe Veszprem?  And SG Flensburg-Handewitt?  Bound for fourth place.  In the end the boys of Ljubo… »

A new dynasty in the making

Just to let you know right away, I’m not a fan of the THW Kiel.  Actually I’m not a fan of any club.  I like some, but I’m far away from being a supporter.  But I love to see young and talented player… »

Third time is a charm – maybe not

Hungary’s Veszprem already looked like the champion of Europe, but shockingly wasted a 9-goal lead in the most dramatic Champions League final to date, losing to Kielce in a penalty shoot-out.  It was a heartbreaking loss for the club and its fans, the “red Hungarian army”, who once again had traveled to Cologne to see their heroes win – finally. But the historic match highlighted Veszprem’s bigge… »

Jesper Noddesbo

New approach, same goals in Barcelona

Although German outfit THW Kiel has emerged as a top threat to Barcelona’s throne as the biggest club in handball the Catalans are still number one, and maybe that’s not really a point of discussion.… »

Fit or not fit is the question

Guess what, Rhein-Neckar Löwen weren’t too happy when the Champions League draw was held earlier this summer.  They will face a lot of beatable teams in their group, but not the most attractive ones.… »

Cologne to remain a dream for Vardar

From Kielce we move on to Macedonia – Skopje to be exact – in our preview of next season’s Champions League.  After Yugoslavia’s split up, the nation of Macedonia became one of the most interesting stories in the world of handball, while superstar Kiril Lazarov put the small country on the map with his outstanding performances over the years.  So far Macedonia has been missing a big time club, but… »