The dozen has been filled by THW Kiel!
The second-placed team in the table defeated league leader SC Magdeburg in the cup final, winning 28:21 in front of 13,200 spectators at the sold-out venue (12:13).
After 28 years in the Hanseatic city, the final round will be held in Cologne in 2023 (contract until 2027), causing sadness.
“I had a lovely time over the weekend, in this grand hall, with our white fan block.” Kiel captain Domagoj Duvnjak came close to tears as he said, “It was a big pleasure for me to play here.” “We wanted to leave Hamburg as eternal winners, and we did it,” the Croatian said after approving the winner’s party in Kiel. Here, I’m the beer warden. There’s a lot going on in this room…”
For a long time, the new edition of the 2019 final, the fight of the handball heavyweights, resembled a wrestling match. Pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull
The many onlookers, most of whom were dressed in fan gear, had a great time and transformed the arena into a raucous party cauldron. Emotions were running high as the half-time siren sounded. That wasn’t something that everyone kept track of…
“I wanted to be a professional player for games like this, and that’s what I train for every day,” says Sander Sagosen, a Norwegian from Kiel.
Without being asked, HBL Managing Director Frank Bohmann (57) resigned in protest of Hamburg and the Barclays Arena. “Hamburg and the arena are both doing nicely. However, you may have noticed that there hasn’t been a home team in town for a few years. It is vital to invest in the sport.” Everyone had a different perspective on the situation. Also, gratitude for a long-term companion (20 years) has a distinct effect!
Many people couldn’t comprehend the announcements since the two promotional banners under the hall’s roof were positioned in such an illogical manner.
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Daniel Günther, the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, wore a THW jersey and a fan scarf. Hamburg’s mayor, Peter Tschentscher (56), and sports senator, Andy Grote (53), were once again missing.
Who is to blame for this? The admissions controls did not function as intended. Fans queued for nearly 45 minutes since their vaccination status was verified in addition to their bags (queues over 200 meters long). Because a big number of people were at risk of missing the first semi-final and final on Saturday, the vaccination status check was skipped without more ado. The HBL placed the blame on the Barclays Arena, with those in charge of the venue citing a lack of technology (including scanners) at the HBL. It was fortunate that it wasn’t raining…
Up until 20:19 (46th), the cup pendulum swung back and forth until the Kiel team upped the ante. Patrick Wiencek and Hendrik Pekeler (now ex-national players) demonstrated at the back why they are arguably the best middle block in the world right now. Niklas Landin (best goalie and MVP of the final 4) was on fire once more, closing the box like he did in the semi-final against TBV Lemgo (28:26).
The prize goes to the best in his specialty! Niklas Landin (M.), a world handball player, was named “MVP” of the tournament.Photo: WITTERS
The majority game (seventh field player for the goalie) functioned better and better with pivot Pekeler in attack, led by Sagosen (7 goals, top F4 shooter). “The THW was highly efficient at the time,” says SCM coach Bennet Wiegert, whose team had easily defeated Erlangen (30:22) in the semifinals. “In terms of experience and habit, they’re still much ahead of us.” Even so, it was only minor issues.
His Kiel colleague Filip Jicha (“I am terribly sad that we are leaving Hamburg”) then sipped from a Magnum bottle donated by a THW sponsor. “We set out to make history, and we did so. Our will was opulent.”
…and has not yet been breastfed. Second position in the league (qualifying for the Champions League) should be obtained, and the elite class (quarter-finals vs Paris) should progress to the next Final4…
“The win is all the sweeter because we beat the league’s best team,” says Viktor Szilagyi, Kiel’s managing director. “After the break, we only gave up eight goals.” In the 60 minutes, we didn’t always keep calm, but we always stayed to our plan. In this beautiful environment, we kept our calm. The championship is a reward for putting in a lot of effort over the season. And it’s not even close to being over…”