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Norway’s success factor: Christian Berge

Where the Handball World Cup in France says Norway, there is a bit of Flensburg in it. Christian Berge is the trainer of the semi-finalist, who with his refreshing game style attracts attention.

In the Bundesliga has the name of the Norwegian sound. From 1999 to 2006, the 43-year-old was a key player in the Bundesliga SG Flensburg-Handewitt. Now the rise of Norwegian men’s handball is primarily a credit to the coach with the extraordinary history of life.

During his time in Flensburg, a malignant cancer had been detected in the former gamer at the end of 2004. After some radiation, he was surprised by his comeback shortly afterwards, but another setback followed: again, a tumor was discovered a few months later.

But again, mountains fought back. After chemotherapy, he was back on the record in December 2005, but was unable to keep up with his old level due to the severe treatment. Shortly afterwards he ended his active career and started a second as a coach.

Achieving the semi-finals of a World Cup is his greatest success as a coach so far.” But the boys don’t make it hard for me either, they’re so hungry,”said Berge after the success over the Hungarians. It’s just fun with them, and now I’m very happy.”In the semi-finals everything is now possible, said Magdeburg’s Bundesliga professional Espen Lie Hansen.

team is”young and talented”

There the Scandinavians meet on Friday (20:45 clock) in Croatia. The extraordinary achievements of Berges have not gone unnoticed in Germany either. In the event of the overthrown Ljubomir Vranjes leaving, he is considered a candidate for the trainer post of his former club in Flensburg. Vranjes, so it is rumoured, go to Hungary at the end of the season to Telekom Veszprem, Champions League finalist of the last two years.

“After the World Cup we sit down with Ljubo and discuss everything. The welfare of the SG is paramount,”said Managing Director Dierk Schmushka, who did not want to comment on Berge’s possible involvement in Flensburg. However, he had some words of praise for his magnificent construction work in Norway: “He is doing a good job. And that already at the last EM.”

With the exception of the missed World Cup qualification, the development of the team under Berges Regie had actually gone steep in recent years. At EM 2016, the coach and his team had failed in a semi-final Crime with 33:34 after an extension at the later European Champion of Germany.” My team is young and talented “I think we have a good future ahead of us,” Berge said after the close-up against DHB selection. He should be right.


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