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Seamless in Cologne: THW only Champions League Quarters

The THW Kiel has finished the Champions League as fourth. At the Final4 tournament, the German handball champion in Cologne also lost the game of the disappointed by place three with 26:28 (12:12) against Vive Tauron Kielce and travelled home without victory.

The day before Kiel had lost the semi-finals against MVM Veszprem with 27:31 (13:13). With their faces entered, players around the five-time goalkeeper Marko Vujin received the commemorative medals.

“It is disappointing that we did not win the Champions League. But that wasn’t entirely to be expected. Here were the four best teams. But it is also the case that none of the other teams have anything to do with our load,”said Kiel’s coach Alfred Gislason. In addition, in his view, the arbitrators would have disadvantaged the THW.” It is strange how much is whistled at on one side and with which on the other,”he grumbled and described the numerous time sentences as a”joke”.

Champions League winner was the eighth time FC Barcelona. The record winner defeated Veszprem in the final game with 28:23 (14:10) and succeeded SG Flensburg Handewitt. Before 19.750 spectators in the sold-out Lanxess Arena, Nikola Karabatic and Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson each threw six gates for Barcelona. Laszlo Nagy was the best pitcher in Hungary with eight hits. The Spaniards had won their semi-finals against Kielce with 33:28 (16:14).

Regardless of the closing of power before the two decisive games for the German championship, the THW again mobilised its reserves in the almost meaningless third place game. After all, it was about 100.000 euros and, last but not least, the prestige of not wanting to leave Cologne unsuccessfully. But in the end, it was only square four and 50.000 euros.

“They motivate themselves. This is a great team. They have great morals,”said Kiel’s manager Thorsten Storm. But in the second game within less than 24 hours, the keepers found it difficult to get their tired bodies at operating temperature. After a 5:3 (10), the German master fell behind with 5:7 (19). As the day before, coach Alfred Gislason’s team picked up again and matched up to a 12:12 break. But the THW got no rest in his game; and at the booth of 17:18 (40.) Domagoj Duvnjak also saw red after three time sentences. At 22:26 (56.) the defeat was sealed.

Regardless of the missed endgame, Storm drew a positive balance.” It was important for us to come here. You can’t expect to win here every year. In the Champions League we played a really good season,”analyzed the Managing Director.

With the whistle in Cologne, the Kieler’s view was already ahead of the final games in the Bundesliga. On Wednesday the table leader has to compete at TSV Hannover-Burgdorf. With a win, the THW Kiel can make its 20th. Championship is almost perfect.

The record champion has two points ahead of tracker Rhein-Neckar Lion, who plays at the same time against TSG Friesenheim. In addition, Kiel has a better gate difference by 39-hit. The last game on Friday in the local arena against the TBV Lemgo would then only be the coronation act.” Now we try to close the German championship next week. And then it was a really good season, I think,”said Storm.


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