Handball – Sparkasse Cup: Rhein-Neckar comes to Leuven Altensteig – Sport

Rhein-Neckar Löwen – nonetheless with coach Ljubomir Vranjes – has many supporters within the Black Forest. Photo: Eibner

The handball gamers of the Rhein-Neckar Leuven Bundesliga staff are performing effectively and are among the many favorites on the Sparkassen Cup event in Altensteig.

However, Altensteiger has one factor forward of the lads’s staff: they had been topped champions within the final spherical of the sport.

For Altensteiger’s new coach Kevin Bauer’s staff and his gamers, this match remains to be essential. As a handball participant, how usually do you get the prospect to compete towards a staff with expertise within the Champions League?

Organizer Reinhard Krebs led the good revolution

Rhein-Neckar Leuven has lengthy been one of many greats of the German handball scene. However, they by no means participated within the conventional event within the Black Forest. The emphasis right here is on the phrase “for now”. This time, the folks of Mannheim are there when it comes to receiving the winner’s trophy and presenting one of the best recreation to the spectators at Altensteig Handball. This is already identified: Chief organizer Reinhard Krebs hit the bull’s eye by signing Rhine-Neckar-Leuven.

Reinhard Krebs is aware of all of them, no less than nearly all the German handball greats, and a number of other of them have met within the Sparkasse Cup event in Altensteig over the previous twenty years.

“You all the time have to keep it up”

“Toughness” is a magic phrase for him. “You all the time have to watch,” he replies when requested how the Bundesliga membership ended up within the Sparkassencup within the Black Forest. “We’ve been engaged on it for a very long time. Now it is lastly resolved.”

Even although the Kurpfalz staff has not fared very effectively within the 1st Bundesliga just lately and the staff has to accept tenth place within the 2021/2022 tour, Rhein-Neckar Leuven is all the time a driving power when it comes to handball.

Kurpfalz staff has 13 nationwide gamers

After all, coach Sebastian Hinze has 13 present or former nationwide gamers in his Bundesliga squad, together with world-class gamers comparable to Swedish goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren, Patrik Grotzky, Yannick Kohlbacher and Juri Knorr. It stays to be seen who will likely be in Altensteig, however coach Sebastian Hinze will do all the things for his staff to impress and ideally win the event.

Second division membership HSG Nordhorn-Lingen, which has lengthy been marketed as a doable first-division staff alongside VfL Gummersbach, is celebrating its Sparkassen Cup premiership this 12 months. After a blended remaining dash, Lower Saxony had to accept fifth within the desk – three factors behind leaders ASV Hamm-Westfalen. Of course, the organizer of the S-Cup is completely satisfied that the highest staff of the second Bundesliga, HSG Nordhorn-Lingen, received.

This time the Swiss HC Kriens-Luzern will carry out internationally. There have been thrice within the historical past of the Altensteiger Sparkassencup that the winner’s trophy has gone overseas. In 1997, St. Ottmar St. Gallen took the cup to Switzerland, and in 2016, the cadets from Schaffhausen took it. The winner of the event in 2013 was Alpla HC Hardt from Austria.

HC Kriens-Lucerne from Switzerland supplies worldwide excellence

TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke received the S-Cup in Altensteig thrice in a row (2009-2011). The cup went to Hoppingen 4 occasions: twice to Frischau and twice to the then Hoppingen/Scharnhausen syndicate.


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