The final huge cup party, which befell in entrance of 13,000 spectators on the Arena-am-Volkspark in Hamburg, can be a sort of revival of handball, which has been badly affected by the corona pandemic. “We are seeing the viewers and the ambiance in the corridor once more. This is essential for the product and additionally for the golf equipment,” stated Handball Bundesliga Managing Director Frank Bohmann.
The finish of the season, ghost video games, worry of survival: the handball system was on the breaking point. “Two years in the past we had been questioning if we may proceed the league or not. Not solely now,” Bomann stated. “Now we’re again in the market, and now we will show ourselves once more.”
A prestigious, extremely contested Final Four is coming simply in time. Last 12 months noticed a blowout in the semi-finals when report holders Kiel (eleven titles) misplaced to TBV Lemgo Lippe – after main by seven objectives at half-time.
Still memorable for Niklas Ekberg. “I’ve been working at THW since 2012. Despite the rivalry, I do not keep in mind a gathering like this in a decade,” stated the Swede, the European champion. “It was distinctive. Keep it distinctive.”
THW Kiel needs revenge towards defending champion Lemgo
As Losfi HSVH goalkeeper Johannes Bitter needed, this 12 months’s first semi-closing will once more be known as THW Kiel towards Lemgo. “Of course, it is time to take revenge with further motivation,” stated Ekberg, for whom surprises are the salt of the bowl soup: “Even although the loss to Lemgo was very bitter for us, it confirmed what the ultimate is all about. The 4 codecs are very engaging.”
Saturday, 13.30, im Live code: THW Kiel – TBV Lemgo Lippe
Saturday, 16.10, first and video stay: SC Magdeburg – HC Erlangen
Sun., 13.25, first and stay video
Lemgos Zeher: “We have to provide greater than one hundred pc”
Lemgo accomplished their cup coup after a sensational win towards the Zebras and then received the title towards Melsungen in the ultimate. “Last 12 months’s memorable “Final Four” was the best occasion of my profession,” stated Finn Zeher, goalkeeper of “Lemgo”.
The 21-12 months-previous had nothing towards one other Kiel coup. “Obviously, we are the underdogs once more, and in fact we’re not and not using a probability both,” Zeher stated. “But we’re really compelled to provide greater than one hundred pc.”
Bitter: His crew will likely be with out captain Andrej Kogut towards the favorites and must play all the cup weekend. A local of Russia was identified with irritation of the center muscle as a late consequence of corona an infection.
SC Magdeburg – HC Erlangen stay
In the second semi-closing, the roles are extra clearly divided. Bundesliga leaders SC Magdeburg are clearly on their solution to the title, dealing with Final Four debutants and Bundesliga 13. HC Erlangen. On paper, that is a simple job for Magdeburg, who’ve been sturdy this season. In the league, SCM barely prevailed over “Erlangen” crew (28:27).
“Of course we need to win the championship, that is an important objective,” president Dirk Roswandovic instructed MDR. “Obviously we’re delighted to take the DHB Cup over there.”
Is Magdeburg a stronghold of the Sunday party?
The championship chief could be very assured and can contribute to a dream weekend in Magdeburg. SCM are prone to go dwelling with the DHB Cup on Sunday, whereas third-positioned Division 1 footballers. FC Magdeburg could make promotion to the second division nearly excellent with a house win towards Zwickau.
“We do not need to do a port tour, we need to make it to the finals,” stated SCM managing director Mark-Henrik Schmedt. From subsequent 12 months, the harbor tour will now not be an possibility for the ultimate 4 contestants – at most a ship tour throughout the Rhine. The DHB Cup closing has moved to Cologne after nearly 30 years in Elbe. Two years after the Corona epidemic, handball has to have a look at its profitability greater than ever.
HBL chief Bomann: Farewell with teary eyes
“A corridor for 20,000 spectators presents fully totally different prospects,” stated HBL President Uwe Schwenker at Handball Week. Hamburg’s Volkspark area presents seating for 13,000 followers. “Although the choice isn’t straightforward, the prospects and expectations of considerably larger returns are clear,” says Schwenker.
A tragic day for Boman too. “In Hamburg, we’ve celebrated many solemn evenings. Of course, we’ve tears in our eyes,” stated the pinnacle of HBL.