Motor Zaporizhzhia’s scouts have so much to be decided to any extent further: How will the Wolves of Rimpar play their fast counter-assault? How sturdy was Coburg in the defensive block, how sturdy was HC Elbflorenz? From September, the champion of the Ukrainian sequence will face a sequence of hitherto unknown opponents, as the membership will play for a yr in the second German handball league.
It looks as if a daring experiment – and certainly one of the higher sorts.
More importantly, permitting a Chinese team to play in Germany’s regional soccer league (and securing useful advertising rights in the Far East in return) is a transfer that can assist soccer in a really totally different means than it thought a couple of years in the past. Since the begin of the conflict, the recreation of handball is inconceivable in Ukraine. No one is aware of when it is going to begin once more; Zaporozhye gamers and their households now have not less than one prospect: the metropolis of Dusseldorf will present the team with a house enviornment, in addition to lodging and meals. The major sponsor stays the Ukrainian engine producer membership. If his work is attacked, the German Bundesliga (HBL) and worldwide associations will wish to step in to assist.
SG did not stand an opportunity when Flensburg traveled to Zaporizhia in December
Although the Zaporozhye video games are faraway from the battle for promotion and relegation, the positives in any other case outweigh the negatives: the German membership has one other recreation at house, in opposition to a prime-tier team that’s in any other case performing in different areas. And Zaporozhye? Can solely play handball. As certainly one of the many Ukrainian golf equipment involved about their existence at the second. Is this unfair? You might additionally say: At least some normality to select from.
There are nonetheless unanswered questions, equivalent to: What will occur if the Ukrainian league resumes in the meantime – will it accomplish that with or with out Zaporozhye? It can also be attainable to debate whether or not the classification in the Bundesliga doesn’t make sense from a sporting perspective. Zaporozhye – Ukrainian handball heavyweight; the team is the nationwide champion since 2013, the team is sort of the identical as the nationwide team. Zaporozhye is a daily visitor in the Champions League and has typically crossed paths with German groups: SG Flensburg-Handewitt suffered a 22:31 defeat in December.
But no, there isn’t any likelihood in the Bundesliga. The HBL introduced that the schedules had been too tight and troublesome to satisfy with the worldwide commitments of many golf equipment. Such a transfer can be an excessive amount of of an experiment, particularly since a small drawback has been solved in the second league. The variety of golf equipment is simply slowly shrinking as the discount attributable to Corona has stopped. 19 groups had been scheduled for the upcoming season – one membership needed to take a recreation day break. Thanks to Zaporizhzhia, 20 groups at the moment are collaborating, which simplifies the design of the schedule.
An even stranger situation might occur: If Motor Zaporozhye receives a Champions League wildcard from the European Federation (EHF), the second German league team will begin in the premier class. It might even imply: Zaporozhye is making ready for the Champions League in opposition to Rimpar.