The final huge cup party, which happened in entrance of 13,000 spectators on the Arena-am-Volkspark in Hamburg, can also be a sort of revival of handball, which has been badly affected by the corona pandemic. “We are seeing the viewers and the environment 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, existential dread: the handball system was on the breaking point. “Two years in the past we puzzled if we may proceed the league. 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 yr’s semi-last got here when cup file holders Kiel (eleven titles) had been knocked out in opposition to TBV Lemgo Lippe after scoring seven targets in the semi-last.
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 desires revenge in opposition to defending champion Lemgo
As Losfi HSVH goalkeeper Johannes Bitter wished, this yr’s first semi-last will once more be referred to as THW Kiel in opposition to Lemgo. “Of course, it is time to take revenge with additional 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 enticing.”
Saturday, 13.30, im Live code: THW Kiel – TBV Lemgo Lippe
Saturday, 16.10, first and video reside: SC Magdeburg – HC Erlangen
Sun., 13.25, first and reside video
Lemgos Zeher: “We have to offer greater than 100%”
Lemgo accomplished their cup coup after a sensational win in opposition to the Zebras, then clinched the title in opposition to Melsungen in the ultimate. “Last yr’s memorable “Final Four” was the best occasion of my profession,” stated Finn Zeher, goalkeeper of “Lemgo”.
The 21-yr-outdated had nothing in opposition to one other Kiel coup. “Obviously, we are the underdogs once more, and after all we’re not with no probability both,” Zeher stated. “But we’re truly pressured to offer greater than 100%.”
Bitter: His group will probably be with out captain Andrei Kogut in opposition to the favorites and should play all the cup weekend. A local of Russia was identified with irritation of the guts muscle as a late consequence of corona an infection.
SC Magdeburg – HC Erlangen reside
In the second semi-last, the roles are extra clearly divided. Bundesliga leaders SC Magdeburg have certified for the championship, and will meet the debutants in the ultimate 4 in Bundesliga 13. Erlangen. On paper, that is a straightforward process for Magdeburg, who’ve been robust this season. In the league, SCM barely prevailed over “Erlangen” group (28:27).
“Of course we need to win the championship, that is crucial aim,” president Dirk Roswandovic advised 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. While SCM are going residence with the DHB Cup on Sunday, the Footballers in Division 1 Third Division. FC Magdeburg may nearly completely clinch promotion to the second division with a house win over Zwickau.
“We do not need to do a port tour, we need to make it to the finals,” stated SCM managing director Marc-Henrik Schmedt. From subsequent yr, 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 last 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 gives fully completely different prospects,” stated HBL President Uwe Schwenker at Handball Week. Hamburg’s Volkspark area gives seating for 13,000 followers. “While the choice is just not straightforward, the prospect and expectation of considerably larger returns is evident,” says Schwenker.
A tragic day for Boman too. “In Hamburg, we have now celebrated many solemn evenings. Of course, we have now tears in our eyes,” stated the pinnacle of HBL.