Foxes power act to victory in ehf cup

foxes power act to victory in ehf cup

It was a long night in a berlin karaoke club, but the fuchse berlin deserved this party.

The handball players from the capital city were responsible for the only german european cup success this season ? And the success story of the bundesliga in the EHF cup continued. Thanks to the 28:25 (14:13) final victory against the french representative saint-raphael in magdeburg, the EHF cup winner comes to 19. From germany for the first time in 25 years. In the past 15 years, german clubs have been successful 14 times, and for the foxes it was their second success after 2015.

The final was anything but easy for the berlin team: the match against saint-raphael was the fourth game within eight days, after the bundesliga victories against rhein-neckar lowen and hannover-burgdorf they had lost 27:24 to the dethroned defending champions frisch auf goppingen in the semifinals on saturday.

"This strain is simply inhuman. But although we came to the final tournament in magdeburg very tired, we fought, fought, fought," said right wing hans lindberg. The dane was ? Like a year before ? Goal scorer king of the competition with 82 goals this time. But he and his teammates did not have an easy game at all in the final against the french team. Also because at times all spectators were cheering for saint-raphael above the fuchse-fans. The magdeburg fans were constantly whistling at the berlin team, especially national goalkeeper silvio heinevetter.

But that only spurred on the ex-magdeburg player heinevetter. With 17 saves, he was the matchwinner for the foxes in the finals. "I am incredibly proud to coach this team, because it has a character like no other," praised fuchse coach velimir petkovic.

Less satisfied was tournament host SC magdeburg, although SCM playmaker marko bejak was surprisingly voted best player of the final tournament. And even though they had outclassed goppingen 35:25 in the third-place match. But the disappointment over the 27:28 semifinal loss to saint-raphael earlier was huge.

"We didn’t want this game," coach bennet wiegert said after minor final. "We wanted to get into the final."In the final phase of the semi-final, SCM had missed too many chances. According to managing director marc-henrik schmedt, however, the team is considering a renewed bid to host an EHF cup final tournament. Finally, the arena was almost sold out on both days with about 6500 fans each day.

While magdeburg was the loser of the weekend, one german club was among the winners that was not even there: record champion THW kiel. The foxes’ success will give the bundesliga another starting place in the EHF cup ? And THW is currently in fifth place in the standings.