IHF distribution of places at WCh 2021

IHF World Handball Championship 2021 ← Previous Story Pick Szeged stop in Tatabanya – Tough match for Veszprem in Budapest Next Story → TROPHY AFTER 28 YEARS: Poli Timisoara win Romanian Cup 2019 Following the IHF Council decision on the fringe of the 2018 IHF Super Globe in Doha, Qatar on October 18, IHF World Championships will expand to include 32 teams from 2021 onwards. The change will begin with the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship in Egypt, making the event in Germany and Denmark the last senior men’s event that was contested between 24 nations.The compulsory and performance places for senior events are distributed as follows from now on.As is currently the case, the World Championship organizer will be directly qualified, along with the reigning world champions. In the case that there is more than one organiser, the number of compulsory places (outlined below) for the organizers’ continent will be reduced. In addition, there will be 12 performance places for the Continental Confederations, which are based on the teams ranked 1-12 of the preceding World Championship.The compulsory places awarded to each Continental Confederation will be divided as follows: four places each for Africa, Asia, Europe and Pan America. Within Pan America, one place is available for the North America and Caribbean Zone, while three are allocated to the South and Central America Zone.One additional place is available for Oceania, but only in the case where that national team ranks fifth or higher at the Asian Championship. If no Oceania team places among the top five at the Asian Championship, the IHF will award a Wild Card.In order to guarantee the quality of the World Championship, the IHF shall evaluate the distribution of compulsory places following each event. The IHF shall have the right to amend the compulsory places for the next-but-one edition of the World Championship. For example, any subsequent amendments from evaluation of the 2021 World Championship will apply from 2023.2021 IHF Men’s World ChampionshipFor the 2021 Men’s World Championship in Egypt, 2019 world champions Denmark and the host nation are already qualified. According to the new rules and taking into consideration the results of the 2019 Men’s World Championship, the remaining 30 places are distributed as follows:Africa: 6Asia: 4Europe: 13Pan America: 5 (1 for the North America and the Caribbean Zone and 4 for the South and Central America Zone)Oceania: One additional place is available for Oceania, but only in the case where that national team ranks fifth or higher at the Asian Championship. If no Oceania team places among the top five at the Asian Championship, the IHF will award a Wild Card.Wild Card: awarded by the IHF read more

VfL Gummersbach in crisis sack coach Bahtijarevic

Denis Bahtijarevic is no longer VfL Gummersbach coach.Only one point in the last six matches was the reason for a change in one of the most successful teams in handball history, which is now at the edge of relegation at DKB Bundesliga.VfL Gummersbach are at 16th place with only 9 points after 22 matches, a point ahead of the team who is ni relegation zone, Bietegheim.His replacement will be Torge Greve. Denis BahtijarevicSchwalbe arenaVfL Gummersbach ← Previous Story Powerful PSG Handball, HBC Nantes were on -10 Next Story → ISRAEL 2018/2019: Dramatic handball Friday read more

VIDEO Two decisive minutes of Benfica – Sporting clash

13.AC Fafe264022603:73334 9.Avanca2611015663:71248 1.Porto262402905:56774 14.Arsenal250025549:88825 Benfica handballBenfica SLFC Porto handballSporting handball 2.Sporting252302792:59871 7.ABC Braga2513210667:62053 Very interesting finish of the regular season in Portugal. Sporting CP beat FC Porto 26:23 in the derby, afterward Benfica outplayed reigning champions in green-yellow jersey 26:25 in the local derby.Take a look on the last two minutes of the clash with the last shot of Carlos Ruesga stopped by goalkeeper Borko Ristovski (SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL).STANDING: 8.Maia-Ismai2611114655:68049 6.Belenenses2514110726:66354 10.Boa Hora259214636:70745 11.SC Horta267019596:77740 4.Madeira261709685:64460 3.Benfica252203787:57169 5.Aguas Santas261619773:66759 PHOTO: Benfica Facebook 12.Fermentoes264121565:77535 ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2019 in Brest Next Story → Igor Karacic joins PGE Vive Kielce – Replacement for Cindric? read more

SEHA Final4 Croatian derby and VardarMeshkov clash

SEHA Final4 2019 Regular season of the SEHA Gazprom League is over! RK Vardar Skopje ended at the first place which put EHF CL 2017 winners and reigning SEHA champions on the host of the Final4 tournament – Meshkov Brest, at semi-final.Meshkov Brest beat RK Nexe in Nasice 29:26, but that didn’t prevent them of taking the fourth place at the end of regular season.HC Tatran Presov beat RK PPD Zagreb 29:28 in away match. This means that handball fans will enjoy in Croatian derby between RK Zagreb and RK Nexe at second semi-final.SEHA Final4 will be held on April 2/3 in Brest, Belarus. ← Previous Story William Accambray is on Cesson Rennes target Next Story → Anti leaves HBC Nantes in 2020 – Start of Entrerrios’ era? read more

EHF CL 20182019 knockout stage starts in Mannheim

VELUX EHF Champions League knock-out stage begins in Mannheim tonight with the clash of Rhein Neckar Lowen and HBC Nantes. Two teams will play for the quarter-final in which one of them will chase FC Barcelona Lassa, who won “free weekend” by taking first place in the Preliminary Round like PSG Handball.Here is the schedule of TOP 16Rhein Neckar Lowen – HBC Nantes 19.00Saturday:Motor – PGE Vive Kielce  17.30Meshkov Brest – SG Flensburg Handewitt 18PPD Zagreb – RK Vardar 20.30Sunday:Orlen Wisla Plock – Pick Szeged 16.00Sporting CP – Veszprem 18.00 EHF Champions League 2018/2019 ← Previous Story MT MELSUNGEN BRING “BAD BOYS” TOGETHER: Kai Hafner to join team in 2020 Next Story → BLOG: Sander and Kiel? That could be a Love Story read more

SEHA 20182019 Zlatko Horvat MVP Manolo Cadenas best coach

Captains of ten clubs participating in the eighth SEHA – Gazprom League season found themselves in the roles of the jury. They have selected the best seven players in the regular part of the season, and considering the competition, their task was not easy at all. Apart from the Best 7, take a look at our MVP, best defensive player and the best coach, all from the perspective of our excellent captains!All chosen players, as well as the coach, come from clubs that earned a place at the final tournament of the 2018/19 season of the SEHA – Gazprom League. That is why we don’t have any doubts that these individuals really are the best. Because of the fantastic competition, the choices were difficult, and it was very close. Here is the BEST 7, coach and MVPGoalkeeper: Dejan Milosavljev (Vardar)Left winger: Timur Dibirov (Vardar)Left back: Petar Djordjic (Meshkov Brest)Centre back: Igor Karacic (Vardar)Right back: Dainis Kristopans (Vardar)Right winger: Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb)Line player: Marin Sipic (Nexe)Coach: Manolo Cadenas (Meshkov Brest)MVP: Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb)Defensive Specialist: Pavel Horak (Meshkov Brest) seha gazprom league ← Previous Story The 7th “Handball is my future” tournament in Bugojno Next Story → Strong PSG Handball put Montpellier on -6! read more

FC Barcelona avoid defeat in Logrono – Who will be No2 in

7.Huesca231148596:58826 16.Alcobendas243021575:7466 9.Benidorm239311589:62721 15.Teucro234118604:7259 1.Barcelona242310919:58047 4.La Rioja241365709:64932 11.Atl. Valladolid239212645:67720 FC Barcelona Lassa celebrated the new title in ASOBAL, so the first question of Spanish handball becoming who will be the No.2 which will play at VELUX EHF Champions League.La Rioja had a chance to beat Barcelona 28:28, but team from Logrono missed the last shot for a victory.28- Logroño La RiojaSergey Hernández; Sánchez Migallón, Ilic (7), Kusan, Kukic (3), Del Arco, Garciandia (4), Balenciaga (4), Muñoz (7,3p), Fekete, Moreira (1).28 – Barcelona LassaMöller (Pérez de Vargas); R. Enterríos (2), Aleix Gómez (1p), Thiagus Petrus (1), Menn (5), Nemanja Ilic (3), Fabregas (4); Sorhaindo (1), Andersson, Ariño (1), N’Guessan (4), Dolenec (1), Palmarsson (3), Diocou (1) , Syprzak (1)Four teams are in the race for No.2 -Bidasoa, Ademar Leon, La Rioja and Granollers.STANDING: 5.Granollers241527648:59232 ← Previous Story Paula Ungureanu to leave CSM Bucharest Next Story → Dragana Cvijic will play even injured: I will try to help against Metz, but surgery is must 10.Anaitasuna239212607:61620 ASOBAL 12.Quabit Guadalajara238213640:65218 13.Puente Genil236314580:63515 14.Morrazo Cangas235315541:62513 8.BM Sinfin239410590:64322 3.Ademar241527651:59132 6.Cuenca241257654:64829 2.CD Bidasoa Irun231526590:54432 read more

Israel The playoffs started without surprises

In the relegation playoffs: Hapoel Ramat Gan beated H.C Holon 29:27 and got very close for Hapoel Kiryat Ono that lost to Ironi Rehovot 32:21. In the next matchday on Monday: Hapoel Kiryat Ono – Hapoel Ramat Gan, Ironi Rehovot – H.C Holon. Maccabi Rishon LeZion that finished the regular season at the 1st place had a tough match with H.C Beer Sheba. The southern team led at the half-time break 12:13 but Saar Frenkel’s players used the team’s quality for a 26:24 win. Marko Matic led Maccabi with 6 goals. ← Previous Story Jacobsen calls “world champions” for clashes with Montenegro Next Story → Paula Ungureanu to leave CSM Bucharest The city’s rival and champions Hapoel Rishon LeZion stayed on the winning path with impressing 34:26 on Bnei Herzliya. The best player was the national middle back, Yuval Gerera, that in the current season is the best Israeli player. Israeli handball The 2018/19 Israeli Handball League playoffs started on Friday without any surprises.  Relegation Playoffs Table: 1. Ironi Rehovot – 19, 2. H.C Holon – 16, 3. Hapoel Kiryat Ono – 12, 4. Hapoel Ramat Gan – 11. The 1st place stay in the top level, 2nd and 3rd will play in knockout format playoffs matches with the 2nd and 3rd place in the second league, the 4th place will relegate directly.  Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas  Hapoel Ashdod that lost the 2nd place for Hapoel Rishon LeZion in the regular season’s last matchday beated Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin 32:26 with 42% efficiency by the Serbian goalkeeper, Tomislav Stojkovic. Another team that had hard match was SGS Ramat Hasharon with H.C Ness Ziona. The score was equal thru all the 60 minutes. In the last seconds, Ramat Hasharon had a 28:27 lead, Ness Ziona took the last shot, but Adam Savic secured the score. read more

7th Handball is my future in Bugojno – Eight teams in two

← Previous Story FIRST SG FLENSBURG DEFEAT: Robert Weber match winner in Magdeburg Next Story → Sergey Gorpishin to pass “Russian school” in RK Vardar Skopje The 7th international Youth tournament “Handball is my future” will be held between April 18 and 21 in Bugojno, Bosnia and Herzegovina.One of the strongest tournament in Europe for generation 2000 is powered by Qatari Handball Federation, which is helping handball grow in this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Here are the groups for the upcoming competition.Group AGermanySerbiaSwitzerlandNorth MacedoniaGroup BSloveniaPolandQatarBiH18.04.09.30 Serbia-Switzerland11.15 Germany- North Macedonia13.00 Qatar-Poland14.45 BiH – Slovenia16.15 Opening of the tournament17.15 Germany-Switzerland19,00 Serbia – North Macedonia19.04.09.30 BiH-Poland11.15 Qatar-Slovenia13,00 Switzerland- North Macedonia14.45 Germany- Serbia17.15 Slovenia-Poland19.00 BiH-Qatar20.04.10,30 4A-3B12.15 4B-3A16.00 1B-2A18.00 1A- 2B21.04.10,00 7th place11,45 5th place15.00 3rd place17,00 1st place1830 Medal ceremony Bugojno handballHandball is my future read more

Paula Ungureanu to leave CSM Bucharest

← Previous Story Israel: The playoffs started without surprises Next Story → FC Barcelona avoid defeat in Logrono – Who will be No.2 in Spain? Legendary Romanian goalkeeper Paula Ungureanu has decided to leave the most ambitious project in Romanian handball CSM Bucharest. The 39-years old goalkeeper will change t-shirt after three years in Bucharest.“It is a beautiful stage of my career, which I am very proud of. I decided it was time for me to go to another project, but, naturally, CSM Bucharest will remain part of my heart. I want to thank all the people I worked with here and the fans of the team because they have always made us feel like we are the plus that any band needs! “ – said Paula Ungureanu.UNGUREANU’S CAREER: 1998–2002Rulmentul Brașov 2002–2004Universitatea Remin Deva YearsTeam 2016–CSM București 2004–2006Hypo Niederösterreich CSM BucharestPaula Ungureanu 2013–2016HCM Baia Mare 2008–2009Podravka Koprivnica 2006–2008Dunaferr NK 2009–2013Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea read more

Metz Handball with 5 from Bucharest

Metz Handball celebrated an important win in the first match of EHF Champions League quarter-final in Bucharest, where domestic CSM Bucharest lost with five goals 26:31 despite 19 goals scored by Jovanka Radicevic and Andrea Lekic.CSM Bucharest – Metz Handball 26:31 (11:14) CSM BucharestMetz handball METZ HANDBALL :Glauser, Kapitanovic, Dos Reis,Edwige (5/6), Zaadi (3/4), Flippes (2/4), N’Gouan (1/1), Nocandy (2/3), Houette (3/5), Levsha, Kanor O (4/5), Zych, Smits (6/11), Maubon (1/3), Niombla (3/5), Di RoccoPHOTO: Metz Handball CSM BUCAREST : Ion, Ungureanu, Grubisic, Udristoiu, Radicevic (10/12), Carea (1/2), Lekic (9/13), Jacobsen, Bazaliu, Lazovic (3/9), Omoregie (1/6), Marin, Constantinescu, Manea (1/2), Hagman, Mehmedovic (1/2) ← Previous Story ROAD TO WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2020 Next Story → IHF reaction on #DontPlayThePlayers: We are open for discussion read more

Manolo Cadenas and Meshkov Brest part ways

The successful Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas is no longer a coach of Meshkov Brest. The best team of Belarus and coach who had dual function in Argentinian national team, decided for handshaking after ending of EHF Champions League and SEHA Gazprom League campaign in current season.The best team of Belarus repeated last year’s success by qualifiing for the knock-out phase of the EHF Champions League, where SG Flensburg Handewitt were simply too strong in the battle for quarter-final. The host team of SEHA Final4 ended regional competition on the third place after defeat against RK Vardar at semi-final in front of home fans at “Viktoria” hall in Brest.His assistant Raul Alonso will stay in the team to try to ensure domestic title in Belarus. ← Previous Story MONTENEGRIN HERO “SIMO” – World Champions lose in “Moraca” Next Story → Portugal smash France! Manolo CadenasMeshkov Brest read more

Gyori Audi ETO KC Rostov Don and Viper close to Final4

Gyori Audi ETO KC alongside Norwegian Vipers and Russian Rostov Don came closer to the Final4 of the Women’s EHF Champions League Final4.The reigning champions from Gyor won in Danish Odense 29:28.Rostov Don beat FTC in Budapest – 29:26, while Vipers celebrated in Podgorica against ZRK Buducnost 24:19.Metz Handball with +5 from Bucharest! ← Previous Story MOL Pick Szeged win Hungarian Cup 2019 Next Story → National team week ahead involving 33 BHL players Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/2019 read more

Rostov Don The first qualified for the DELO Womens EHF Final 4

← Previous Story EHF EURO 2020 Qual. Round 4 starts in Germany Next Story → Győri Audi ETO KC are in for title defense in Budapest The Russian champions have secured their second consecutive participation on the Delo Women’s EHF Final 4 after defeating FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria by 33-22 on the second leg of the quarter finals. The first leg had finished with a +3 (26-29) on Hungarian soil.Before the beginning of the match, the side conducted by Ambros Martin had the goal and the home advantage, however, they struggled against a Hungarian side that looked determined to turn things around. A good performance from Anna Sedoykina under the posts and Lois Abbingh on the attack, took them from a very tight 7-7 to a rather comfortable 15-9 by halftime, with the last goal being score by Anna Vyakhireva, who was making her first appearance on the Champions League after her elbow surgery in February.On the second half, the difference was simply stretched. Efforts by youngster Noémi Háfra, who finished as the best player from FTC and scored a total of 7 goals, were not enough to lift her team. The team commanded by Gábor Elek was finding the right chances against the Russian goal, but were not very effective with the shooting.In the end, the difference was a bulky 33-22 in favor of Rostov Don, who finished the series with a global result of 62-48 and will be back in the Delo Women’s EHF Final 4 after last year’s participation. While the Russian team will be making their second appearance, it will be the fourth consecutive for Ambros Martin, and the fifth in a total of 6 editions so far. Ambros MartinAnna VyakhirevaDELO Women’s EHF Final 4FTCNoémi HáfraRostov Don read more

FINISH FOR THE HISTORY RK Vardar with 8 to Szeged

Ten-minutes explosion in Skopje put RK Vardar eight goals ahead of MOL Pick Szeged 31:23 (14:12). It was 23:21 in 49th minute, when any victory by home team was in question, but then frenetic fans at “Jane Sandanski” made amazing pressure on the Hungarian champions, which lost their heads in the most important moments.RK Vardar goalkeeper Dejan Milosavljev had some important saves (10 in total), while Dainis Kristopans and Igor Karacic was the most important part of the winning squad who is on the good way to reach the third Final4 tournament in a row.This was the last home match in “golden era” of RK Vardar since Sergey Samsonenko announced leaving club at the end of the season.Vardar-Szeged 31-23 (14-12)Vardar: Dainis Kristopans 8, Igor Karacic 8, Stas Skube 6, Timur Dibirov 4, Rogerio Ferreira 3, Ivan Cupic 1, Sergei Gorbok 1.Szeged: Bence Banhidi 5, Jonas Källman 3, Zsolt Balogh 3, Dean Bombac 3, Jorge Maqueda 2, Richard Bodo 2, Stefan Sigurmannsson 2, Mario Sostaric 2, Joan Cañellas 1. RK Vardar ← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic resigns as RK Zeleznicar Nis coach Next Story → VIDEO: About last night in Skopje read more

Veselin Vujovic resigns as RK Zeleznicar Nis coach

RK Zeleznicar Nis will have to finish Serbian Play-Off season with some new name on the bench after Veselin Vujovic resigned.The Serbian vice-champions have lost their second match at Round 4 of Play-Off against the biggest rivals – reigning champions RK Vojvodina 22:23 (12:12) which put them four points behind.Vujovic explained reasons to the players after the players, while he will give his official statement at press conference later today.Vujovic, who is also working as Slovenian national team coach, overtook RK Zeleznicar Nis last summer, but he didn’t win any trophy (Super Cup and Cup won by RK Vojvodina) in Serbian handball.STANDING:Vojvodina 8Dinamo 4Zeleznicar 4Metaloplastika 4RK Partizan 2Novi Pazar 0 RK Zeleznicar NisVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Barca too strong for Nantes – Final4 ticket is in the hands! Next Story → FINISH FOR THE HISTORY! RK Vardar with +8 to Szeged! read more

UNFORGETABLE Winners from Ukraine Slovakia Italy Austria and Croatia at 3rd Masters

Masters Handball World Cup 2019 ← Previous Story Laszlo Nagy retires – He will be Telekom Veszprem sports director Next Story → Cupara brings 16th Polish Cup trophy to Kielce Women’s 30+Bud-Ha  – Vranjic 9:9Sinj – Bud-Ha 13:5Vranjic – Honduras 9:4FINAL PLACEMENT1.Sinj (Cro) 82.Vranjic (Cro) 53.Bud-Ha (Hun) 54.Dubai (UAE) 25.Honduras (Hon) 0Women’s 40+5th placeLatino Master – Bud-Ha 2:3Semi-finalsElite Nitra – Morava 9:5Evergreens – Žvrk Split 7:2Bronze medal matchMorava – Žvrk Split 12:6FinalElite Nitra – Evergreens 11:7Final placement:1.Elite Nitra (Svk)2.Evergreens (Svk)3.Morava (Cze)4.Žvrk Split (Cro)5.Bud-Ha (Hun)6.Latino Master (Esp) The 3rd Masters Handball World Cup 2019 had a spectacular finish in Omis, Croatia. More than 500 ex-handball players made fantastic atmosphere during four days of event which brings more than 30 teams from 11 countries on Adriatic coast.Two of five categories got the same winners like in previous year. Ukrainian Tornado won gold in M 42+, while ZRK Sinj won first place in +40.Austrian Dramac Group won the gold in their third attempt after they won 4th and second place in previous two tournaments.Roma Handball won tournament in category 50+.Slovakian Nitra won first place in category 40+.RESULTSMEN’S 35+Dramac Group – Dubai 13:7Honduras – Dugi Rat 8:12Honduras – Dubai 5:8Kairos Trogir – Dramac Group 5:10FINAL PLACEMENT1.Dramac Group (Austria) 82.Kairos Trogir (Cro) 63.Dugi Rat (Cro) 44.Dubai (UAE) 25. Honduras (HON) 0MEN’S 42+Kairos Trogir – HKK Hana 6:13Tornado – Split 12:45th place matchKairos Trogir – Brno 3:14 Semi-finalTornado – PTKE 11:8SHTH – Hana 5:7Bronze medal matchSHTH – PTKE 8:9 (after penalty shot-out)FinalTornado – Hana 11:6FINAL PLACEMENT1.Tornado (Ukr)2.Hana (Svk)3.PTKE (Hun)4.SHTH (Svk)5.Brno (Cze)6.Kairos Trogir (Cro)7.Split (Cro)MEN’S 50+MAFC – PTKE 14:8Portugal – Split 9:8Roma – MAFC 5:4Split – PTKE 6:7Portugal – Roma 4:6FINAL PLACEMENT1.ROMA HANDBALL 82,MAFC OLD BOYS 63,LX 50 PORTUGAL 44.PTKE 2 5.SPLIT VETERANS read more

Momir Ilic retires Time to say goodbye to handball

Momir Ilic Legendary Serbian left back Momir Ilic has announced retirement from professional handball at the end of the season. The 38 years old shooter from Telekom Veszprem will stop to play at the end of the season and join David Davis in coaching staff of the Hungarian TOP team.“It is difficult decision, but it is time to say goodbye to handball. Handball is my life – said Ilic, who began his career at local RK Samot Arandjelovac with stations in RK Kolubara Lazarevac, RK Fidelinka (2002-2004), RK Gorenje (2004-2006), VfL Gummersbach (2006-2009), THW Kiel (2009-2013) and Telekom Veszprem (2013-2019). Ilic won two EHF Champions League trophies with THW Kiel in 2010 and 2012. Year 2012 was certainly the best in his career as he was voted for MVP of the EHF EURO 2012 when Serbia won silver medal. ← Previous Story Spain 2019: Host team with Slovenia, Serbia, USA, Japan and Tunisia Next Story → Petar Djordjic to SL Benfica read more

Chambery Savoie win French Cup 2019

Chambery Savoie ← Previous Story David Davis about first title in Veszprem: Team was down when I came here, but now they make me proud Next Story → Vote for WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2018/2019 The French Cup trophy went to Chambery. One of the strongest French teams in the last decade, currently the third in Lidl Starligue, took the national Cup trophy in front of sold-out Paris Bercy Arena.Chambery Savoie beat easily US Dunkerque 31:21 (16:8) in the Cup final to reach one of the goals in successful season. Race for the EHF Champions League place with Montpellier Handball is still open.This is the first trophy for the team since 2013 when they won “Champions trophy”.Chambery have been champions only once in 2001. read more

Mate Lekai We want this trophy

← Previous Story PETAR NENADIC SHOW: Telekom Veszprem going for trophy in Cologne! Next Story → MADNESS – RK Vardar from -7 to the final! The Hungarian Telekom Veszprem will once again try to catch the most wanted trophy in the world of handball – the one in VELUX EHF Champions League.The new national champions beat PGE Vive Kielce 33:30 (13:13) in the first semi-final of the VELUX EHF CL Final4 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.This is how Veszprem’s playmaker Mate Lekai saw the match…Mandatory Credit © Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff read more