As of: 01.02.2020 11:00
The defending champion SG Flensburg-Handewitt plays on Sunday against the famous SC Magdeburg. But the top encounter of the first Bundesliga match day after the European Handball Championship takes place in the state capital of Lower Saxony. At 8.45 p.m. today, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf will meet THE THW Kiel, the surprise club will meet the record champion, the second place in the table will be the frontrunner. With a victory, the “Recken” could knock the “Zebras” off the Bundesliga throne.
“The fans can dream,” says TSV keeper Domenico Ebner. “But there’s no point looking at the table – we still have 14 days to play.” Also in the opposing camp the importance of the game is relativized. “Everything is so close together in the Bundesliga,” explains THW runner Hendrik Pekeler. “There will be no preliminary decision – whether we win or lose.”
Sold out Arena in Hannover
The arena in Hanover is completely sold out. 10,000 spectators want to see the old and also new leader of the table. “Kiel is the favorite, of course,” TSV coach Carlos Ortega said. “But especially at home, everything is always possible.” His team blows to attack, will run up in poison green jerseys and fight against the poor record. Only three times since 2009 have the “Recken” been able to defeat the THW. Curiously, all three of the 2017/2018 series are dating. The game ended with a 32:23 gala of the “Zebras”.
After Handball-EM come into the “work rhythm”
Now the northern duel is under special auspices: when it is whistled, the final of the European Championship is only six days ago. The club teams now have to rediscover their usual processes.
The Hanoverians had five, the Kielers even sent ten players to the continental title fights. All players – with the exception of Croatian left-hander Ivan Martinovic (middle-foot fracture) and youngster Malte Donker (shoulder) – met for the first time on Wednesday for the first time on a leash. Afterwards, assistant coach Iker Romero served Spanish in the cabin.
At the same time, the Kielers played a test match at HSV Hamburg (34:25) in order to “get back into the work rhythm” (O-Ton THW coach Filip Jicha). Vice-European champion Domagoj Duvnjak was the last to joined the squad, coming straight from the airport. The two german national players Patrick Wiencek (knee) and Pekeler (achilles tendon) also took part. On the other hand, the use of Rune Dahmke (knee) and Lukas Nilsson (hip bruise) is uncertain for Saturday.
Top game: “All of Germany looks like it”
So soon after the European Championship, passion will decide the outcome of the match. “The game in Hannover is like a final for us,” says THW playmaker Miha Zarabec, who finished fourth in the European Championship with Slovenia a week ago. “We’re tired, but we want to get through the game and win.” TSV right-hander Timo Kastening is certain: “Against the THW Kiel, we will quickly get back to operating temperature.” Team-mate Ebner looks forward to the Nordduell with great anticipation: “There is already one winner: the handball region of Hanover: the whole of Germany will look here.”
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