Handball – Sparkasse Cup: Rhein-Neckar comes to Leuven Altensteig – Sport

Rhein-Neckar Löwen – nonetheless with coach Ljubomir Vranjes – has many supporters within the Black Forest. Photo: Eibner

The handball gamers of the Rhein-Neckar Leuven Bundesliga workforce are performing effectively and are among the many favorites on the Sparkassen Cup match in Altensteig.

However, Altensteiger has one factor forward of the lads’s workforce: they had been topped champions within the final spherical of the sport.

For Altensteiger’s new coach Kevin Bauer’s workforce and his gamers, this match continues to be essential. As a handball participant, how typically do you get the prospect to compete towards a workforce with expertise within the Champions League?

Organizer Reinhard Krebs led the good revolution

Rhein-Neckar Leuven has lengthy been one of many greats of the German handball scene. However, they by no means participated within the conventional match within the Black Forest. The emphasis right here is on the phrase “for now”. This time, the folks of Mannheim are there when it comes to receiving the winner’s trophy and presenting the most effective recreation to the spectators at Altensteig Handball. This is already identified: Chief organizer Reinhard Krebs hit the bull’s eye by signing Rhine-Neckar-Leuven.

Reinhard Krebs is aware of all of them, at the least nearly all the German handball greats, and several other of them have met within the Sparkasse Cup match in Altensteig over the previous twenty years.

“You at all times have to keep it up”

“Toughness” is a magic phrase for him. “You at all times have to watch,” he replies when requested how the Bundesliga membership ended up within the Sparkassencup within the Black Forest. “We’ve been engaged on it for a very long time. Now it is lastly resolved.”

Even although the Kurpfalz workforce has not fared very effectively within the 1st Bundesliga lately and the workforce has to accept tenth place within the 2021/2022 tour, Rhein-Neckar Leuven is at all times a driving pressure when it comes to handball.

The Kurpfalz workforce has 13 nationwide gamers

After all, coach Sebastian Hinze has 13 present or former nationwide gamers in his Bundesliga squad, together with world-class gamers similar to Swedish goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren, Patrik Grotzky, Yannick Kohlbacher and Juri Knorr. It stays to be seen who will probably be in Altensteig, however coach Sebastian Hinze will do the whole lot for his workforce to impress and ideally win the match.

Second division facet HSG Nordhorn-Lingen, who had been offered final season together with VfL Gummersbach as a attainable lengthy-time first division promoter, are celebrating their Sparkassen Cup premiere this 12 months. After a combined last dash, Lower Saxony had to accept fifth within the desk – three factors behind leaders ASV Hamm-Westfalen. Of course, the organizer of the S-Cup is glad that the highest workforce of the second Bundesliga, HSG Nordhorn-Lingen, received.

This time, Swiss HC Kriens-Luzern will carry out internationally. There have been thrice within the historical past of the Altensteiger Sparkassencup that the winner’s trophy has gone overseas. In 1997, St. Ottmar St. Gallen took the cup to Switzerland, and in 2016, the cadets from Schaffhausen took it. The winner of the match in 2013 was Alpla HC Hardt from Austria.

HC Kriens-Lucerne from Switzerland gives worldwide excellence

TuS Nettelstedt-Lübbecke received the S-Cup in Altensteig thrice in a row (2009-2011). The cup went to Hoppingen 4 instances: twice to Frischau and twice to the then Hoppingen/Scharnhausen syndicate.


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