Stuttgart (AP) - Bob Hanning keeps the handball Bundesliga shortly before the start of the new season despite the recent weak performance of German top clubs in the Champions League continue for high class.
"Every week we have Champions League in the Bundesliga, and that is the big difference to the other leagues," said the Vice President of the German Handball Federation (DHB) and CEO of Füchse Berlin of the German Press Agency. Before the start of the new season on this Thursday, the 51-year-old expects again with several exciting games.
"Top teams like THW Kiel or SG Flensburg-Handewitt have to put in everything in every match to win," Hanning said before the Supercup duel on Wednesday. "If I want the competition, want the tickle, want full halls: Then I have to switch to the Bundesliga." That was also a reason why national team captain Uwe Gensheimer returned to the Rhein-Neckar Löwen after three years in Paris or a world star like the Norwegian Sander Sagosen next summer to THW Kiel change.
Hanning expects that the impact of the home World Cup in January to the new Bundesliga season will be transferred. "I believe that we have created something that has a lasting effect," said the DHB vice in view of the large audience interest in the German World Cup games. "I think this will be reflected in the League's viewership and we'll be able to maintain that good level anyway."
Squad of German handball players
Schedule of German handball players
Bureau of the German Handball Federation
Board of the German Handball Federation
Schedule of the Handball Bundesliga