When the usual fire fountains sputtered and the confetti rain fell, the first moment of happiness of the season was perfect for the exceptional team. At 15.46 o’clock captain marcus ahlm received the DHB cup. THW kiel wins trophy for the ninth time.
In an exciting and passionate final, the handball record champions defeated their northern rivals SG flensburg-handewitt 33:30 (12:16) in hamburg. This was the third time in a row that the champions league winners had won the final four against flensburg.
In front of 13,000 spectators in the sold-out O2 world, gudjon valur sigurdsson (7) threw the most goals for bundesliga leader kiel. Flensburg’s best goal was scored by thomas mogensen (9). Flensburg’s michael knudsen saw his team win in the 48th minute. Minute after three time penalties the red card.
"It’s a relief. We have done something solid this season. I’m very proud to have won the title with this team," said coach alfred gislason, putting the brakes on his players’ celebratory mood: "we have an away game on wednesday. So I have to be careful that they don’t start drinking beer in the dressing room now. I may have to allow one or two, but that’s it."
The day before, THW kiel beat MT melsungen 35:23 (16:14) in the semifinals. However, the joy over the clear victory was clouded by the serious injury of christian zeitz. The backcourt player suffered a fracture of the right metacarpal and will probably be out until the end of the season. At the award ceremony, however, he was there again and accepted his medal with a thickly bandaged hand.
The road to the final was much more difficult for the SG flensburg-handewitt. The third-placed team in the bundesliga won 26:25 (23:23, 14:13) against host HSV hamburg after a lengthening of the game, making the final match between kiel and flensburg perfect for the third time. "We can expect a terrific game worthy of a final," predicted kiel’s backcourt ace filip jicha.
In the eternally young and always emotional duel of the two northern rivals, both teams gave each other nothing. Accompanied by sometimes heated duels between the players on the floor, neither team was able to gain an advantage for a long time. But after the 9:10 (22.) flensburg picked up the pace: with an intermediate spurt to 15:10 (29.) the team around stand-by national player holger glandorf thrilled its fans.
As on the previous day, mattias andersson was the main stopper in the flensburg goal. Together with a very aggressive and mobile defense, the swedish player defused the goal throws of the kielers, who, on the other hand, had surprisingly little in the way of play. Former world handball player filip jicha and his teammates were too often caught up in individual actions to embarrass the flensburg team’s massive cover.
After the break, however, the kielers came back to the parquet as if transformed. Thanks to an improvement in defense, a much-improved thierry omeyer in goal and quick ball wins, the defending cup champions equalized after the 12:16 halftime pressure at 16:16 (34.) from. Above all, jicha demonstrated untameable fighting spirit and ensured with his fourth goal for the 18:17 lead (39.). And the arrow-quick left wing gudjon valur sigurdsson completed two counters to 20:17 (42.). After that, the favorites controlled the match and secured the ninth cup win in their club’s history.