The most renown handball preparation tournament in Europe
|The 11th edition of this top event has been another highlight at the European handball scene. Not only on the field, but also off the field this event was spectacular. The celebrity former boxing world champion Henry Maske has been coming to watch the machtes and was giving autographs after having opened the SCHLECKER CUP. In Group A Badel 1862 Zagreb, SG Wallau/Massenheim and US Ivry were challenging each other. Group B was made up of Caja Cantabria Santander, Celje Pivovarna Lasko and TBV Lemgo. While in Group A all scores were close – every team has won and lost once – in Group B Santander was the benchmark with two victories. Finally the number of scored goals was in favor of Wallau/Massenheim and therefore they went to the final. The 42:46 win of Lemgo against Ivry in the first placement match on Sunday was the highest score of any SCHLECKER CUP match. The second placement match on Sunday was won by Zagreb with only one goal (25:24) against the Sloveninan champion Celje. The result of the final was much more clearly, because Wallau/Massenheim has defeated the Spanish club Santander with 35:25 and therefore won the SCHLECKER CUP for the fourth time.|
|1998: Kiel, who else? |
|After a dozen times, the cup has not lost a bit of ist attractiveness. As in the years before 2,000 visitors came to the Laengenfeldhalle in order to enjoy the unique atmosphere which could not have been better since the two German teams were playing in the final. In Group A SG W/M Frankfurt won first against the Italian champion HC Alpi Prato problemlos with 37:20 and then against Cantabria Santander with 22:20. In Group B, THW Kiel was struggling but finally won against the Portuguese champion ABC Braga with 29:28. Another challenge was playing against the Swiss champion Pfadi Winterthur, but once more they succeeded. With 27:25. The prestige final was a close run most of the time, but was decided by the abilities of Kiel with 26:24.|
|1999: Megaevent and movie launch|
|First class handball and a entertaining programme around the hall were the characteristics of the 13th SCHLECKER CUP. Saturday’s highlight was the German premiere of the movie „Message in a Bottle“. Many spectators remained in the hall after the last match and watched the interesting movie on a cinema screen.|
Although Pfadi Winterthur had the two topscorers of the tournament (Chi-Hyo Cho, 24 and Mark Baumgartner, 22 goals) they have not been able to win one of their games. On Sunday they lost against the French champion and cup winner Montpellier HB with 23:26. A rather tough kind of defense dominated the match of the Slovenian champion and cup winner Celje Pivovarna Lasko against TV Grosswallstadt in the second placement match. After a balanced first half (13:13) the Slovenians won at the end with 28:25. Even tougher and more thrilling was the final between THW Kiel and European cup winner Ademar Leon. The Spanish team won by one goal with 27:26. The best player of the tournament has been Jose Luis Peres Canca, capitain of Ademar Leon. For his top performances Celje’s goal keeper Dejan Peric has been elected the best goal keeper of the tournament. The French champion Montpellier HB has been rewarded with the fair play cup, sponsored by AGFA.
|2000: The favorite Kiel is winning |
|The German champion and cup winner has been able to justify his favorite role and won expectedly the 14th SCHLECKER CUP. The final brought the two best teams of the tournament together. The captain Wislander had the better team mates and won with Kiel against Fotex Veszprém with 27:25. THW Kiel had proven on both days that they are playing in their own league. However, after having a great start, Kiel had to get going in order to finally win against the Hungarian team. On the day before Kiel had already shown its strength with two clear wins against the national team of the Czech Republic (41:29) and against the Israelis from Hapoel (32:19). The second German team TV Grosswallstadt finished on three, while Hapoel Rishon Le Zion finished on four, due to the better shot efficiency of the Germans and the flawless performance of Christian Ramota, which resulted in the title of best goal keeper of the tournament. Both national teams were disappointing and have not managed to win any matches on Saturday.|
|2001: Bundesliga newcomer Goeppingen surprises |
|Even in the first match of the tournament there was a quite a surprise. The newcomer of the German Bundesliga and tournament underdog Frisch Auf Goeppingen has beaten the national team of Slovenia with 28:24. The Slovenians have underestimated the team of Goeppingen and never managed to establish their game. In the second match of Group A Goeppingen had to play the current Spanish champion Ademar Leon. There was another favorite struggling and once more Goeppingen managed to win with 29:25 and was the first finalist for Sunday. In Group B Kiel (38:28) and Veszprém (32:21) were successful against the Swedish champion Goteborg. Now, they had to win in order to directly join Goeppingen in the final, but tied 31:31. Hence the number of goals decided and forced Kiel to play in the second placement match on Sunday, while Veszprém followed Frisch Auf. The final was characterised by the underdog Goeppingen (only having 8 not injured players left) challenging the renowned team from Hungary. Against all odds Goeppingen had a better start and lead by three goals after four minutes. The lead was kept throughout the first half and was extended to five after the break. Waking up, the Hungarians were catching up and equalizing the score in the 50th minute. Everyone was convinced that they would win now, being proven wrong by Goeppingen that focused and finally won by 32:29. Veszprém reconfirmed its reputation of always second best, since they had not won the title once, although playing the final four times. Best goal keeper was Jaume Fort of Frisch Auf, best player Stefan Lovgren from Kiel and topscorer were both Hajo Wulff and Nicolaj Jacobsen.|
|2002: Celje Pivovarna Lasko rules the Laengenfeldhalle |
|Everbody’s darling Magnus Wislander of Goteborg filled the stands right from the beginning for the ninth time. Goeppingen was scoring three times in a row and therefore finishing with a tie. In the second match of Group A Goeppingen encountered Celje from Slovenia, which impressed the spectators with its fast and innovative way of playing, turning into the favorite of the title. The alike was the third match of Group A against Goteborg, which also lost by four goals. The Group B started with the Croatian champion RK Metkovic against the French champion SC Chambery. Only in the last ten minutes the French, lead by Daniel Narcisse, could decide the match. In their second match, Chambery had to play against the champions league winner SC Magdeburg. As the Magdeburger were not focused enough, they lost 28:30. In their second match however they won undoubtedly against the Croatians. On Sunday Magdeburg had to start without the injured Kretschmar against Goteborg and was disappointing, while Lundstrom scored 10 times. The visitors were now eager to watch the final. In the beginning of the first half Chambery was the better team, but was overrun by Celje’s fast breaks soon after. Although continuing to fight, Chambery could not prevent Celje from increasing their lead. Both teams were fighting until the end and deserved the acknowledgement of the fans. The best goal keeper once again was Dejan Peric. Topscorer was Henrik Lundstrom with 29 goals in three matches.|
|2003: Come back of VfL Gummersbach |
|For the first time the organising committee had to compete with the new Intersport Masters in Sindelfingen, where Goeppingen played against the best teams of Baden-Wurttemberg. On Saturday night the visitors furthermore had to choose between watching the relevant match of Group B Gummersbach against Veszprém or listening the Kelly Family’s open air concert. Nonetheless the stands were packed for the last match of the preliminaries which was one by Gummersbach. A couple hours before the Group A was opening the tournament with the inofficial final between the titleholder Celje and the newly shaped team of Kiel that surprisingly won. Just like the years before their strength was fast break. A hot issue – literally as there were more than 40 degrees Celsius in the hall) – was the match Kiel against Kolding, because none of the teams managed to lead more than one goal. Finally the lucky Germans won and joined Gummersbach for an all German final. Before that, the two placement matches took place. The first one was Leon against the title holder Celje, which resulted in the sixth place. Following that Veszprém beat Kolding and finished on three. The final commenced with four fast breaks by Kiel and a 4:1 lead. Gummersbach did not resign and kept the match undecided. The second half was exciting as the world handball player of the year Yoon and Lapcevic scored and hence Gummersbach lead by three goals. Ten minutes after the tide had turned and Kiel lead 26:24. In the end Gummersbach was the lucky winner (30:28), mostly due to Yoon who has become topscorer (31 goals) and best player. The best goalkeeper played for Veszprém: Arpad Sterbik.|
|2004: Kiel wins the fourth title|
|The enthusiasm that resulted in the German silver medal of the Olympic games in Athens, was continued in the packed Laengenfeldhalle. The center of attention was the Olympic hero and world handball player of the year 2005 Henning Fritz, goalkeeper of THW Kiel. His club convinced by beating the Spanish team Balonmano Altea and the current champions league winner Celje. Altea were for many considered surprisingly beating Celje as well in the second match of Group A by 21:16. A close run was Group B as all three teams had won and lost once and even the goal difference was equal comparing Hamburg and Moscow. However, Moscow had scored more goals overall and went to the final. The first match on Sunday was between the champions league winners of 2003 and 2004, which was won by Celje against Montpellier HB with 36:34. The next match was HSV Handball against Altea, which ended with a 25:23 score in favor of Hamburg. The final resulted in the fourth title for Kiel after a clear 44:30 victory against Moscow. Never in the history of the SCHLECKER CUP there has been such a onesided final, but never before had it been so fast and breathtaking. Unsurprisingly Hennig Fritz was best goalkeeper and his team mate Stefan Lovgren best player. Topscorer was Sergej Rutenka with 27 goals for Celje.|
|2005: Most suspenseful final of SCHLECKER CUP history|
Already in the opening match of the 19th edition of the SCHLECKER CUP the visitors were surprised by the defeat of THW Kiel against Montpellier HB. The team rebuilding THW Kiel, had to play without their injured top starts Markus Ahlm and newcomer Nikola Karabatic and were struggling with the excellent French national goal keeper Thierry Omeyer so that they lost 28:32. However, the so called ‘zebras’ won their second match against the Swedish champion IK Savehof, for the first time in Ehingen, with 33:28. Now, the match of the French against the Swedish champion was deciding who would proceed to the final. Due to an extraordinary defense and an impressing Mickael Guigou the guests from Southern France beat the Swedish with 26:19. Montpellier, the year before the finished on six, was hence qualified for the final. In Group B there was an entirely other picture. After the Tunesian national team, coached by frequenter Sead Hasanefendic, was beaten by both HSV Handball and Veszprém, the last match of Group B was a final for the final. After the HSV seemed to be the winner for most of the time, in the last minutes Veszprém lead for the first time few seconds before the end of the match and won by 31:30.
On Sunday the national team of Tunisia, placed on four at the world championship, won supported by the outstanding performance of Marouene Meggaiez, the Tunisian goal keeper, 33:30. After this match there was the farewell ceremony for the long term organising responsible "Mister SCHLECKER CUP" Heinz Fiesel, which was accompanied by the well deserved standing ovations of the crowd. The present given to him was a jersey of the THW Kiel with the autographs of the entire team. The German match that followed was suspenseful. HSV Handball had a better start and went into the dressing rooms with a 20:12 lead. In the second half Kiel finally tied 30:30 with a few seconds left to go. The decision was brought by Matthias Flohr, who netted the ball 2 seconds before the end of the match 31:30 in favor of Hamburg. Who ever dared to think that after this dramatic match the best match had already been finished, changed his mind soon after the final had started.
The final of the SCHLECKER CUP 2005 has made history as the most thrilling final ever. Montpellier finished the first half with a 15:14 lead. Starting the second half, Veszprém increased its lead to 6 goals after 45 minutes in their fifth final of the SCHLECKER CUP after 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2001. However, Montpellier was far from giving up and equaled the score two minutes before the end of the regular match. Since it was a 32:32 tie after 60 minutes, there was an over time which also ended with a tie. For the second time after 1988 (Gummersbach vs Grosswallstadt) the decision was made in a penalty shoot out. Finally, it was Andrej Golic, whose goal (40:39) made Montpellier the winner of the SCHLECKER CUP 2005. Everyone in the hall was still speechless while Montpellier, the first French SCHLECKER CUP winner, celebrated their title. Best player was Stefan Lovgren (THW Kiel) and Marouen Meggaiez (National team Tunisia) was best goal keeper. Topscorer was Kiril Lazarov (Veszprém, 23 goals), fair play award was given to Savehof.
|Early years of SCHLECKER CUP|
|2006 THW Kiel on their way to the triple|