MOTW series goes to five countries in first five rounds
Five venues, five countries, eight clubs and one big premiere. That is, in a nutshell, the plan of the Match of the Week series in the first five rounds of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2019/20. The MOTW will visit Germany, Hungary, Norway, Denmark and France before the national team break in late October.
THW Kiel vs PGE VIVE Kielce, Sunday 15 September at 19:00 CET
Three-time champions THW Kiel return to the European top flight with a bang as they used their rare last season’s absence to conquer the MEN’S EHF Cup crown. Kiel staged the final tournament last May in front of the sold-out Sparkassen-Arena and the capacity crowd of over 10,000 spectators is also expected at their season opener with PGE VIVE Kielce on Sunday 15 September.
Telekom Veszprém HC vs THW Kiel, Saturday 21 September at 17:30 CET
The ‘Zebras’, who are starting a new era after their now retired legend Filip Jicha took over the coaching position from the charismatic Alfred Gislason in the summer, will stay under the spotlight also in the second round. Kiel will not only be tested by last season’s runners-up Telekom Veszprém HC but also by their frenetic fans.
Tickets are being sold like hot bread rolls for the Round 3 game of Elverum. Not only play the Norwegian champions their first season in the Groups A/B section, but also they host the star-studded team of Paris Saint-Germain HB, including Norwegian back court ace Sander Sagosen. All this convinced the hosts to stage the game in the iconic Hakons Hall in Lillehammer with around 12,000 seats to accommodate an enormous interest for this match.
Aalborg Handbold vs MOL-Pick Szeged, Sunday 13 October at 16:50 CET
And we stay up in the north for the fourth MOTW in the season as Aalborg, the Danish champions and another returnee to the VELUX EHF Champions League, take on the Hungarian runners-up from Szeged. This constellation guarantees an intriguing clash which is bound to be a great fun to follow.
Montpellier HB vs THW Kiel, Saturday 19 October at 17:15 CET
Before the stars leave the clubs for the national team week the MOTW series will pamper the Handball fans with another classic in an extraordinary setting. The two-time trophy holders (2003, 2018) from Montpellier will receive the three-time winners (2007, 2010, 2012) from Kiel in their larger home – Sud De France Arena.
TEXT: EHF / br