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Champions League-final: Larvik under the microscope

Champions League-final: Larvik under the microscope

Photo Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Champions League finals are right around the corner, and TimeOutMagazin presents the two teams which will fight for the title on next two weekends.

In the first article we focused on Győr’s team, now we looks into Norwegian Larvik’s squad.

Larvik HK is former Champions League winner from 2011, when they won the trophy against the Spanish Itxako. The opponent was prepared that time and now b the same coach, Ambros Martín.

Another coincidence would be that two present Győr-players were on the court in those matches, Raphaelle Tervel in Itxako jersey, and Heidi Løke as a Larvik player.

From the CL-winner  Larvik is missing now Amanda Kurtovic (transferred to Viborg and now injured), and there are players in the squad who are pregnant, Kari Mette Johansen and Tine Rustad Kristiansen, and Tine Stange has already gave birth to her child. Olga Medvedeva is on recovery after a knee-injury.

Players at their first CL-final: Pernille Wibe, Thea Mörk, Kristina Bille Hansen, Isabel Blanco, Mie Sando, Kristine Breistøl, Anja Edin

Cecilie Leganger plays her fifth CL-final, she won the trophy three times, twice with Slagelse in 2005 and 2007, with Larvik HK in 2011.

Cecilie Leganger

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Goalkeepers:

Cecilie Leganger, at the age of 37 she is n amazing form, and she is able to a new renewal, even during a match. Danish Lene Rantala, is also a respectable player, with a very successfull career, at the age of 44 she is still motivated to do her best.

 

Playmakers:

Gro Hammerseng, made her comeback after giving birth to her son, getting back in a fantastic  sport’s shape, beeing a really leader of her team.

Anja Edin has been transferred from Storhamar this season, she has a very unusual style to play handball, speedy and very direct to the goal, having also a very good eye for the game.

Karoline Dyhre Breivang is an old acquaintance, regarding the handball court, she is the player has won every possible title in her career, and in a final like that, her experience could make the difference.

 

Backplayers:

Linn Jørum Sulland means the really threat from the 9 meter line, and beside her, young Kristine Breistøl and newly, very experienced Tonje Larsen could shoot from distance.

Nora Mørk is back on the court after 2 years of injury-problems, she can play both in backcourt and wing.

 

Photo: Márta Kállai

Lineplayers: 

 

Isabel Blanco is in fantastic shape, both in defense and attack, and she will play her every first CL-final. Young Pernille Wibe should be also very motivated in this final, since she will leave the team at the end of the season. The third lineplayer is Mie Sando.

 

Wingers:

Rightwing is the most constant position of the team, where Linn Kristin Riegelhuth-Koren is a secure element, with 71 goals leading her teams topscorer list in CL. Danish Kristina Bille Hansen is the other winger in this position.

Photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

On the leftwing the playing time is shared between Thea Mörk, twin sister of Nora, having a remarkable season so far, and Sara Breistøl, who will retire after this season. Kari Mette Johansen is pregnant.

 

Coaching team:

Head coach: Ole Gustad Gjekstad, assistent coach: Tor Odvar Moen.

 

CL-final:

1st leg, Larvik Arena, Sunday – 5th May 2013, 16.45

Larvik HK- Győri Audi ETO KC

 

2nd leg, Veszprém Arena, Saturday- 11th May 2013, 15.15

Győri Audi ETO KC – Larvik HK

 

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Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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