As the national teams prepared for the EHF EURO 2016, the domestic leagues had a short break. Nonetheless we want to take a look at what happened in Germany during the weekend. The Supercup, a four-team tournament which has been held every two years since its inception in 1979, took place in Flensburg, Kiel and Hamburg.
Next to the host Serbia, Slovenia and Brazil took part in a round-robin system. The German team confirmed its great development since Dagur Sigurdsson was put in charge in the summer of 2015. Especially in the first half against Serbia, won by a score of 20:8, the DHB-Team totally dominated its opponent. A strong defense and great goalkeeping by Carsten Lichtlein made sure the Serbians were without any chance. After 60 minutes the scoreboard showed a result of 37:26.
Serbia was the big disappointment of the tournament, not only losing to the host in horrible fashion, but also losing to Slovenia without showing a lot of motivation. Although the result of 21:23 (11:12) suggests a tough encounter, the game was rather slow and Serbia was never really able to use its great shooters like Marko Vujin or Momir Rnic in an effective way. They finished last after losing to Brazil, 29:32 (14:13), in Kiel on Sunday.
Germany and Slovenia faced off in what happened to be a “final” for first place. The team of Sigurdsson once more used a great first half to pull away, leading 17:11 at the break. Slovenia, with former player legend Veselin Vujovic on the sidelines, showed a great fighting spirit and kept the score close during the rest of the game, but playing without four regulars proved to be too much of a task. Germany won the game, and the 2015 Supercup, winning by a score of 31:28.
Despite a long tradition this year’s Supercup will probably be the last time the tournament has been held. While some might base the decision on lack of interest, others would call it miss-management. Tickets didn’t sell well due to high prices, bad chosen venues and lower-tier opponents. Rumors say the DHB declined to take part in the Golden League, now the federation has to live with the consequences. While the team on the field convinced everybody, the team off the field didn’t.