If there is one team that can be considered an unstoppable force in men’s handball, that team is FC Barcelona of Spain. Despite the football team and Lionel Messi often being the centre of attention, no sport has brought this renowned multi-discipline sporting city more success than handball.
Liga Asobal 2020-21
No team comes close to enjoying the history of handball success boasted by FC Barcelona. No team in Spain or Europe has won more domestic and international titles since they were founded in 1942. In fact, they hold records for every competition, including having won the Liga Asobal 27 times, plus the Copa del Rey 25 times.
EHF Champions League 2020-21
After the European Champions Cup of handball was rebranded ahead of the 1993-94 season, no team has won the EHF Champions League more times than FC Barcelona. Along with one title won under the old format, they have won eight under the current format. This includes a spectacular sweep of five European titles in a row during the mid to late 1990s. However, the Spanish handball giant hasn’t won the EHFCL since 2014-15
Since then, FC Barcelona have reached the semi-finals twice and were the beaten finalist last year, losing a thrilling encounter 33-38 against German side THW Kiel. While continuing their habitual domestic dominance of the Spanish handball scene, Barça will take on Elverum Handball next in the EHFCL play-offs. They’re expected to cruise past the side from Norway and into the quarter-finals.But, while the odds might be stacked heavily against the side from Elverum, local fans will certainly be hoping their side can cause an upset regardless. Norwegians looking for the best online bookmakers can check here for more information, with detailed reviews for all the leading sites to use for backing Elverum. It’s clear from the popularity of the site that although it appears unlikely that the Norwegian side will be victorious in the playoffs, fans remain loyally hopeful for an underdog success story.
Glorious Exit for Cédric Sorhaindo
Throughout all the triumphs enjoyed by FC Barcelona over the last 11 years, one player has been present for them all. However, all good things must come to an end, with the club announcing the departure of Cédric Sorhaindo at the end of the current season. To date, the 36-year-old has amassed a remarkable haul of 53 titles during that time.
🔵🔴 @cesorhaindo – Barça
🤩 11 temporadas
🏆 53 títulos
© Segundo capitán del equipo
— Barça Handbol (@FCBhandbol) March 29, 2021
The Frenchman will continue playing, switching to Dinamo Bucharest when his contract expires in June, although he will depart from Barça with plenty of cherished memories. Amongst fans, Sorgaindo will undoubtedly remain an iconic club legend and his absence will be keenly felt. Indeed, it will be fascinating to see how the team fare without him and promises an exciting final not to be missed.