A Plethora of Handball Web Streaming Options This Weekend

The U.S. College Championships is just one of your handball viewing options this weekend.

The U.S. College Championships is just one of your handball viewing options this weekend.

Well, it’s often feast or famine for fans in the U.S. wanting to watch handball on TV.   Consider this to be a weekend to pig out big time, even if you have to plug in an HDMI cable to your TV.  Here are your handball options:

USA College Nationals

The Men’s and Women’s college nationals are taking place this weekend at the University of North Carolina and matches will be streamed all day on Saturday and Sunday and can either be watched on the USA Team Handball website or Facebook page.  Note:  If you’re watching on the Facebook page you will need to reclick on the live link for each game

USA Team Handball Page: Link

USA Team Handball Facebook Page: Link

Panamerican Youth Handball Championships

The final day of competition is on Saturday and the U.S. will play its final match vs Puerto Rico at 1000 EDST.  Placing matches continue throughout the day culminating with the Gold Medal match between Brazil and Argentina at 1800 EDST

Live Stream: Link

Champions League Quarterfinals

In my opinion, the best 2 weekends in handball are the quarterfinal matches of the EHF Champions League.  The first 4 matches are this weekend, 2 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday

Saturday
Veszprem vs Montpellier 1130 EDST
Flensburg vs Vardar 1130 EDST

Sunday
Szeged vs Paris 1100 EDST
Kiel vs Barcelona 1130 EDST

Matches can be seen live at ehfTV:  Link

I will post “on demand” links to the matches above after they are posted on the ehfTV website.  Usually a couple of hours after the match.

SEHA and German Cup Final 4:  6 Matches Worth Watching on ehfTV

SEHA, rhymes with Hee-Haw, but this league is no joke. Watch the Final Four on ehfTV this weekend.

SEHA, rhymes with Hee-Haw, but this league is no joke.  In fact, it’s arguably the second best league in Europe.  You can see for yourself. Watch the SEHA Final Four on ehfTV this weekend.

Normally, when one thinks of ehfTV, one thinks of the EHF Champions League.  If you enjoyed the Round of 16 the past two weeks like me you may be a little bummed that it is a 2 week wait to the quarterfinals.  Furthermore, if you are an American are suffering from NCAA Final Four withdrawal, I’ve got some good news for you as ehfTV will be showing not 1, but 2 Final Fours this weekend as both the  Southeast Handball Association (SEHA) League and German Cup Finals will be available on ehfTV.

The SEHA League will be playing their semifinals on Friday with Vardar taking on Zagreb and Final Four hosts, Meskov Brest taking on Veszprem.  The SEHA League has only been around for 6 years, but it is quietly establishing itself as one of the best leagues in Europe.  Featuring teams from the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Hungary and Belarus, it can be viewed as a regional champions league.  Not that it’s clubs don’t already play in the Champions League.  In fact, the four finalists all made the Champions League Round of 16 and 2 clubs, Veszprem and Vardar are still in the tournament and could make that Final Four as well.

The German Cup semis will be on Saturday.  Leipzig will play Kiel in the first semi while Rhein Neckar Lowen will play Flensburg in the other semi.  Kiel, RNL and Flensburg are well known sides from Champions League play while Leipzig is a team from the 2nd tier of the HBL.  It will be interesting to see whether they can spring the upset of Kiel.  I for one, though, wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch of the R16 contest between Kiel and RNL in the final

Schedule (All times EDST)

SEHA

Friday, 1130 Vardar vs Zagreb Video
Friday, 1400 Brest vs Veszprem Video
Sunday, 1130 3rd Place Match Video
Sunday, 1400 1st Place Match Video

German Cup

Saturday, 0830 Leipzig vs Kiel Video
Saturday, 1130 RNL vs Flensburg Video
Sunday, 0830 1st Place Match Video (Note: If you don’t want to know who wins cover the picture with a sheet of paper.  THANKS A LOT ehfTV)

Note:  Sometimes the live stream is geo blocked in the U.S., but the on demand video typically shows up a couple of hours after the match.  I will try to provide a direct link to the on demand video for each match on this page when it is available.

If the link isn’t avilable here you can search for the video at ehfTV.  If you’re like me and don’t want to know the final outcome of the match follow these tips

  • Go to the ehfTV website: Link ehftv.com
  • Scroll down until you get to the menu that starts with “Latest Video”
  • Click on “Full Matches”
  • Wait a bit for your screen to load and then scroll down. If the match you want to see is available it should show up on this page  (and hopefully, there isn’t a picture of someone holding a trophy, or A GERMAN TEAM CELEBRATING.  THANKS YET AGAIN, ehfTV!!!! –SARCASM, FULLY INTENDED—)

Live Video and Audio Links: USA vs Chile 3rd Place Match

Team USA celebrating their Group Play win over Chile.  The 2 teams meet again tonight to determine which nation will go to the World Championships.

Team USA celebrating their Group Play win over Chile. The 2 teams meet again tonight to determine which nation will go to the World Championships.

Team USA will take on Chile today for bronze and more importantly qualification for the Jr World Championships this summer in Algeria.  These two teams met in Group Play with the USA coming away with a 31-24 victory.  Both teams later qualified for the semifinals with the USA scoring a 25-23 victory over Uruguay while Chile dispatched tournament hosts Paraguay 36-24.  And, in the semifinals both teams lost by lopsided margins.  The USA lost to Argentina 31-22 while Chile was crushed by gold medal favorite Brazil, 30-11.

But, of course, all those results mean very little now.  It all comes down to this match for the USA and Chile.  The winner punches a ticket for the World Championships.  The loser starts preparing for 2019.

The Panamerican Handball Federation has been providing a video stream of all the action from Paraguay and tonight I am planning to provide some live audio commentary via the Mixlr website.  Feel free to listen in and provide your own comments/questions via the Mixlr chatroom or via twitter.

Live Video Feed: Link

Live Audio Commentary: Link

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VIDEO: Champions League Group Play (Week 7)

Mads Mensah Larsen:  Not your typical Danish Centerback.  Can he orchestrate an upset over Flensburg?

Mads Mensah Larsen: Not your typical Danish Centerback. Can he orchestrate an upset over Flensburg?

Handball fans have one more weekend of Champions League handball before a long dry spell starts.  With the Christmas break and the European Championships taking place Week 8 won’t start until February.  With 6 weeks in the books it’s pretty clear for the most part which 16 teams will advance to the knockout stages.

One exception, however, is this week’s Match of the Week between Celje and Zagreb as both sides are tied for 4th place in Group A.   Zagreb won their first meeting, but Celje is a 2.5 goal favorite this Saturday in Slovenia.  While neither of these two sides have a chance of  making it to the final four this should be an evenly matched game between two sides seeking a ticket to the knockout rounds.  The match will also include Tom Ó Brannagáin’s English language commentary.

Celje vs. Zagreb (Saturday,30 Nov 2030 CET/1430 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

(Note to U.S. residents:  After a two week break beIN Sport will be rebroadcasting the Match of the Week on Wednesday, 4 December, 1700 U.S. Eastern Time)

There are a couple of other matches worth watching.  In Denmark, Aalborg will host Flensburg in a match that could end up deciding who gets 2nd place in Group.  Flensburg were able to turn the tables late in the match against Hamburg last week to strengthen their hold on 2nd place, but an away loss to Aalborg will drop them down to 3rd place.  Flensburg won the first match between the two sides 31-27 but might have a little more trouble winning at Aalborg.  Aalborg is led in scoring by the atypical Mads Mensah Larsen, who’s having a breakout season.  Atypical for two reasons: he’s a Dane of African descent and more bulky and compact then your typical centerback.  ehfTV has a nice Inside the Game feature on him:  Link

Aalborg vs Flensburg (Sunday, 1 Dec 1600 CET/1000 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

The final, maybe interesting match to watch could be Minsk vs Paris.  I say “maybe” because on paper Paris should have no problem with Minsk.  But, Paris has been known so far this season to play down to the level of their competition.  Paris won the first meeting between these two sides, 34-30, but the match was tightly contested until the very end.  With the match in Belarus, Minsk could very well surprise again.

Minsk vs Paris (Sunday, 1 Dec 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

I will replace the live video links with on demand video links when they are available at the ehfTV website.  If you go to the ehf website yourself click on the side arrows to get to the “Full Match” page.  A word of caution, however, the EHF sometimes posts match interviews with revealing titles like “Jicha scores the decisive goal,” so you might want to use a sheet of paper to mask the screen if you want to watch the matches oblivious to the outcome.

ehfTV Page: Link
EHF Week 6 Preview:  Link (A written summary by Bjoen Pazen previewing all 12 matches): Link
Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link

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VIDEO: Champions League Group Play (Week 6)

Vardar and Metalurg meet again in a Macedonian showdown.

Vardar and Metalurg meet again in a Macedonian showdown.

Week 6 of the Champions League is very much a rerun of Week 5.  This is because the same teams that played in week 5 will play each other again.  Only this time the matches will be played at the other team’s home court.  Since Skopje’s two club sides (Vardar and Metalurg) both play their matches in the same venue this week’s “Match of the Week” is even more of a deja vu event.  Last week Vardar was clearly the better team and Metalurg will need a much better performance if they don’t want to slip into 5th place in Group B.  Sunday’s match in Skopje includes Tom Ó Brannagáin’s English language commentary.

Vardar vs Metalurg (Sunday, 24 Nov 1800 CET/1200 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

(Note to U.S. residents:  beIN Sport, the U.S. TV rights holder has apparently made a programming decision to not broadcast the Champions League this week.  If you want to watch the match you’ll need to do so online at ehfTV.)

The other matches worth watching are again the same as last week’s.  The all German derby moves this week to Flensburg.  Last week Hamburg was clearly the better side winning 32-27 and the win put Hamburg 3 points up on Flensburg in the standings for Group D.  Even with a win tonight (Thursday) Flensburg will still be down a point due to their earlier draw against Naturhouse La Rioja.  But, perhaps Flensburg better be more concerned with simply holding on to second place.  Another loss to Hamburg could very well slip them into 3rd place behind Denmark’s Aalborg.  And with Flensburg travelling to Aalborg next weekend they could face a must win situation there to avoid a challenging Round of 16 opponent.

Flensburg vs. Hamburg (Thursday, 21 Nov 1900 CET/1300 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

The third interesting match will be Kolding’s visit to Kielce on Sunday.  Last week I postulated that if either Kiel or Kielce was going to slip up in Group B it would be on the road at Kolding.  And slip up Kielce did, losing 29-24.  Now a more confident Kolding side will try beating Kielce again this time in a far more difficult setting in Kielce.  One would think that Kielce will take care of business at home, but it will be interesting to see what happens.  And, if you’re a Kolding fan you might even start thinking bigger.  A win at Kielce would put Kolding in the driver’s seat to win the Group.

Kielce vs Kolding (Sunday, 24 Nov 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

I will replace the live video links with on demand video links when they are available at the ehfTV website.  If you go to the ehf website yourself click on the side arrows to get to the “Full Match” page.  A word of caution, however, the EHF sometimes posts match interviews with revealing titles like “Jicha scores the decisive goal,” so you might want to use a sheet of paper to mask the screen if you want to watch the matches oblivious to the outcome.

ehfTV Page: Link
EHF Week 6 Preview:  Link (A written summary by Bjoen Pazen previewing all 12 matches)
Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link
Audio of Tom Ó Brannagáin’s interview with Pascal Hens and Hans Lindbergh: Link

 

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VIDEO/AUDIO: Metalurg vs Vardar

Cross town rivals Metalurg and Vardar meet in Champions League showdown

Cross town rivals Metalurg and Vardar meet in a Champions League showdown

This past Thursday night Skopje, Macedonian clubs Vardar and Metalurg fought for city bragging rights in a key Champions League showdown.  Always a tough place to play for visitors, this time around it’s a home match for both sides.  The video for the match is courtesy of ehfTV and my audio commentary is in the MP3 files below.

The first half segment has a synchronization count at 5:00 on the ehfTV clock in the lower left hand of the screen. Start the video and pause it at 5:00. Then open the MP3 file and when I start my synchronization count unpause the video.

For the 2nd half my synchronization count starts at 50:00

Metalurg vs. Vardar Video: Link

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VIDEO: Champions League Group Play (Week 5)

Flensburg beat Hamburg at home last Sunday 31-29.  Will Flensburg return the favor this Saturday in a Champions League showdown?

Flensburg beat Hamburg at home last Sunday 31-29. Will Flensburg return the favor this Saturday in a Champions League showdown?

After a 3 week break the Champions League is now back for 3 consecutive weeks. This week’s “Match of the Week” has two top German sides (Flensburg and Hamburg) facing off in a derby to decide who will sit at the top of the standings in Group D. Hamburg currently lead the group with an unblemished 4-0-0 record while Flensburg is a point behind due to their draw in week 4 against Naturhouse La Rioja. Separated by 100 miles these two sides know each other very well. In fact, last year by some quirks in scheduling they ended up playing each other 7 times. So far this year, they’ve only met once with Flensburg beating Hamburg 31-29 last Sunday in an HBL matchup. Saturday’s match is in Hamburg and includes Tom Ó Brannagáin’s English language commentary.

Hamburg vs. Flensburg (Saturday, 16 Nov 1445 CET/0845 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

If you can’t catch the match live it will also be available later “on demand”.   (Note to U.S. residents:  It appears that beIN Sports, the U.S. TV rights holder, has decided to not broadcast this week’s Match of the Week.)

The other big match of the week is a showdown derby Thursday night in Macedonia, between Skopje’s Vardar and Metalurg clubs. Both sides have shown their worthiness in the Champions League this season as neither Barca or Paris were able to travel to Skopje and leave with a victory. This time around, however, there will be no overwhelming home crowd as both clubs will be represented at the Boris Trajkovski Arena. (Currently, I’m planning to do an audio commentary that you can synch up with the video and that will likely be available Friday morning.)

Metalurg vs Vardar (Thursday, 14 Nov 2000 CET/1400 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

The one other match I’ll be checking out this weekend is Kolding vs. Kielce on Sunday. Thanks to their victory in week 4 over Kiel, Poland’s Kielce is all alone in first place in Group B. In all likelihood, the winner of the Group will come down to the second Kiel-Kielce showdown, but if either of those two slides is going to slip up, the most likely place they’ll do so is their away match at Denmark’s Kolding.

Kolding vs Kielce (Sunday, 17 Nov 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

I will replace the live video links with on demand video links when they are available at the ehfTV website. If you go to the ehf website yourself click on the side arrows to get to the “Full Match” page. A word of caution, however, the EHF sometimes posts match interviews with revealing titles like “Jicha scores the decisive goal,” so you might want to use a sheet of paper to mask the screen if you want to watch the matches obliious to the outcome.

ehfTV Page: Link

EHF Week 5 Preview: Link (A written summary by Bjoen Pazen previewing all 12 matches)

Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link

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VIDEO: Champions League Group Play (Week 4)

Geipel/Helbig:  They handled the pressure in Reno.  Can they handle the PSG-Barca showdown?

Geipel/Helbig: They handled the pressure in Reno. Can they handle the PSG-Barca showdown?

ehfTV’s designated “Match of the Week” has two well known European soccer sides (Barcelona FCB and Paris St-Germain) meeting for the first time in EHF Champions League play.  Barca, of course, has also long been a handball power as well, but Paris St-Germain has only recently teamed up with Paris Handball.   And not only teaming up, but providing through their new Qatari owners an influx of cash and player signings to reportedly making it the highest player payroll team in Europe.  PSG, however, has stumbled a bit in CL playing, losing and drawing in Skopje to Metalurg and Vardar, respectively.   Barca also drew against Vardar in Skopje, but they are on top of Group C, thanks to their convincing wins at home against Wacker Thun and Metalurg.

A side note for U.S. fans watching the match:  The German referees assigned for the match, Lars Geipel and Marcus Helbig, were the same International officials on hand earlier this year in Reno, Nevada for the USA National Championships.  During the tournament I interviewed both officials and discussed their perspective on the quality of the American sides as compared to German clubs and their experiences in Reno.  The interview is a short 5 minutes and can be accessed at the bottom of this post.

Paris St-Germain vs. Barca (Sunday, 20 Oct 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

If you can’t catch the match live it will also be available later “on demand”. Further, U.S. residents with beIN Sport can also catch a retransmission on Sunday at 1800 (Eastern Time).  (Thanks, beIN Sport, for not making me wait until Wednesday!)

The other big match this weekend will be a Group B showdown between Poland’s Kielce and Germany’s Kiel.  Last year both sides made it to the Final Four with Kielce beating Kiel, 31-30 for 3rd place.  This year both side are undefeated and Group B and it won’t be surprising if the two matches between these sides decides who gets 1-2 in the Group.

Kielce vs Kiel (Saturday, 19 Oct 1815 CET/1215 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

On paper, the other matches this weekend are of less interest, featuring either mismatches or battles for 3rd place on the table.   That being said, mismatches on paper sometimes end up being far more interesting in real life.  The times and links are easily accessible at the ehfTV web page.

(Note:  I will replace the live video links with on demand video links when they are available at the ehfTV website. If you go to the ehf website yourself click on the side arrows to get to the “Full Match” page. A word of caution, however, the EHF sometimes posts match interviews with revealing titles like “Jicha scores the decisive goal,” so you might want to use a sheet of paper to mask the screen if you want to watch the matches oblivious to the outcome.)

ehfTV Page: Link

EHF Week 4 Preview: Link (A written summary by Bjoern Pazen previewing all 12 matches)

Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link

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VIDEO: Champions League Group Play (Week 3)

 

Talant Dujshebae will be in the stands in Skopje to see Vardar take on Paris SG.  Will he soon be the coach of either of those teams?

Talant Dujshebaev will be in the stands in Skopje to see Vardar take on Paris SG. Will he soon be the coach of either of those teams?

ehfTV’s designated “Match of the Week” has the two evenly matched foes with France’s Dunkerque hosting Denmark’s Kolding facing off in a Group B clash.  It’s still early in Group Play, but with two losses under its belt Dunkerque need’s a win badly if it still has plans on moving to the round of 16.   Dunkerque is a .5 goal favorite.  ehfTV’s Tom Ó Brannagáin’s will be on site with English language commentary.

Dunkerque vs. Kolding (Sunday, 13 Oct 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

If you can’t catch the match live it will also be available later “on demand”. Further, U.S. residents with beIN Sport can also catch a retransmission on Wednesday, 16 October at 1700 (Eastern Time).

While Dunkerque vs. Kolding is the designated match of the week, in my opinion there are two far more interesting contest taking place on Sunday:

Vardar Skope vs Paris SG (Sunday, 13 Oct 1900 CET/1300 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

Two weeks ago Paris lost to the other Skopje team, Metalurg.  Now they return to play Vardar in the same arena.  Vardar already fought Barca to a draw there so could the world’s richest club lose again in Skopje to fall to 5th place in Group C?  Maybe Coach Philippe Gardent’s job is in jeopardy?  And what of Vardar?  They just sacked their coach and rumors are running rampant that former Madrid Coach, Talant Dujshebaev could be their next coach.  Dujshebaev will be in the stands to watch his son Alex play for Vardar and he swears that this trip was planned weeks in advance.  Who knows?  Maybe Dujshebaev will end up coaching who ever loses this match.  Has there ever been a match with so many questions?  All in the cauldron that is Boris Trajkovski Sports Center: perhaps the best place in the world to watch a handball match.

Nothing against the fine folks in Northern France, but Tom Ó Brannagáin and the rest of the EHF team should accidentally get on the wrong flight and head for Skopje. This is the real Match of the Week.   Quite frankly I don’t think I’ve ever been so eager to see a Group Play match.  Let’s hope it lives up to expectations. (Paris is a 2 goal favorite.)

Wisla Plock vs Kielce (Sunday, 13 Oct 1930 CET/1330 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

This all Polish clash should be entertaining.  Kielce has been the top Polish side for the past few years, but Wisla Plock with a few new roster additions would like to unseat them.  Kielce already beat Plock 32-28, so this will be a chance for them to make amends.  .

I will replace the live video links with on demand video links when they are available at the ehfTV website. If you go to the ehf website yourself click on the side arrows to get to the “Full Match” page. A word of caution, however, the EHF sometimes posts match interviews with revealing titles like “Jicha scores the decisive goal,” so you might want to use a sheet of paper to mask the screen if you want to watch the matches oblivious to the outcome.

ehfTV Page: Link

EHF Week 3 Preview: Link (A written summary by Bjoern Pazen previewing all 12 matches)

Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link

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VIDEO: Champions League Group Play (Week 2)

MOTW

This week’s “Match of the Week” has the two pre-season favorites in Group A facing off as Hungary’s Veszprem hosts Germany’s Rhein-Neckar Lowen. Last week Rhein Neckar escaped with a draw against Ukraine’s HC Motor Zaporozhye while Veszprem easily took care of St Petersburg. Veszprem is a 3.5 goal favorite. The Match of the Week is the ehfTV marquee game and includes Tom Ó Brannagáin’s English language commentary.

Veszprem vs. Rhein-Necker (Sunday, 28 Sep 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Video: Link

If you can’t catch the match live it will also be available later “on demand”. Further, U.S. residents with beIN Sport can also catch a retransmission on Monday, 30 September at 1700 (Eastern Time).

Other matches worth checking out this weekend include:

Dunkerque vs Wisla Plock (Saturday, 27 Sep 1600 CET/1000 U.S. Eastern Time)
France likes to think it now has the world’s 2nd best national league, but Dunkerque lost by 10 to Poland’s Kielce last week. This week they are at home against another Polish side which narrowly lost to Kiel the week before. The linesmakers have this match as a “pickem”
Video: Link

HC Metalurg vs Paris St Germain (Saturday, 27 Sep 1800 CET/1200 U.S. Eastern Time)
On paper, with its new signings and loaded roster Paris is a contenter for the title. So far this season, however, they’ve failed to impress. Last week they pulled ahead at home to beat Minsk 34-30, but the game was a lot closer than the final score. A road trip to Macedonia will be a good test for their mettle. Paris is a 3.5 goal favorite.
Video: Link

Aalborg vs Logrono (Sunday, 28 Sep 1700 CET/1100 U.S. Eastern Time)
Both these sides lost last week and are looking for their first win in the competition. Logrono (Naturhous La Rioja) is the other Spanish team (aside from favorite Barca) and I’ll be watching their performance to see just how far the Liga Asobal has slipped. Aalborg is a 2 goal favorite.
Video: Link 

I will replace the live video links with on demand video links when they are available at the ehfTV website. If you go to the ehf website yourself click on the side arrows to get to the “Full Match” page. A word of caution, however, the EHF sometimes posts match interviews with revealing titles like “Jicha scores the decisive goal,” so you might want to use a sheet of paper to mask the screen if you want to watch the matches oblivious to the outcome.

ehfTV Page: Link

EHF Week 2 Preview: Link (A written summary by Bjoern Pazen previewing all 12 matches)

Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link

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VIDEO: EHF Champions League “Match of the Week” returns

Wisla-Kiel

Just a reminder that Champions League Group Play has started and the first ehfTV Match of the Week is later today as Poland’s Wisla Plock hosts Germany’s Kiel.  Wisla Plock knocked off France’s perennial power, Montpellier in a wild card playoff to reach the group stage, now they will try to upend traditional German power, Kiel in week 1.  Kiel is a 2.5 goal favorite.

The match will be available live on the ehfTV web streaming platform today (22 September) at 1700 Central European Time or 1100 U.S. Eastern Time.   English language commentary will be provided by the always energetic, Tom Ó Brannagáin.

If you can’t catch the match live it will also be available later “on demand”.  Further, U.S. residents with beIN Sport can also catch a retransmission on Monday, 23 September at 1700 (Eastern Time)

Additionally, all of the matches of week 1 are available for viewing and without giving away details there are a few surprises.  Check out the links below:

Wisla Plock vs Kiel Video (On Demand): Link

All Matches (On Demand): Link  (Warning:  There currently isn’t a way to go directly to the On-Demand matches without being exposed to some content revealing the outcome of matches)

EHF Week 1 Preview:  Link (A written summary by Bjoen Pazen previewing all 12 matches)

Tom Ó Brannagáin’s latest blog post: Link

Google Hangout preview of the season:  Link

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VIDEO/AUDIO Wisla Plock vs. Montpellier

 

Wisla Plock's Muhamed Toromanović taking a shot vs Montpellier.

Wisla Plock’s Muhamed Toromanović taking a shot vs Montpellier.

France’s Montpellier and Poland’s Wisla Plock battled it out over two games to see which side would earn the right to play in the Champions League this season.  Montpellier won the first match at home, 29-27 this past Thursday.  On Sunday they traveled to Poland for the second leg.  The video for the match is courtesy of ehfTV and my audio commentary is in the MP3 files below.

The first half segment has a synchronization count at 3:00 on the ehfTV clock in the lower left hand of the screen.  Start the video and pause it at 3:00. Then open the MP3 file and when I start my synchronization count unpause the video.

For the 2nd half my synchronization count starts at 48:30

Wisla Plock vs. Montpellier Video: Link

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Champions League Quarterfinals: Video links and odds (Plus audio for Flensburg-Hamburg)

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The Champions League quarterfinal matches will be played this weekend and next.  The winners of the two game (aggregate goals) contests will advance to the Final Four in June.  Unlike the Round of 16 there are few complaints to be had with these pairings.  Barcelona and Kiel are both favorites to advance, but an upset is not out of the question.

Below are the four pairings along with links to the match videos at ehfTV.  I will replace the live links with on demand links when they are available.  And since the Final Four doesn’t take place until 1-2 June, you’ve got plenty of time to watch all 8 matches at your leisure.   To remain oblivious to the outcome just bookmark this page and return when you have time to watch a match.  Finally, don’t forget to write down the scores of the first legs as it’s the total aggregate score that counts.

Point spreads are in parentheses.  Game times are Central European Time.  Be sure to check out the short video preview before you watch the matches

Madrid vs. FC Barcelona
Preview:  Link
20 April, 1900 Barca (-3) Video Link 
27 April, 1900 Video Link

Skopje vs. Kielce
Preview:  Link
21 April, 1700 Kielce (-.5) Video Link
28 April, 1700 Video Link

Kiel vs. Veszprem
Preview:  Link
21 April, 1715 Kiel (-4) Video Link
27 April, 1600 Video Link

Flensburg  vs. Hamburg
Preview:  Link
21 April, 1845 Flensburg (-2) Video Link  (Audio Links are below)

I’ve done at audio commentary (see below) for the first and second halve. You can synch up this MP3 file with the video.

1) Forward the video to exactly 4:00 (1st Half) or 46:20 (2nd Half) and then pause the video player.
2) Open the pop up player for the audio and wait for the synchronization count.
3) Unpause the video as the count starts

28 April, 1830 Video Link
(Note:  The second leg will be shown on beIN Sport)

EHF’sFirst Leg preview article: Link

 

Current odds to win the title

Kiel 2 to 1
Barcelona 2 to 1
Veszprem 7 to 1
Flensburg 8 to 1
Hamburg 9 to 1
Kielce 12 to 1
Madrid 16 to 1
Skopje 50 to 1