No complaints from this Handball fan in regards to this weekend’s matchups. The semifinals on Saturday should be interesting to say the least with the Liga Asobal and the Handball Bundesliga going head to head in both matches. Rhein-Neckar is a 2.5 goal underdog to Spanish champions Barcelona. Rhein-Neckar will have the home country court advantage while Barcelona will be going for a rare 2 sport “double” with their sister team going for the Champions League soccer title later in the evening. The second match pits German champion Hamburg vs. Spanish runner up Ciudad Real. The oddsmakers couldn’t pick a favorite between these two titan, so don’t be surprised if it goes down to the end.
On Sunday, there will be two more matches with the semifinal losers squaring off for 3rd place, before the final match. ehfTV will be broadcasting all four matches live and will have English commentary with Tom O’Brannagain on hand for pre and post game commentary as well.
Match Schedule (Handicap point spread in parentheses)
Saturday, 28 May
Rhein-Neckar vs. Barcelona (-2.5) (ehfTV: 3:15 PM CET, 09:15AM (U.S. East Coast)
On Demand Broadcast: http://www.ehftv.com/final4/ec/cl/men/2010-11/video/001671
Ciudad Real vs. Hamburg (Pick em) (ehfTV: 6:00 PM CET, 12:00 PM (U.S. East Coast)
On Demand Broadcast link: http://www.ehftv.com/final4/ec/cl/men/2010-11/video/001672
Sunday, 29 May
3rd Place Game: 3:15 PM CET, 09:15AM (U.S. East Coast)
On Demand broadcast at ehfTV: http://www.ehftv.com/final4/ec/cl/men/2010-11/video/001711
Final: 6:00 PM CET, 12:00 PM (U.S. East Coast)
On Demand broadcast at ehfTV: http://www.ehftv.com/final4/ec/cl/men/2010-11/video/001712
U.S. TV Broadcast
There is also a televised tape delayed broadcast of the Final on the MHz Network in the U.S. at 4:00 PM (U.S. East Coast) on Sunday, 29 May. For information on how you can watch MHZ see this link: http://www.mhznetworks.org/mhzworldview/carriage/
Side note: For those of you who can’t watch the matches live, be advised that you may want to strategically use a sheet of paper to avoid seeing the still photos used for the on demand video link. I’ve pleaded with the EHF to not use a trophy hoisting celebration photo (for those who don’t want to know the outcome), but I haven’t got any response as to whether they will meet this reasonable demand. UPDATE: If you use the links above you can watch the games without knowing the outcome. However, if you go to ehfTV.com directly be advised- you’ll immediately know the outcome.
ehfTV Preview of Final Four: http://www.ehftv.com/ehfCL-show