The EHF Champions League is Back and with Some Important Changes

The 2020-2021 EHF Champions League throws off this Wednesday and there are some important changes that handball fans will need to get used to.

Midweek Appointment Viewing

First and foremost, the biggest change will see all matches being played on Wednesday and Thursday. Whoa. Come Again? Champions League matches won’t take place on the weekend anymore?

Yes, that’s right. All matches will be on Wednesday and Thursday. And, further all matches will take place at two consistent throw off times. In Europe throw offs will be at either 1845 (CET) or 2045 (CET). That means these matches, depending on your time zone, will take place late morning to mid afternoon in the U.S. For reference on the east coast the first matches will throw off at 12:45 PM (US ET) and the second matches will throw off at 2:45 PM (US ET).

While some folks might whine at this change overall it’s a really smart move for the sport and the change in time won’t

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EHF Game of the Week: Chekhovskie Medvedi at Aalborg (Live and with English Language Commentary)

After a long layoff the Champions League is back with leg 8 of Group Play.  The featured match this week with English Commentary has Danish side Aalborg hosting Russian side Chekhovskie.  Chekhovskie is tied for first place in Group C with 11 points while Aalborg is in last place with 4 points.  Aalborg still can qualify for fourth place in the Group, but with only 3 matches to play they will need to start winning.  Chekhovskie is also highly motivated as they will want to move ahead of Spanish side Valladolid in their bid to win the coveted first seed heading into knockout play.

The match is at 4:50 PM (Central European Time), 10:50 AM (U.S. East Coast) on Sunday, 20 February.  Chekhovskie is a 3.5 goal favorite

EHF Website interview with left wing Timur Dibirov: Hungry for European handball:  http://www.eurohandball.com/article/013676/Dibirov%3a+%22Hungry+for+European+handball%22

Live Broadcast link:  http://www.ehftv.com/ec/cl/men/2010-11/live/high/001431

On Demand broadcast at ehfTV:  http://www.ehftv.com/ec/cl/men/2010-11/video/001431

There is also a tape delayed broadcast on the MHz Network in the U.S. at 4:00 PM (U.S. East Coast). For information on how you can watch MHZ see this: http://www.mhznetworks.org/mhzworldview/carriage/

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Time Shifting: Why would I watch any other way?

I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth mentioning again.

I know it is Monday afternoon in Sweden and teams are gearing up for the second round of play for Main Round Group I.  Everyone’s also probably still talking about the Croatia – Sweden match on Sunday night.  But in my little private Handball World, it’s still Saturday evening and I’ve yet to scan through Spain – Norway to see if any of it is worth watching.

Yes, with 9 hours separating me from Sweden, it’s not practical for me to watch very many games live, but through the convenience of on-demand viewing at livehandball.tv I can watch whenever I want.  I know you old schoolers like the aesthetic of watching it live, but tell me old schooler what are your plans for this coming Wednesday and Thursday night?  Yes, while you and the teams are getting some much needed rest, I will be watch whatever pivotal matches remain in the Main Round at my leisure.  I’ll catch up with you in time for the Semifinals, although I may watch one Friday night and the second one on Saturday night.  Seriously, I must ask; Why would you watch anyway else?

And now for a short plug for livehandball.tv.  If you haven’t signed up yet, I would strongly suggest that you do.  They’ve lowered the price to $25 for the rest of the tournament and with the on-demand feature you truly can get your money’s worth.  I’ve been plugging my laptop into my TV via HDMI cable and I’ve been pretty pleased with the quality.  Mind you it’s not Hi-Def by any stretch, but it’s TV worth watching.

THN (23 Jul 08):  Extreme Time Shifting in the Desert or How I Hope to Watch Olympic Handball: http://teamhandballnews.com/2008/07/extreme-time-shifting-in-the-desert-or-how-i-hope-to-watch-olympic-handball/