GamingZion looks at the most important transfers and the rosters of Europe’s top handball clubs for the season 2015/16.
GamingZion finishes the series of articles dedicated to the most attractive handball transfers for the following season by looking at the squads of THW Kiel and Paris Saint-Germain Handball (PSG Handball). Both teams are considered to be in the crème-de-la-crème of European handball and both of them have the same ambition for the following season: to win the EHF VELUX Champions League.
Christian Dissinger, Niklas Landin and the all-star team of THW Kiel
THW Kiel is one of the biggest power houses in world’s handball. For many years the three times European champion was the home of the some of the greatest handball stars in history. However, three years already passed from their last Champions League title and that is definitely too much for the team from Schleswig-Holstein. However, just reading the names of the players for their 2015/16 squad sounds enough frightening for any of their opponents. This is why everyone that bet on sports in the EU considers THW Kiel to be main contenders for the Champions title in the Velux EHF Champions League 2015/16.
• THW Kiel made the most promising transfers this year
• THW Kiel to have one of the strongest teams in the world
• PSG Handball with high ambitions in the upcoming season
Two great names are added on the list that already contains the names of super stars like Filip Jicha, Domagoj Duvnjak, Joan Canellas: Christian Dissinger and Niklas Landin. For a long time now Christian Dissinger is considered to be one of the greatest talents in world’s handball. However the young German international didn’t have enough luck when injuries are concerned. His constant problems with the knees took him off the court for many months not letting him show his enormous potential on the left back position. Many thought that his career as a handball player is already finished.
This was the reason why until now he didn’t play in any top handball team. Three years ago he had the chance to play for BM Atletico Madrid but unfortunately the bankruptcy of the club impeded his debut for a world class team. However the luck smiles to Dissinger in the end. Alfred Gislasson believes in his capacities and will give him an opportunity to develop further his talent along with the captain Filip Jicha in one of the biggest handball clubs in history. Whether he will use this chance, is something we don’t doubt.
The other influential new comer in THW Kiel is a face more than well known to the handball fans: Niklas Landin. Many consider him to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world and definitely, having in mind that he is only 26 years of age, one that will remain on this status for many years to come. Niklas Landin, was chosen best goalkeeper in the Handball Bundesliga for 2014 and 2015. He was also part of the all-stars teams of the European and World championships in 2012, 2013, 2014. Enough reasons for many online sportsbooks in the EU to consider THW Kiel as a favorite for winning the champions league in the year to come.
Mollgaard, Onufrienko, Stepancic for a PSG that will finally shine
Although the “project” Paris Saint German, started three years ago, was built on huge expectations, the side from the capital of France have not yet delivered the desired results for the French handball fans. Many handball experts share the opinion that the main reason for this is that Philippe Gardent, was not able to put the stars he had in his team into order. However a new coach is coming in Paris next season. And it is not any coach, but the celebrated Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, former long-time coach of the THW Kiel, which won the Champions League with the “zebras” in the season 2006/07.
The transfer of Luka Karabatic was already announced few months ago. The one of his older brother Nikola Karabatic is soon about to be confirmed according to many handball portals. These two transfers only will make PSG a great concurrent for the titles in any competition. However the “millionaires” don’t stop here. They signed the Ukrainian lefthander Sergiy Onufrienko from Motor Zaporozhye, to share this position together with the French representative back Xavier Barachet, reports gambling news. From the season 2016/17 they also signed the Croatian right back Luka Stepancic who will spend one more year in RK Zagreb.
On a one year loan, due to the injury of William Accambray, PSG took in their roster the Danish representative Henrik Mollgaard. The 30-year-old left/central back comes from the Danish vice-champion Skjern as a support also to Danielle Narcisse on the central back position. For the PSG official web page Mollgaard stated that he fully share the ambitions of his new club, and that he is looking forward to the challenge called “winning the Champions League.”