With the final whistle in the title-deciding match at the AKQUINET EHF Cup Finals on Sunday May 19, THW Kiel scored four trophies with Frisch Auf Göppingen as one of Europe’s two most successful clubs in second-tier international competition. The German side, featuring two members of Denmark’s 2019 World Championship winning squad – Niklas brothers and Magnus Landin brothers – defeated Füchse Berlin in the final 26:22.
“We haven’t lost a single point throughout the competition, and I think that’s all about our strength,” Kiel wing Niclas Ekberg said, referring to their flawless campaign that began in November’s qualifying round 2.
In the first half of the trophy match, Kiel created a clear 16:10 lead, leaving Füchse with a tough task that ultimately proved impossible. It was Kiel’s first 15-year EHF Cup win after raising the trophy in 2006/07, 2009/10 and 2011/12.
FC Porto Sofarma – the first Portuguese team to reach the final of the EHF Cup – claimed the bronze medal earlier on Sunday with a 28:26 (14:16) victory over Danish squad TTH Holstebro.
Kiel finished in the semi-finals by a 32:26 (16:14) victory over Holstebro, played on Saturday as part of the German club’s two-day event. Meanwhile, with a 24:20 (12:8) win over FC Porto, Berlin qualified for what was their third consecutive EHF Cup final.
Niklas Landin has been named the finals ‘ best goalkeeper, just four months after being selected to the All-Star Team World Championship. Kiel’s Niclas Ekberg was named MVP while fans voted the most popular player by FC Porto Sofarma goalkeeper Thomas Bauer.
TTH Holstebro’s Magnus Bramming cemented his place as the EHF Cup season’s top scorer over the weekend and set a new record by doing so. He reached a tally of 100, passing the previous record of 92 goals set in 2016/17 by his fellow Danish wing Hans Lindberg.