The EHF Champions League title holders FC Barcelona won the first tournament in the new season. The value of the pre-season success is much bigger if you know the fact that Xavi Pascual boys beat THW Kiel 21:16 (9:7) in Norden Cup on their home soil – in front of 8.200 fans at Sparkassen Arena!
THW Kiel: Landin (n.e.), Katsigiannis (1.-40., 11 saves), Plaue (n.e.); Duvnjak (4), Ferreira, Sprenger (1), Weinhold, Dissinger, Wiencek, Ekberg (4/1), Canellas (2/1), Dahmke, Williams (n.e.), Abelmann-Brockmann (1), Vujin (4)
FC Barcelona: Perez de Vargas (21.-40., 9/1 saves), Saric (1.-20., 7 saves); Nöddesbo, Kopljar (2), Tomas, Entrerrios (3), Sorhaindo (3), Sarmiento (1), Arino, Gurbindo, Sigurdsson (4), Syprzak (1), Morros, Jallouz (2), Lazarov (5/1)
Norden Cup was triangle between FC Barcelona, THW Kiel and new member of DKB Bundesliga – SC DHfK Leipzig.
FC Barcelona beat Leipzig 31:21, while THW Kiel had some difficulties to overcome the newcomer in elite – 24:21.
The top scorer of the tournament was Kiril Lazarov with 11 goals, his team-mate from Barca, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson was best player, while new THW Kiel goalie Nikolas Katsigiannis was best between the posts.