«jun 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
1234567
«jul 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
567891011
«aug 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
«sep 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456
«oct 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
«nov 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«dec 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«jan 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789
«feb 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
2425262728291
2345678
«mar 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2425262728291
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«apr 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910
«may 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
27282930123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanBelgiumBosnia HerzegovinaBelarusBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkSpainEstoniaFaroe IslandsFinlandFranceGreat BritainGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandIsraelItalyKosovoLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMoldovaNorth MacedoniaMaltaMontenegroMonacoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSloveniaSerbiaSwitzerlandSlovakiaSwedenTurkeyUkraine
 
EnglandScotland
Other EHF Sites 

10.02.2009, 19:00
“Always a great atmosphere”
«Go back »Print Version


Eurohandball.com talks to Hamburg’s Croat Blazenko Lackovic about Champions League and World championship.
 

“Always a great atmosphere”

From the World Championship straight to the Champions League: 10 days after Blazenko Lackovic won the silver medal in his home country, Croatia, he starts with his club HSV Hamburg against Portland San Antonio in the CL main round. Read an exclusive interview for Eurohandball.com before the match on Wednesday and read how Lackovic feels after the WCh and what his objectives for this CL season are.

Eurohandball.com: You lost the WCh final against France on home court – how big is the disappointment about the Silver medal?

Lackovic: Right after the final is was very hard for me, it really hurt. But one day later we recognised that we lost against a better team, as the Frenchmen deserved this title. We don’t have to take the blame as we gave all we could. Maybe we could have played better in the last 15 minutes of this final, but in the end we’re satisfied with the silver medal.

Lackovic is key player of Hamburg and of the Croatian national teamEurohandball.com: How hard was it for you to return into “normal” handball life after such an atmosphere in your home country?

Lackovic: It wasn’t hard. We enjoyed whole January in Croatia, we enjoyed the support of our spectators, of the whole country. Otherwise we were pressurised in Croatia. After this great event I enjoyed the return to Hamburg – and the success in my club.

Eurohandball.com: How was the reception in Zagreb, where you played a few years before changing to Germany?

Lackovic: It was unbelievable. 50,000 people celebrated us in the city centre. We knew this enthusiasm from other events before, but this time it was something very special. In my home town, Novi Marof, 1,000 people gave me a warm welcome when I arrived with my silver medal.

Eurohandball.com: What are the differences between the two handball cities Zagreb and Hamburg?

Lackovic: This is hard to explain. The spectators in Zagreb live for the international matches. 150 fans come to domestic league matches, 10.000 come to CL matches and make a great atmosphere. In Hamburg you have more than 10.000 spectators in the Color Line Arena for every match – either in league, cup or Champions League. The atmosphere is always great.

Eurohandball.com: After last season you changed from Flensburg to Hamburg. How did you settle in to now?

Lackovic: I’m very satisfied, as it is exactly the situation I had expected and hoped for. I play for a fantastic club, I feel very comfortable here. Hamburg is a great city where you have a great number of possibilities to do. Me, my wife and my family have everything we need and want.

Eurohandball.com: Only ten days after the WCh final against France you play with Hamburg on Wednesday against Portland in the Champions League. Your club start with 4:0 points – so will it be easy to qualify for the quarterfinal?

Lackovic: It would be a great mistake if we would think this way. We have to be highly concentrated in the matches against Portland and Chekhov. These are absolute top clubs, so we have to take care – as everything is possible. The only thing that counts is to take enough points to qualify for the quarterfinal.

Eurohandball.com: Last season Hamburg played their first ever season in the Champions League, reached the semi-final against Ciudad Real and closely missed the finals. Does HSV now have more international experience to reach the finals?

Lackovic (smiling): I hope so. But if we talk about the finals, we have to win the semi-finals before.

Eurohandball.com: Do the HSV rank among the favourite teams in CL this season? And what teams are your personal favourites?

Lackovic:Yes, we belong to the group of favourites, but the competition is very strong. Besides HSV, I believe Kiel, Ciudad Real and Zagreb have good chances to win the title. For Barcelona it will be hard, but even they have a chance.

Eurohandball.com: What are your objectives with HSV this season?

Lackovic: It’s very easy: we want to win every match and we don’t talk about objectives right now. Maybe we can win a title this season. Björn Pazen


TEXT: Björn Pazen
 
Share
CONTACT FORM