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15.09.2015, 17:00
The dream that came true
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VELUX EHF Champions League club countdown: 1 day to go - Elverum Handball Herrer (NOR)

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The dream that came true

A six year long wait and their absence is no more - Norwegian handball is back in the VELUX EHF Champions League.

After Fyllingen was the last team to be part of the VELUX EHF Champions League group phase in the 2009/10 season, now Elverum put Norway back on the map after two wins at the qualification tournament in Banja Luka against the OCI Lions (Netherlands) and Alpla Hard (Austria).

Two years ago, the club located close to Hamar and Gjövik failed qualify against Porto after becoming Norwegian champions for the first time, now they made their dream come true, right before the club’s 70th anniversary in 2016.

It is reported that more than 3000 fans came to the outdoor matches in the 1960’s, so Elverum have a long handball tradition.

The mastermind behind the recent success is the only player-coach among the 28 Champions League participants: Swedish playmaker Michael Apelgren.  Apelgren gained Champions League experience in Sävehof, and took over the coaches’ position in 2014 continuing on from current Norwegian national team coach Christian Berge, who is still part of Elverum’s coaching’ staff.

In the 2013/14 season - after coming up short in the Champions League qualification - the biggest international success so far for the almost all-Scandinavian squad was making it to the group phase of the EHF Cup.

Now they hope for more sold-out matches in their arena, when they host their Group D opponents: Metalurg, Skjern, Zaporozhye, Schaffhausen and Baia Mare.

And the Romanian side Baia Mare is part of the success story in the qualification: After one season playing for Baia Mare (like his wife, multiple EHF EURO, double Olympic and World champion Camilla Herrem), Steffen Stegavik returned to Elverum - and was the top scorer in both qualification matches.

Stegavik played in the Champions League before, when he was part of the Drammen squad in the 2008/09 season.

Some of their more experience players like former team captain Leonel Ojala ended their career after becoming champions in spring, so Apelgren’s team is quite fresh.

Now the whole club is eagerly awaiting their first ever Champions League Group Phase match against Swiss champions Schaffhausen.

It is the goal of EHH to “develop the players and to put the club up there with the best names in handball. After our dream came true, we want to make the best of playing in the Champions League.”

Nicolaj Mehl, right back in the squad, and, in addition, part of the club management, hopes that his club can “show Europe that the Norwegian league is better than the people believe. Being part of the Champions League is a really big thing for us and Norwegian handball.

“Though we face really good teams in the group phase, we hope to be lucky enough to cause some surprises on home ground.”

Team captain Morten Nergaard shares those expectations: “We want to make it difficult for all teams to beat us. Our club has dreamt of being part of the Champions League for so many years, so now we are eager to get things started. We have a lot of respect for our opponents and their great players and we are really happy to host them in Norway.”

Elverum Handball Herrer (NOR)

Qualification for the 2015/2016 VELUX EHF Champions League season: Norwegian champions, winner of the Qualification Tournament
Newcomers:  Lars Norberg (Kolstad), David Wattström (Anderstorp SK), Petter Overby (Nötteröy), Jörgen Jansrud (Falk Horten), Steffen Stegavik (Baia Mare)

Left the club: Leonel Ojala (end of career), Henri Auer (end of career), Kjetil Aanestad (end of career), Jörgen Bakke (Varberg), Rolf Sandberg (end of career), Erik Hallberg (Charlottenlund), Martin Karlsson (RP IF Linköping)

Coach: Michael Apelgren (since 2014)

Opponents in the group phase: Metalurg, Skjern, Zaporozhye, Schaffhausen and Baia Mare in Group D

VELUX EHF Champions League records:

Participations (including 2015/2016 season): 2
Qualification (1): 2013/14
Other EC records:
Cup Winners’ Cup:
Quarter-finalist 2010/11

EHF Cup:
Group phase 2012/13

Norwegian champion: 2012/13, 2014/15

Norwegian Cup winner: 2009/10
 


TEXT: Björn Pazen / bc
 
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