NEWS REPORT: Perfect timing and extensive media coverage for Berlin
Plethora of stars to be seen in EHF Cup Finals action in over 50 countries
Following a splendid maiden final tournament of the Women's EHF Champions League in Budapest on 3/4 May, the time has come for the second spectacular event of the culmination in club handball's 2013/14 season. Two weeks before the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne, the focus of all handball fans has shifted to Berlin, which hosts the second edition of the EHF Cup Finals.
The throw-off times of the matches do not collide with other major sporting events in Berlin, allowing sports fans not only in the arena, but also at home to watch the EHF Cup Finals games on Saturday without missing the German football cup final later in the evening.
Remarkable TV coverage is guaranteed as the live signal from the Max-Schmeling-Halle will be broadcast in over 50 countries across the European continent an further afield. In addition, many stations will also provide a summarising news coverage.
The list of stations where the TV signal will be available:
RBB – Germany
Even in countries without broadcasters handball lovers will not miss a single minute of Berlin action, as all four matches and at least 240 minutes of top level handball will be available via the online streaming platform of the EHF – ehfTV.
Live commentary by Tom
After having experinced the women's handball highlight at the MVM EHF FINAL4 in Budapest for the first time in his career, another premiere awaits ehfTV commentator Tom O´Brannagain as his voice will guide all handball fans at screens through the EHF Cup Finals. However, it is not going to be an unknown territory for Tom as he knows all four participating teams from the previous seasons of the VELUX EHF Champions League.
Live ticker and live blog
Ever since the group phase, fans have had the opportunity to follow the up-to-the-second statistics from the EHF Cup matches, and the final tournament will be no exception.
Four great teams and plethora of stars
Only big names of continental handball have made it all the way to the final tournament in the Max-Schmeling-Halle as all four teams are regulars in the European top flight – the VELUX EHF Champions League. The event's hosts Füchse Berlin were the part of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in 2012 and are reigning winners of the German Cup. In the semi-final they face Pick Szeged, the Hungarian handball stronghold led by Juan Pastor, who steered Spain to the World Championship title in 2005.
The traditional French powerhouse Montpellier Agglomeration HB won the EHF Champions League in 2003 and are highly touted favourites in Berlin. However, they cannot afford to underestimate the perennial champions of Romania, HCM Constanta.
The player lists of these four teams feature an abundance of stars, including arguably the most decorated player in the history of handball Thierry Omeyer, former Champions League winners Iker Romero and Konstantin Igropulo as well as iconic goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter.
TEXT: EHF / br
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