Women’s EHF Cup countdown: Part 1: IK Sävehof (SWE)
Sweden's flagship with the quarter-final in focus
Sweden was the focal point for women’s handball in the previous two weeks, as Gothenburg was the setting for the main round and the final weekend. In the outskirts of Gothenburg, in Partille, the most successful Swedish women’s handball club is located: IK Sävehof.
Since 2009, the club had constantly been Swedish champions and thus EHF Champions League participant. But the team of Henrik Signell surprisingly failed in this season’s race for the main round: A finally clear defeat at Danish side Esbjerg sealed Sävehof’s fate to finish on fourth position of their group, in which besides Krim and Larvik proceeded to the next stage.
This was the first setback for Signell the second one followed right now: As he is parallel coach of the Swedish women’s team, he and some Sävehof players failed on the way to their dream goal, making it to the semi-final of the EHF EURO.
“We have to look ahead for the re-start of the season in January. I hope we will be among the quarter-finalists,” said Signell.
The opponents are quite mixed with another Danish side, Randers, German former Challenge Cup winner Oldenburg and the new faces in European Cup competitions from Nantes in France. “This group is composed by some challenges,” says Signell, who mainly focuses on the home matches in the Partille Arena.
In previous years the list of those leaving Sävehof often included their top stars and key players, as the eight-time Swedish champion club was always an initial launching point for big careers to be continued abroad.
This season is opposite, as national team players Jasmina Roberts (Team Tvis Holstebro) and Johanna Ahlm (FC Midtjylland) return to Sweden from Denmark, and Ida Oden comes back after maternity leave.
IK Sävehof (SWE)
Team captain: Elin Enhörning
TEXT: Björn Pazen / br
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