Champions League winner SC Magdeburg achieved a hat trick at the Handball Club World Cup. In the German final against Bundesliga table leaders Füchse Berlin, successful coach Bennet Wiegert’s team took the crown for the third time after 2021 and 2022 with a 34:32 (29:29, 13:16) after extra time. The victory in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, brings more than 370,000 euros into the SCM’s coffers.
Albin Lagergren and Janus Smarason each scored seven times in the Füchse goal, while Danish world champion Mathias Gidsel scored nine goals for Berlin. FC Barcelona won the game for third place 33:30 against the top Polish club Industria Kielce with national goalkeeper Andreas Wolff.
“It was a final at eye level,” said Füchse managing director Bob Hanning to the SID: “We now have to lick our wounds and look forward.” In the end, says Henning, the Füchse lacked a bit of strength in extra time: “Nevertheless, it was a great energetic performance from the team.”
After clear victories in the preliminary round against handball lightweights, the SCM won the semi-final against Kielce on Saturday with 28:24, the Foxes defeated record winners FC Barcelona (five titles) with 35:34 after extra time. For the first time there was an all-German final at the so-called IHF Super Globe.
For Magdeburg and the foxes, the hunt for appointments continues without a break. The SCM will face GOG Svendborg from Denmark in the Champions League on Thursday, and the Foxes will face Dinamo Bucharest in the European League on Tuesday.
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