If you’re a fan of Kiel or Atletico then you’re in luck today because if you’ve got two chances to see your boys on British TV.
The lovely folks at Premier Sports will be showing today’s EHF Champions League group match in full at 4.15pm UK (Sky Channel 428) whereas British Eurosport 2 (Sky 411) will be showing highlights at 11.30pm.
British Eurosport 2 is also your home for the Euro 2012 Daily Show. Throughout the tournament at midnight and 5.45am they will be showing an EHF-produced review of the day’s events. No live coverage that I can see – for that you’ll need to head over to the EHF Euro YouTube channel.
The live internet schedule for the first seven weeks of the men’s EHF Champions League group stage was released this morning. It is one of the pleasures of following handball that Europe’s premier handball tournament can be watched by anybody with an internet connection and the added bonus is that one match per week gets given special status and gets commentary in English provided by the lovably bonkers Tom O’Brainnagan. In addition a sizeable number of games are streamed without commentary both via ehftv.com and Bet365’s live streaming service.
The matches to get the commentary are listed below. Unsurprisingly the matches between Kiel and Madrid will both be shown.
30 September, 5pm UK
Atletico Madrid v THW Kiel
6 October, 4.15pm UK
Pick Szeged v Kadetten Schaffhausen
14 October, 6pm UK
Montpellier v HSV Hamburg
21 October, 6pm UK
Chambery v Kielce
18 November, 5pm UK
Metalurg v Kielce
25 November, 4.15pm UK
SG Flensburg-Handewitt v HSV Hamburg
2 December, 4.15pm UK
THW Kiel v Atletico Madrid
In addition, though perhaps not as exciting is British Eurosport’s schedule. They don’t have anything planned for match days 1 and 3 and for match day 2 will be showing one match on delay at midnight on 7 October (repeated at 10am on the 8th) and for match day 4 there will be a one hour highlights package at 8am on October 22nd. All times UK.
If you want to know more about the EHF Champions League group stage itself see here.
And so after a weekend of some predictability and some drama the final entrants into this season’s EHF Champions League are known: the long road to Cologne and the Velux Final 4 can begin.
The three qualification tournaments didn’t produce close finals: HCM Constanta (Romania), HC Metalurg (Macedonia) and RK Partizan (Serbia) saw off their opponents by an average of ten points. The fourth event, the Wild Card Tournment, did produce a decent contest though as home side Saint-Raphaël Var (France) were pipped in extra time by HSV Hamburg of the Bundesliga. It was tough on the French side, in particular their goalkeeper Yohann Ploquin, who blocked well at crucial moments only to see his outfielders not drill home the advantage. Saint-Raphaël Var had a lead of up to 4 at various points in the second half of normal play and Hamburg were only actually in the lead for the final seconds – taking the game 32:31 with Blazenko Lackovic scoring the winner with his only goal of the match.
There are full details of the groups here and British Eurosport 2 should be showing some games live from late September, in addition to which you should be able to find regular live matches at the EHF’s own site and on Bet365.
British handball fans – both those who discovered the game through the Olympics and those who have been around for a bit longer – will (hopefully) be pleased to know that British Eurosport 2 will be showing this year’s EHF Champions League.
This is the top-tier competition for clubs across Europe that begins with group stages in September and culminates with the Final 4 weekend in May. Last year, THW Kiel won the competition to complete a remarkable treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and EHF Champions League.
Matches will be shown from September onwards. British Eurosport 2 is available on Sky channel 411 and Virgin channel 525 and you can check the listings here.