Paris vs Kiel

THW KIEL IN BRIEF

Kiel is undoubtedly the best handball team in Germany, if not one of the best handball teams in the world. Since its foundation in 1948, THW Kiel or literally Turnverein Hassee-Winterbek e.V. or, as they are affectionately known, the "Zebras" have established themselves as a formidable national and European opponent with incredible records and iconic players and coaches.
While the team gained national prominence in its early days by winning numerous German league titles, it was in the 1990s with the arrival of Zvonimir Serdarušić that the German team took on a new dimension. Indeed, the former THW Kiel player (1980-1981) and former Paris Saint-Germain coach for three seasons (2015 to 2018), won everything during his time with the German team from 1993 to 2008: 11 national championships, including 6 in a row, 5 German Cups, 5 German Supercups, 1 European Supercup, 3 EHF Cups and 1 Champions League. A great period in which some of our emblematic Red and Blue participated like Thierry Omeyer and Nikola Karabatic (who was named best world handball player of the year in 2007).

Following the departure of Zvonimir Serdarušić, THW Kiel did not stop there and continued to write its glorious history thanks to Alfred Gislason who took over the leadership of the team in 2018. He and his team managed to achieve a historic success !
During three seasons, the Zebras will succeed in winning two Champions League and national titles. The current leaders of the handball section of Paris Saint-Germain (Thierry Omeyer and Daniel Narcisse) experienced an incredible 2012 season where they won the German championship without losing a single point, in addition to the German Cup and the Champions League.

THW Kiel finally found the solution in 2020, defeating Veszprem and FC Barcelona in the Final 4 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Former Red and Blue stalwart Sander Sagosen and his teammates managed to continue the team's winning history as four-time EHF Champions League title holders.

previous encounters

It was during the 2017/2018 edition of the EHF Champions League that PSG Handball and Kiel faced each other for the last time in official competition. 

The Red and Blue won 22-25 in the opening match at the Sparkassen Arena. The two teams will end the group phase with a 29-29 draw in Coubertin.

Players to follow

Duel

NIKOLA KARABATIC

Centre half and left back 11/04/1984
Nikola Karabatic played for THW Kiel for 4 successful seasons. He won the Bundesliga during these 4 German seasons. He also won 3 German Cups and Supercups, as well as a Champions League. At Paris Saint-Germain since 2015, Nikola Karabatic never stops shining under the Red and Blue jersey, remaining champion in Lidl Starligue since his arrival.
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SANDER SAGOSEN

Centre half and left back 14/09/1995
Norwegian prodigy, Sander Sagosen, trained in Charlottenlund, before moving to the rotation of Aalborg Håndbold, where he played for three seasons from 2014 to 2017 and brought out his full talent. During this period, he earned his first national team cap, finished fourth at the European Championship in 2016 and won a silver medal at the World Championship in 2017. Following these early successes, Sander Sagossen joined Paris Saint-Germain and took on a new dimension. During the three seasons from 2017 to 2020, the Norwegian will win national titles such as the Lidl Starligue championship and European and international distinctions such as a bronze medal at the 2020 European Championship and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championship. Sander Sagosen decided to join THW Kiel in 2020 and succeeded in winning his first Champions League title in his first season.

SPARKASSEN ARENA

Opened on June 17th, 1951, as the Osteehalle, the stadium was extensively renovated in the early 2000s and renamed the Sparkassen Arena on January 1st, 2008. With a capacity of more than 10,000 people in match configuration, it is one of the largest venues in Germany.

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24103 Kiel
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Practical information
Located in the city centre of Kiel, the Arena is easily accessible for visitors by car (4 minutes), public transport (7 minutes) and on foot (9 minutes).