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SBD Global/October 19, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

German National Coach Wants Handball Bundesliga To Downsize From 18 To 16 Teams

German handball national team Head Coach Martin Heuberger said that he "would welcome the reduction the number of the number of teams in the Handball Bundesliga (HBL)," according to Marc Stevermüer of the MANNHEIMER MORGEN. Heuberger said, "I think, considering the competitive level in league, that it would be possible to reduce the Bundesliga from 18 to 16 teams." Heuberger also said that the Champions League "has been blown up in the last few years." He said, "When I look at some of the results, I ask myself if that many teams deserve to be in the Champions League. Sometimes less is more." The "workload of the national team" was another topic that Heuberger referred to. Heuberger said, "The European Championship qualification process has become more extensive than it was in the past. It doesn't have to be this way. We don't need a European Championship in the same year as the Olympic Games. It can't continue that players return from London and only a few days later the Bundesliga season starts like it happened this year. That's insane" (MANNHEIMER MORGEN, 10/18).
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