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SBD Global/April 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

THW Kiel Opposes Proposed Handball Bundesliga Championship Game

The proposed plans of the Handball Bundesliga "to have a championship game at the end of the regular season has encountered resistence from record champion THW Kiel," according to KICKER. Kiel coach Alfred Gislason has made a counterproposal. He said, "As an alternative, I propose to upgrade the Supercup and play it as some sort of final tournament." At such an event, teams could compete for a Champions League spot. Gislason described the idea of a championship game between the first and second place teams after the regular season as "grossly negligent." He said: "It could ruin the league. It would be like if Bayern Munich has a 20-point lead [in the Bundesliga] and all of a sudden has to play a four-team tournament at the end." German national handball team head coach Martin Heuberger has also opposed the introduction of a championship game. The league will decide on the reform plans at its meeting on July 4 (KICKER, 4/11).
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