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They are bitter rivals, do not always wish each other the best, but they need each other. The handball Bundesliga SG Flensburg-Handewitt and THW Kiel celebrate on Wednesday (19.30) an anniversary. 100th Nordderby - and in an exceptional setting: Supercup in Düsseldorf. With the duel champion against cup winners the anniversary is seasoned spicy.
"100th Derby - this is already a house number," says Frank Bohmann, Managing Director of the Handball Bundesliga (HBL) appreciative. "These are two arch rivals who are good for the League." It's about the first title of the season, plenty of prestige and supremacy. "Both have always benefited from the game, fans are getting closer to their teams, emotions are beating faster, new sponsors are getting attention," says HBL President Uwe Schwenker, who has been with the THW himself for many years.
Although the Flensburg won the German championship twice last and have left the THW behind, in the internal statistics of both North German top clubs leads Kiel with 59 wins. The Flensburg have won 35 times, five games ended in a draw. "The Derbys are always outstanding, but the number 100 is a highlight, I was certainly at 70 in any capacity and I'm certainly the Derby record holder currently," says Dierk Schmäschke, Managing Director of SG Flensburg-Handewitt. The 61-year-old swears, "Derby is the best in Europe."
SG Flensburg-Handewitt - THW Kiel: Wednesday, 19.30 clock
With the Supercup both teams want to make a position determination one day before the start of the Bundesliga season. "It's certainly a good test, the preparation is over for both, you can make a mark and see where you stand," said Kiel international Patrick Wiencek, describing the significance of the duel.
Record champion THW is under special observation this season. Reason: Coach legend Alfred Gislason is gone, his student Filip Jicha has taken command at the three-time Champions League winner. "I think everyone who has experienced a Northern Derby knows what we're talking about here, it's always something special, we've always loved it," says Jicha, who was an active THW member seven times German champion and five times each won the DHB Cup and the Supercup.
Kiel and Flensburg push themselves favorites role to each other
In the preparation of the Kiel have already left the muscles: 33:29 against FC Barcelona, 34:30 against Paris St. Germain. Those were only test games, but at least. The yearning for the title is great. "We've been waiting for it for three years, and anyone who has ever seen it knows how beautiful it is, working every day to reach our goal," said Wiencek.
The competition sees the THW in the race for the championship cup ahead. That's only right for the Flensburgers. They also push the archrival's role as favorites, wanting to play for as long as possible. "The loser will say the game was not important, the winner is happy about the first title, that's how it is every year," says SG coach Maik Machulla about the Supercup, putting pressure on his colleague. "I'm curious to see what Filip has already changed everything and what has remained."
Since 1994 the comparison between champions and cup winners has been held. How could it be otherwise, leads the record champion with nine successes in this competition. The TBV Lemgo and the HSV Hamburg (4 each) as well as the Rhein-Neckar Löwen (3) follow.