After a couple of months without handball action, SEHA – Gazprom League got right back where it left off in April. It was a phenomenal first round, as 10 teams put on a show in 5 matches played so far. There are plenty of novelties in the League this season, so let’s get started.
The biggest news definitely includes CSA Steaua Bucuresti, a completely new team and perhaps a bit of a surprise for many handball fans. The Romanian team is a new team in the League, and they have already caused an upset in Round 1, beating Tatran Presov in a big comeback. For the first time, SEHA – Gazprom League crossed the national border and entered Romania, a country with rich handball history. With many people in the stands in Polyvalenta hall in Bucharest, the season opener was a huge success!
Other matches were played in a similar fashion. SEHA – Gazprom League was played for the first time in the legendary ‘Cair’ sports hall in Nis, in a match marked by the return of Veselin Vujovic to the SEHA League. Vujovic, one of the biggest handball legends, wasn’t able to win in his first official match, as his new club Zeleznicar 1949 lost to Vojvodina.
Other matches were also filled with interesting details. The Macedonian derby between Vardar and Metalurg was special for Dainis Kristopans, who became the all-time leading scorer of the SEHA – Gazprom League. The passionate crowd in Ljubuski in Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoyed a very interesting match, as their team, Izvidac returned to the League after a one-year absence. Finally, Nexe fans finally witnessed their team beat PPD Zagreb. A historic match in front of the completely full hall in Nasice was amazing, overwhelmed with emotions.
This was only the first round! With 10 teams, 7 countries, there is much more action coming up in the SEHA – Gazprom League. So, buckle up, don’t forget to be a part of the action and support your team in another exciting season.