European Cup-Winner Rhein-Neckar-Löwen joined the complaint, lodged by 16 Bundesliga Clubs against DHB/IHF in April 2013. The next hearing in court is scheduled for 12th March 2014. GB
The ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) with European Handball Federation (EHF) was the major point on the agenda of the 11th FCH General Assembly (GA). The 36 Top clubs from 19 countries, among them 21 VELUX EHF Championsleague (CL) representatives and for the first time the manager of an English Club, London HB, discussed the result of the negotiations between the leadership of EHF and FCH. The GA entitled the board of FCH to sign the ‘MoU’ on basis of the presented results.
The GA discussed the possibility to change the VELUX EHF Championsleague (CL) system for season 2014/15. In order to clarify the conditions for the new system it was proposed to execute a possible change as of season 2015/16.
The 12th GA will take place on occasion of the VELUX EHF Championsleague Final Four in Cologne/GER on 1st June 2014.
The GA advised the General Manager (GM) to work out project for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of FCH to take place on the fringes of the World Championship (WCH) 2015 in Qatar.
18.1.2014 FCH General Assembly supports change of the VELUX EHF Championsleague playing system as of 2015
Basically EHF, Clubs and Leagues agree that the VELUX EHF Championsleague playing system shall be changed. In order to clarify the conditions for the new system, the change shall take place as of season 2015/16. Conditions and the according calendar shall be fixed by EHF in spring 2014 latest.
18.1.2014 FCH General Assembly supports cooperation with Women Top Clubs
On request of the chairman of the Women’s Club Board (WCB) Kay-Sven Hähner, the General Assembly (GA) disussed a cooperation of the leading Men and Women Clubs. It was decided to work out a project for cooperation until the next GA.
18.1.2014 FCH General Assembly decides on a project for emerging clubs
On request of Doukas Handball Club (Athens, Greece) the General Assembly (GA) discussed the question, how to strengthen handball in emerging countries. The Forum Club Handball (FCH) board proposed that every top club shall take a patronat for one emerging club on a voluntarily basis. The emerging clubs may request a patronat at the FCH office. Together the club and FCH shall determine a program, targets and a timeline. The Top club will be provided by decision of the FCH board.
18.1.2014 FCH General Assembly elects Vice-President Joan Marin to become Honorary Member of FCH
During the 11th General Assembly (GA) of Forum Club Handball (FCH) Joan Marin unanimously was elected as Honorary member. The current FCH Vice-President served as GROUP CLUB HANDBALL EEIG (GCH) President from 2006 – 2011. During this time he represented the interests of former CL-Winner BM Ciudad Real. As of the formal foundation of FCH, Joan Marin served as Vice-President of FCH (representative of BM Atletico Madrid). In this capacity he became chairman of the Professional Handball Board (PHB) and member of the Executive Committee of the EHF. Although BM Atletico Madrid is no longer existing, FCH confirmed his office until the end of the current period (June 2014).
According to the FCH statutes Honorary members may have an office at FCH.
The first ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU), signed by the presidents of European Handball Federation (EHF) Thor Lian and Forum Club Handball President Tomaz Jersic on 31st May 2010, expires on 30th June 2014. The presidents of EHF and FCH will meet on the fringes of European Championship in Herning/Denmark in order to renew the agreement. An earlier meeting took place in May 2013 in Nantes/France. For the ordinary General Assembly of FCH the MoU will be the major topic on the agenda on Saturday morning. The MoU describes rights and obligations in the relation between clubs and EHF. 35 FCH member clubs from 19 countries registered for the General Assembly. GB
In June 2012 the International Icehockey Federation (IIHF) organized a workshop with Clubs, Leagues, National Federations and agencies in Barcelona. Target of the Workshop: Development of a project for an Icehockey-Championsleague. Various ideas were collected. After the workshop a working group under the leadership of Szymon Szemberg set up a concept, based on structure and principales of ‘Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basket’.
Shareholders of the ECC are the IIHF (12%), 6 West European Leagues (25%) and 26 clubs (63%). The clubs have to fulfill criteria regarding sportive success, infrastructure, sustainability and shareholder structure. The starting capital of the EEC is 3.3 Mio Euros. 40 Clubs will participate in the new Championsleague. The 26 co-owners and 14 more clubs, qualifying via sportive criteria, will participate in the new competition. Start of the League will be in August 2014, the final will be played in February 2015.
The 26 fixed spots are awarded to: Sweden 6, Finland 6, Chekia 4, Germany 4, Switzerland 4, Austria 2.
Infront is the media and marketing partner of EEC. The agency will produce tv-pictures of all the 149 CL-matches per season.
Clubs of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) will not participate in the new Championsleague. GB
The European Handball family faced a discussion about brutality in Handball during the last days. Origin of this discussion are the brutal scenes of an EHF-Cup match, which were posted on YouTube last Tuesday and reached more than 230.000 views within four days. The actions, shown in this clip, tremendously harm our beloved Handball sport.
The board of Forum Club Handball (FCH) unanimously condemns any kind of brutal and unfair Handball and calls up all players, referees, coaches, officials and fans to support fair and sportive behavior.
EHF is called up to undertake all steps necessary, to avoid scenes like these in the future. (FCH Board)
Brutalität im Handball
Die Europäische Handball Familie sieht sich seit einigen Tagen einer Diskussion über Brutalität im Handballsport ausgesetzt. Den Ursprung für diese Diskussion bilden brutale Szenen aus einem EHF-Cup Spiel, die am letzten Dienstag auf YouTube gepostet und innerhalb von 4 Tagen mehr als 230.000 mal aufgerufen wurden. Die gezeigten Szenen schädigen in höchstem Maße den von uns so geliebten Handballsport.
Der Vorstand von Forum Club Handball (FCH) verurteilt einstimmig jede Art von brutalem und unfairen Handball und ruft alle Spieler, Schiedsrichter, Trainer, Offizielle und Fans auf, faires und sportliches Verhalten zu unterstützen.
Die EHF wird aufgerufen, alle notwendigen Schritte einzuleiten, um eine Wiederholung derartiger Szenen zu verhindern. (FCH Vorstand)
The Landgericht Dortmund court yesterday announced to continue the trial of 16 Bundesliga-Clubs against Deutscher Handball Bund (DHB) and International Handball Federation (IHF) with a meeting on 26thFebruary 2014. Both parties were requested to provide further documents. IHF and DHB shall be adjudged to refrain from obligating the Clubs to second their employed foreign handball players upon demand of their respective national federations for measures of said national federations. GB
According to German www.handballtime.de, the International Handball Federation (IHF) is about to sign a new record contract for period 2014-17. The contract will contain the media rights for 2 Men-, 2 Women- and Junior-World Championships. The offer is expected to be about 100 Mio CHF. According to handballtime.de, 5 offers have been made, one of them by Qatarian Al Jazeera. The IHF will choose the new partner during the upcoming Council meeting, taking place on the fringes of the 2013 World Championship Women, starting next week in Belgrade/Serbia.
According to Spanish MARCA, the FIFA insurance program will pay 20.548 Euros per day for injured Player Sami Khedira to Real Madrid. The payment will start as of day 28 after the accident which happened during the friendly between Italy and Germany last Friday. It is expected that the total amount, paid to the Spanish Top Club, will exceed 2 Mio Euros.
The FCH board met for its ordinary meeting in Spain on 14th of October. The major topic of the agenda was the development of the EHF Championsleague. Together with the guests M. Wiederer/Secretary General EHF and M. Glaser/Head Competitions EHF the board discussed possibilities to improve the product ‘VELUX EHF Championsleague’. Mutual consent was achieved that the quality of the matches/events has to be improved. The participants discussed various options, how to increase the attendance in the arenas and the number of TV viewers. A reduction of the number of participants and a licensing system were discussed. The EHF representatives will evaluate the situation together with sponsors and handling agency. Changes are possible as of season 2014/15.
The internal part of the meeting dealt with the prolongation of the EHF-FCH ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU), the various wishes related to the number of matches to be played in the Championsleague and the upcoming IHF Congress.
FCH Vice-President Joan Marin, elected as board member Atletico Madrid, was confirmed in his office until the end of the current period. He is proposed to be elected ‘Honorary Member’ during the next General Assembly.
The project ‘Partnerships of top and emerging clubs on European level’ was confirmed. It will be on the agenda of the next FCH General assembly, taking place in Copenhagen on 18th January 2014 (for more details visit our page: Next General Assembly).
16 Bundesliga Clubs lodged a complaint against German Handball Federation (DHB) and International Handball Federation (IHF) in April 2013 (see our earlier posts on the issue). On 22nd July 2013 the Landgericht Dortmund court delt with the case and envisaged a decision for 16th October 2013. Today the court postponed the decision without mentioning any reasons until 4th December 2013.