Konstanz – HSG Konstanz is back in the second handball Bundesliga after just one year. So the anticipation is already huge for the eighth season in the world’s strongest second division. The start of the season will be on the weekend of September 2-4, the first home game on September 9-11. September. Before that, the HSG on 27./28. Enter the first round of the DHB Cup in August.
Training start and HSG party on July 9th with the newcomers
The break after the “Miracle of Constance” is short. As early as July 9th, coach Jörg Lützelberger invites the team to the Schänzle sports hall for the start of training after the objection by the Wilhelmshaven HV against the evaluation of the second leg of the final for promotion to the second division has since been rejected by the Federal Sports Court. Eight training sessions plus test matches and tournaments are planned per week from July 9th.
The newcomers will also be there Sebastian Hutecek, Janis Boieck, Louis F.oege such as Gregory Thomann be. The two homegrown players also belong firmly to the second division squad Lars Michelberger and Joel Mauch. Fit is now also a playmaker Christos Erifopouloswho after a long injury break is also a “new signing” and is already looking forward to his first game in HSG uniforms.
The first public appearance of the Bundesliga team will be on July 9th at the Schänzle sports area. As part of the “HSG Festival”, the new team and the newcomers will be presented and a whole day of HSG, sport, community and a cozy get-together will be celebrated together with the fans. The first official date, however, is the DHB cup draw on June 28 from 11 a.m., which will be broadcast live by the Handball Bundesliga. The first round will be played on August 27th or 28th.
Test matches against top-class opponents
Until then, the yellow-blues will be challenged in an intensive preparation, in which they will also have a barbecue or go canoeing together. The friendly matches have not yet been finally scheduled, but the home game on July 22nd at Schänzle against newly promoted third division SG Köndringen-Teningen should be the start.
Participation in the Patrick Lengler Cup of HG Oftersheim/Schwetzingen is already certain. There, as part of the 25th anniversary of the HG, the HSG will meet third division preliminary round champion Rhein-Neckar Löwen II on July 29 at 6 p.m. in Oftersheim. A duel with second division side ThSV Eisenach or the hosts follows in Schwetzingen on July 30th.
Other friendlies are against the Austrian vice-champion HC Hard (August 3), the Swiss vice-champion Pathi Winterthur (August 5 in Konstanz), the first division club Bergischer HC and the Bergische Panther from the 3rd division as part of the season opening of the Unitas Haan on August 12th and 13th and an interlude game on August 19th as part of the Skoda Cup of SV Allensbach against the current Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen.
Second division start at the beginning of September with attractive duels
The weekend of September 2nd to 4th sees the start of the 2nd Bundesliga, the first home game takes place on September 9th and 11th held in September. In the 2nd Bundesliga, the Ukrainian serial champions and potential Champions League starters HC Motor Zaporozhye will be accepted as the 20th team. However, the games are not included in the ranking of the table for promotion and relegation.
The home games of the last nine-time champion and Champions League participant will be played in Düsseldorf. Last day of play will be on June 7, 2023. There is a reunion with the first division relegated HBW Balingen-Weilstetten with Patrick Volz and TuS N-Lübbecke with Tom Wolf as well as the SG BBM Bietigheim with Konstantin Poltrum and Fabian Wiederstein.
In addition, attractive duels against TuSEM Essen with Markus Dangers and Felix Klingler, ThSV Eisenach, HSG Nordhorn-Lingen, TV Hüttenberg, VfL Eintracht Hagen, HC Elbflorenz Dresden, VfL Lübeck-Schwartau, Dessau-Roßlauer HV, Eulen Ludwigshafen, DJK Rimpar, Empor await Rostock, Bayer Dormagen, TV Großwallstadt and VfL Potsdam with Bob Hanning. Two teams are promoted to the 1st Bundesliga, three teams – not including HC Motor Zaporozhye – have to be in the 3rd division at the end of the season.
(Press release: HSG Konstanz)