Date: 2017.06.07 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

The 17th General Assembly of Forum Club Handball took place on the fringes of the EHF VELUX FINAL4 in Cologne on 4th June. For the first time ever IHF-President Hassan Moustafa attended the club meeting.

He and EHF-President Michael Wiederer took the chance to inform on the latest developments in IHF and EHF.

Moustafa thanked for the invitation and declared that he is always ready to listen to the clubs as the main actors in handball. He made the proposal to add the clubs as stakeholders to the IHF statutes. The proposal was very much appreciated by the participants. According steps will be taken.

Wiederer used the chance to report on the contractual situation in EHF and EHFM. All important contracts expire in 2020. EHF/M is in the process of preparing a tender for the rights (EHF EUROs and Champions League) for the period 2020 onwards. The CL rights shall be sold for a 10-year-period 2020 until 2030. Prior to that decision the MoU between FCH and EHF/M must be negotiated/prolonged accordingly.

The FCH representatives in the various EHF/M bodies reported on their activities in detail.

A group 10 European Top Clubs (Barcelona, Celje, Flensburg, Kiel, Kielce, Kolding-Copenhagen, Montpellier, Schaffhausen, Vardar, Veszprem) presented a concept for a new Champions League system as of season 18/19. Therefore these clubs intend to set up Joint-Venture with International Management Group (IMG). The concept which has been presented to EHF/M in various meetings, foresees that EHF will be the regulatory body, being in charge of refereeing and other important parts. It is the target to establish a real European League with 12 or 14 or 16 teams and a Round-Robin system, followed by Quarterfinals and Final4. Further details and financials were explained to the participants. According to the concept IMG will provide financial guarantees for the next 10 years. The vision is to have a premium product to be presented to the handball fans throughout the whole year.

The assembly discussed the proposal.

The following decisions were taken unanimously:

  1. The MoU between EHF/M and FCH expires in June 2018. The President and the Managing Director of FCH received the mandate to sign a new ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) with EHF, if the FCH Board takes the according decision.
  2. The participants decided to pool the TV, Media- and Marketing rights of all clubs, willing to participatein the top European Handball competitions (currently VELUX Champions League, EHF Cup, Challenge Cup) as of season 18/19 in FCH, in order to transfer these pooled rights jointly to the company/companies in charge of selling TV, Media and Marketing rights (currently EHFM) as of season 18/19.
  3. The President and the Managing Director of FCH received the mandate to sign an agreement with IHF, if the FCH Board takes the according decision.
  4. FCH Honorary member Joan Marin was elected as FCH representative for the ‘Working Group Seeding 17/18’.
  5. FCH will move its office to Luxembourg. Therefore the board of FCH is instructed and authorized to set up a new FCH in Luxembourg as soon as possible in order to guarantee a smooth transition.

The next ordinary General Assembly will take place in Zagreb on 26th/27th January 2018.                                               GB

Date: 2017.05.22 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

Today Women FCH Vice-President Gordana Naceva declared her resignation as Board member. Gordana Naceva expresses her thanks to the Board members for the good cooperation in the past and wishes continued success for the future.

Date: 2017.04.06 | Category: Other Sports, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The UEFA Congress in Helsinki took basic decisions regarding the role of the clubs in the football pyramide. As of now the European Club Association (ECA), the partner organization of FORUM CLUB HANDBALL (FCH) in Football, will have two seats in the UEFA Executive Committee.

In Handball the clubs do not have a direct representation in the EHF Executive Committee, but they are represented via the chairmanship in the Professional Handball Board (PHB). FCH President Xavier O’Callaghan represents the interests of the top European Handball clubs.

UEFA President Ceferin identified a calendar problem in football which he would like to solve by involving FIFA. The ConFedCup and the Club World Championship are not indispensable.

Although the clubs were integrated into the UEFA system, Ceferin stated that the clubs are not the only ones, who care about football. UEFA must be the instance, to look after fair balance inside the football family. UEFA needs to earn money to deliver it to federations and clubs.  

Date: 2017.02.09 | Category: European Handball Manager | Response: 0

Dritter Jahrgang startet im Juli

Zertifikatsstudiengang European Handball Manager als optimale Schnittstelle zwischen Handballsport und Sportmanagement

Köln, 10. Januar 2017

Am kommenden Mittwoch, 11. Januar, beginnt die Handballweltmeisterschaft in Frankreich. Nach dem Gewinn des Europameistertitels im vergangenen Jahr ist Handballdeutschland für das bevorstehende Turnier voller Optimismus. Das deutsche Team muss für sein erstes Gruppenspiel am Freitag ran. Wie sportlicher Erfolg im Handball mit betriebswirtschaftlicher Expertise einhergeht, weiß Henning Fritz, Handballweltmeister von 2007, aus seinem Studium an der Deutschen Sporthochschule Köln. 

Ein wichtiger Schlüssel zum Erfolg könnte für das deutsche Team die große Kontinuität innerhalb der Mannschaft sein. Nicht nur bei der Besetzung des Betreuerstabs und bei der Kaderplanung müssen die Verantwortlichen im Handballmanagement betriebswirtschaftliche Expertise und Fingerspitzengefühl beweisen, auch bei Themen wie Investitionen und Finanzierung sowie bei rechtlichen, medien- und marketingrelevanten Angelegenheiten.

Henning Fritz betont das Zusammenwirken von Management und sportlichem Erfolg: „Das eine kann nicht ohne das andere existieren. Langfristiges und strategisches Planen ist gerade heutzutage die Grundlage für sportlichen Erfolg.“ Auch nach seiner aktiven Karriere hat sich Fritz im Handball breit aufgestellt. Als TV-Experte kann er von seinen Handballerfahrungen berichten, auf betriebswirtschaftlicher Ebene erweiterte er seine Expertise mithilfe des Zertifikatsstudiengangs European Handball Manager, den die Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln in Kooperation mit der European Handball Federation durchführt. Im Zuge der Professionalisierung des Handballsports soll der einjährige berufsbegleitende Zertifikatsstudiengang einer adäquaten handballspezifischen Ausbildung auf Managementebene Rechnung tragen. „Dieser Studiengang bildet die optimale Schnittstelle zwischen dem Handballsport, der mich schon mein Leben lang begleitet, und den aktuellen Anforderungen des Sportmanagements. Für mich war wichtig zu lernen, wie man mit dem sich stetig wandelnden Marktumfeld umgeht“, sagt Fritz.

Jährlich alternierend in deutscher und englischer Sprache angeboten erreicht der European Handball Manager einen großen Adressatenkreis auf internationaler Ebene. Der positiven Resonanz der ersten beiden Jahrgänge in 2015/2016 und 2016/2017 kann auch Fritz sich anschließen: „Durch die praxiserfahrenen Referenten und den ständigen Austausch mit den anderen Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern konnte ich ganz neue Ideen und Sichtweisen auf das umfangreiche Aufgabenfeld des Handballmanagements kennenlernen.“

Der Zertifikatsstudiengang startet im Juli 2017 mit seinem dritten Jahrgang, die Unterrichtssprache ist deutsch. Interessierte können sich vom 15. Januar bis 30. April 2017 bewerben. 

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Date: 2017.02.09 | Category: Forum Club Handball, IHF, WOMEN Handball | Response: 0

IHF-President Hassan Moustafa met with the FCH Presidents Xavier O’Callaghan/FC Barcelona (Men) and Zsolt Akos Jeney/Ferencvaros Budapest (Women) in autumn 2016.

During the meeting the parties agreed to sign an agreement about future cooperation. In the meantime a first draft was produced by the Managing Directors of IHF and FCH. The result will be presented to the General Assemblies of FCH in Budapest (May) and Cologne (June). If the club representatives confirm the content of the agreement, the signing could take place during the next IHF Congress in November 2017.

Date: 2017.02.09 | Category: WOMEN Handball | Response: 0

The working group on Social Media activities decided to inform and involve all clubs all over Europe in regional meetings as follows:

21.3.17 Copenhagen/Hilton (Andersen+Molgaard): DEN, SWE, NOR, FIN, ISL 

23.3.17 Budapest (Andersen+Hähner): HUN, ROM, CZE, SVK, CRO, SRB, MKD, MNE, SLO, TUR  

4.4.17  Düsseldorf/Maritim Airport Hotel (Andersen+Butzeck): GER, NED, POL, AUT, SUI 

6.4.17 Barcelona (Andersen+Cloo): FRA, ESP, POR, ITA 

20.4.17  Moscow/Blu Radisson Airport Sheremetevo (Andersen+Butzeck): BLR, UKR, RUS 

The invitation for the clubs will be delivered mid of February.

Date: 2017.02.09 | Category: WOMEN Handball | Response: 0

Women Forum Club Handball member clubs met on the fringes of the final weekend of the EHF EURO 2016 in Gothenborg. Beside the regular business the clubs decided to start an initiative on unification of the Social Media activities of all European Top clubs. A working group, consisting out of Kay-Sven Hähner/Leipzig, Per-Christian Andersen/Larvik, Jacob Molgaard/Midtjylland, Rene Cloo/Dahlfsen and Philip Poterjakhin will meet in Düsseldorf on 12th January 2017 to work on the issue.

Date: 2016.11.11 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball, GCH, IHF | Response: 0

10th anniversary of Forum Club Handball

The 10th anniversary of FCH was celebrated on the fringes of the ordinary board meetings of the Men’s and the Women’s Forum Club Handball in Spain on 6th November 2016.

FCH President Xavier O’Callaghan welcomed the guests, among them from the International Handball Federation President Dr. Hassan Moustafa, from the European Handball Federation President Jean Brihault and Secretary General Michael Wiederer, from the European Professional Handball Leagues Association President Frank Bohmann, from Euroleague Basketball Elisendra Salrach, from Women’s FCH President Zsolt Akos Jeney and the former FCH Presidents Tomaz Jersic and Joan Marin.

During a reception the guests were interviewed and described their relation to Forum Club Handball. In the following dinner Xavier O’Callaghan highlighted the situation in 2006 which lead to the foundation of the FCH predecessor Group Club Handball. Jean Brihault emphasized the unity of the handball family: There is no ‘you’ and ‘we’, there is only an ‘us’. Hassan Moustafa stressed in his speech the importance of the clubs for the handball system and showed his willingness to communicate with the clubs on a regular basis.  

Date: 2016.10.07 | Category: Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

In 2006 Group/Forum Club Handball was founded by 14 European Top Clubs. The 10th anniversary will be celebrated during the Board meeting in Spain on 6th November 2016.

Among others, the President of the International Handball Federation (IHF) Dr. Hassan Moustafa, the President of the European Handball Federation (EHF) Jean Brihault, the Secretary General of the EHF Michael Wiederer, the President of the European Professional Handball Leagues Association (EPHLA) Frank Bohmann and the President of the European Professional Handball Players Union (EHPU) Marcus Romminger confirmed their participation.

Date: 2016.09.27 | Category: IHF | Response: 0

On invitation of IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa the Presidents of FCH Xavier O’Callaghan/men (accompanied by his Vice-Presidents Bert Servaas and Dierk Schmäschke) and Zsolt Akos Jeney/women visited the IHF headquarter in Basel. The IHF President informed the club representatives about the positive picture of handball during the Olympics in Brazil and about various IHF projects such as the ‘former players project’. The club representatives expressed the wish to base the relation between Clubs and IHF on a contractual basis, as it is common practice in football or between EHF and FCH. The meeting took place in a good atmosphere. Xavier O’Callaghan invited the IHF President to the celebrations on occasion of the 10th aniversary of FORUM CLUB HANDBALL in November 2016.