Monthly Archives: March, 2011

Date: 2011.03.25 | Category: EHF, IHF | Response: 0

On 22.3.2011 for the first time a working group with EHF, IHF, Club, League, Federation representatives and insurance specialists met in Vienna in order to discuss insurance questions. It was a common understanding that during all National Team matches the player salaries have to be insured in favor of the clubs. The working group has the task to find solutions. GB

Date: 2011.03.24 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

On 29.5.2010 European Handball Federation (EHF) and FORUM CLUB HANDBALL (FCH) signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) – a milestone in the history of the relation between clubs and federations. Now work started to fill the document with content. As one major point a small working group began to develop a program for the education of club managers in Europe. Further details will be submitted. GB

Date: 2011.03.17 | Category: Forum Club Handball, GCH, IHF | Response: 0

On 11.3.2011 the President of the International Handball Federation (IHF), Dr. Hassan Moustafa invited Joan Marin (BM Renovalia Ciudad Real) to the upcoming IHF Congress in Marrakesh. Marin is Vice-President of FORUM CLUB HANDBALL (FCH) and President of GROUP CLUB HANDBALL EEIG (GCH).
For the first time during the presidency of Moustafa a leading club representative is officially invited to the assembly of the highest body in world handball. The invitation is one of the outcomes of the first meeting between FCH and IHF which took place in February 2011. GB

Date: 2011.03.16 | Category: EHF | Response: 0

The ‘Emerging Nations’ wish to play once in two years against the Top Nations as part of the qualification system for European Championships. An according proposal was made on the 28th Feb 2011 to the EHF Presidents Conference, taking place on 29th May 2011 in Cologne. The letter is signed by Luxembourg President Camille Gira and supported from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, England, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Scotland, Great Britain.

‘This would mean two more matches for the Top Nations within two years only’, confirmed Luxembourg Secretary General Arsene Welter. GB

Date: 2011.03.15 | Category: Forum Club Handball, GCH, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The 2nd meeting of the Professional Handball Board (PHB) took place on 9th March 2011 in Vienna. The Vice-President of Forum Club Handball (FCH) (and President of Group Club Handball (GCH)) Joan Marin from BM Renovalia Ciudad Real was elected as chairman of the PHB. The chairman of the PHB has automatically a seat in the Executive Committee of the European Handball Federation (EHF).

From the very beginning of the Club movement it was requested to have a representative in the government of European Handball. After 5 years of work this target has been achieved. Congratulations to all those who contributed to this development! GB

Date: 2011.03.10 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

Wednesday 9 March 2011 – Professional Handball Board (Text:EHF)

The Professional Handball Board (PHB) is a common strategic platform for the key stakeholders within European men’s handball. It is made up of representatives of National Federations, Clubs, European Professional Leagues and Players, with two representatives from each stakeholder group making up the Board. The Chairman of the Professional Handball Board also has a seat on the EHF Executive Committee. 
Present at the second meeting of the PHB on Wednesday 9 March were Morten Stig Christensen / DEN and Philippe Bana / FRA representing the National Federations and the Nations Board, Gerd Butzeck / GER and Joan Marin / ESP representing the Clubs through Forum Club Handball and Reiner Witte / GER and Arne Josefsen / DEN representing the Professional Leagues through the European Professional Handball League Association, which held its inaugural meeting at the end of February 2011.

The final group to join the PHB were the Players, represented in an observer status by Marc-Olivier Albertini, a representative of the European Handball Players Union (EHPU). This followed a coordination meeting the day previously between the EHF and EHPU, in which the approval of the Union’s structure and statutes as well as the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding were discussed.

Representing the EHF Executive Committee were EHF Vice President, Jean Brihault, and Jan Tuik. EHF President, Tor Lian, and EHF Secretary General, Michael Wiederer, were also present in the meeting.

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

The PHB elected a Chairman, Joan Marin / ESP representing the clubs through the Forum Club Handball. Joan Marin will now join the EHF Executive Committee for the coming period. Reiner Witte / GER representing the professional leagues through the European Professional Handball League Association was elected Vice-Chairman of the PHB.

EHF European Championships

The PHB also discussed proposals for changes to the schedule of future EHF European Championships. From the next Men’s EHF EURO in Serbia in 2012 it is proposed that the first two groups would throw off on Sunday, with the next two on Monday. Semi-finals would be played on Friday, Saturday would become a rest day and finals would be played on Sunday. This new match schedule will contribute to a better periodisation of match and rest days for the teams and players.

After clarification with the 2012 organisers, the Serbian Handball Federation, the approval of the optimised schedule will be put to the next meeting of the Executive Committee in Vienna on 8 / 9 April 2011.

In relation to the future of the EHF European Championships and the EURO product, there was an exchange of information about the development of a TV, media and marketing strategy in order to further optimise the product.


The PHB discussed the idea of an overall insurance system for national team players and in particular compensation for the salaries of injured players from a fund. The various options will be evaluated in a workshop in order to create a proposal for the next PHB.

European club competitions

The issue of possible future systems for European Cup and EHF Champions League competitions was raised for the first time. It was agreed that this subject together with the question of playing dates and the overall calendar will be examined in detail through a major study by external specialists of the entire competition system and effects of any changes on the handball market.

Education of handball managers

There was unanimous agreement from those present to introduce an education/further education programme for managers in handball. A concept will be developed by a working group in March in order to present a concept to the EHF Executive Committee.

Additional discussions

The PHB further discussed the issues of communication between stakeholders, the information and decision making process within the EHF structure and also external communications to the handball and media world.

Last but not least the meeting was informed of the outcome of the previous Competitions Commission meeting and the proposals that would be presented to the EHF Executive Committee. There was common agreement that the meeting was conducted in a positive atmosphere.