First Highlight of the Season: Pixum Super Cup
As every year, the "strongest league in the world" traditionally opened its season with the Pixum Super Cup. Most recently, the SG Flensburg-Handewitt won the prestige duel, which took place on August 21, 2019 in the ISS DOME Düsseldorf, against its rival THW Kiel in a 7-meter throw. The date for the Pixum Super Cup 2020 has to be postponed to September 26, 2020 due to the Corona Pandemic.
The Corona Pandemic and the Pixum Super Cup 2020
After Handball-Bundesliga GmbH had already dated the first matchday of the 2020/21 season to 1 October this year, the new date for the Pixum Super Cup, with which LIQUI MOLY HBL traditionally opens the new seasons, has now also been fixed. The match between champion THW Kiel and runner-up SG Flensburg-Handewitt is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 26 at 8:30 pm in the ISS DOME in the sports city of Düsseldorf. Further information about the current development can be found here.
The Pixum Super Cup: A complete success
From 2018 to 2020, the Pixum Super Cup will be held in the ISS DOME in Düsseldorf, which has a capacity of over 10,000 spectators. The event premiere, which took place on August 22, 2018, was a great success thanks to the cooperation with the sports city of Düsseldorf. The Super Cup has been a firm fixture in LIQUI MOLY HBL's calendar since 1994. THW Kiel and SG Wallau-Massenheim competed against each other for the debut of the competition. The Super Cup turned out to be a complete success, thrilling the public and bringing handball back into the limelight at the start of the season. Surprise winner of the premiere was SG Wallau-Massenheim, but the opponent from Kiel is still the undisputed record winner. With 20 participations, the Zebras could already lift the cup nine times.
100th north derby in history at the Pixum Super Cup 2019
The Pixum Super Cup 2019 could hardly be surpassed in terms of excitement. The prestige duel between the northern clubs THW Kiel and SG Flensburg-Handewitt went all the way to 7-meter-throwing. Finally, after 28-28 (13-14), the SG won 4-3 after 60 minutes. It was Flensburg's third triumph at the atmospheric season overture after 2000 and 2013. "Three titles in two years is okay," SG coach Maik Machulla said at Sky Sport News HD: "I am happy that we are going home with a positive feeling. It was a game at eye level, in the end, we won happily." Best Flensburg pitcher in front of 9713 spectators in Düsseldorf was Johannes Golla with eight goals. For the German record holder Niclas Ekberg, Magnus Landin and Domagoj Duvnjak each scored five goals in the 100th national derby of the two clubs. A successful start to the 54th season of LIQUI MOLY HBL!
The two clubs will once again face each other in the Pixum Super Cup 2020. Whether or not they will then be back to throwing the 7-metre ball will become clear on September 26 at the ISS DOME in Düsseldorf.
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