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Ideas in the handball fight: longer break, smaller league

The dispute over the overload of handball professionals in the top teams of the Bundesliga goes into the next round.

Holger Glandorf by Master SG Flensburg-Handewitt sees the basic problem in the too short summer break.” Since we only have three weeks of vacation –far too little to properly regenerate,”the 35-year-old of the daily newspaper”The World”.

Associations that only complete 34 leagues and are not active internationally or have to suspend national players,”do not see this problem at all,”said the right backroom player. He referred to basketball professionals in the USA who play 80-to-90 games per season. Glandorf: “But they also have a three-month summer break.”

Frank Bohmann, Managing Director of the Federal League HBL, responded in the “Sports Image”: “If the burden is too great for individual players, the cadre must be increased and the time allocated more.” In addition, Bohmann warns against salary cuts among professionals. “If the burden is too great for individual players, the cadre must be increased and the time allocated more.” Ten games less also means 30 percent less money,”he said.

National player Patrick Wiencek of THW Kiel countered:”We are the players, we are on the field. Telling us to give up money is ridiculous. I can understand that some players no longer want to join the Bundesliga.”Wiencek suggested reducing the Bundesliga from 18 to 14 teams or reducing the group games in the Champions League.


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