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Handball: FC Barcelona wins a tenth Champions League, a new record

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The Spanish team improves its own record in the competition, thanks to its crushing victory in the final against the Danish club of Aalborg (36-23).

FC Barcelona won a tenth Champions League in handball on Sunday 13 June in Cologne, Germany. The Spanish team improves its own record in the competition, thanks to its crushing victory in the final against the Danish club of Aalborg (36-23). Prior to this success, the last time the Spanish team was crowned champion was in 2015, when they defeated Nantes (31-26) in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Beaten in the final of the 2020 edition by the German club of Kiel, the Catalan giant did not let itself be surprised by Aalborg, a novice at this level of the competition. The Danish team had managed the feat of eliminating Paris-Saint-Germain (35-33) in the semifinals on Saturday, for its first participation in the Final Four.

Raul Entrerrios has a great end to his career

The Blaugrana applied themselves from the first half to take the lead against the Scandinavian team. With its fast game and a solid Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas in the cage, Barça had a five-point lead at the break (16-11). The result of an offensive festival after a good start of the Nordic club.

But Aalborg only managed to keep the ball in play for the first ten minutes. In the second half, the gap continued to grow. The change of goalkeeper from Mikael Aggefors to Simon Gade did not change the game.

It was a fitting end for several pillars of the Spanish club, whose face will change next season. Head coach since 2009, Xavi Pascual will join Bucharest, as the French pivot Cedric Sorhaindo.

The center-half and captain Raul Entrerrios, 40, can end a career full of three Champions League titles with Barça, a world championship title (2005) and two European crowns with Spain.

“The great captain” can be proud of the Blaugrana who have accomplished an exceptional season winning all their matches, except one, the final of the C1 2020, shifted to December due to the health context. “It’s a great pride, because I’ve been chasing the Champions League for five years,” said Dika Mem (2 goals), one of the other members of Barça’s French colony, with Ludovic Fabregas (3) and Timothey Nguessan (6).

PSG in third place

Paris SG, on the other hand, remains at zero. It finished for the fourth time on the third step of the podium by winning against Nantes (31-28). A consolation prize that will not make us forget their disillusionment in front of Aalborg.

“It is sure that it is not for that that we come to the Final Four. But it shows that every time Paris has been able to bounce back after a failure. It’s true that the failure hurt, it was hard to take. It’s a whole season that stops suddenly, while it was feasible”, commented the left winger Mathieu Grébille.

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