Elverum’s historic clash with PSG chosen as MOTW
In what has been described as the biggest occasion in the club’s 76-year history, Elverum Handball’s home clash against Paris Saint-Germain Handball has been chosen as Match of the Week for the EHF Champions League Play-off first leg.
The game at Terningen Arena on Wednesday 30 March at 18:45 sees perennial contenders PSG travel to Norway on the back of finishing third in a fiercely contested group B.
Their hosts for the first leg, Elverum, endured a difficult start to 2022 but their solid early-season form was enough for them to hold on to sixth place in group A and qualify for the play-offs.
“It gives me goosebumps”
Elverum competed in the play-offs last season, when all 16 teams went through as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but played both legs against Barça away from home.
That makes this experience all the more special for the club as they await their first play-off game at home against a team packed with world-class talent.
“Playing this match is as big as it gets but at the same time, this has been our goal throughout the season, so we are in a way prepared.
“We have made great strides throughout the season and we have worked fantastically well so far. It has yielded results. It is great to meet such a good team, with players you have looked up to as a youngster. Just thinking about playing this game in front of a packed Terningen Arena gives me goosebumps,” Niclas Fingren told the club’s official website.
Match of the Week is streamed live on EHFTV with English commentary from Chris O'Reilly and receives extensive coverage across all EHF Champions League social media channels and on the eurohandball.com live blog.