FC Barcelona – SG Flensburg-Handewitt : Did you know…?
The Final Four semi-final Champions League showdown between Catalans and Germans is full of interesting stats and facts
FC Barcelona’s handball team have a long history of going up against German teams. The semi-finals of the Champions League will be the fourth match between Barça and Flensburg; the record between the two handball clubs stands at two victories apiece.
Barça’s handball team have played 55 games in Europe against German opposition. They’ve won 27, tied 2 and lost 26. In those games, they scored 1,495 goals and conceded 1,488.
Since the implementation of the Final Four format, Barça have won the three semi-final games its played in Cologne.
In 2010 Barça defeated Chehovskie Medvedi, in 2011 they defeated Rhein Neckar Löwen and in 2013 they defeated Kielce.
FC Barcelona have won 19 European titles: 8 Champions Leagues, 5 Cup Winners’ Cups, 5 European Super Cups and on Copa EHF.
Kiril Lazarov is Barça highest goalscorer with 71 goals this season in European competitions, he’s followed by Nikola Karabatic (63) and Siarhei Rutenka (58).
Flensburg’s highest scorer is Anders Eggert with 65 goals.
The Swedish keeper Mattias Andersen, who came up in FC Barcelona’s youth system in 2001, plays for the German team.
Víctor Tomás and Kiril Lazarov hold the goalscoring record for goals scored in a single Champions League game. Tomás fired for 10 goals against PSG and Lazarov did the same against Rhein Neckar Löwen.
The team have played 25 finals in European competitions, of those they’ve won 19. In the European Cup they’ve featured in 12 finals and won 8.
SG Flensburg qualified for the Final Four after defeating Celje in the Round of 32, and Vadar in the quarterfinals.
Of Barça’s 283 games in the European Cup, 205 ended in victory, 17 in a tie and 60 in defeat. They’ve scored 8,376 goals in the competition and conceded 6,779.