CSM Bucharest are one step away from qualifying for the Champions League Final Four in women's handball
Bucharest are one step away from qualifying for the Champions League Final Four
in women's handball. On Friday, the Romanian champions will face the Hungarian
side Ferencvaros in Budapest in the second leg of the competition's
quarterfinals. Last week in the first leg, CSM Bucharest defeated Ferencvaros
CSM's Swedish player Isabelle Gullden was the team's top scorer, with 10
goals. CSM got ahead in the match half way into the first period and remained
in the lead for the rest of the match. However, Ferencvaros got dangerously
close a number of times, both in terms of score and their performance on the
pitch. The return match will thus be difficult for CSM, although it will also
be hard for Ferencvaros to make up for the 5-goal difference.
Kim Rasmussen was present at the match in Bucharest. He is CSM's former manager
and played an important role in the team's winning the Champions League trophy
last year in the Final Four tournament in Budapest.
CSM's current manager is the
Swedish coach Per Andre Johansson, who is under contract until summer.
Johansson is one of the most respected managers in women's handball in the
world. He was with the Swedish national team for eight years, four as assistant
coach and another four as head coach. He won the silver medal with the Swedish
side at the European Women's Championship in 2010 and terminated his contract
with the Swedish Federation after the London Olympic Games in 2012.
(Translated by Cristina Mateescu)