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Handbollsligan

Who wins the Handbollsligan in Sweden 2018?

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Handbollsligan is the Swedish national handball championship scheduled to set Sweden’s representants in the Champions League and the other European Cups competitions for the 2018-19 season. The league is composed by 14 teams playing against each other 2 times in the regular season. After 26 matches, the best ranked 8 teams qualify for the play-off, which starts with quarterfinal matches. A quarterfinal tie is played using the format “first team to win 3 out of 5 matches”. Quarterfinal draw sees the 4 top ranked teams playing against the teams placed 5th-8th, the matches being randomly drawn. The 4 teams that advance to the semifinals are playing using the same system while the final stage of the competition is consistuted by only one match that decides the winner of the championship.

The current champion of Sweden’s top men handball league is IFK Kristianstad. Ranking first in the regular season and starting the play-off from the number  1 seed spot, the team of Ola Lindgren defeated 3-0 Guif in the quarterfinals and Ystads IF by 3-1 in the semifinal. The final match saw them playing against Alignsas at the Malmo Arena, IFK Kristianstad winning 31-25 in a match led from the start till the end by the now-entitled queen team of Sweden.

For the 2017-18 season, the competitiveness in Sweden will be even better than in the previous season. IFK Kristianstad has already announced the acquisitions of Richard Kappelin (from La Rioja, Spain) and Lasse Olsson (as an assistant coach). To these is adding the extension of contracts that the team already signed with Ola Lindgren (2019, with an option for 2020), Anton Persson (2019), Johannes Larsson (2018) and Philip Henningsson (2019).

Last year’s runner-up will try to achieve better in the upcoming season and there are already few evidence of their intentions. Alignsas will get the service of Gustav Skagerling (who last played for Armadale), Niclas Barud (Frisch Auf! Göppingen, Germany), Mishels Liabø (Kolstad, Norway) and  Andreas Berg (Frisch Auf! Göppingen, Germany). The team also lost an important player, Max Darj, who is going to Bundesliga in the upcoming season.

Lugi HF wants to forget the early exit in the quarterfinal stage of last year’s play-off. The disappointment was huge for the team that ended 2nd in the regular season but the hope for the next season is still there as they signed a contract with Carl Möllerström from IFK Kristianstad, who comes to replace the absence of Simon Jeppsson from the team, a player who signed with SG Flensburg-Handewitt for the next season.

Last season’s semifinalist, IK Sävehof and Ystads IF will be fighting for the title this season too. The team from Sävehof called for and got the services of Johan Jakobsson from SG Flensburg-Handewitt, who is going to be the star of the team for the season which is about to start. On the other hand, Ystads IF has a new team of coaches:  Jerry Hallbäck and Oscar Carlén but they are still to announce any new player for the upcoming season in which they are aiming to at least repeat last year’s performance.