|Full name||Rhein-Neckar Löwen GmbH|
|Nickname (s)||Lions (formerly Kröstis)|
|Founded||2002 from TSG Kronau & TSV Baden Östringen|
|Club colors||yellow blue|
|Hall||SAP Arena , Mannheim|
|executive Director||Jennifer Kettemann|
|DHB Cup||Quarter finals|
group stage (game abandoned on April 24th, 2020)
German Champion 2016 , 2017
DHB Cup Winner
2016, 2017, 2018
|International||EHF Cup winner 2013|
The Rhein-Neckar Löwen are a team in the handball Bundesliga that was founded in 2002 as the SG Kronau / Östringen syndicate and has had its current name since 2007. The lions are at home in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region ; their home venue is the SAP Arena in Mannheim .
TSV Östringen , one of the two predecessor clubs of the Löwen, was founded in 1900 and provided its first handball team in 1927. In 1926 the other predecessor club, the DJK Kronau, with handball as the main sport, was established. This was 1932 Baden and South German champions in field handball . In the semifinals of the German ( DJK ) championship in Dortmund they lost in front of 35,000 spectators - weakened by the injury-related elimination of the goalkeeper - the eventual master DJK Styrum 06 (Mülheim ad Ruhr) with 6:11. Three years later, TSG Kronau was created from the merger of DJK and SV Viktoria in 1904. In 1946, TV Östringen also merged and it was formed from the merger with DJK Östringen of TSV Östringen. This qualified for the first time in 1957 for the final round of the Baden championship, but lost both games and paid a lot of money in the game against SG Leutershausen with a 1:16. TSG Kronau also only came in twelfth and last place in the final round of the Baden Championship in 1965, but improved to eleventh place in the final round of the Baden Championship in the following season.
After the two-track Bundesliga was introduced as the highest German division in the 1966/67 season and the Oberliga Baden began playing as the highest Baden and second-highest German division in the same year , TSG Kronau rose after its first league season. Five years later she failed in the promotion games to the league - in the red sports hall, which was overcrowded with 1,100 spectators, the playoff against SG Walldorf-Astoria was lost 9:11. A year later, however, as a champion of the newly introduced Landesliga Süd, he was promoted to the Oberliga Baden. In 1978 TSV Östringen was promoted to the Oberliga Baden and four seasons later even to the Regionalliga Süd - but two years later they were relegated. In 1985, TSG Kronau was relegated from the Oberliga, while TSV Östringen rose again to the Regionalliga Süd in 1989 - TSG Kronau made it back to the Oberliga Baden for the second time in the same year, and in 1993 TSG Kronau also made it into the Regionalliga South. But two seasons later, TSG Kronau was relegated to the Baden Oberliga. In the same year TSV Östringen reached the 2nd Bundesliga South. In 1996 the B-youth of TSG Kronau celebrated the title of German champion with a final victory over SC Magdeburg . TSG Kronau and HV Bad Schönborn formed a syndicate (HSG) the following year, which was promoted to the Regionalliga Süd in 1999 and in 2000 even reached the 2nd Bundesliga South with the second promotion in a row . In 2002 TSV Baden Östringen failed as runner-up in the 2nd Bundesliga South in the relegation games to the 1st Bundesliga at the North Vice-President Wilhelmshaven HV (21:25, 24:21).
The SG Kronau / Östringen was finally created on July 1, 2002 from the merger of TSG Kronau with TSV Baden Östringen. The home venue was the Rhein-Neckar-Halle Eppelheim . In the next season, the syndicate was promoted to the 1st Bundesliga, but in 2004 the relegation followed, which was remedied in 2005 with the immediate promotion to the 1st Bundesliga. The home games were played in the newly built SAP Arena in Mannheim from the 2005/06 season . In 2006 SG Kronau / Östringen reached the final for the DHB Cup , which was lost to HSV Hamburg at 25:26 . In the following season, SG Kronau / Östringen also made it into the final of the DHB Cup and lost again - with 31:33 against THW Kiel , also because seven out of ten seven meters were awarded and you got a 22:18 lead gave out of his hands. Then the first men's team was officially renamed Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
In 2008, with the finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup , a European Cup final was reached for the first time, in which the Lions were defeated by the Hungarian representative MKB Veszprém KC (32:37, 28:28). In the same season, the A-youth of SG Kronau / Östringen won the German championship with a final victory over JSpG SC Magdeburg / Concordia Staßfurt. After the end of the 2008/09 season , the Rhein-Neckar Löwen took third place in the Bundesliga. The team reached the semi-finals when they first took part in the Champions League . In 2010 the final of the DHB-Pokal was reached again, but for the third time the Rhein-Neckar-Löwen lost, this time against HSV Hamburg with 33:34 (n. V.).
On May 19, 2013, the lions won the EHF European Cup , which was held for the first time , the successor to the EHF Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup . In the final of the Final Four tournament they won against hosts HBC Nantes with 26:24 and thus secured the first title in the club's history.
In the 2013/14 season , the Rhein-Neckar Löwen reached the Final Four of the DHB Cup for the seventh time, where they were defeated by SG Flensburg-Handewitt at 26:30 in the semifinals . In the Champions League, the quarter-finals were reached, where the RNL won the home game against FC Barcelona with 38:31, but lost the subsequent second leg at Palau Blaugrana with 24:31, so they were eliminated due to the away goals rule . In the Bundesliga, the team went into the last matchday as leaders due to the goal difference that was seven goals better than THW Kiel with the same points. They won their game against VfL Gummersbach with 40:35, but because the zebras defeated the Füchse Berlin with 37:23 at the same time , it was only enough for the lions to finish second.
For the season 2014/15 was Nikolaj Jacobsen 's new coach. Again they were runner-up behind the THW Kiel. In the following 2015/16 season , the Rhein-Neckar-Löwen became German champions for the first time. At the end of the season, the team was one point ahead of SG Flensburg-Handewitt and had by far the best goal difference of all teams. In 2016, the lions won the Supercup with a win against SC Magdeburg (27:24) .
In the 2016/17 season, the Rhein-Neckar-Löwen successfully defended their championship title. In 2018 they won the DHB Cup for the first time .
Squad for the 2020/21 season
|No.||Nat.||Surname||position||Date of birth||size||since||Contract until||Last club|
|1||Mikael Appelgren||TW||09/06/1989||1.92 m||2015||2023||MT Melsungen|
|12||Andreas Palicka||TW||07/10/1986||1.89 m||2016||2022||Aalborg Håndbold|
|2||Andy Schmid||RM||08/30/1983||1.90 m||2010||2022||Bjerringbro-Silkeborg|
|3||Uwe Gensheimer||LA||10/26/1986||1.88 m||2019||2022||Paris Saint-Germain|
|6th||Niclas Kirkeløkke||RR||03/26/1994||1.95 m||2019||2021||GOG|
|8th||Romain Lagarde||RL||03/05/1997||1.94 m||2019||2023||HBC Nantes|
|9||Mait Patrail||RL||04/11/1988||2.01 m||2020||2021||TSV Hannover-Burgdorf|
|17th||Jerry Tollbring||LA||09/13/1995||1.82 m||2017||2023||IFK Kristianstad|
|19th||Philipp Ahouansou||RL||05/02/2001||2.03 m||2017||2022||HSG Hanau|
|20th||Ilija Abutović||RL||08/02/1988||2.02 m||2018||2023||RK Vardar Skopje|
|23||Albin Lagergren||RR||09/11/1992||1.86 m||2020||2023||SC Magdeburg|
|24||Patrick Groetzki||RA||07/04/1989||1.89 m||2007||2023||SG Pforzheim / Eutingen|
|27||Jannis Schneibel||RM||07/06/2000||1.90 m||2016||2021||TV Hochdorf|
|32||Alexander Petersson||RR||07/02/1980||1.86 m||2012||2021||Foxes Berlin|
|33||Ýmir Örn Gíslason||KM||07/01/1997||1.92 m||2020||2022||Valur Reykjavík|
|36||Jesper Nielsen||KM||08/30/1989||2.00 m||2018||2021||Paris Saint-Germain|
|65||Lukas Nilsson||RL||11/16/1996||1.92 m||2020||2023||THW Kiel|
|80||Jannik Kohlbacher||KM||07/19/1995||1.93 m||2018||2023||HSG Wetzlar|
|Martin Schwalb||Trainer||05/04/1963||1.94 m||2020||2021|
|Klaus Gärtner||Assistant coach||06/16/1975||1.81 m||2020||ALPLA HC Hard|
|Oliver Roggisch||Sports director||08/25/1978||2.02 m||2016|
Well-known former players
Blocked jersey numbers
Since 2015, the shirt numbers of deserving players have been "blocked", that is, they are no longer given to active players. In memory of these players, banners with the corresponding numbers were placed under the roof of the SAP arena.
|No.||player||Lock year||Game year|
|C.||Nikolaj Bredahl Jacobsen||2019||2014-2019|
|Nikolaj Bredahl Jacobsen||07/01/2014||06/30/2019|
|Pan / Schwarzer||09/24/2008||09/27/2008||1|
|Michael Roth / Rolf Bechtold||07/01/2002||06/30/2004||68|
In addition to the Bundesliga team, 22 other teams are in action in Kronau and Östringen. The 2nd men's team plays in the 3rd League Season South (as of the 2017/18 season), the third in the Baden League and the fourth and fifth in the District League. The women are represented by two teams, one in the regional league and the other in the regional league. Eight male, four female and three mixed teams play in the youth department. The male A, B and C youth play in the respective top division, as do the female B and C youth.
Since 2017, all teams have been competing under the name Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
The fan club is called "Baden Lions" and describes itself as "Supporters of SG Kronau / Östringen". Together with the Kiel “Zebra Sprats”, the “Baden Lions” are the largest fan club in the Handball Bundesliga . The "Baden Lions" are the first official fan club of SG Kronau / Östringen and in April 2010 registered 469 members. For each home game of the 1st team, they create their own hall booklet, the "Yellow Fever", in parallel to the official home game magazine "Löwengebrüll". The number of fan clubs has expanded since the 2014/2015 season. The "Handball Fan Club Löwenzahn eV" as well as the RIED supporters are the two new fan clubs of the Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
- German champion 2016 , 2017
- German runner-up in 2014 , 2015 , 2018
- DHB Cup winner 2018
- DHB Supercup winner 2016, 2017, 2018
- Winner of the EHF European Cup 2013
- Semi-finalist EHF-Pokal 2012
- Reached the EHF Champions League semi-finals in 2009 , 2011
- Finalist European Cup Winners' Cup 2008
- Finalist DHB-Pokal 2006 , 2007 , 2010
- Promotion to the Bundesliga in 2003 , 2005
- German A youth champion 2008
- Highest away win in Bundesliga history: 42:19 at ThSV Eisenach on May 10, 2014
Seasonal balance sheets
|season||Division||space||Gates||Points||DHB Cup||DHB Supercup||Champions League||European Cup|
|2002/03||2. BL South||1||1000:797||60:8||2nd round||-||-||-|
|2003/04||Bundesliga||16||906: 1015||18:50||2nd round||-||-||-|
|2004/05||2. BL South||2||1113:936||57:11||2nd round||-||-||-|
|2006/07||Bundesliga||8th||986: 945||42:26||final||-||-||Round of 16|
|2011/12||Bundesliga||5||1044:953||48:20||Round of 16||-||-||Semifinals|
|2012/13||Bundesliga||3||965: 850||54:14||Quarter finals||-||-||winner|
|2014/15||Bundesliga||2||1093:876||63:9||Semifinals||-||Round of 16||-|
|2015/16||Bundesliga||1||916: 704||56:8||Semifinals||-||Round of 16||-|
|2016/17||Bundesliga||1||1011:840||61:7||Semifinals||winner||Round of 16||-|
|2017/18||Bundesliga||2||1043:838||55:13||winner||winner||Round of 16||-|
|2018/19||Bundesliga||4th||960: 851||50:18||Quarter finals||winner||Round of 16||-|
|2019/20||Bundesliga*||4th||775: 723||34:18||Quarter finals||-||-||Group stage *|
* All competitions ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
Competitions in italics have not yet been played.
Development of audience numbers
* at 12 home games (season canceled prematurely due to the corona pandemic).
The home game of the Rhein-Neckar-Löwen against HSV on the fourth match day of the 2014/15 season was played as part of a handball day on September 6, 2014 in the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt. 44,189 spectators followed this game, which also meant a world record for an indoor handball game. The previous record was set in May 2011. 36,651 visitors had seen the Danish championship final between AG Copenhagen and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg in the Brondby Stadium in Copenhagen .
- Rhein-Neckar Löwen triumph in the EHF-Cup Spiegel online, May 19, 2013, accessed on May 19, 2013
- handball-world.news: Albin Lagergren changes to the Rhein-Neckar Löwen on April 29, 2019, accessed on April 29, 2019
- handball-world.news: Rhein-Neckar Löwen sign Mait Patrail on June 5, 2020, accessed on June 5, 2020
- handball-world: Change perfect: Rhein-Neckar Löwen sign Lukas Nilsson from THW Kiel. Retrieved July 29, 2020 .
- handball-world.news: Guardiola and Timm are coming, duo is going: TBV Lemgo is in the new circular position from November 19, 2019, accessed on November 19, 2019
- handball-world.news: Change confirmed: Mads Mensah Larsen in Flensburg from November 19, 2019, accessed on November 19, 2019
- Löwe strengthens the SG Pforzheim / eutingen from February 29, 2020, accessed on March 16, 2020
- handball-world.news: Steffen Fäth is moving from Rhein-Neckar Löwen to HC Erlangen on May 12, 2020, accessed on May 12, 2020
- training with the Cubs. Retrieved December 22, 2017 .
- My handball ticket: DKB Handball Bundesliga - spectators 2017/18 accessed on September 18, 2018.
- Handball world record: 44,189 spectators at the Löwen victory over HSV . Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, September 6, 2014, accessed on October 1, 2018.