THW Kiel

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THW Kiel
Full name Gymnastics Club Hassee-Winterbek e. V. von 1904 (main club)
THW Kiel Handball-Bundesliga GmbH & Co KG (professional handball operations)
Abbreviation (s) THW
Nickname (s) The zebras
Founded February 4, 1904 (main club)
July 1, 1992 (professional handball match)
Club colors black-and-white
Hall Wunderino Arena
Places 10,285
president Olaf Berner
chief Executive Officer Viktor Szilágyi , Sabine Holdorf-Schust
Trainer Filip Jícha
league Handball Bundesliga
rank master
Greatest successes
National German champion
1957, 1962, 1963, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020
German field handball champion
1948, 1950
DHB- Cup winners
1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019
Supercup winners
1995, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2020
International Champions League winner
in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2020
EHF Cup winner
in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2019
European champions
Club World Championship

The gymnastics club Hassee-Winterbek e. V. from 1904 , known as THW Kiel , is a sports club from Kiel . He comes from the originally independent community of Hassee and its district of Winterbek.

The association was founded on February 4, 1904. As a sport, gymnastics was offered for boys and men, and from 1907 girls were also allowed to participate. Handball was played from 1923 , athletics were added in 1926 , occasionally swimming , table tennis in 1949 , badminton in 1959 and tennis in 1972 . THW Kiel has had a kung fu department since 2011 .

The club is best known for its handball department, whose Bundesliga game operations were spun off on July 1, 1992 into THW Kiel Handball-Bundesliga GmbH & Co. KG. The gymnastics club Hassee-Winterbek e. V. von 1904 holds 26 percent of the voting rights there.

The handball department


In 1948 and 1950 the THW Kiel won the German championship in field handball and even before the founding of the handball Bundesliga in 1966, the THW won three German championship titles in indoor handball (1957, 1962 and 1963) and was 18 times in 20 seasons Champion of the top division at the time, the Schleswig-Holstein State League. When the Bundesliga was founded, the THW Kiel was not taken into account as Schleswig-Holstein champion, since the results of the regional championships in 1966 were used, in which the THW at (regional league runner-up) VfL Bad Schwartau had failed. A year later, however, he was promoted to the Bundesliga North. With the exception of the 1973/74 season, THW has always played in the Bundesliga since 1967.

Since 1992, the Bundesliga team has been the THW Kiel Handball-Bundesliga GmbH & Co. KG from the parent club Turnverein Hassee-Winterbek e. V. decoupled from 1904. The home games of the "zebras", as the handball players are called because of their traditional black-and-white striped jerseys, take place in the Wunderino Arena (originally Ostseehalle), which has a capacity of 10,250 spectators. The THW is the only club that has been involved since the single-track Bundesliga was founded. By winning the thirteenth German championship in the 2006/07 season, THW Kiel replaced VfL Gummersbach as the German record champions. Since then, the club has led the all-time table of the handball Bundesliga.

With a total of 43 national titles, THW is the most successful German indoor handball club at national level , ahead of VfL Gummersbach and HC Empor Rostock with 17 national titles each.

1923 to 1945 - first years of the handball division

After young people unsuccessfully applied for the establishment of a football division at the THW at a general meeting in 1923, they looked for alternatives and began playing handball a little later. Since the club did not have its own sports field, it could only play away games at first. The handball division experienced a large increase in membership within a short period of time: in 1926 eight teams took part in the game and in 1931 the Kiel team had the largest division in all of northern Germany with 19 teams. During the same period, the men's, women's and youth teams developed into the more successful in the region. The men reached a national championship within the German Gymnastics Association for the first time in 1932 , but were eliminated in the preliminary round.

Although the association's board of directors still emphasized the “party-political neutrality” of the association and its officials in 1932, after the National Socialists came to power, their political line was adopted within a very short time. In terms of sporting development, the THW initially had to accept two setbacks: On the one hand, many young people left the club, so that the youth department had to be almost completely rebuilt; on the other hand, the gentlemen were not accepted into the new Gauliga. The latter were able to advance to the top division in 1934. Two years later the THW occupied a relegation place there, but after the withdrawal of another Gauligist they were allowed to play a relegation game against Comet Hamburg, which the Kielers won with 12: 8.

Due to a restructuring of the club, which was driven in particular by Fritz Westheider , the athletic rise of the THW began in the following season. In 1937, 1938 and 1939, the Kiel team were each Gauliga runner-up behind Oberalster VfW from Hamburg, and Westheider was their first national team player. During the war years, Gaume championships continued to be played, although the clubs had to play their games with constantly changing lineups. In 1940 and 1943 they were again Nordmark runner-up before the championship and the associated participation in the German championship was achieved for the first time in 1944. There the Schleswig-Holsteiners were eliminated in the round of 16 (the first round) against a Bremen team.

1945 to 1957 - title wins in field handball, first successes in indoor handball

Just a few months after the end of the war, the THW teams were playing friendly games again. Within the first two post-war years, the handball division again experienced a large influx of members, so that in 1947 the THW provided most of the handball teams in the occupation zones of the Western powers. In the same year the Kielers won the Schleswig-Holstein state championship in field handball with a 9: 4 victory over the Flensburger TB and prevailed a little later at the northern championship. In the games for the zone championship in 1947 , in which several teams outside the British occupation zone took part, they were eliminated against the eventual champions RSV Mülheim . A year later, the THW again won the regional championships and was then able to clearly prevail in the quarter-finals (against SG Wilmersdorf ) and semi-finals (against SG Dietzenbach ) of the 1948 interzone championship . On June 21, 1948, the THW met SV Waldhof Mannheim in Oberhausen and won after a 3-2 half-time deficit with 10: 8 against the southern Germans; the first German championship of the THW.

In 1949 the zebras prevailed in the Schleswig-Holstein League without losing points, but had to admit defeat 10: 3 in the final of the northern championship of the SV Police Hamburg and failed again in the semifinals of the following championship finals in 1949 by the Hamburgers. In the following season, the THW suffered significant defeats against the SV Police and ended the season in the newly introduced Oberliga Nord in second place. The team trained by Fritz Westheider qualified for the 1950 finals , which has since been organized by the DHB . With victories against SG Haßloch and Frisch Auf Göppingen , she reached the final for the second time since 1948 and met her northern rival SV Police Hamburg there again. In front of 22,000 enthusiastic spectators in the newly opened Holstein Stadium , the team around players like Hein Dahlinger and Herbert Podolske prevailed 10: 9 and thus won the second championship. In the following year, after a similar situation (the SV Hamburg Police again dominated the Oberliga Nord in front of the THW), the final game of the 1951 German Championship was re-run , which Hamburg won 12: 4 this time.

After they failed to qualify for the final phase of the German championship in 1952, the Kiel team reached the final as the north runner-up in 1953 , in which they met the police sports club from Hamburg for the third time after 1950 and 1951. The third championship title was missed by a 15:19 defeat. Although the Fördestädter won the northern championship between 1954 and 1957 before their rivals and were consequently a favorite for the title, they could no longer qualify for the final.

THW Kiel versus Viktoria Hamburg, final round of the German field handball championship, May 12, 1957

As everywhere in German handball, field handball was initially the more important variant of the sport compared to indoor handball in Kiel in the post-war period; But also in the hall the THW did not remain without success: If the THW was able to qualify for the final tournaments in the hall alongside the then overpowering north German rival of the police sports club from Hamburg, then the club also played "above". At the championship in 1952 , Kiel reached fourth place, the following year at the final tournament in 1953, second place, as well as in 1956 . The first masterpiece in indoor handball was achieved in the 1957 finals , when the THW defeated TC Frisch Auf Göppingen 7: 5 in the final - the cornerstone of the THW's later success story was laid.

1957 to 1990 - end of field handball, indoor handball Bundesliga

Promotion to the Bundesliga, March 17, 1967

Two years after the first indoor championship in 1957, the club made a forward-looking decision that anticipated the further history of handball in Germany as a whole: As one of the first high-class clubs, TV Hassee-Winterbek made a clear distinction between field handball and indoor handball, and in 1959 it formed two separate ones Teams and put the focus on achieving indoor success. In field handball, the THW came to three other finals ( seasons 1958 , 1960 and 1964 ), but were eliminated in each of the round of 16; the era of field handball ended earlier in Kiel than in other handball strongholds.

This reorientation was initially very successful with regard to indoor handball: THW reached the runner-up in the following season, 1960 , followed by the second and third German indoor championships in 1962 and 1963 . At the finals in 1964 in front of their own audience in the Ostseehalle , of all things , the setback came, in the final - as they did against the same opponent in the 1956 final in a game with very few goals - the Berliner SV 1892 4: 3 and again only became runner-up. The team from Kiel could not qualify for the handball Bundesliga , which was newly introduced for the 1966/67 season , but managed to get promoted in the second season. From then on, the THW achieved good placements in the northern season of the Bundesliga (with a one-year break in the 1973/74 season ), but did not reach the finals until the Bundesliga reform in 1977.

After a difficult start in the new single-track Bundesliga - 1977 to 1979 only one point ahead of the relegation rank secured relegation - the club established itself in the top third of the league table since the 1980s. The best placings were the three runner-up championships in the seasons 1982/83 , 1984/85 and 1988/89 , the great success in the form of a championship title was still missing.

1990 to 1993 - establishment of a championship team

In 1990 manager Heinz Jacobsen made what was probably the most important transfer in the club's history. The 26-year-old Swedish world champion and later world handball player of the same year Magnus Wislander was signed by Redbergslids IK . With him, the THW moved into the play-off round of the 1990/91 season , but lost to VfL Gummersbach in the final . In the following season 1991/92 the wings were occupied by Martin Schmidt and Christian Scheffler , both of which were to remain until 2003. Again the team made it to the semi-finals of the play-offs, but failed at the eventual champions SG Wallau / Massenheim . For the 1992/93 season, left winger Uwe Schwenker moved to the managerial post and Thomas Knorr was signed for the backcourt. At the end of the season they only finished seventh in the Bundesliga. The last pieces of the puzzle were acquired for the 1993/94 season. Circle runner Klaus-Dieter Petersen came from Gummersbach and Zvonimir Serdarušić occupied the coaching bench.

1993 to 2008 - era “Noka” Serdarušić

Seasonal balances 1994–2008
season place Gates Diff. Points
1993/94 1. 0757: 0638 + 119 51: 17
1994/95 1. 0719: 0628 + 091 47: 13
1995/96 1. 0751: 0643 + 108 44:16
1996/97 3. 0797: 0716 + 081 38:22
1997/98 1. 0742: 0664 + 078 41:15
1998/99 1. 0847: 0679 + 168 48: 12
1999/00 1. 0917: 0783 + 134 52:16
2000/01 5. 1032: 0912 + 120 53:23
2001/02 1. 0968: 0820 + 148 54: 14
2002/03 6th 0993: 0921 + 072 40:28
2003/04 2. 1105: 0903 + 102 56: 12
2004/05 1. 1117: 0936 + 181 62: 06
2005/06 1. 1217: 0968 + 249 62: 06
2006/07 1. 1237: 0976 + 261 58:10
2007/08 1. 1151: 0926 + 225 61: 07
Gold highlighted: winning the German championship

Under “Noka” Serdarušić , THW Kiel developed into the most successful handball team in Germany. During his tenure, THW won eleven German championships. The highlight was the 2007 season, in which the Kielers celebrated the historic triple with victory in the Champions League, the DHB Cup and the German championship. On June 26, 2008, THW and Serdarušić separated by mutual agreement.

In February 2009, massive allegations were made against the THW and Serdarušić; the trainer and the THW manager Uwe Schwenker are said to have bribed the referees in at least 10 games, including the 2007 Champions League final. The THW denied the allegations, which were raised in particular by the management of the Rhein-Neckar Löwen . On January 26, 2012, Serdarušić and Schwenker were acquitted on all counts by the Kiel Regional Court.

2008 to 2019 - the Alfreð Gíslason era

season place Gates Diff. Points
2008/09 1. 1226: 0955 + 271 65: 30
2009/10 1. 1135: 0865 + 270 62: 60
2010/11 2. 1099: 0875 + 224 55: 13
2011/12 1. 1107: 0809 + 298 68-00
2012/13 1. 1122: 0899 + 223 61: 70
2013/14 1. 1114: 0878 + 236 59: 90
2014/15 1. 1095: 0854 + 241 65: 70
2015/16 3. 0974: 0822 + 152 50:14
2016/17 3. 0960: 0849 + 111 53:15
2017/18 5. 0989: 0854 + 135 49: 19
2018/19 2. 1018: 0806 + 212 62: 60
Gold highlighted: winning the German championship
The THW Kiel team after winning the 2012 Champions League
The 2013 newly signed players Rasmus Lauge Schmidt, Johan Sjöstrand and Wael Jallouz

Alfreð Gíslason took over the position of head coach of Serdarušić in 2008. This season the THW Kiel became German champion with a new record of only three minus points. In the Champions League , the club won all six games in the first group stage. THW Kiel also won the second group phase ahead of BM Ciudad Real and FC Barcelona . The Croatian club RK Zagreb was defeated in the quarterfinals and the Rhein-Neckar Löwen were defeated in the semifinals. The THW also won the first leg of the final, but suffered a defeat in the second leg with a larger goal gap, which made BM Ciudad Real the winner of the Champions League. Finally, the DHB Cup was won with a 30:24 final victory over VfL Gummersbach .

In the 2009/10 season they became German champions for the sixteenth time in the club's history, one point ahead of HSV Hamburg . In the DHB Cup , the champion was eliminated after a 35:28 defeat in the quarter-finals against VfL Gummersbach. In the Champions League , the handball players finished first in the group stage with three minus points in ten games ahead of FC Barcelona. FCK Håndbold was defeated in the second round and the Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the quarter-finals. The Champions League winner was determined for the first time in a Final Four mode. The BM Ciudad Real was defeated in the semifinals with 29:27 and in the final of FC Barcelona with 36:34 and thus won the second Champions League title in the club's history.

The 2010/11 season was less successful. In the Bundesliga you had to let HSV Hamburg go first. In the Champions League , the team won the group stage again in front of Rhein-Neckar Löwen and FC Barcelona, ​​but after winning the round of 16, the club had to admit defeat to eventual winners FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals. The DHB Cup was won for the seventh time with a 30:24 final victory against SG Flensburg-Handewitt . For the first time in the club's history, THW won the club world championship that followed . In Doha won the final against BM Ciudad Real with 28:25, which brought the club 400,000 euros in prize money.

The THW signed no new players for the 2011/12 season . In the DHB Cup , they secured their eighth title with victories over HSV Hamburg and SG Flensburg-Handewitt in the final. The THW also won the Champions League . After the club had completed the group phase first before AG Copenhagen , it prevailed in the round of 16 against Wisła Płock and in the quarter-finals against RK Zagreb , and won the Final Four in Cologne against the Füchse Berlin and against Atletico Madrid . The 2011/12 Bundesliga season was the most successful in the club's history: THW won all of the season's games, making it the first handball team in Bundesliga history to survive a season without losing points. Five games before the end of the season, the club was also confirmed as the new German champions, earlier than any team before. At the end of the season Tobias Reichmann , Henrik Lundström , Daniel Kubeš , Kim Andersson and Milutin Dragićević left the club.

Marko Vujin , Patrick Wiencek , René Toft Hansen , Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson and Niclas Ekberg were newly signed for the 2012/13 season . On September 16, 2012, a series of 40 Bundesliga victories in a row ended with a 26-26 draw at Füchsen Berlin , and on December 9, 2012 a series of 51 league games without defeat with a 25:29 at home against MT Melsungen . In the DHB Cup , they secured their ninth title with victories over MT Melsungen and SG Flensburg-Handewitt in the final. On the 31st matchday, the THW won the 18th German championship prematurely with a 31:25 victory over the Rhein-Neckar Löwen. In the Champions League, the club failed in the semifinals with a 33:39 against HSV Hamburg , and the following game for third place against KS Kielce was just lost with 30:31. At the end of the season, Marcus Ahlm ended his career as a player and switched to the supervisory board of THW Kiel. Thierry Omeyer , Daniel Narcisse and Momir Ilić left the club.

For the season 2013/14 came Wael Jallouz , Johan Sjöstrand and Rasmus Lauge Schmidt new to THW. On December 11, 2013, Kiel was eliminated in the second round of the DHB Cup against the Rhein-Neckar Löwen. It was the first home defeat of the zebras in the DHB Cup in more than 23 years. On the last day of the season, THW won their home game against Füchse Berlin 37:23, while the Rhein-Neckar Löwen tied for points won at VfL Gummersbach 40:35. In the final statement, the zebras won their 19th championship ahead of the Lions (+ 234 goals) due to the two goals better goal difference (+ 236 goals). Marko Vujin was charged with 248 hits, 66 by seven meters , scorer of the Handball Bundesliga . In the Champions League, THW reached the Final Four again. With a 29:26 semi-final victory over the Hungarian club KC Veszprém , Kiel moved into the final for the seventh time, where they were defeated by SG Flensburg-Handewitt with 28:30. At the end of the season, Christian Zeitz left the club after eleven years and followed Momir Ilić to KC Veszprém. Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson and Wael Jallouz moved to FC Barcelona .

In the 2014/15 season , Domagoj Duvnjak and Joan Cañellas from HSV Hamburg and Steffen Weinhold from SG Flensburg-Handewitt joined the zebras. Rune Dahmke , who has played in the youth team at THW since 2008 and who two years before had almost without exception played for TSV Altenholz with double rights , got a professional contract until 2016. At the start of the season, THW won the Supercup against Füchse Berlin with 24:18. As in the previous year, the THW was eliminated against the Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the cup quarter-finals. In Mannheim, the zebras lost on March 4, 2015 with 29:26. In the Champions League, the final 4 was again reached in Cologne. There, Kiel first lost the semi-final 27:31 against MKB-MVM Veszprém from Hungary and then also the game for 3rd place with 28:26 against KS Kielce from Poland and finished fourth. The zebras were more successful in the Bundesliga, where they won the twentieth title in the club's history. After being bottom of the table after the first match day, at the end of the season they had 65: 7 points two points ahead of Rhein-Neckar Löwen (56: 9). Numerous injuries made it necessary to reactivate former players during the season. After both Johan Sjöstrand fell ill and Andreas Palicka was injured, the young goalkeeper Kim Sonne was given the veteran Steinar Ege for a few games. It was also after the cruciate ligament of Dominik Klein with Henrik Lundström a really befindlicher already retired former Kiel committed shortly. After the season, Aron Pálmarsson , one of the central players, moved to MKB-MVM Veszprém after six years of club membership. In addition, all goalkeepers, as well as Rasmus Lauge Schmidt , who had only played in Kiel for two years and never really arrived due to injuries, left the club.

Before the start of the 2015/16 season, captain Filip Jícha also left the club, who moved to FC Barcelona. The most prominent newcomer was goalkeeper Niklas Landin from the Rhein-Neckar Löwen. For the first time since 2003, THW did not win a title in 2016. In the championship you came third; especially the away record with five defeats was unusually bad. In the DHB Cup they were eliminated in the quarter-finals with 27:34 against SG Flensburg-Handewitt. In the Champions League , Kiel finished fourth in the preliminary round, which consisted of only two groups, and then prevailed against Pick Szeged in the round of 16 and defending champion FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals. In the Final Four in Cologne they lost the semi-final against Veszprem with 28:31 after extra time and also the game for third place against Paris St. Germain with 27:29. The season was marked by many protracted injuries to regular players, so that a total of six players were signed up.

Since 2019 - Filip Jícha era

season place Gates Diff. Points
2019/20 1. 0782: 0650 + 132 44: 80
Gold highlighted: winning the German championship

After Alfreð Gíslason retired from THW after the 2018/19 season, the former player Filip Jícha , who previously assisted Gíslason for a year, became the new coach. Right away he won the championship again with the THW after five years , which was ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic . In the Champions League , they qualified as group winners for the Final Four, which was not played until the following season. With Sander Sagosen , a world-class player came from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer . In December 2020, Kiel won the Final Four tournament after victories over KC Veszprém and FC Barcelona (33:28), which had recently won 22 Champions League games in a row and twice against Kiel in the current round.


The THW Kiel championship team, March 10, 1957
The THW Kiel team on August 21, 2011.
The THW Kiel team on August 15, 2010. The injured players Kim Andersson and Daniel Narcisse are missing.
The team of THW Kiel on August 23, 2009 with the Schlecker Cup .
The THW Kiel team on August 12, 2007 with the Schlecker Cup

Squad of the 2020/21 season

(As of December 23, 2020)

No. nation Surname position size Weight Date of birth place of birth Contract
Last club
1 DenmarkDenmark Niklas Landin Jacobsen (C)Captain of the crew goal 2.00 m 102 kg December 19, 1988 Søborg , Denmark 2015 June 30, 2021 Rhine-Neckar lion
16 GermanyGermany Philip Saggau goal 1.90 m 104 kg January 5, 2002 Kiel , Germany
21st GermanyGermany Dario Quenstedt goal 1.93 m 101 kg September 22, 1989 Burg , Germany 2019 June 30, 2022 SC Magdeburg
99 SwedenSweden Mattias Andersson goal 1.85 m 89.5 kg March 29, 1978 Malmo , Sweden SG Flensburg-Handewitt
3 GermanyGermany Sven Ehrig Right winger 1.97 m 94 kg June 26, 2000 Kiel , Germany 2019 June 30, 2022 TSV Altenholz
4th CroatiaCroatia Domagoj Duvnjak (C)Captain of the crew Back center ,
back space left
1.98 m 102 kg June 1, 1988 Đakovo , Yugoslavia 2014 June 30, 2022 HSV Hamburg
5 NorwayNorway Sander Sagosen Back center ,
back space left
1.95 m 95 kg September 14, 1995 Trondheim , Norway 2020 June 30, 2023 Paris Saint-Germain
6th NorwayNorway Harald Reinkind Right back area 1.97 m 102 kg 17th August 1992 Tonsberg , Norway 2018 June 30, 2021 Rhine-Neckar lion
7th DenmarkDenmark Magnus Landin Jacobsen Left winger 1.97 m 92 kg August 20, 1995 Elsinore , Denmark 2018 June 30, 2023 KIF Kolding København
9 SwedenSweden Oskar Sunnefeldt Back left 1.98 m 98 kg April 21, 1998 Mölndal , Sweden 2020 June 30, 2021 SønderjyskE Håndbold
13 GermanyGermany Steffen Weinhold Right back space ,
middle back space
1.91 m 100 kg July 19, 1986 Fuerth , Germany 2014 June 30, 2022 SG Flensburg-Handewitt
17th GermanyGermany Patrick Wiencek (C)Captain of the crew Center of circle 2.01 m 117 kg March 22, 1989 Duisburg , Germany 2012 June 30, 2023 VfL Gummersbach
18th SwedenSweden Niclas Ekberg Right winger 1.91 m 91 kg December 23, 1988 Ystad , Sweden 2012 June 30, 2021 AG København
22nd GermanyGermany Philipp Wäger Left wing , back space left 1.90 m 87 kg February 14, 2000 Hamburg , Germany Handball Sport Club Hamburg
23 GermanyGermany Rune Dahmke Left winger 1.90 m 85 kg April 10, 1993 Kiel , Germany 2012 June 30, 2022 SV Mönkeberg
24 SloveniaSlovenia Miha Zarabec Back center 1.78 m 78 kg October 12, 1991 Novo mesto , Slovenia 2017 June 30, 2021 RK Celje
25th AustraliaAustralia Bevan Calvert Right winger 1.74 m 79 kg April 4, 1986 Sydney , Australia Mecklenburg bulls Schwerin
27 GermanyGermany Malte Voigt Left winger 1.91 m 93 kg 17th January 1993 Husum , Germany 2020 June 30, 2021 TSV Altenholz
28 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Pavel Horák Back left 1.98 m 113 kg November 28, 1982 Přerov , Czechoslovakia 2019 June 30, 2021 Brest GK Meshkov
53 AustriaAustria Nikola Bilyk Back center ,
back space left
1.98 m 104 kg November 28, 1996 Tunis , Tunisia 2016 June 30, 2022 Handball club Fivers Margareten
61 GermanyGermany Hendrik Pekeler Center of circle 2.03 m 102 kg 2nd July 1991 Itzehoe , Germany 2018 June 30, 2021 Rhine-Neckar lion

Additions 2020/21

Departures 2020/21

Well-known former players


(since 1930)

Team captains

(since the 1977/1978 season)


Remarkable and curious

  • From 1978 to the 2004/05 season, THW Kiel consistently had the highest number of viewers of all top division clubs.
  • THW Kiel is the only club that has participated in all rounds of the single-track Bundesliga since 1977/78.
  • Since the beginning of the single-track Bundesliga in 1977/78, THW Kiel has had a positive point ratio against all opposing clubs, except against SG Dietzenbach (10 games: 4 wins - 1 draw - 5 defeats).
  • The THW Kiel holds u. a. the following Bundesliga records:
    • most wins in a row: 40
    • most away wins in a row: 21
    • most undefeated games in a row: 51
    • most undefeated away games in a row: 28
    • Complete calendar year undefeated: 33 games
    • highest-scoring game: 88 goals
    • most goals in a home game: 54:34 against SC Magdeburg
    • most goals in an away game: 47
  • With Magnus Wislander, Henning Fritz, Nikola Karabatić, Thierry Omeyer, Filip Jícha, Daniel Narcisse and Niklas Landin, seven players were selected as world handball players during their time at THW. No other club has had more world handball players so far.
  • In 2007, with the THW Kiel and the SG Flensburg-Handewitt, two teams from one federal state faced each other in a Champions League final for the first time.
  • 2007 and 2012 were the most successful years in the club's history with the Triple Champions League winner, cup winner and German champion.
  • In the election for Team of the Year in 2007, THW took third place (behind the handball and women's national soccer teams , both of which had become world champions in 2007).
  • The THW ended the 2011/12 season with 68: 0 points. This made THW the first and so far only handball team that managed to win every Bundesliga game in one season.

Club records


The team's mascot has been the zebra Hein Daddel since August 26, 1999 . The name comes from the great handball idol Heinrich Dahlinger from Kiel and was decided by the fans in a vote. The figure made of PU foam, in which changing actors are disguised, was developed in the film puppet workshop of Peter Röders .

U 23

The second team of the THW, the U 23 , became champions of the handball Oberliga Hamburg - Schleswig-Holstein in the season 2012/13 and thus rose to the 3rd division , where they played in the north season from the 2013/14 season and relegated again after the 2014/15 season.


Since 2006, the first women's team has been promoted to a division in the handball league Hamburg - Schleswig-Holstein almost every year . There she occupied a relegation place in 2011/12, but reached direct resurgence in the following season as champion of the Schleswig-Holstein League.


The A-youth of the THW Kiel (2014)

The male A-Youth has been playing in the northern season of the newly created A-Youth Bundesliga since the 2012/13 season . After finishing fifth in 2012/13, the team finished third in 2013/14 and 2014/15 . The male B and C youth play in the highest youth division.

The A-youth became German youth champions in 1971. She also won the NOHV Cup in 1995, 1997 and 1998.


  • THW Kiel - "Welcome to the best handball club in the world!" , Documentation, Sky, 2015, 28 min.
  • Erik Eggers, Wolf Paarmann: THW Kiel - The Zebras . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-7307-0137-9 , 238 pp.
  • Erik Eggers: Black and White - The history of the record champions THW Kiel . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-89533-619-5 , 320 pp.

Web links

Commons : THW Kiel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Press release from THW Kiel Handball-Bundesliga GmbH & Co. KG from June 25, 2009, June 25, 2009
  2. Erik Eggers (Ed.): Black and White. The history of the record champions THW Kiel , 2008, page 11/12
  3. Erik Eggers (Ed.): Black and White. The history of the record champions THW Kiel , 2008, page 23/24
  4. Erik Eggers (Ed.): Black and White. The history of the record champions THW Kiel , 2008, pages 27 to 32
  5. Player profile of Fritz Westheider on the homepage of THW Kiel
  6. Erik Eggers (Ed.): Black and White. The history of the record champions THW Kiel , 2008, pages 38 to 47
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