3 things learned during the week: “The EHF poke, the underestimated role of Claar & Nasser”

Matija Gubica and Boris Milosevic. Photo: Mathias Bergeld / BILDBYRÅN

The EHF stings the referees, Felix Claar controls everything in Magdeburg and Miranda Nasser is criminally underestimated – these are 3 things we learned during the week.

The EHF stings “the best referee”

During the week, the European Handball Federation (EHF) announced which referees it had appointed for the men’s EC in Germany in January. Missing from the list are Matija Gubica and Boris Milosevic. Do these names mean anything to you? The two referees were mentioned in the report on possible match-fixing revealed by Danish channel TV2 in January.

This is the first time that the highest ranked duo (according to the EHF) has been excluded from a men’s championship. In 2022 they were named the best referee couple in the world and with this in mind it is of course surprising that they are not allowed to travel to Germany.

At the same time, the EHF denies to TV2 that poke has something to do with revealing suspicions of match-fixing. It’s not a big deal that the EHF acts this way, but it’s easy to read between the lines and understand why the two men are not allowed to referee matches in Germany.

Claar’s big role at SC Magdeburg

Felix Claar.
Photo: Petter Arvidson / BILDBYRÅN

Gisli Kristjansson is injured and has not played yet this season. It is important to start by mentioning this. But the role that Felix Claar played directly in the reigning Champions League champions SC Magdeburg is important. Really big.

Mittnian is behind practically everything in Magdeburg’s offensive play. Everything seems to more or less rely on him, especially because Omar Ingi Magnusson is not at all recognizable compared to how he looked a year ago. Claar directs and sets up and is the one the offensive play depends on. And he delivers. Against Celje there were two goals and eight assists, against Kiel four goals and five assists.

The best Swedish player at the moment? I think so.

Nasser underestimated

Miranda Nasser. Photo: Michael Erichsen / BILDBYRÅN.

Sweden has several skilled goalkeepers who are professionals abroad. The one who gets the most attention is probably Jessica Ryde, but behind them are players like Evelina Eriksson, Irma Schjött and Martina Thörn. Miranda Nasser is a player who is rarely talked about, despite her good results in the Bundesliga since arriving at Leverkusen before last season.

The former Heid goalkeeper started the season brightly and was no exception as Leverkusen roared into the German Cup and knocked out great side Borussia Dortmund. Nasser saved 13 shots in that game, but has been very accurate in many more games than that this season.

Nasser is clearly one of Sweden’s best (and perhaps most underrated) goalkeepers – if you perform at the level she does in a league as strong as the Bundesliga, there is no doubt about the quality that she has in her.

Michael Wilding

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