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Date: 9/1/2015

Country: Germany

Coach: Erlingur Richardsson 

Key Players: Fredrik Petersen (Left Wing), Petar Nenadic (Centre Back), Jakov Gojun (Defensive Specialist), Silvio Heinevetter (Goalkeeper), Fabian Wiede (Right Back)

Road to Qualification: Wild Card as EHF Cup Winners

History in Tournament: 1997-2014: DNQ 


Füchse Berlin had a strong start to 2015 – after playing in the finals of the 2013/14 EHF Cup and finishing third behind French club Montpellier Agglomeration HB, they defeated HSV Hamburg in an all-German final to claim their first title of this competition in May this year. The win also meant they were awarded a Wild Card spot to participate in their first IHF Super Globe. 

The German club have been on the rise for the last ten years, first earning promotion to the 1st Bundesliga in 2007 then debuting in the VELUX EHF Champions League in 2012. Only a year later they qualified for the FINAL4 event that served as the culmination of the 2011/12 season, finishing fourth, but have been so far unable to repeat that success on Europe’s biggest stage. 

Still they have already had something to celebrate in 2015, and with several changes made to the squad during the off-season, the ‘Foxes’ will arrive in Doha ready to start 2015/16 with a bang. 

Germany head coach Dagur Sigurdsson stepped down from the Füchse Berlin helm to make way for his compatriot and former Iceland assistant coach, Erlingur Richardsson, who transferred to the club from SG Handball West Wien. 

Along with coach Richardsson, several new players join Berlin’s ranks including Croatia national team members Drago Vukovic, coming from TuS N-Lübbecke, and defensive specialist Jakov Gojun transferring from Paris Saint-Germain, and Norwegian Kent Robin Tönnesen. Three young talents – Kevin Struck, Moritz Schade and Fynn-Ole Fritz – have moved up to the senior squad.

Key players that stay with the team from last season include captain Fredrik Petersen, top scorer for Füchse Berlin in 2014/15: Petar Nenadic, and German internationals Silvio Heinevetter and Fabian Wiede.

Berlin have suffered some setbacks in preparation for the 2015 IHF Super Globe – Paul Drux and Mattias Zachrisson both had to undergo surgery on the shoulder and cannot play until the end of the year. Nevertheless the goal for the upcoming season is clear: Füchse want to compete on international level again, and they begin with the tournament in Qatar. 

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