Magdeburg claim their first Super Globe title

Magedburg player flanked by officials hold the winning cup

SC Magdeburg claimed their first IHF Super Globe title with a convincing 33:28 win over FC Barcelona, in Saturday night’s final in Jeddah. The win ended Barça’s hold on the title after the current European Champions won the competition three straight times from 2017 to 2019. 

The German club finished the competition with a perfect record, winning all of their four matches.

This was Magdeburg’s only second appearance in the Super Globe, after winning silver almost 20 years ago, in 2002. Barcelona, on the other hand, have won the tournament a record five times.

In the third-place play-off, Danish side Aalborg Håndbold defeated Brazil’s E.C. Pinheiros 34:29 to claim their first medal in the tournament.

Australian club Sydney Uni HC finished the tournament in eighth place, ahead of Saudi team Al Wehda.  Zamalek’s twenty-goal drubbing of Al Wehda, last night, relegated the Saudi team to ninth place, behind Sydney Uni, on goal difference, following the draw between the teams in their previous clash.

This was Sydney Uni’s ninth appearance at the tournament, having represented Oceania every year since 2012. Their best performance was in 2015, when they finished the tournament in 4th place, losing to FC Barcelona in the bronze medal match.

Sydney University is only the second club to represent Oceania at the world tournament for best continental clubs. Australian side Southern Stars represented Oceania in 2010 and 2011.

Final ranking

  1. SC Magdeburg (Germany)
  2. FC Barcelona (Spain)
  3. Aalborg Håndbold (Denmark)
  4. EC Pinheiros (Brazil)
  5. Zamalek SC (Egypt)
  6. Al Duhail SC (Qatar)
  7. Al-Noor (Saudi Arabia)
  8. Sydney University (Australia)
  9. Al Wehda (Saudi Arabia)
  10. San Francisco CalHeat (United States of America)