E Last April the German Bundesliga announced the definitive cancellation of their leagues men's First and Second divisions, proclaiming THW Kiel as champion of the Liqui Moly HBL the team that led the classification of the domestic competition at the time of the cessation of its activity sports due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A month and a half later, the German club celebrated this Thursday its twenty-first title or in the German league, something that has not been achieved since the 2014/15 season . And that this time, you can never forget because of the curious way of achieving it and also of celebrating it. And it is that given the sanitary circumstances, the Kiel carried out a peculiar celebration without fans and by streaming so that they could be participants, even if it was testimonial on the Internet.
It all started with a spectacular entrance by the team bus onto the track of their majestic pavilion, the Sparkassen-Arena from which the Prime Minister would descend German Daniel Gnther with the usual 'salad bowl' as a trophy to hand it over to the captain of the 'Zebras', the Croatian international Domagoj Duvnjak, also chosen 'Best Player' in the Bundesliga.
An austere and celebration out of respect for all victims by the coronavirurs where all the Kiel staff kept the minimum safety distance and wore masks with the colors of the German outfit and plastic gloves . To disguise the coldness of the atmosphere of the soulless stands of the sports venue, only a few of its more than ten thousand seats occupied by officials and members of the press, the club chose to put on party music and not the popular songs of the celebrations and the usual ritual with the champagne .
But despite the lack of such an essential element in the sport as are the fans, some of the players, these dressed in shorts, and the Kiel coach spoke to their fans and the media as part of the party. "We miss our fans, we hope to see you soon!" Commented Czech coach Filip JIcha, named 'Best Coach' of the 2019/20 season in his first campaign at the helm of the Northern Germany team after the departure of the islands Alfred Gislason .