Two weekends ago, I attended my first European Handball match. A teacher organised for all the exchange students living in Flensburg and Kappeln to watch the game together.
The match was between Flensburg-Handewitt and another Handball team, Drott Halmstad from Sweden. Similar to any other sporting match, the atmosphere inside was electric and the arena was alive with spectators barracking for their team, namely Flensburg as it was a home game. I heard continuous cries of: Einmal Flensburg, immer Flensburg! (Once Flensburg, always Flensburg!)
After 60 minutes or two 30 minute halves on court, Flensburg won the match. I have been told that Flensburg has a very successful handball team and I have even heard that they are currently the best in the world.
I have never before watched this sport as it is not commonly played in Australia, and the game is a very different definition of handball to that which I once knew in primary school.
In all, it was a great evening experiencing another small piece of Flensburg culture and a fantastic time spent with other exchange students!