Greek champion lifts EHF Challenge Cup in Switzerland
By George Georgakopoulos
Greek handball earned on Monday its first European title as Diomidis Argous secured the Challenge Cup, the continent’s third-tier trophy.
The Greek champions, a new force in the domestic game, upset favorite Wacker Thun to become the unlikely winner of the two-leg final.
Diomidis had beaten its Swiss opponent 26-23 on May 20 at Loutraki, as its own court at Argos did not comply with European Handball Federation standards.
Monday’s return leg in Switzerland was a nail-biting affair, but the Greeks managed to defend their three-goal advantage as they lost 22-20, to the joy of the 100 or so traveling fans who enjoyed Greek handball’s most glorious moment ever.