swarthofole wrote:So a team like Bucharest is unstoppable here and the rest are far behind. This could be a big problem for CSM itself.
With very few exceptional years, this has always been the case with our championship. Before (and I am only referring to the post-1993 era, when the ChL moved towards the pro type of competition it is today), we had Chimistul/Oltchim, then briefly Baia Mare and now Bucharest. This is also the case in most important European leagues: Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia (with the exception last year), Norway, Austria and to some extent Hungary, although the gap between FTC and Gyor does seem a lot smaller than in other cases and the same goes for the gap between FTC and certain other teams.
Denmark, Germany and France do seem to have the most balanced leagues, whereas Russia just changes the flagship team(s) every year. However, until recently even Russia was in the same situation, with some power-house team taking all the NT players, whether it was called Istochnik Rostov, Zvezda, Lada or Dinamo.
For now, this is the model in women handball and Romania certainly makes no exception. So, no panic in this respect. For now...
But teams have to become financially more reliable and depend less on public money if they want to move forward. There are some successful examples in men's handball, but the question is how long it would take to replicate this in women's handball. Bucharest seems to be trying something in that direction and this could help their finance, but I wonder how this would look if the political backing would suddenly disappear and the club management would genuinely have to provide for the team.