Romania Supercup – CSM Champions!!

In the Romania handball culture, the matchup between SCM Valcea and CSM Bucharest have a very special meaning. Therefore, I’m very happy to be able to win this title, especially because of the intense competition between the two clubs. In my opinion they are two great team, that play a very interesting type of handball.

CSM Buckarest Champions Supercup 2019
CSM Bucharest – Champions Supercup 2019

A team need to work with creating clear roles, all the time – Players have to be responsible for “how” to play defense and attack. In defense its Linnea Torstensson and Crina Pintea – In attack its Andrea Lekic and Cristina Neagu when she will be back on court .

As I wrote in last post, we pay attention to our Play-book, and we have put a lot of focus to our defense. We execute a classic Scandinavia way of playing 6-0, where Linnea and Crina are taking a great responsible for HOW to behave in the defense. We have so far been practicing this against some CSM Bucharest junior boys and the process had been very good. But some of the things are not in place yet.

By using the sideline system, you can as coach create a lot of awareness and bring focus to very specific behaviors that you want to implement in your team. I think coaches in Sweden in general need to use this tool more, but in preparation but also for feedback. 

When we were in Wittlich and Skövde we used the sideline every day to create focus and correct to our behavior so we find OUR way of playing. It´s very easy for players to fall back into old patterns – which are related to former teams and experience. 

I have to praise the whole CSMB team, leaders and players. With that pressure we have on ourselves, the team prepared and executed this game with a huge effort and great level of competence. 

Talking about energy; the day before Super cup, me as a very proud father, experience my son Sebastian marry his wife Sandra. A great addition to the Ryde family, which also gave a lot of energy!!

Head Coach – CSM Bucuresti

A new organization, new staff, new players – how to do it?

You can never overlook the changes you need to do. First you need to analyze the situation. After a very difficult year for the club, it was more or less a chaotic situation to arrive into. I like challenges, and at my age,  it was time to reduce my time in my companies, both in Serica Consulting and The Clipper Case, and instead – channelize the power to others.

Claudia Constantinescu
Are you satisfied when you practice? Claudia Constantinescu at work

How to approach a new set-up?

 I have a strong belief to work in 3 different frameworks when living as a coach – it’s about Culture, Structure and Concept. – a way of living as a coach. The culture is about mission, vision, and corporate values – so let’s start there. With my new manager Vlad Enachescu there will be a great opportunity to create a more clear culture at CSMB women’s handball – because he has done it before with success . First of all, Vlad understands professional sports after a very long and successful career as a journalist and manager, running a media company. He has in two weeks connected with managers and players – and he provides clear frameworksfor us to work within. 

CSM management team – The operative key

Head Coach – Tomas Ryde, Assistant Coach Adi Vasilie, Goalie Coach Göran Lindsgård, Physical Coach Dragos Luscan.

Medical Department – DR Florin Oancea, Kinetoterapeut Aureliana Gurău and Radu Mihai.

I will tell more about this team in another post. So far it´s just “Bun”

Inclusion – needed for implementation

I gave the players a task to work with a value workshop, which will result in insights as to what’s most important and an understanding of the behavior the team needs for achieving our goal and vision. The values will always be the foundation for the common mind state of the individual and the team. But, there will always be a struggle regarding the culture question – what is right and what is wrong? The culture process is an ongoing matter and as coaches, we have to be actively involved and prioritize the question

Structure – the weakest point

According to my previous experience in Romania as the National Coach, the structure is the weakest point in Romanian sports. Many decisions are made on loose, emotional basis, which at the same time demolish the structure that someone has built up. That means that the existing culture breaks down the structure, which is very often based on short term results – and preferably a good result that should have been achieved yesterday.

So what has to be done about this?

  • Strategic Platform for CSM ( a structure as such)
  • CSM Buckarest play-book – to be continued with new players
  • Clear Roles – leaders and players
  • Make a clear line between the sports- and medical department 
  • Team captains / Playmaker / Defense “General”
  • Number of players in the squad / “Special Positions”
  • A plan for the year – seven periods – that should be broken down to weekly and daily practice 
  • Travel / food / sleep / Equipment / modern supplements
  • A benefit system that keep the culture


To create the CSM Playbook – the starting point has to be what kind of players we have in our team. To make actions related to every players skills and feeling of the way of playing. So we use the 6-0 Scandinavia way of playing and adapt with some stress, press and steal after some weeks. We want to play a powerful handball – and we will start with this in the beginning of Aug.

First, the team will go to Wittlich in Germany for the old classic tournament and then we will practice and play at Skövde in Sweden – and a week later we will go to Brest to play two tough games. When we play games, we evaluate our way of playing and strive for continuous improvement. One part of the concept can you see below .. its about to understand the team development phases.

Team Development

We should reach at least stage 3 before we play Supercup final against SCM Valcea 25 of August.

See you!!

Coach Ryde