Kappelin in place in Kristianstad
Written by: Rasmus Boysen
The Swedish goalkeeper of the Spanish vice champions Naturhouse La Rioja, Richard Kappelin, has signed a 3-year contract to replace Montenegrin goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic in IFK Kristianstad after this season.
It has long been in the cards that the Montenegrin goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic would leave IFK Kristianstad after this season. The club now confirms, that Simic is history after this season. The Swedish champions has found the successor. The 33-year-old Swede of the Spanish Champions League club Naturhouse La Rioja, Richard Kappelin, has signed a 3-year contract from next season to the summer of 2020.
"We tried to get Richard home already a few years ago, but he wanted to stay abroad. He has for many years played at a high international level and we are delighted that he has chosen us. He has a high minimum level and after years abroad, it will be fun to see him in the Swedish league again," says sports director Jesper Larsson in a press release.
With his experience is Richard an important piece of the puzzle for the young IFK Kristianstad to take further steps in development.
"I look forward to coming back to the Swedish league again. I've never been in Kristianstad Arena. It was not finished when I played in Sweden. It will be exciting to play in front of the orange crowd. I've heard a lot about the great pressure that is in the arena and it will be fun to experience it. IFK had an incredible development in recent years and it will be fantastic to be a part of it and continue that work," says Richard
Richard Kappelin started his career in Swedish IK Sävehof. He has won the U21 World Championship with Sweden in 2003. He won the Swedish Championship with IK Sävehof in 2004 and since moved to the league rivals Alingsås HK.
In 2010 he started his foreign adventure. He has played in Spanish Cuenca 2016 (2010–2012) and BM Aragón (2012), Qatari Al Gharafa (2013), Danish Aalborg Håndbold (2013–2014), French Sélestat Alsace handball (2014–2015) and from 2015 in Spanish Naturhouse La Rioja.