Vardar and PSG lead the pack

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Champions League (M) – Round 8 Round eight in the Men´s Champions League saw ruling champions Vardar Skopje extending their lead in Group A, and so did Paris Saint-Germain in Group B. By Peter Bruun HC Vardar from Skopje and Paris Saint-Germain are running away from the other teams in their respective Champions League groups. Both teams booked crucial wins …

Favorites came through

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Champions League (W) – Round 6 When looking back at the group phase of the Women´s Champions League and the way the main round groups shape up after the last round of play, we have to conclude that the favorites did what was expected of them. But audiences enjoyed a few refreshing surprises along the way. By Peter Bruun This …

Shining (or not)

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By Sascha Staat Don’t worry, this article has nothing to do with Stanley Kubrick’s cinematographic masterpiece dating all the way back to 1980 – so don’t be afraid and keep on reading. What’s ahead is neither shocking nor controversial and it may not be even worth filling a bowl of popcorn. But after half of the matches in the group …

Halfway there

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By Sascha Staat The first half of the 2017/18 Champions League group stage was completed last weekend, a perfect time for a first evaluation of what we have seen, so far. I think it’s fair to say that some teams are struggling, while others are overachieving. And some of the results have been outright shocking, like Kielce’s loss in Brest …

Paris – Finally

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Champions League (M) – Round 7 In the seventh round of the Men´s Champions League group phase, Paris Saint-Germain demonstrated what they are really capable of – finally. The round also showcased an impressive and heroic effort from Rein-Neckar Löwen, and it provided at least one juicy surprise. By Peter Bruun The top match in Group B between Paris and …

Only two tickets left

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Champions League (W) – Round 5 Most pieces of the main round puzzle fell into place, and only two tickets are at stake this coming weekend. This does not mean that the rest of the matches are without importance – to the contrary. By Peter Bruun After five matches we are beginning to see the picture of the two main …

“I play where I make a difference”

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INTERVIEW – Anita Görbicz finds that her new role as left wing – after many years as playmaker – has made her more valuable to Györ. In this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com, she also talks about her team’s injury problems this season, losing two matches in succession and working with foreign coaches. By Peter Bruun You cannot teach an “old …

Academy Awards

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By Sascha Staat When the German handball national team, the so-called “Ladies” of Michael Biegler, played two friendly matches against the Netherlands, in late October, they faced a side of youngsters, as the games were not part of the international calendar.  The main purpose was to celebrate 100 years of handball in Germany, but secondly it was a welcome  preparation …

Henk Groener + “Die Ladies”

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OPINION – Michael Biegler has done well – some would say surprisingly well – during his short spell at the helm of Germany’s women national handball team.  The arrival of Henk Groener after the World Championship has been great news and most importantly, he may bring continuity, an quality that has been eluding Germany´s national squad for so long. By …