Norway EURO Champion 2014

The Week Of Surprises

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By Peter Bruun Women´s EHF EURO 2014 was probably the most balanced European championship in its history and a multitude of wrong forecasts ahead of the tournament proved that it was also one of the most unpredictable competitions. It was also hard to foresee that the outcome of the tournament would cost Denmark’s head coach his job “Dad, what is …

Kari Alvik Grimsbo

An Inconvenient Truth

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It was only two weeks ago that the prospects of Norway’s “Handballjentene” at the upcoming EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia had reached another low point.  Following the earlier announcements of Anja Hammerseng-Edin and Isabel Blanco to end their respective careers in the national team, Marit-Malm Frafjord’s and Mari Molid’s continued unavailability caused by long term injuries and Katrine Lunde’s …

Ann Mette Hansen

Most Open EURO Ever But Still With Favorites

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By Peter Bruun The EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia seems to be the most equally balanced women´s European Championship ever.  Still, it is possible to point out teams that are somewhat bigger favorites than others and also a few that are expected to leave empty handed at an early stage of the tournament. Denmark´s national coach Jan Pytlick …

Marianne Bonde + Pernille Holst Holmsgaard

Pytlick Seems To Feel Sure About His Girls

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By Peter Bruun The fact that Denmark´s national coach nominates his squad for the upcoming European Championship six weeks before the tournament shows huge confidence in his players. Jan Pytlick has secured Denmark at least one “first place” at the EHF EURO 2014 a long time before the first ball will be thrown in the arenas of Hungary and Croatia. …

Nora Mork

Fjordkraft

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A second women’s EHF Champions League weekend has passed and what used to be a somewhat opaque picture a fortnight ago is slowly gaining some contour and structure. The second round action of handball’s premier club event began Friday night already with Larvik HK visiting the former team of Alina Wojtas, MKS Selgros Lublin in Poland. A quick look at …

Jelena Eric

Jelena Eric – A Serbian Icon

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December 16 – Handball World Cup 2013 has entered its first elimination stage; the Round of Sixteen.  12,000 passionate spectators have made their way to Belgrade’s colossal Kombank Arena in support of the home team versus South Korea.   Match number 70 of the tournament is the last one of the day and the squad from Korea just tied the …

Hajra Gyoer

The Usual Suspects And A Few New Faces

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By Peter Bruun When the Women´s Champions League throws off this weekend, it is generally with the same teams as favorites as in previous years – but a few more or less well known outfits may also have a say. Let it be said from the start: All views and opinions expressed in the following are my own. So you …

SG Flensburg-Handewitt

Open Season

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Once again the 2014/15 Champions League season is upon us – time for a check-up on what you know and what you don’t before teams spring into action and things get serious.

Men At Work

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Following the recent communication of the International Handball Federation (IHF) to not recognize the Oceania Continent Handball Federation (OCHF) and by default withdrawing Australia’s participation at the 2015 World Cup in Qatar while at the same time awarding the vacant slot through a wild card to team Germany, emotions of players, coaches and handball fans around the world have been …