The wings of history

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A personal walk down memory lane inspired by Sunday night´s Group 2 matches at the European Championship. By Peter Bruun I must admit, that to me, it always brings back memories of history – handball and otherwise – when Germany and Russia collide, as they did this evening in Wroclaw’s Centennial Hall. Whenever the two nations meet, my thoughts drift …

Norway – The best team in the world?

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Norway pulled off the biggest sensation at the European Championship defeating the Polish hosts 30:28 By Peter Bruun Some people probably still remember the late Norwegian TV commentator Bjørge Lillelien´s comments, when Norway´s football team won a World Cup qualifier against England 2:1 back in 1981. “Norway are best in the world!  Do you hear me, Margaret Thatcher, you boys …

Slovenia’s EURO demise: The misunderstood genius

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By Nemanja Savic From the widely anticipated dark horse, to kicking a dead horse in a decisive match against Germany, Slovenia’s hopes of progressing far at the EHF EURO 2016 all went to ruin. The penultimate match in the “group of death” will perhaps soon be forgotten, but the wasted chance of “what could have been”, left a bitter taste, …

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Sagosen takes hype easy

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Stregspiller.com talks to Sander Sagosen, Norway’s playmaker who has been called the greatest male handball talent for some time now and a player who almost every European top club wants to sign. By Peter Bruun You put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of any 20-year-old, if you name him the main or key player of your team.  But …

City of Freedom

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A personal account from Gdansk, venue of Group D of the European Handball Championship By Peter Bruun Admit it – you feel the touch of history once you arrive at Gdansk.  You can hardly miss the Lenin shipyard where it all started. The spring of freedom for Poland and for the rest of Eastern Europe back in 1980. The last …

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Quo Vadis Larvik?

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Match of the  Day FTC Railcargo vs Larvik HK 30:27 (19:14) The Result FTC Railcargo won a hard fought match against Norway’s champion, Larvik HK, courtesy of a brilliant performance of Nerea Pena and some spectacular saves of goal-keeper Melinda Szikora when it mattered most. All in all a deserved win. Before the Match Larvik arrived in Hungary’s capital without …

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European Champion – do they really want the title?

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In previous “Olympic” years, France underperformed at European championships as the team apparently was looking forward to the Olympic Games already.  Will the story repeat itself this time? By Peter Bruun  Admittedly, the headline may be a bit provocative.   Probably, any team would want to become European champion if they could and this obviously includes France.   Losing the …

Good, Better, Pineau

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Women’s Champions League – Group 1 Baia Mare vs Fleury Loiret 31:28 (13:15) Before the Match Baia Mare began its Champions League main round campaign with zero points – enough said.  The team of coach Aurelian Rosca would have to win this game to keep a theoretical chance for reaching the Champions League quarterfinals alive.  Fleury Loiret arrived in Romania …