Germany’s heart sees them edge past Hungary

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Spain 2021 – Germany vs Hungary 25:24 (14:9) By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Germany and Hungary went into Monday night’s Group E finale with perfect winning records, Germany claiming a pair of double-digit victories while Hungary were made to work a bit harder for theirs. This was the first real test of Germany’s credentials as a medal contender, taking …

Kristina Liščević – bridging the gap to Serbia’s new generation

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On Monday afternoon, Serbia’s Kristina Liščević spoke to Chris O’Reilly about her experience at Spain 2021 to date. As one of only five players in the squad with more than 50 caps, the playmaker is a natural leader within the squad and she speaks about how she is finding her way within the new-look setup, having just returned from injury. …

When handball worlds collide

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Spain 2021 – Iran vs Norway 9:41 (3:22) By Chris O’Reilly As I entered the media centre at Pla de L’Arc in Llíria on Friday and cast an eye over the screens showing matches taking place elsewhere, one game stood out among the hammerings being dished out by big-name teams – Romania were beating Iran 19:2 after 27 minutes. Not …

Germany and Hungary tease thrilling group finale

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Spain 2021 – Group E roundup By Chris O’Reilly It’s approaching 17:00 as I head out for a stroll, an hour before Germany take on Slovakia, hoping to soak up some Spanish afternoon sun and pre-match atmosphere. The sun obliges but I am largely alone as the seemingly sleepy town of Llíria is left unattended. I was expecting more from …

Serbia survive opening day nerves

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Spain 2021 – Serbia vs Poland 25:21 (16:13) By Chris O’Reilly Before the Game It was a somewhat fitting opening match for two teams which lie far from the upper echelons of the sport, where they both once dwelled. It has been all downhill for Poland since their consecutive semi-final appearances in 2013 and 2015, failing to progress from the …

Sizing up Spain 2021 

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Preview – 25th IHF World Cup   By Chris O’Reilly    Following in the footsteps of January’s Men’s World Championship in Egypt, the upcoming Women’s IHF World Championship in Spain will take place with 32 teams competing.  Only time will tell whether a tournament of this size and format will work out but it does mean that a traditional look …

Fabulous Foppa delivers double gold for France

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Photo: Franck Fife |Getty Tokyo 2020 Women’s Final – France vs ROC 30:25 (15:13)   By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Another day, another final, another repeat of the Rio 2016 final. A repeat in all but name, of course, as we had the Russian Olympic Committee, rather than Russia, but the spirit and the stars of the team were …

Vincent vanquishes semi-final demons

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Photo: F. Coffrini / Getty Tokyo 2020 men’s semi-final – France vs Egypt 27:23 (13:13) By Chris O’Reilly Before the match France have quietly gone about the business at this tournament, winning their group with relative ease and breezing past Bahrain in the quarter-finals. Egypt had already made history at this event with their masterful performance against Germany in the …