Ideal start for hosts Japan against Argentina

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Opening Match – Ideal start for hosts Japan against Argentina By Chris O’Reilly On an opening day with a packed schedule, a match between 16th and 23rd place at the last World Championship may not appear the obvious choice to highlight, but this was no ordinary occasion. Japan opened the 2019 championship in front of a packed house at Park …

A new bear in town

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Kumamoto Chronicles: A new bear in town By Chris O’Reilly My colleague Peter Bruun paid tribute to former Russia coach Evgeny Trefilov on Wednesday with “You big, roaring bear, I am gonna miss you!” But as we arrived in Kumamoto today, we discovered a new handball bear is here to assume the mantle. Step aside, Evgeny, the beloved local mascot …

Japan 2019 – Group D Preview

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Japan 2019 – Group D Preview The whirl around the four preliminary round groups comes to an end with Group D, home of the host nation Japan. This collection of teams is notable for its two clear favourites, while the other four have a glorious opportunity to jump into the main round. By Chris O’Reilly Top dogs              It is …

Japan 2019 – Group C Preview

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By Chris O’Reilly Japan 2019 – Group C Preview Our build-up to the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 gains momentum as we move on to Group C, featuring rejuvenation, youth, doping drama and debutants from Africa. Tight at the top Watch out Group C, Montenegro are coming to get you! They showed signs of what they were capable of at …

Japan 2019 – Group B Preview

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By Chris O’Reilly Japan 2019 – Group B Preview As we inch ever closer to the beginning of the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019, we continue our look at each of the preliminary round pools with Group B. Reigning champions France are deserved favourites to take maximum points into the main round, but this appears to be the “group of …

Japan 2019 – Group A Preview

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By Chris O’Reilly Japan 2019 – Group A Preview With the Women’s IHF World Championship just days away, we continue our countdown to the event with a look at each of the four groups individually. Each group’s contenders will be placed into different categories, depending on their predicted chances and in Group A, it’s clear to see that two teams …

“I’ll see if I can get one or two punches in on Mollgaard”

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By Chris O’Reilly When Rasmus Boysen’s transfer to Norwegian champions Elverum was announced in the spring, there was plenty of excitement about the prospect of seeing everyone’s favourite handball nerd in VELUX EHF Champions League action, but little did we all know that he would be thrown in at the deep end. After four seasons in Groups C/D, Elverum were …

Player Ratings – Vardar vs Veszprém

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By Chris O’Reilly Vardar found a way to overcome all the odds, fatigue and a larger opposition squad to claim their second title at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in three years with a 27:24 win over Veszprém. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) …

Player ratings – Vardar vs Barca

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By Chris O’Reilly A stunning second half turnaround saw Vardar reach their second final in three years, while Barca suffered VELUX EHF FINAL4 heartbreak yet again in a 29:27 thriller on Saturday evening. Here are the ratings for all players involved and the two head coaches, with everyone rated on a scale from 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best). …