Antonio Carlos Ortega

Crunch Time

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Match of the week – in fact, it may have been the game of the EHF Champions League season 2015/16 already – MVM Veszprem vs. SG Flensburg-Handewitt.; the Hungarian Champion and runner-up of the 2015 Final4 in Cologne against the unlikely 2014 winner of handball’s premier competition.  Going into the match Flensburg was riding high following a fantastic win over …

EHF Champions League Trophy

Dreaming In Drammen

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At Drammen HK, a dream is taking shape under the auspices of Norway’s former national goalkeeper Frode Scheie. His expertise is considered indispensable in forming a team that will fight to become a regular in Europe’s League of Champions in the years to come.  Glassverket, Drammen’s premier women handball club, has an opportunity to live that dream much earlier. On …

Tom O'Brannagain

Tom O’Brannagain – Unplugged

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As teams begin preparing for another demanding season in the EHF Champions League we had a chance to catch up with Tom O’Brannagain the outspoken commentator at EHF TV.  He shares his opinion about the new Champions League format, answers the question if Cologne still is the right locale for the men’s Final4 and reveals his fondness for Dutch women’s handball.  …

Anja Hammerseng-Edin

Laszlo Papp

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Laszlo Papp was a Hungarian boxing icon who became the first boxer in Olympic history to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals between 1948 – 1956.  It would be another 20 years before Teofilo Stevenson (Cuba) would accomplish the same outstanding result.  Laszlo died in 2003 and today his name is honoring Budapest’s multipurpose sport arena, hosting site of the …

Viktor Ryabykh

Victor or Villain

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Finally, the women’s MVM EHF Final 4 weekend has arrived.  Can Victor Ryabykh and the team from Volgograd beat Larvik for the first time this season?  

Begonia Fernandez

Vardar 2.0

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It’s only 120 km on E60 from Gyor to Budapest, the capital of Hungary and temporary home of the women’s MVM EHF Champions League Final 4 tournament. But this year, Europe’s dominating women handball team of the previous two seasons will not make the trip. After winning the inaugural Final 4 event in 2014 not much had gone right for …

Qatar 2015

The Sky Is The Limit

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Week number 1 at World Cup 2015 in Qatar has been concluded – time for a provisional appraisal of what has worked and what didn’t, winners and losers and what lies ahead. Much has been said about Qatar’s exceptional sports facilities that were build under anything but outstanding labor conditions.  The buzzwords in connection with the build-up have been dealt …

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 …

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 …