Metz Rising?

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DELO EHF Champions League – Round 5 Match of the Week Metz HB vs. Gyor AUDI ETO KC   By J. Schuetz   Ahead of the Game There are plenty of reasons why the handball powerhouse from Gyor will leave the pitch in Metz as winners, when the two teams meet on Saturday evening at ‘Les Arenes’.  The record speaks …

Burgaard’s buzzer beater makes the difference

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EHF Champions League (Women) Round 4 RK Krim Mercator vs Metz HB 28:29 (17:15)   By J. Schuetz The Result Metz remain unbeaten in the 2021/22 DELO EHF Champions League season courtesy of Louise Burgaard’s buzzer beating goal.  Both teams trailed each other closely for most of the match before the French champions enjoyed the better end. Meline Nocandy (8) …

“We intend to defend our title”

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By J. Schuetz Last year in the midst of the Covid pandemic, three German internationals Julia Behnke, Emily Boelk and Alicia Stolle made their move and joined the Hungarian top club FTC Railcargo for the 2020/21 season. While Behnke opted out of her two-year agreement with the Russian champion, Rostov-Don, Boelk and Stolle left Thueringer HC, the dominating club in …

Open Season

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EHF Champions League (Men) Round 1 Telekom Veszprem vs Paris St. Germain 34:31 (13:17)   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match Europe’s premier handball club competition is back and there is much to look forward to.  Among other reasons a whopping 8.5 Million EURO’s will be at stake for the teams competing in the men’s and women’s 2021/22 EHF …

“A team is a human adventure”

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Photo: F. Coffrini | Getty Media and team reactions following the first Olympic gold medal of the French women’s handball team   By J. Schuetz The sputtering start of the French women’s handball team at the Tokyo Olympics ended on top of the medal podium.  A dream had become reality and the world of handball and beyond paid homage to …

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 …

“We are not going home from here without a medal”

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Photo: Maja Hitij Bronze Medal Match – Norway vs. Sweden 36:19 (19:7)   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match Ahead of the game, Norway’s left-back, Veronika Kristiansen was quoted by saying, “We are not going home from here without a medal.”  A statement which removed any doubts if there were any, how she and her teammates would approach the …

They did it again…

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Photo; B. Carr | Getty Determination and execution take Russia / ROC back to the Olympic final after a hard fought semifinal against Norway.   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match The widely anticipated semifinal would offer Norway a chance to avenge the one-goal loss after extra-time at the Olympic games in Rio 2016. Russia would aim for back-to-back …