“It’s a thin line between heaven and hell”

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Final Countdown – EHF EURO 2022   By J. Schuetz   Up next at the EHF EURO 2022, the dreaded match for 3rd place – the game that no team wants to place.  Yet the 2021 World champions and the reigning Olympic gold medal winners will face each other for a second time at EURO 2022 after their last main …

New names – fresh faces

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EHF EURO 2022 – Media Day   By J. Schuetz   Following the EHF EURO semifinals the next day is usually reserved for an all-in media day at the arena.  This year is no exception. The teams of France, Denmark, Sweden and Spain made themselves available to answer any open questions which remained after two tense semifinals the day earlier. …

Semifinals, a winning culture…and COVID

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By J. Schuetz   BUDAPEST – The dust has settled and the four contestants for a final round of handball at the EHF EURO 2022 are determined.  France and Denmark (top 2 in Group 1) will meet Sweden and Spain (top 2 in Group 2) on Friday at the MVM Dome in Budapest; 5th place will be decided between Norway …

Moving forward

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By J. Schuetz   OPINION – Halfway through EURO 2022 the news of the fast spreading Corona virus among the remaining teams in the competition have become exhausting.  Almost on an a hourly basis new names of players and coaches appear on the quarantine list. The individuals affected have to immediately isolate and stay in their room for at least …

“It’s such a big deal for Dutch handball”

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EURO 2022 Hungary / Slovakia   Interview: Kay Smits (Netherlands) By J. Schuetz   The 2022 European championships have turned into a historic event for the Dutch men’s national handball team.  After two wins in the preliminary round of the competition, the crew of head coach, Erlingur Richardsson, have advanced to the next stage of the tournament. One of the …

“I expected us to be in this situation”

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EURO 2022 Hungary / Slovakia   Interview: Aron Palmarsson and Bjorgvin Gustavsson By J. Schuetz It’s been a while since Iceland showed up as a medal contender at a European championship. Back in 2010 was the one and only time (so far) the team from the North won precious metal. In Austria, coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson led his squad to a …

Fast and Furious

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DELO EHF Champions League 2021/22 Gyoer AUDI ETO vs. Metz HB 39:30 (20:14) By J. Schuetz   Before the Match For both teams it was the first EHF Champions League match in 2022 as the earlier round in January was cancelled for both clubs because of the ongoing repercussions of the Covid pandemic. Gyoer would have to do without goalkeeper …

Concentrated effort power France past Croatia

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EURO 2022 – Croatia vs. France vs Norway 22:27 (11:13) By J. Schuetz   Before the Game The current Covid virus variant, hygiene concepts and an ever increasing number of infected players dominated the weeks and days before the opening round at EURO 2022.  Croatia and France were affected as well.  While Nikola Karabatic (France) recovered in time to be …

“Handball has always been and will continue to be one of the loves of my life”

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By J. Schuetz   Just a week ago the 25th IHF Women’s World Championship came to a close with Norway winning their fourth title after a tense and most entertaining final against the reigning Olympic champions from France. Already during the early rounds of the tournament much of the discussion and analysis had focused on the expanded format of this …