False start

By Sascha Staat When you play against Norway, you can’t allow yourself a false start. But The Netherlands did exactly that and as a consequence the team of Helle Thomsen was down by six goals after ten minutes. The Danish coach had to take her second timeout early in the game, but it was too late already. The poor start decided the match, as Danick Snelder confirmed afterwards in the mixed zone. E… »

“We will be in beast mode against France”

By Sascha Staat Sanna Solberg is not as big a star as Katrine Lunde, Nora Mørk or Stine Oftedal, but she exemplifies why it’s almost impossible to beat the Norwegian national handball team.  Last nigh… »

It’s all about defense

By Sascha Staat Amandine Leynaud has seen it all, mostly though hard defense battles, like the one against Sweden on Friday, in the second semifinal of World Cup’17.  It was close until the end when F… »

Just too slow

By Sascha Staat Two debatable decisions of the referees towards the end of the semifinal against France, may have cost Sweden a gold medal match at the 2017 World championship.  France moved on and will get a chance to play Norway for the title, on Sunday. However, Sabina Jacobsen, the long-time defensive specialist of Team Sweden, didn’t want to blame anybody else. You had a slow start to the gam… »

Norway – in a league of their own

Women´s World Championship Semi-Finals The semi-final day in Hamburg turned another demonstration of Norway´s superiority in women´s national team handball.  The Netherlands were no match for Norway w… »

Norway smashes Russia and Abbingh takes Netherlands to the semis

Women´s World Championship Quarter-finals – Day 2 Norway and the Netherlands are ready for the semi-finals following the last quarterfinals on Wednesday, in Magdeburg. While The Netherlands had plenty… »

“It will be hard for anybody to beat us”

By Sascha Staat When the quarterfinal pairing between Olympic champion Russia and World and European champion Norway became official, handball fans around the world were looking forward to an intense, exciting and possibly epic match between the two rivals. Instead they got a lopsided game which the Scandinavians dominated from beginning to end. The final score of 34-17 was stunning and you have t… »

Abbingh to the rescue

By Sascha Staat Once again Lois Abbingh was named Player of the Match after scoring a whopping 14 goals in the quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic in Magdeburg. Apart from the sharp-shooting… »

Sweden win Scandinavian derby

Women´s World Championship Quarter-Finals – Day 1 Sweden continue to make history at World Cup 2017, heading to their first semi-final ever after defeating Denmark in the Scandinavian derby, in Leipzi… »

“We will do everything possible to win both games in Hamburg”

By Sascha Staat Sabina Jacobsen is one of the veteran players on the Swedish team, the defensive specialist was all smiles after the match against Denmark and a historic win, in the quarter-final of World Cup 2017.  When I talked to her in the mixed zone, she appeared calm and collected, and is looking for something more than just the trip to Hamburg. Could Sweden be the favorite after beating the… »