Berge with the chess brain of Magnus Carlsen

With tactical skills that remind me of his countryman, triple chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, Christian Berge is leading Norway towards another great achievement at a major championship. By Peter Bruun 2016 ended splendidly for Norwegian sport.  On his 26 years birthday, on November 30, Magnus Carlsen became chess world champion for the third time in succession, and three weeks later, the cou… »

A logical exit – almost

This month 50 years ago, Denmark celebrated their first medal in men´s handball.  The anniversary was “celebrated” with the worst result at a major championship in the past 12 years. Denmark’s prematu… »

Sigurdsson admits mistakes after stunning German exit

Yesterday turned out to be the day of upsets at handball World Cup 2017.  Following Denmark’s defeat by Hungary, Germany wasted a four-goal lead midway through the second half and lost to Qatar, a tea… »

Torgovanov critical of Bonaventura sisters

Russia lost to Slovenia yesterday in a game that started well for the former superpower of handball.  But then the speed and skill of the opponent was just too much to handle and in the end, Vid Kavticnik and Co moved on with a 32-26 victory that looked rather easy after all.  Slovenia will now face either European champion, Germany, or the runner-up of the 2015 World championship, Qatar, in the q… »

Surprising Saudis but no Pro’s

To the surprise of many, Saudi-Arabia did get a chance to make it to the round of the last-16, missing it by a hair.  A good first half against Croatia and a victory against Chile – the team from Sout… »

Sweden can be very dangerous

As usual the national team tournaments are a big summit of former superstars.  I went to Paris this past Monday, to attend the Scandinavian classic between Sweden and Denmark.  As expected the arena w… »

Other nations are closing in

INTERVIEW – There may not be as many titles on the horizon for Norway’s women in the future, as the international top is getting closer all the time, Stine Bredal Oftedal realizes in this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com. Yet, she still expects her country to remain one of the elite nations in the world of women´s handball.  By Peter Bruun After successfully defending their status as Euro… »

Gottfridsson likes Sweden’s path

Sweden is surprising many experts, including former legends like Staffan Olsson, Magnus Wislander or Ljubomir Vranjes.  All of them are working for various television or radio stations as experts and… »

Mikkel Hansen sees room for improvement

Denmark was able to hang on to a win against arch-rival Sweden, on Monday, in Paris, but almost wasted a four-goal lead at half-time.  Danish superstar Mikkel Hansen wasn’t too happy about his team’s… »

Denmark on Nordic handball throne – finally

Even though Denmark have done better than Sweden – almost without interruption – over the course of the past 15 years, the Danes still had trouble with their Scandinavian neighbors in competitive matches.  It finally changed after Denmark´s 27:25 win last night in Paris By Peter Bruun Denmark´s 27:25 victory against Sweden in the Accor Hotels Arena in the eastern outskirts of Paris last night had… »