Qatar 2015 – suddenly so long ago

It wasn’t the first World championship I attended, but the first one I covered as a journalist.  The tournament in Qatar was played just two years ago, but suddenly it seems that a lot more time has passed.  Still, 24 months is nothing, it shouldn’t make that big of a difference anyway.  But for Qatar it really does.  Good news first though, the tandem of Danijel Saric and Goran Stojanovic, b(r)ou… »

Croatia, chaotic and crazy

Do you remember when Ivano Balic totally dominated the world of handball?  When no-look passes to his teammates, made Croatian fans go crazy because of his incredible skills.  When Balic was named MVP… »

Aron Palmarsson

Stopping the decline

When you talk about big handball nations, Iceland used to be one of the first countries on the list, at least about five to ten years ago.  After stunning everyone at the 2008 Bejing Olympics winning… »

Sexy – but just from one side

No, this won’t become some sort of slippery article, drifting towards exotic themes.  Although it would be a quite interesting journalistic tool covering a major sports tournament, but it’s not what I had in mind when I wrote this headline.  It’s what comes to mind when you’re standing in between all the Slovenian players and you take a look to your right – what you see is quite appealing.  There… »

A long, long time ago

Do you remember when Russia used to be a handball super power?  Do you recall the countless battles with Sweden in the 1990’s?  Do you recollect when Vladimir Maximov’s side seemed unbeatable for almo… »

Sweden – better than we think?

After an Olympic failure and the departure of several key players, Sweden is not given much of a chance at the World Championship in France.  However, new shooting stars may prove the critics wrong. B… »

One last, big party

All is set up for a last hooray, a big party in Paris on January 29th.  Today, host France will open the 25th World championship against Brazil in the ArcorHotels Arena, while the whole nation hopes that “Les Experts” – possibly the best generation of handball players ever – will once again show up in the last game of the tournament, and win a record sixth world title.  Making sure that players li… »

No time for transition

When France, Germany and the eventual winner, Denmark, were fighting for Olympic Gold back in August, one major handball power was missing out on the party, Spain.  The 2013 World champion and runner-… »

Danes ready to take role as favorite in France

ANALYSIS – Many experts tend to see Denmark as one of the hottest favorites at the upcoming World Championship in France.  In their final test matches, the Danes have done nothing to prove them wrong.… »

Mustafa

Greed and politics cause German TV-blackout

It happened – finally, some may say. For the first time in history there will be a TV-blackout in Germany, no live broadcast from the 2017 Handball World championship in the most important television market in continental Europe. DKB, a German online bank, has acquired the rights to the tournament and will stream up to 50 matches via internet with the technical assistance of YouTube. So how could… »