No more holidays in January

The German national handball team had taken a “short break” from international tournaments, starting with the 2012 London Olympics, then missing out on EURO 2014 two years later in Denmark and they did not even qualify for the World championship in Qatar either.  A young team full of inexperienced players with a new coach, Dagur Sigurdsson, received a wild card and finished in 7th place.  The resu… »

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 p… »

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 silver, Iceland followed through with a Bronze medal at the 2010 EURO, in Austria.  While Olafur Stefansson was on his way out, Aron Palmarsson was developing into the leader of the team.  But apart f… »

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… »

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. By Peter Bruun Foolowing a disappointing Olympic tournament in Rio, last August, where Sweden had to fly home after the group phase, and things apparently went from bad to worse for “Tre Kronor” during… »

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 t… »

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. By Peter Bruun The Tour Eiffel, L´arc de Triomphe, Louvre – all well-known tourist attractions in Paris.  My personal favorite is the Musée d´Orsay but for the next couple of weeks a new impulse will… »