Preview – VELUX EHF FINAL4 2020

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By Chris O’Reilly   Will Barça stick to the script for Christmas in Cologne? The VELUX EHF FINAL4 has rarely played out as predicted. In over the years, we’ve seen Hamburg, Flensburg, Kielce, Vardar, Montpellier and Vardar again tear the form book to pieces and claim the title in surprising circumstances. In fact, since 2013, only one team has stuck …

EURO 2020 – The Pandemic Edition

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EURO 2020 – The Pandemic Edition By J. Schuetz By now, the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 is history. It was a remarkable handball tournament in of itself, which took place deep into the Covid-19 pandemic, with Norway pulling out as co-host in the eleventh hour and leaving Denmark as the sole nation to bring the event to life. Organization The …

It will be more than just another game of handball

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By J. Schuetz Germany vs. Netherlands – it will be more than a just another game of handball during the main round of the Women’s EHF EURO 2020. Thus far, both teams have struggled to regain their footing following subpar performances during the group phase of the event. In game one of the main round the Netherlands faced Norway and …

Mid-term report cards – Group B

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By Chris O’Reilly The DELO EHF Champions League has a week off after six rounds filled with entertaining clashes, some surprises and a few too many postponements as Europe’s top 16 women’s clubs come to terms with a new competition format. During this week off, I’ve taken a look at each team and rated their season so far, taking into …

Mid-term report cards – Group A

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By Chris O’Reilly The DELO EHF Champions League has a week off after six rounds filled with entertaining clashes, some surprises and a few too many postponements as Europe’s top 16 women’s clubs come to terms with a new competition format. During this week off, I’ve taken a look at each team and rated their season so far, taking into …

Memorable moments at Japan 2019

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Memorable moments at Japan 2019 Chris O’Reilly caught up with a variety of media professionals on the final day of the Women’s World Championship 2019, speaking to them about their most memorable moments of an unforgettable few weeks in Kumamoto. Han Kock (Dutch journalist for NOS) “The last minute of the final. Because it was an example of how the …

Player Ratings – Netherlands vs Spain

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Player Ratings – Netherlands vs Spain By Chris O’Reilly The Netherlands made history on Sunday night in Kumamoto, winning their very first World Championship after 60 minutes full of nerves, drama and some tremendous handball in which they beat Spain 30:29. Here are the ratings for all players involved in the Japan 2019 final and the two head coaches, with …

Who will make the difference and history in Kumamoto?

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Head-to-head – Netherlands vs Spain Chris O’Reilly sat down with Nagore Odriozola and Laura Agena, creators of Spanish women’s handball website Playmaker, on the eve of the World Championship final between the Netherlands and Spain, to analyse and compare the two teams in key areas in an attempt to figure out who has the edge? One team will make history …

Assessing the contenders for the crown

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Assessing the contenders for the crown By Chris O’Reilly After 90 matches in 11 gruelling game days, we’re down to the final four at Japan 2019. Just 120 minutes separate one of these teams from World Championship glory, but whose weekend will it be? Let’s take a look at the teams before Russia take on the Netherlands and Norway face …