”Running fast is my business”

INTERVIEW – Running fast-breaks is one of the hallmarks of handball made in Norway, and it certainly has been at this 2018 European championship. As the only right wing in the team, Kristian Bjørnsen is a crucial figure executing this aspect of the game and he is acutely aware of his task. By Peter Bruun Running fast-breaks backed by a solid 6-0 defense has been a major element in Norway’s success… »

“Croatia will have a real hard time stopping us”

INTERVIEW – Sander Sagosen, talks to stregspiller.com about his important role in Norway’s national handball team, and how joining Paris Saint-Germain has boosted his career. By Peter Bruun In a stron… »

“Fine with us to be considered favorites”

INTERVIEW – Norway’s left wing Magnus Jøndal has no problem with his team mentioned among the favorites to lift the trophy at the EHF 2018 European championship. “It only shows that others think that… »

Norway in control – Croatia on the brink

Norway and Croatia both took major steps towards the semi-final at the 2018 European championship, as they opened the main round with victories in Group I. Norway’s concentrated effort in the second half was enough to dispose of harmless Serbs, while Croatia had significant troubles securing their win against Belarus. By Peter Bruun Serbia vs Norway 27:32 (17:17) Before the Match Serbia needed Swe… »

Germans agree – Improvement is needed

FEATURE – Finn Lemke, Patrick Groetzki and Steffen Weinhold can all agree on one thing: Improvement will be needed in the upcoming main round matches, if the ruling European champions are going to hav… »

“Seven-against-six does nothing good for handball”

INTERVIEW – Macedonian goalkeeper veteran, Borko Ristovski, is no fan of playing seven-against-six when in attack; a tactic his team practiced quite a bit against Germany in their last group match, at… »

Another draw

Germany seem to get involved in handball drama every time they play. Once again, they drew 25:25, this time after an intense fight with Macedonia. By Peter Bruun Group C Germany vs FYR Macedonia 25:25 (12:11) Before the Match  Germany had started the tournament in convincing fashion, defeating Montenegro 32:19, before a somewhat sobering second group match against Slovenia. Only a penalty goal aft… »

“What a game to play from the start”

NTERVIEW – For the first time at this European championship, Jerry Tollbring got his chance to play the start, as Sweden defeated the Croatian hosts35:31 in the last group match, on Tuesday evening. s… »

Sweden trashes host – Iceland in main round after thriller

Serbia were close to robbing Iceland of what looked like a secure main round berth in the very last minutes, in their last match, in Group A. But Iceland managed to ride the storm.  The same could not… »

“We feel the the pressure but that’s normal”

INTERVIEW – Croatian left back, Marko Mamic, is happy about the massive support his team enjoys at the 2018 European championship on home ground. But he and his teammates also feel the pressure based on sky-high expectations of the many fans and supporters of Team Croatia. By Peter Bruun Croatia have qualified for the main round of the European championship well in advance of the last match day in… »