Close but predictable

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PREVIEW – The Women´s EHF Champions League FINAL4 in Budapest this upcoming weekend has been labeled as the closest one ever in the five-year short history of the tournament. This may be true, but one favorite may still stand out – not necessarily the team that appears to be strongest on paper. By Peter Bruun There are many stories that …

“We have the chance to create another surprise”

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FEATURE – Skjern Håndbold – the Danish club located in a village with a population of less than 8,000 and an annual operating budget of about EURO 3.0 Mio. – has created one of the most unexpected surprises in handball this season, reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The team´s brightest star, Bjarte Myrhol, tries to explain the “impossible” …

”I want to win everything”

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INTERVIEW – The news came as a bombshell when Odense announced the addition of Dutch star goalkeeper, Tess Wester, for the 2018/19 season. At stregspiller.com, Tess explains why she chose the Danish club and what she expects to achieve with the team. By Peter Bruun Denmark has not been represented in the Women´s EHF FINAL4 since FC Midtjylland finished fourth …

“Midtjylland always cause us trouble”

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INTERVIEW – Vardar Skopje’s goalkeeper, Amandine Leynaud, does not feel sure about reaching the FINAL4 at all, despite her team´s one-goal lead before the second leg game, at home, against FC Midtjylland in the quarterfinals of the 2017/18 Champions League. In this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com, she reveals that she was close to going back to France for the 2018/19 …

Pay Cut = Motivation

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COLUMN – Management of Telekom Vezprém HC has certainly introduced new methods of motivating players and coaches after a potentially disastrous 32:25 defeat in Skjern, in the Champions League Round of Last 16. The entire squad and staff have received notice of a pay cut – a decision that can be reversed, if the team begins to perform. By Peter …

Tor Odvar Moen’s new challenge

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INTERVIEW – After 20 years as “Mr. Larvik”, Tor Odvar Moen is leaving the Norwegian top club to take over Siófok KC in Hungary. Although it will be his first foreign adventure, he does not see it as a particularly big transition– and before leaving, he would like to win the Norwegian league one last time with Larvik. By Peter …

“My mental coach helps me focus on what is important”

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INTERVIEW – Danish international, Line Jørgensen, hired a personal mental coach in her efforts to come back from her long injury break. In her conversation with stregspiller.com, she talks about the results of this arrangement at a time, where psychological strength is called for more than ever considering the turmoil at CSM Bucuresti. By Peter Bruun Increasingly top athletes hire …

“My goal is to turn Germany into the new Holland”

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INTERVIEW – Henk Groener, who became famous for leading the Dutch women’s national handball team from oblivion to the 2015 World Championship final, is determined to perform a similar miracle in Germany. Hard work and positive thinking are his favorite tools in his effort to resurrect Germany to former glory, after the disappointment at the 2017 World Championship at home. …

“I want to win the Champions League while I am at my peak”

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INTERVIEW – Her wish to play in the Champions League again and the chance of winning it have been the major reasons for Lois Abbingh´s decision to join Rostov-Don. Money did not play a major role in the 25-year-old Dutch international´s thought process, she claims. Ambitions are sending her east instead. By Peter Bruun “I want to play in the Champions League …

“I am 100% sure that Flensburg will remain a top club”

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INTERVIEW – Despite stiff competition from wealthier clubs elsewhere in Europe, Flensburg’s managing director, Dierk Schmäschke, is convinced that his organization will defend its position as a top club in Germany as well as in Europe in the years to come. In this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com, he expresses his firm believe that SG Flensburg-Handewitt´s brand as a German/Scandinavian club …