It’s not what it used to be

Call me a whiner – I don’t care.  I prefer to be straight and honest and maybe I just didn’t watch enough games of the EHF Euro 2016 in Sweden, which will see the usual superpower – Norway – lead the semi-finalists along with France, the Netherlands and Denmark, which stunned Romania in their direct matchup yesterday.  My colleague Peter Bruun wrote a nice piece about it as well.  To cut it short… »

“Lack of pressure has been an advantage”

Not many people were expecting much from Denmark´s female handball team ahead of the EURO 2016. Such lack of expectancy has reduced the pressure considerably and may have played a part in the squad´s… »

“Handball quality at EURO 2016 has been mixed”

Former French top goalkeeper, Valérie Nicolas, provides her opinion about the quality of handball at EURO 2016, so far. By Peter Bruun In her active days, Valérie Nicolas was one of the absolutely bes… »

Three favorites and one surprise

While it does not come unexpected to see Norway, Netherlands and France in the semi-finals at the EHF EURO 2016, it is a surprise, possibly a sensation that Denmark has qualified for the “final four”. By Peter Bruun Netherlands vs. Denmark and Norway vs. France.  These will be the last four teams at the Women´s European championship, while Germany and Romania will meet in the match for fifth place… »

“We will need to give it 100%, all the way”

In the most recent match of the Netherland’s at EURO 2016, line player Yvette Broch celebrated her 100th international game, scoring six goals. But she openly admits that she and her teammates will ha… »

“Playing my 200th international in the final of EURO 2016 would be amazing!”

If France makes it to the final of the Women´s 2016 EURO, playmaker Allison Pineau will be playing her 200th international match. In this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com, she admits her drea… »

Three teams left to fight for two semi-final tickets

The Netherlands, France and Germany are the only three teams that can still reach the semi-finals from Main Round Group 1 at the EURO 2016. Germany secured a point against Spain, the Netherlands outplayed Serbia, and France robbed Sweden of their last hope for a semi-final berth. By Peter Bruun Spain vs Germany 20:20 (12:9) Before the Match Being without points in the main round, Spain were withou… »

Norway and Romania ready for semi-finals?

Norway and Romania look to be the two semi-finalists from Main Round Group 1. That is the conclusion after the games on Sunday, where Romania delivered a solid performance, as a depleted Hungarian squ… »

Headbands, socks and new faces

In Group C, in Malmö, teams actually got time to play some handball as well despite having to deal with strange rules and questionable dress codes – and we also got used to new faces and some surprisi… »

Will Russia make it – finally?

Russia have been World champions four times, and this summer, they have also won an Olympic gold medal, but they have never managed to become European champions – so far. Now, they make another run for the only title that has eluded them and their chances are good – to say the least. By Peter Bruun Russia´s list of international achievements in women´s handball is impressive.  They have been World… »