“Our team looks quite promising”

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Julius Kühn took the world of handball by storm when he was called-up by then national coach, Dagur Sigurdsson, to join the German team that won EURO 2016 in stunning fashion.  At the time, he replaced injured Kiel player, Christian Dissinger, and Kühn hasn’t looked back ever since.  This summer he took his next step, signing with the ambitions club …

Showtime

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The new season of the DKB Handball-Bundesliga is set to start with two games tonight, while most of the other teams will follow up on Sunday.  To be honest, I don’t know if I have ever been this excited before the kick-off of a new campaign.  There are many reasons to look forward to the more than 300 matches.  For …

Hard work

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A new HBL season in Germany is about to begin this week but clubs already started the campaign with some cup matches. For example, the SC Magdeburg reached the round of the last-16 easily.  After the game, I spoke with Danish sharpshooter Michael Damgaard, who is called “Breathless” by the fans of his club.  He is aiming to finish in …

“17 years have been a long time”

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Flensburg’s Mattias Andersson is about to start his last season as a professional handball player.  This campaign will be his 17th, in Germany.  But according to him he is getting tired.  Actually, too tired, to continue on the same high level, he and his fans have come to expect. I talked with him about his decision, the new coach, teammates …

“The basics are still there”

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SG Flensburg-Handewitt is working with a new coach this season, after Ljubomir Vranjes decided to leave the team to join Telekom Veszprem.  Kentin Mahé will follow him in 2018, while Mattias Andersson has announced his retirement.  Thomas Mogensen is set to return to Denmark.  That’s why the role of Rasmus Lauge as a leader of the team is about to …

2017 Power Ranking – Goalkeeper

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Last but not least, I turn to the goalkeepers, their performances and the way I measured them. # 5:          Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (Barcelona and Spain) surely is one of the premier goalkeepers around. He is quick and agile, physically not as imposing as others, but he puts on a good performance most of the time. Maybe his level is …

2017 Power Ranking – Right Back

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Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed by the performances of the various left-backs this past season.  Looking at the position of right-back it seems like it’s more crowded with younger, talented players these days. # 5:          Dainis Kristopans (Vardar Skopje and Latvia) is probably one of these guys.  Many recognize him because of his height.  He is listed as measuring 2,15 …

2017 Power Ranking – Left Back

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Let’s move on and take a look at the back-court, the so-called “King’s” position – the left-back.  Please remember that my list is subjective and open for discussion. Having said that, I prefer players who can do it all.  So, someone who  is able to defend as well, probably stands a better chance getting my attention. # 5:          Nikola Bilyk (THW …

“For me the team is more important than a single star”

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This summer has seen a big change of scenery for the long-time coach of SG Flensburg-Handewitt, Ljubomir Vranjes.  The former Swedish international with Serbian roots, now in charge of Hungary’s champion, Telekom Veszprem, is looking forward to the challenge.  But his first days did not turn out as smooth as planned when he encountered an unpleasant situation – Aron Palmarsson …

2017 Power Ranking – Playmakers

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I am a huge fan of playmakers, as they carry the whole team. Everything starts with their first move. Their concentration has to be top notch all the time in order to be successful. Playmakers have to be smart, understand the game and take the right decisions in crucial situations. Here is who made the list and who didn’t. # …