“It’s a little odd to have FC Barcelona as an underdog”

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While some countries in Europe enjoy bragging rights of hosting the strongest handball leagues – Germany (men) and Hungary (women) – hardly anywhere is the sport covered more extensively and discussed more intensely than in Danmark – on a daily basis. Bent Nyegaard, Tina Mueller, Lars Bruun-Mortensen, Stine Bjerre Jorgensen are only some of the journalists that represent the tip …

The Comeback Kids

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It was one for the ages, that’s for sure; maybe the most-epic handball game in history.  While you may not agree, at least it will go down as the greatest comeback in handball history, won’t it? The 2016 final of the EHF Champions League between Hungary’s Telekom Veszprem and Polish powerhouse Vive Tauron Kielce turned out to be a classic …

The little wizard

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These days, Miha Zarabec is proving everybody wrong that it’s all about height and power in order to play top level handball. The Slovenian playmaker left such strong impression during the past two years, that German champion THW Kiel paid attention and decided to sign him to a one-year deal. It’s a childhood dream coming true for the little wizard …

Stepping up

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Yvette Broch joined Hungarian powerhouse Gyor in the summer of 2015 and wanted to learn from a legend like Heidi Løke. Now the Norwegian is unable to play because of her second pregnancy, so the young Dutch line-player had to take on more responsibility earlier than expected. I talked to Yvette about the new situation, the upcoming Final4 of the …

V for Vardar, V for Vengeance

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Three years ago, with ten seconds to go, Anders Eggert of SG Flensburg-Handewitt converted a penalty shot in front of more than 6,000 ecstatic fans in Skopje, making sure HC Vardar would miss out on qualifying for a first participation in the FINAL4 of the Champions League. Prior to this year’s quarterfinal between Vardar and Flensburg media, fans and obviously …

Optimistic, but a bit nervous

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Sunday will be a special day for Veszprem’s Dragan Gajic when he returns to his former club Montpellier for the first time since joining Telekom Veszprem, last summer.  In the south of France, the Hungarian champion will try their very best to hold on to a slim three-goal lead after winning the first leg by a score of 26:23.   …

Still hungry to win

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Croatian left-wing Manuel Strlek has won the domestic double with his former club RK Zagreb and his current team from KS Kielce for nine consecutive seasons.  I was wondering if it’s not getting boring for him and how it is possible to find motivation every time he takes to the court.  Obviously, we also talked about his move to Veszprem …

Victor Tomas

It used to be special

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On Sunday they will meet once again – possibly the two biggest handball super powers in Europe on club level – handball giant and freshly minted 2017 Spanish champion, FC Barcelona and German record title-holder, THW Kiel. But these days they play against each other way too often.  Last season, they met four times and they will have played four …

A mild surprise

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Sometimes you can just anticipate what’s going to occur.  In sports it seems close to impossible, because anything can happen, as athletes and officials repeat endless times when asked about a firm prediction of what lies in the future.  But the loss of 2016 Champions League winner, Vive Tauron Kielce, against French side Montpellier was just a mild surprise, no …

Hungry Kiel wears down Flensburg

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It has been said so many times: “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”  Sunday’s final between the THW Kiel and the SG Flensburg-Handewitt proved – once again – the old adage.  On Saturday, the front-runner in the German league – SG Flensburg – totally demolished the reigning German champion Rhein-Neckar Löwen 33:23.  On Sunday, record cup winner Kiel practiced a …