Rolling the dice

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Just recently the IHF announced the shortlist of nominees for the World Handball Player of the Year 2016 award. While the nominated players raise some question marks, the list of coaches on the men’s side I find unacceptable. But first, I will take a look on the women’s side – ladies first, as it should be.  Here the IHF did …

Hips don’t lie

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Andreas Wolff was named German Handball Player of the Year once again and also made the shortlist of the five players being nominated for World Handball Player of the Year 2016 by the IHF.  The stunning loss of Germany against Qatar in France, in January, his new experience in the EHF Champions League with Kiel and his burden as Germany’s …

Loerper not feeling the pressure – yet

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Just recently Anna Loerper was named Germany’s Handball Player of the Year for a second time in a row.  While she didn’t outperform her competitors as much as last year, she still did an outstanding job, on and also off the court, as the new captain of the German national team.  I talked to the playmaker of the TuSsies Metzingen …

Hope, Swiss, hope

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Isn’t it strange that the possibly best handball playmaker in the world is coming from Switzerland?  Andy Schmid is showing off his skills almost every time he puts on the jersey of Rhein-Neckar Löwen.  He was voted the Player of the Season in the DKB Handball-Bundesliga for three consecutive years and he led his club to its first ever league …

Croatian Pressure

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What on earth is going on with Croatia’s handball federation?  After Zejlko Babic had stepped down from his position after a stunning loss to Poland, right after the quarterfinal of the Rio Olympics, Ivano Balic, the now former sports coordinator, talked him back into the job.  Yet, after a mixed performance in France – Croatia was one penalty shot away …

No friends for life

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It’s hard to say when the rivalry between Hendrik Pekeler and Julen Aguinagalde officially began.  But it definitely came to light when Germany and Spain faced each other twice during the EURO 2016.  It has continued ever since, even though both national teams didn’t meet thereafter.  But their clubs did, in the Champions League.  That’s why I enjoyed watching the …

Zorman, Kielce looking for shooting touch

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Defending champion KS Vive Kielce profited from Pick Szeged’s loss on the road against Meshkov Brest to stay on top of Group B in the EHF Champions League – still the squad needs to find form after suffering a defeat to German champion Rhein-Neckar Löwen on Thursday.  After the match Slovenian playmaker Uros Zorman talked about the team’s struggles, what …

No time for praise

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As almost everyone is celebrating the great atmosphere of France 2017 and praising the great work done by the organization committee, it’s time to speak up and address some of the issues that have room for improvement.  Mostly matters that fans didn’t see or experience, because they did not happen in front of their eyes.  Circumstances that make you wonder …

Myrhol happy, O’Sullivan not so much

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It’s been a magical run for Norway during the last twelve months.  The ride started in Poland about one year ago when the Scandinavians lost a nail-biter to the eventual champion Germany in the semi-final of EURO 2016.  They also lost the Bronze medal match against Croatia and later on missed qualifying for the Olympic tournament as well as the …