Croatia, chaotic and crazy

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Do you remember when Ivano Balic totally dominated the world of handball?  When no-look passes to his teammates, made Croatian fans go crazy because of his incredible skills.  When Balic was named MVP in five consecutive tournaments.  He was just that good.  He made the players around him better, just ask Steffen Fäth, he took a massive step forward in …

Aron Palmarsson

Stopping the decline

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When you talk about big handball nations, Iceland used to be one of the first countries on the list, at least about five to ten years ago.  After stunning everyone at the 2008 Bejing Olympics winning silver, Iceland followed through with a Bronze medal at the 2010 EURO, in Austria.  While Olafur Stefansson was on his way out, Aron Palmarsson …

Sexy – but just from one side

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No, this won’t become some sort of slippery article, drifting towards exotic themes.  Although it would be a quite interesting journalistic tool covering a major sports tournament, but it’s not what I had in mind when I wrote this headline.  It’s what comes to mind when you’re standing in between all the Slovenian players and you take a look to …

A long, long time ago

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Do you remember when Russia used to be a handball super power?  Do you recall the countless battles with Sweden in the 1990’s?  Do you recollect when Vladimir Maximov’s side seemed unbeatable for almost everyone except the “Bengan Boys”?  Well, these times seem to be so long ago. In 2000 Russia, won the last big tournament, finishing on top of …

One last, big party

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All is set up for a last hooray, a big party in Paris on January 29th.  Today, host France will open the 25th World championship against Brazil in the ArcorHotels Arena, while the whole nation hopes that “Les Experts” – possibly the best generation of handball players ever – will once again show up in the last game of the …

No time for transition

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When France, Germany and the eventual winner, Denmark, were fighting for Olympic Gold back in August, one major handball power was missing out on the party, Spain.  The 2013 World champion and runner-cup at the EHF Euro 2016 didn’t qualify for the Rio games and wasn’t too happy about it.  But it could turn into Spain’s advantage at the World …

Mustafa

Greed and politics cause German TV-blackout

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It happened – finally, some may say. For the first time in history there will be a TV-blackout in Germany, no live broadcast from the 2017 Handball World championship in the most important television market in continental Europe. DKB, a German online bank, has acquired the rights to the tournament and will stream up to 50 matches via internet with …

Proud no more

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It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote an article about handball in Poland, or the Polish national team, to be exact.  Just prior to the Olympic games in Rio I thought it was going to be the last hooray of the almost Golden generation, of Slawomir Szmal, Karol Bielecki and Krzysztof Lijewski. Along with Michal and Bartosz Jurecki they …

The Era Gislason

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When Alfred Gislason became the new head coach of THW Kiel in the summer of 2008, following legendary and long-time boss Noka Serdarusic.  The goals were obvious: Winning the league was a given, while succeeding in the Champions League was the ultimate objective.  The roster featured a long list of superstars, such as the French duo of Nikola Karabatic and …

The Best of 2016

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Yesterday, I took a look at the highlights of 2016 regarding games and events.  Today, I want to focus on the individuals, at least on the men’s side, because I follow women’s handball just enough to know a bit, but not enough to determine the best line-up of the year.  But since I was on hand at the EHF EURO …