A handball year for the ages

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Handball in 2016 was absolutely stunning.  It gave us never expected upsets, amazing comebacks and historic results.  It’s worth to take a look back at what happened during the past twelve months. It all started back in January, when Germany conquered the handball world.  After losing the opener to Spain and being down against Sweden at the break Dagur Sigurdsson …

The Silent One

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On Wednesday the German national handball team met in Kamen-Kaiserau, a small town north of Dortmund, to start preparation for the upcoming World championship.  Paul Drux, who missed the EHF Euro in January due to an injury, but stepped it up once again in Rio during the Olympics, played a major role back in Qatar in 2015, almost two years …

All I want for Christmas is handball

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As Christmas is almost over, it’s time to enjoy the last day of handball in 2016, at least here in Germany.  Later today, I will drive to Gummersbach and enjoy VfL’s game against newly-promoted HC Erlangen from the commentator’s booth.  It will be fun to watch, as Erlangen is not the usual newcomer, but features various big names on its …

Clara Woltering

The Biegler Effect

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The Women’s EHF Euro 2016 started with a bang, when Germany defeated the reigning runner-up of the last World championship and Olympic semi-finalist, the Netherlands, 30-27.  It was followed by a loss to France, 20-22, but the crew of head coach Michael Biegler showed that it can keep up with the top teams.  Next, the “Bad Ladies” won a nail …

Time To Let Go

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By Sascha Staat As another comeback of Austrian handball legend, Viktor Szilagyi has just been announced, I want to take a look at players who are about to retire at the end of this season or next.  Or shall I say, “should retire”?  Sure, if you’re used to the daily habits of getting ready for training, locker room talk with …

Medial Call

Sky is the limit

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No, I didn’t forget the article in front of “Sky”, because Sky is the limit, when it comes to sports television in Germany.  Just recently the DKB Handball-Bundesliga sold its broadcasting rights to the biggest pay-tv station in the country.  The deal is quite special, because Sky and the two public TV-broadcasters – ARD and ZDF – will work together …

There’s more than just handball

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We all love to watch handball, don’t we?  It’s fun watching it even at a lower level.  Well, sometimes.  But then again there’s so much more than just handball, “real life” for example.  Just ask Kim Ekdahl du Rietz and Steffen Fäth about it.  They not only share the same position on the pitch, but also have a similar story …

6:0 & 3:3 – More Than Just Numbers

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During my weekly podcast “Kreis Ab”, you might have heard about it, I like to talk to my guests not just about recent results or upcoming games, but also about stuff you can’t read in papers or magazines, let’s not even mention television.  Most recently I had a long chat with Axel Kromer, who’s one of Dagur Sigurdsson’s assistant coaches …

Rivals For A Decade

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Rivalries make all sport interesting, that’s for sure. After looking at what makes Kiel against Flensburg probably the most entertaining rivalry in handball these days, I want to take a look back at maybe the biggest rivalry ever in our beloved sport, if you ask me.  The 1990s saw the end of the Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia, but rivalries …