The end of a dynasty

Eight major titles in 15 years, two triples, countless medals.  It’s been quite a ride for Claude Onesta, the former head coach of “Les Experts”.  He will go down as the most successful men’s national team coach of all time, there’s no question about it.  Having said that it feels a bit weird that he won’t have a chance to finish his career on the sidelines on home soil at the upcoming World champ… »

The idea of a Confed Cup is way out of line

When Christian Dissinger suffered another long-term injury during the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, some people connected it to his history of major injuries rather than the amount of games he has… »

Between mountains and beaches

Do you remember the EHF Euro 1998 in Italy? Yes, in Italy.  The tournament included just twelve teams back then, hosted by cities like Bolzano and Merano, where half of the people speak a strong Germa… »

Underdogs no more

Do you remember the 2014 Final 4 in Cologne?  I guess you do.  Kiel or Barcelona, Barcelona or Kiel, maybe Veszprem?  And SG Flensburg-Handewitt?  Bound for fourth place.  In the end the boys of Ljubomir Vranjes stunned the handball world – first shocking Barcelona and then archrival THW Kiel.  It was a weekend for the ages. But Flensburg is far from being the underdog these days.  Vranjes has don… »

A new dynasty in the making

Just to let you know right away, I’m not a fan of the THW Kiel.  Actually I’m not a fan of any club.  I like some, but I’m far away from being a supporter.  But I love to see young and talented player… »

Third time is a charm – maybe not

Hungary’s Veszprem already looked like the champion of Europe, but shockingly wasted a 9-goal lead in the most dramatic Champions League final to date, losing to Kielce in a penalty shoot-out.  It was… »

Jesper Noddesbo

New approach, same goals in Barcelona

Although German outfit THW Kiel has emerged as a top threat to Barcelona’s throne as the biggest club in handball the Catalans are still number one, and maybe that’s not really a point of discussion.  But something has changed recently at the “Blaugrana”, where anything but first place is considered failure.  Well, at least when it comes to the Spanish league – keeping in mind that today’s ASOBAL… »

Fit or not fit is the question

Guess what, Rhein-Neckar Löwen weren’t too happy when the Champions League draw was held earlier this summer.  They will face a lot of beatable teams in their group, but not the most attractive ones.… »

Cologne to remain a dream for Vardar

From Kielce we move on to Macedonia – Skopje to be exact – in our preview of next season’s Champions League.  After Yugoslavia’s split up, the nation of Macedonia became one of the most interesting st… »

Preparing the future, winning now

I’ve seen a lot of handball games on location, especially in recent times.  Finals of all major tournaments like the EURO, the World Championship or even the Olympic games. Final matches of European club competitions like the EHF Cup or the Cup Winners Cup.  But none of them did come anywhere close to the dramatic ending of this year’s Champions League final. The game between Hungarian side Veszpr… »