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 played in recent time.  Dissinger will be out until the end of the year and miss the World championship in France as well.  As a consequence he decided to take a break from international duty, at leas… »

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 Ljubo… »

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 players develop into stars.  Stars that surprise us with their extraordinary skills, players that kids can admire and use as role models.  THW Kiel anno 2016 offers quite a lot of them. We all remember that… »

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.… »

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.  Barcelona, Paris, Veszprem, Kiel and Flensburg all ended up in Group A.  The Lions will make it to the next stage, for sure.  And they might even have a shot to finish first, but it will cost a lot o… »

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 c… »

New rules, new game

I guess by now all of you have read about the new rules which were put into effect prior to the start of the new season.  They were in use already during the Olympic games in Rio da Janeiro, which was not just bad timing, but also let me think what the hell was going on in the minds of handball’s so-called decision makers? Recently, I talked to a colleague of mine, Markus Götz, about the rule chan… »