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 …

The true stars of France 2017

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First of all, to avoid any sorts of misunderstanding, I really admire Domagoj Duvnjak for all he does on the court week in and week out.  He’s not only the leader at his club, THW Kiel, but also the dominant player in the Croatian national team, especially after the retirement of Ivano Balic.  He’s also a great guy to talk …

Dinart’s key to success

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When underdog Norway was leading 10:7 after 15 minutes against France in the World championship final on Sunday, French coach Didier Dinart took corrective measures.  In the time-out he told his long-time teammate and captain Thierry Omeyer, that he would be replaced by Vincent Gerard.  The guy not many know outside France, needed some minutes to find his rhythm, but …

France – The eternal winner

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Sunday’s final of the 25th World championship will be one for the ages.  Maybe it won’t be epic, but it will be one to remember for sure.  France, the host and odds-on favorite to win the tournament prior to its start in Paris on January 11th, will face Norway. The Scandinavian’s cruised through the knock-out stage after finishing second in …

Hanning supports IHF and praises France

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Bob Hanning, vice-president of the German handball federation, is a wise man.  He’s doing everything he can to help handball in the world’s biggest market, but he’s also keen to get the best result for his club, Füchse Berlin, where he holds the position of general manager.  In recent years he has become one of the mightiest man in the …

Sweden can be very dangerous

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As usual the national team tournaments are a big summit of former superstars.  I went to Paris this past Monday, to attend the Scandinavian classic between Sweden and Denmark.  As expected the arena was crowded with some of the all-time greats.  Lars Krogh Jeppesen, Lars Christiansen and Ljubomir Vranjes were too fast for me, but Staffan Olsson had lost a …

Gottfridsson likes Sweden’s path

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Sweden is surprising many experts, including former legends like Staffan Olsson, Magnus Wislander or Ljubomir Vranjes.  All of them are working for various television or radio stations as experts and are quite positive when it comes to what Sweden has „put on the table” at the World Cup in France.  I was able to talk to Jim Gottfridsson, a Vranjes’ …