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’ …

Mikkel Hansen sees room for improvement

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Denmark was able to hang on to a win against arch-rival Sweden, on Monday, in Paris, but almost wasted a four-goal lead at half-time.  Danish superstar Mikkel Hansen wasn’t too happy about his team’s performance down the stretch and thanked goalkeeper Niklas Landin, who had a spectacular game.  I talked to the PSG player in the mixed zone after the …

No more holidays in January

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The German national handball team had taken a “short break” from international tournaments, starting with the 2012 London Olympics, then missing out on EURO 2014 two years later in Denmark and they did not even qualify for the World championship in Qatar either.  A young team full of inexperienced players with a new coach, Dagur Sigurdsson, received a wild card …

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 …