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 …

Dagur Sigurdsson

Dagur San

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Now it’s official, one of the most interesting and most successful figures in handball – Dagur Sigurdsson – will leave the German national team after the upcoming World championship in France.  He used an opt-out clause in his contract as the federation announced in a press release early Tuesday morning.  For those familiar with the situation it’s hardly stunning, for …

Early season shiners

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Although there’s still one game missing in the first stage of the Champions League campaign 2016/17 the national team break allows us to have a closer look at who has made the most out of his playing time so far.  Regarding the teams I think it’s fair to say that Barcelona has impressed the most, although the Catalans still have …

We The North

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By Sascha Staat Yes, you might have heard this claim before. Toronto, one of Canada’s most attractive cities, is using this slogan to promote itself. It’s a little bit less cold in the North of Germany, like in Kiel or Flensburg for example, but it’s getting especially hot when the two handball superpowers are facing each other.  As both sides …