“It will take care of itself”

By Sascha Staat It seems like the European championship finished only yesterday. Yet, the EHF Champions League is just around the corner, ready to capture the attention of handball fans around the world. I had the chance to talk about both competitions with one of the most prominent individuals in all of handball, coach Ljubomir Vranjes. Here is what he had to say. How did you experience the EHF E… »

Deutsch-land of confusion

By Sascha Staat A good week ago, Germany lost the decisive game in the main round of the EHF EURO 2018 to the eventual champion, Spain. Ever since, the pressure for head coach Christian Prokop, who to… »

No sleep tonight for Dani & Co.

By Sascha Staat Finally, after four unsuccessful attempts and a devastating loss against the underdog from Germany, in the 2016 final, Spain captured the EHF EURO 2018, following  an outstandingc defe… »

Wanne blames lack of solutions

By Sascha Staat Today, Hampus Wanne arrived at Zagreb Arena with the goal of winning the 2018 European championship. However, a very determined Spanish side just didn’t allow Sweden to score for most of the time in the second half. Afterwards, I met a disappointed, but  humble player in the mixed zone, where he told me that Spain’s adjustments in defense were key for winning  the match. Hampus, wh… »

“We are ready to fight”

By Sascha Staat Sweden grabbed their chance and qualified for the semifinals of the EHF EURO 2018, where the team will face arch-rival Denmark. I talked to left-wing Hampus Wanne during today’s media… »

“It’s about time”

By Sascha Staat Spain took advantage of another lackluster performance of defending champion Germany,  to advance to the semifinals of the EHF EURO 2018, winning by a final score of 31-27.  The 2016 f… »

No excuses

By Sascha Staat It might become a showdown for the ages, as Germany faces Spain on Wednesday evening at EURO 2018, in what will be a re-match of the 2016 final, when Andreas Wolff & Co. crushed their opponent en route to handball glory. The main round in Varazdin is one for math geniuses, as it’s hard to predict who might advance in case of a loss and / or draw. Neither Germany nor Spain are a… »

Bringing back the fire

By Sascha Staat It wasn’t enough to win the game against Denmark, but it was obvious that left-wing Rune Dahmke brought back the fire to the German team. Dahmke himself was in the spotlight in the fin… »

No room for error

By Sascha Staat First it was easy, then there was chaos, but in the end it was all good for Germany – once again. This could have been the story of the first stage of EURO’18 for the defending champio… »

Pointing fingers

By Sascha Staat Pointing fingers at someone else is easy, also for us journalists. We don’t play, we don’t coach and we never lose. So we can criticize, we can complain, we can write almost whatever we would like to. For players, coaches and officials it’s different, especially if they point at someone else although they are not perfect either. And that’s why I strongly disagree with the whining o… »