I really hope she will win gold

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By J. Schuetz   In just a few days the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad will commence in Paris.  The French capital is only the second city ever to host the Summer Olympics for a third time (aside from London) featuring 329 events in 23 different sports between July 26 to August 11. Handball will be one of the events …

Jetzt zählt nur noch Vollgas

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Lage der Nation: Jetzt zählt nur noch Vollgas   von Sascha Staat   Am Montag um 11:32 Uhr startet der Zug nach Paris, dann zählt es für die deutschen Frauen. Was davor war ist völlig egal. Oder doch nicht? Natürlich ist die Stimmung einer Mannschaft nach Siegen besser als nach Niederlagen. Umso wichtiger war es, dass vor allem das letzte …

Farewell of a champion

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By J. Schuetz   Budapest, Hungary The Results Gyor AUDI ETO KC won the 2023/24 EHF Champions League for the sixth time in club history beating the surprise finalist SG Bietigheim 30:24 (17:12). In the bronze medal match Team Esbjerg landed their first victory (37:33) against Metz HB since attending the EHF FINAL4 in Budapest. Before the FINAL4 The momentum …

Dream and believe

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By Sascha Staat   Budapest, Hungary Season 2023/24 is almost done –  two to go. That’s two Final Four tournaments to go, actually, and two matches left for the best teams in women’s handball. Super-power Györ will try to make it back on the top of Europe, facing tough competition from Danish champions Esbjerg in the first EHF Champions League …

“Hopefully it’s just the beginning”

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By Sascha Staat & J. Schuetz   Hamburg, Germany The SG Flensburg have won the 2024 EHF European League defeating the reigning champions Füchse Berlin 36:31 (15:14) in a final match of handball at Hamburg’s Barclays arena.  The victory  ended a five-year drought “sans” title for the team of head coach, Nicolej Krickau. In the match for third place Rhein-Neckar …

Two down, one to go

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By Sascha Staat & J. Schuetz   Metz, France One week after the 12th triumph in the French Cup at Adidas arena, in Paris, Metz HB continued their record run at Ligue Butagaz Energie.  In the final match of the 2023/24 season the team of head coach, Emmanuel Mayonnade, needed a win to secure the 26th championship ever since the …

One Down, Two To Go

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By Sascha Staat and J. Schuetz Coupe de France 2024 – National – Metz HB vs JDA Dijon HB 29:20 (15:14) Paris, France Ahead of the clash between Metz HB and JDA Dijon HB  chances were slim that another team but the one from the Mosel region would win the 30th edition of the Coupe de France at Adidas arena, …

FINAL4 EHF European League (Women) – Media Day

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By Sascha Staat & J. Schuetz   Graz, Austria For a second time Raiffeisen Sportpark will host the 4th edition of the EHF European League (Women) FINAL4 and as the organizer’s promo slogan suggests the teams of CS Gloria 2018 BN, Dunarea Braila, Storhamar Handball Elite and Neptunes Nantes will be “All In”. Prior to game action, players and coaches …

Zeit für einen traumhaften Sommer

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Die Lage der Nation: Zeit für einen traumhaften Sommer   von Sascha Staat   Zunächst gilt es zu gratulieren, denn die deutschen Handballerinnen haben sich für Olympia in Paris qualifiziert. Zum ersten Mal seit 16 Jahren bei den Spielen mit dabei, das ist einfach nur fantastisch. Glückwunsch! Aber was in Neu-Ulm passiert ist, kann weit über das nackte Ergebnis hinaus …