Power Ranking – Half-time at Japan 2019

Power Ranking – Half-time at Japan 2019 By Chris O’Reilly After a gruelling week of preliminary matches, filled with surprise results, physical battles and nerve-wracking endings, we move on to the main round of Japan 2019 with 12 teams still in the hunt for gold. We take a look through the contenders and rank them based on how they’ve performed so far at the championship and their form coming int… »

Soubak making the most of every game on Angola’s road to Tokyo 2020

Soubak making the most of every game on Angola’s road to Tokyo 2020 By Chris O’Reilly In 2013, Brazil shocked the handball world to claim the World Championship, beating hosts Serbia in the final, to… »

Player Ratings – France vs Denmark

Player Ratings – France vs Denmark In a do-or-die battle, it was Denmark who prevailed to survive Group B and progress to the main round with a deserved 20:18 win. Japan 2019’s group of death claimed… »

“I’m just so glad we don’t have to play the President’s Cup”

VIDEO: Sandra Toft and Trine Østergaard speak to Chris O’Reilly about their dramatic victory over France on the final day of the preliminary round. The 20:18 success for the Danes was hard-fought and wrought with nerves, but goalkeeper Toft and right wing Østergaard kept cool heads to help steer Denmark to the main round and consign 2017 champions France to the President’s Cup.

A dream come true for Heba Aly, Japan 2019’s only female head coach

A dream come true for Australia’s Heba Aly, Japan 2019’s only female head coach By Chris O’Reilly After a six-year absence from the Women’s World Championship, Australia were dropped back into the dee… »

Tomac: “I wanted to calm things down”

VIDEO: Norway battled through a tough Angola challenge to maintain their perfect record at Japan 2019. Centre back Marta Tomac spoke to Chris O’Reilly in the aftermath of the 30:24 win about which are… »

Abbingh: “That was an old-fashioned Dutch handball game”

VIDEO: Lois Abbingh was clearly delighted with the Netherlands’ performance as she spoke to Chris O’Reilly after their 36:23 victory over Serbia. The Rostov-Don left back talked tactics, Dutch squad rotation and Friday’s group final against Norway.

Dynamic Dutch blast past Serbia

Match of the day – Serbia vs Netherlands By Chris O’Reilly With the Netherlands’ shaky start to Japan 2019 and Serbia giving Norway a serious test two days ago, this was a highly anticipated clash. Ho… »

Player Ratings – Germany vs France

Player Ratings – Germany vs France France have finally arrived at Japan 2019 as their 27:25 win over the previously perfect Germans means their World Championship title defence lives on, at least unti… »

Zaadi believes France have rediscovered their good vibes

VIDEO: Grace Zaadi felt a mixture of joy and relief following France’s 27:25 victory over Germany in a must-win match on Wednesday. The Franch playmaker tells Chris O’Reilly about how the pressure they felt led to France not being their usual selves and breaks down what worked for them against the previously unbeaten Germans. France’s win keeps them in the hunt for the main round, with a do-or-die… »