We The North

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 fight for points three times within a two week period,… »

“Players go over the limit, too often”

Ljubomir Vranjes is always great to talk to.  No matter the topic, his replies come anything but short.  He loves to discuss, to argue, and to express his love for the sport.  When I told him that I w… »

The next big thing

It’s been quite a while ago that I heard about Tim Suton for the first time.  He was still playing for a club nearby, well, nearby of Solingen, which is located right between Düsseldorf and Cologne.  … »

Please wake me up

By Sascha Staat Yes, it’s true; Dagur Sigurdsson might leave the German national team, using a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out of his current deal, in the summer of 2017.  It would be a huge blow to German handball and while the press department of the German federation was fast to issue a statement once rumors began circulating about the future of the Icelandic mastermind, as I… »

Metz overcome 16 minutes without a goal, Buducnost remain undefeated and Larvik books first win

Metz were leading 15:7 in Norway against Glassverket, fell behind 15:17 – and won 24:22 in the end.  It was not nearly as dramatic in Germany, where Buducnost recorded their third straight victory, th… »

Krim surprises again

Vardar and FTC continue head-to-head race Vardar Skopje and FTC, who drew in the first round, continue their head-to-head race at the top of Group B of the Women´s Champions League after wins against… »

Living on the edge

Usually you can read a great deal about the best teams and players in all kind of sports, handball is no difference.  A lot of stories have been written about FC Barcelona, THW Kiel or MKB Veszprem.  Even more stories have been published about Nikola Karabatic, Aron Palmarsson or Momir Ilic.  But only a few stories are written about the smaller clubs or the less famous players. Last Saturday, I tr… »

Amorim secures Gyor win

MATCH OF THE WEEK Eduarda Amorim played a deciding part, as Gyor managed to change a 9:13 deficit at half time into a 27:24 victory in our Match of the Week, on Friday evening. In a game, where Nora M… »

I want to improve all the time

Eduarda Amorim feels that she is getting back to her level of play from before her long injury break in the 2014-15 season. However, that’s is not enough for the Brazilian international who earns her… »

The meaning is less

By Sascha Staat Seems like the statements I recently made about the introduction of a Confederations Cup really caught the eye of many, including ehfTV commentator Tom O’Brannagain.  As many times before, I was complaining about players having to endure too many games and called some of the matches meaningless – like all these games in Groups A and B of the EHF Champions League. Well, to further c… »