Bengan Kids – The Swedish Dilemma

When you think about Swedish handball who comes to mind?  Sure, Magnus Wislander, the world handball player of the century with Stefan Lövgren and Staffan Olsson trailing closely behind.  Possibly Per Carlen or the “Flying Köttbular” Ljubomir Vranjes? From today’s group of players sporting the yellow jersey and blue shorts only Kim Andersson has come close to that fantastic generation, except for… »

The swan song of the Bengan Boys

COLUMN – When the two Bengan Boys, Staffan Olsson and Ola Lindgren bow out as Swedish national coaches after the Rio Olympics, the last touch of the most famous era in Swedish handball history may van… »

“Les Experts” – The journey continues!

Rio 2016 is getting closer by the day.  It’s time to make history, again, for “Les Experts”.  If you don’t know them yet, you probably didn’t follow handball at all during the last decade.  The French… »

Danish Fans

Gudmundur Gudmundsson – good enough for Denmark?

COLUMN – Gudmundur Gudmundsson has been criticized for not living up to his predecessor (Ulrik Wilbek’s) results – but are Danes judging the Icelandic coach too hard?  By Peter Bruun “In a country, where it is considered a national disaster, if the handball team does not qualify for the semi-final at a major tournament, I am happy that we have prevented a national disaster!” With those words, Ulri… »

What are Qatar’s mercenaries really made of?

COLUMN – In Rio, far away from their comfort zone, Qatar’s handball mercenaries will have to prove, that the World Championship silver medal at home in 2015 was no coincidence.  They will not succeed!… »

The Dream Must Live On

It’s been one week since Germany’s head coach Dagur Sigurdsson has announced his roster for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  After Germany’s “Bad Boys” had stunned the world of handball, winning… »

Talent Talant

Many of you might have never had the chance to see him play, because he ended his stellar career nine years ago when social media didn’t rule the world.  Actually, he didn’t finish it the way he would have liked to.  Since then, he became the most successful coach on club level by far; winning the Champions League four times.  Talant Dujshebaev is known for being a handball mastermind, a superb st… »

The Future Is Now

In sports every now and then an era ends.  The same goes for handball, when a legend like Ivano Balic called it a career, last summer.  Dito Iker Romero.  Kim Ekdahl du Rietz, Holger Glandorf and Thom… »

“I hope rules won’t be changed forever.”

By Sascha Staat INTERVIEW – German international Christian Dissinger is still just 24 years old, but already has a ton of experience.  He won the world junior championship in 2011 earning MVP honors,… »

Stats don’t lie!

By Sascha Staat Hey Aron Palmarsson, I hope you’re reading.  I remember quite well when you told me, we, the journalists, could do some more stats.  When I asked you what you dislike the most in handball, you said: “That you guys don’t do enough stats!”  True, there’s almost no reliable or really interesting statistic in handball. Because what does it really tell us when Uwe Gensheimer or Victor T… »