From Russia with Success

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Yes, Russian athletes are probably not the most popular people these days.  After German journalist Hajo Seppelt had uncovered a national doping system and the McLaren report was published, a lot of people wanted Russia to be excluded from the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.  We all know the outcome of the story, so we should put it behind …

The usual suspects – A look ahead towards the new Bundesliga season 2016/17

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Yes, I know, the league officially started last night when HSG Wetzlar hosted Füchse Berlin in a very entertaining game.  It’s a shame nobody could witness what happened except for the 4,083 spectators on location.  But that’s another issue that I will talk about at a later stage.  Let’s focus on the sport and what the so-called “best handball league …

Denmark in handball heaven

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After taking a look back at the women’s tournament of Rio de Janeiro, now let’s have a look at the men’s competition.  It was expected to be an open race before the first match and when you just focus on the semifinals, where both games were decided in the final seconds, one of them going to extra-time, it tells you …

“Some things in life are more important than money”

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INTERVIEW – Thomas Mogensen is celebrating his 10th season with SG Flensburg Handewitt, confirming that money is not everything in life. At the start of his 10th consecutive season with Flensburg, life on and off the handball court is more complete than ever for 33-year-old Thomas Mogensen, as he reveals in this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com. By Peter Bruun Don´t …

From Sochi to Gold

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The Olympic games ended just a week ago in the rain of Rio de Janeiro, but it’s never too early to look back at what has happened in Brazil.  What will we remember from the handball tournament? Let’s start with the women’s side, where the host had big hopes coming into the competition, beating the reigning World- and European champion, …

Ljubo lives well with the pressure

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INTERVIEW – As a player, he always wanted to win, and so does Ljubomir Vranjes as a coach.  This attitude fits well with the ambitious goals of his employer, SG Flensburg-Handewitt. By Peter Bruun “I just want to win”, is the direct translation of Ljubomir Vranjes book,“Jag vill bare vinna!” You do not have to talk long to the 42-year-old …

Favorites win on final day

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Women´s Olympic final – Russia defeated France in the final, while Norway ran over the Netherlands and took the bronze. By Peter Bruun France vs Russia 19:22 (7:10) Summary Russia took their first Olympic gold ever.  It is true that the Soviet Union won women´s Olympic gold twice, but for Russia it was a first.  In a tactical match, the …

A day of surprises in Rio

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Women´s Olympic quarter-finals – Netherlands won big against the Brazilian host, France made a stunning comeback against Spain, while Norway ran over Sweden and Angola bowed out against Russia. By Peter Bruun Netherlands vs Brazil 23:32 (11:12) Bonus Info After winning the silver medal at the 2015 World Championship in Denmark last December, expectations in the Netherlands were rather high. …

Five Rings – One Goal – The Women

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The preliminary rounds of the Olympic handball tournament have been very entertaining, especially because of a number of unexpected results.  Sure, Brazil was going to be good, but probably not that good. Angola?!?  Did anyone expect Angola to make it to the next round?  Montenegro – very disappointing, while the Dutch team took a while to lose its nervousness.  Eight …