Team Larvik

Morituri Te Salutant

“Those who are about to die salute you”.  Anno Domini 52 this Latin phrase was reportedly used for the first time during an event on lake Fucinus when captives and criminals were destined to die fighting during mock naval encounters in the presence of emperor Claudius.  1,961 years later the participants of women’s EHF Champions League Group 2 (or Group 1 for that matter) will not suffer the same… »

Camilla Herrem

Achilles & Gossé

No – this is not another expensive fragrance made-in Paris or new brand of champagne from Reims the quaint de facto capital of the Champagne-Ardenne region in France. Although it may well be that cham… »

Anja Althaus

Who Is Anja Althaus?

The short answer sounds like this: Anja Althaus, German, 31 years of age, nickname “Oskar”, professional handball player at Thueringer HC. A somewhat more exhaustive answer is certainly warranted give… »

Ida : Hardworking Woman

The name “Ida” originates in Germanic language and means “hardworking woman.” Nowadays the name is mainly popular in Scandinavian countries such as Norway. Indeed not many adjectives could describe Ida Alstad (28) the multi-purpose back player of the national Norwegian handball team in a better way as she spends a lot of time and energy perfecting her skills on the handball court.  Nobody less tha… »

Danish Dynamite

What do the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, the Danish shipping magnate Arnold Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, Patrick Stewart, known as Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek, “The Next Generation” and Kristina… »

Mozart In Wetzlar

The most recent career stops of Ivano Balic (34) were not exactly the outcome of careful planning.  When his contract expired in 2012 with RK Zagreb he went on to join Croatia’s national team in prepa… »

I’ll Be Back!

Unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger in his epic movie “The Terminator” Yevgeni Trefilov did not have it in his own hands when Russia’s Handball Federation (RHF) concluded in a tight 5:4 vote that it was in the nation’s best interest to bring back the experienced but highly controversial coach. Only twelve months ago Trefilov was relieved from his duties at the helm of Russia’s national women handball tea… »

Thorir’s Biggest Challenge Yet?

Challenges are nothing new for Thorir Hergeirsson ever since he became head coach of the Norwegian women’s handball team in 2009. His predecessor was nobody less than legendary Marit Breivik by many m… »

Championsleague 2013/14 – And the Winner Is: Gyor

Will any team be able to stop the handball stars of Gyor next season? If everything goes according to plan no other team in Europe will stand in the way of a Gyor repeat of the Championsleague success… »

A Handball World League…Economic Solution or Dead End Street?

Nobody less than Alfred Gislason, coach of THW Kiel thinks that a handball World League could put the struggling teams in Europe and elsewhere on financial sound footing. If – and it’s a big “IF” – such format would raise audience awareness on a global scale while attracting better TV coverage and global sponsors. This and more he shared in a recent interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel.… »