Happy New Year 2014…

…thank you for 2013 and congratulations to Brazil’s handball team becoming the first ever World Champion from the America’s.  What a fantastic performance in front of 20,000 enthusiastic spectators at Belgrade’s Kombank Arena on December 22, 2013. Thank you also to Stregspiller’s many followers and regular visitors.  At the launch of the website this past  September we did not expect such overwh… »

Jan Pytlick

Who Is The Best Danish Coach At World Cup 2013?

The World Cup 2013 in Serbia has concluded Group play and teams are in the midst of preparing for the first elimination round beginning this weekend.  Of all nations that were mentioned as potential m… »

Susan Mueller

Is It Mueller’s Time?

The Women’s World Cup 2013 in Serbia is in full swing and in the next two rounds teams will establish order of authority before elimination games commence on Sunday.  The debate will no longer focus o… »

Isabel Blanco


The last handball tournament played on Norwegian soil in preparation for the 2013 World Cup in Serbia took place in Drammen a city better known for Aass, the country’s oldest surviving beer brewery founded in 1834.  Norway’s Handball Federation had extended invitations to the teams of Russia, the Netherlands and South-Korea to fight for the traditional Mobelringen-Cup trophy.  To make a long story… »

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 fight… »

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 given her exceptional handball career.  Even more important the answer will highlight a very significant difference between the current national women handball team of Germany and their male counterparts.… »

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 Id… »

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 preparation for the London Olympics without a new contract in his pocket.  Later in August with a bronze medal around his neck he returned to a familiar place – Liga ASOBAL . The “Mozart” of handball had s… »