Camilla Herrem

Achilles & Gossé

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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 champagne will be the drink of choice once again for Camilla Herrem (27) the buoyant left-winger of the Norwegian national handball team at the end of …

Anja Althaus

Who Is Anja Althaus?

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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. No question …

Ida : Hardworking Woman

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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 …

Danish Dynamite

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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 “Mulle” Kristiansen (24) the agile playmaker of TVIS Holstebro and Team Denmark have in common?  The answer to this trivia question – all of them were born on July …

Mozart In Wetzlar

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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 …

I’ll Be Back!

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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 …

Thorir’s Biggest Challenge Yet?

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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 measures the most successful coach in Norwegian handball history to date. No doubt some big shoes to step into but Thorir started well with a 3rd place in …

Championsleague 2013/14 – And the Winner Is: Gyor

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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 of 2013. Titles on a national level are all but assured. The women around Ambros Martin may even win all their games …

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

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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 …