Julen Aguinagalde

Day Of Reckoning

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January 27, 2013 may have been the darkest day for Danish handball ever – certainly in recent years.  In the gold medal game for World-Cup 2013 team Denmark was crushed by the Spanish host 35:19 (18:10).  It was not so much the loss itself but the way it happened.  The acclaimed attacking game of Mikkel Hansen & Co. suffered a …

Handball EURO 2014 Comes To Germany

Handball EURO 2014 Comes To Germany!

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All German handball fans who miss their team at EURO 2014 still have a chance to share in the excitement and fantastic atmosphere created by host country Denmark.  If you happen to live in Cologne or near by you are even closer to where the action is.  Just in time for opening day of this year’s premier handball tournament Danish …

Serbian National Team


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When the final buzzer sounded on December 18, 2013 at Belgrade’s Kombank arena one of the most impressive records in handball history had come to an end.  For the first time since 2005 the Norwegian national handball team had not reached the semi-final of a major tournament.  In a thrilling quarter-final match Norway surrendered to host Serbia after leading twice …


Happy New Year 2014…

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…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 …

Jan Pytlick

Who Is The Best Danish Coach At World Cup 2013?

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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 medal contenders at the outset of the tournament only the Danish squad has yet to demonstrate that they can hang with the best.  In the narrow …

Susan Mueller

Is It Mueller’s Time?

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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 on the merits of having countries such as Paraguay or Dominican Republic participating in the tournament to answering the question which nations will claim the …

Isabel Blanco


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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 …

Team Larvik

Morituri Te Salutant

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“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 …

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 …