“You cannot play a Champions League semi-final without feeling pressure”

INTERVIEW – In this interview with stregspiller.com, Vipers coach, Ole Gustav Gjekstad, admits that his players cannot play completely free of pressure, when they enter their semi-final clash against Györ, despite being the underdog. By Peter Bruun The underdog can play without pressure – an adage that applies to Vipers Kristiansand’s first appearance at the DELO Women’s EHF FINAL4. When you play… »

It is a new feeling

INTERVIEW – It certainly is not the first time, Gabor Danyi appears at a FINAL4 together with Györ, but it will be his first time as head coach. He openly admits that such circumstances makes everythi… »

“It does not matter if you have won everything until now”

INTERVIEW – Ambros Martín has arrived in Budapest for his fifth FINAL4, but for the first time, he is not a coach of Györ, the club he won the Champions League on four previous occasions. This time, t… »

A determined coach – a determined team

INTERVIEW – Not only is Emmanuel Mayonnade new to the DELO Women’s EHF FINAL4 as coach. His team, Metz Handball, are debutants at the event as well. In his talk with stregspiller.com, the young coach explains how he intends to handle this challenge. By Peter Bruun Things have moved fast in Emmanuel Mayonnade´s career as a handball coach, considering that he is (only) 35 years old. This year, the F… »

”Of course, Vipers are the underdogs”

INTERVIEW – Norway´s national team coach, Thorir Hergeirsson realizes that the DELO Women’s EHF FINAL4 debutants,Vipers Kristiansand, are the underdogs in Budapest, next weekend. Yet, he does believe… »

“This event is a reward for all the hard work, we put in all season long”

By Kevin Domas INTERVIEW While she’s just 21 years of age, the (handball) life of Meline Nocandy has accelerated a great deal over the course of these past few months. Only two months ago, the Metz Ha… »

“I’m so much looking forward to the FINAL4 – I just want it to start”

INTERVIEW Groningen, Emmen, Oldenburg, Baia Mare, Paris, Rostov-Don these were the career stops of Lois Abbingh, thus far. On Saturday, she and her Rostov teammates will compete in semi-final number two of the DELO Women’s EHF FINAL4, in Budapest – a first for her.  For many the Dutch international is the best left-back in the world, next to Christina Neagu (Romania).  Yet, in the 2018/19 edition… »

“Fatigue is the worst opponent”

By Nemanja Savic  INTERVIEW Dragan Adzic has been synonymous with the success of the handball teams of Buducnost and Montenegro for almost a decade now. Having won two Champions League titles in 2012… »

“Should I be extra tough, or extra kind against my sister?”

By Chris O’Reilly and Brian Campion INTERVIEW It will be a special weekend for the Kristiansen family in Budapest. Making it to the Women’s EHF FINAL4 is a massive achievement on its own, but making i… »

“Everybody sees Györ as a favorite, but I disagree”

By Kevin Domas INTERVIEW Fred Bougeant knows a thing or two about the Women’s DELO EHF FINAL4. He was the first French coach to ever qualify a team for the event.  Last season he did so with Russia’s top club,  Rostov-Don. Although, he decided to return to France, last summer, to coach Nantes as well as the national team of Senegal, he still keeps an eye on what’s going on across “Handball Europe”… »