Men’s Olympic Handball – Norway vs Brazil 27:24 (12:13)

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After a scrappy start Norway’s men win their first Olympic handball match since 1972   By J. Schuetz Fact Check Norway’s men played their first Olympic handball match since the 1972 games in Munich (Germany) where they finished in 9th place.  Only five players remained on the Brazilian team that played in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. The Result Following …

Three convincing contenders to climb the top of the podium

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Tokyo Olympics women’s preview by Chris O’Reilly Sunday sees the women’s handball competition in Tokyo throw-off and just like the men on Wednesday, here is an attempt to rate the chances of each of the 12 contenders before they go into battle in search of unforgettable glory at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Group A: Netherlands, Montenegro, Norway, Japan, South Korea, …

Denmark dream of the double

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Tokyo Olympics men’s handball preview by Chris O’Reilly With the Tokyo 2020(ne) handball event beginning on Saturday, here’s a look at the men’s competition, with the 12 teams pigeonholed into categories which may well come back to bite this writer in the arse come 7 August – but that is what previews are all about. With a gorgeous Yoyogi National …

Player Ratings – Barça vs Aalborg

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EHF FINAL4 FINAL: Barça vs Aalborg 36:23 (16:11) By Chris O’Reilly Six years of frustration come to an end for Barcelona as they complete a perfect season with 60 games won out of 60 with one of their best performances of the season against Aalborg. Here are the ratings for all players involved in the match and the two head …

Dumoulin heroics not enough to halt PSG

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EHF FINAL4 bronze medal match: HBC Nantes vs Paris Saint-Germain  28:31 (13:17) By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Paris were back in the game nobody wants to play and a game they know all to well, competing for third place for the fourth time in five trips to Cologne. They were left devastated after suffering the latest in a long …

Player Ratings – Barça vs HBC Nantes

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EHF FINAL4 SEMI-FINAL: Barça vs HBC Nantes 31:26 (15:13) By Chris O’Reilly There was no shock result in the second semi-final on Saturday evening in Cologne as Barça held their nerve through a tense middle phase of the second half to break clear and claim a spot in the final against Aalborg. Here are the ratings for all players involved …

Astonishing Aalborg stun PSG

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EHF FINAL4 SEMI-FINAL: Paris Saint-Germain vs Aalborg 33:35 (15:13) By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Aalborg were perhaps the outstanding story of the season as they made their way to the EHF FINAL4 for the first time. With a bright future on the horizon, their confident nature and dogged determination got them all the way to Cologne for the first …

#EHFFINAL4 Preview

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By Chris O’Reilly We’re being spoilt with a second EHF FINAL4 in Cologne in the space of six months and while last December’s event saw four expected heavyweights battle it out, this weekend treats us to a more funky and unexpected quartet – just how we like it. PSG face Aalborg in Saturday’s first semi-final at 15:15 CET, followed by …

Vipers write handball history

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2020/21 DELO EHF FINAL4 Final Match: Brest Bretagne vs Vipers Kristiansand 28:34 (14:18) Before the Match Even though Brest had a few more hours to recover from the intense 70 minute fight against the defending champions from Gyoer on the previous day, it was widely expected that Vipers Kristiansand would be in better physical shape after their concentrated effort versus …