Abbingh to the rescue

By Sascha Staat Once again Lois Abbingh was named Player of the Match after scoring a whopping 14 goals in the quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic in Magdeburg. Apart from the sharp-shooting left-back from Issy Paris, The Netherlands had a tough time against an opponent who never stopped fighting.  In the end, though, the Dutch survived a late surge by the underdog to qualify for the semi… »

Sweden win Scandinavian derby

Women´s World Championship Quarter-Finals – Day 1 Sweden continue to make history at World Cup 2017, heading to their first semi-final ever after defeating Denmark in the Scandinavian derby, in Leipzi… »

“We will do everything possible to win both games in Hamburg”

By Sascha Staat Sabina Jacobsen is one of the veteran players on the Swedish team, the defensive specialist was all smiles after the match against Denmark and a historic win, in the quarter-final of W… »

Historic tears

By Sascha Staat Hanna Blomstrand is no household name in the world of handball, but she is well on a her way to create a name for herself if she continues playing as she did against arch-rival Denmark in the quarter-final of the 2017 World Cup.  She scored seven times en route to a comeback-win that secured a place in the semi-finals of the competition, for the first time in the history of the Swe… »

“I know they don’t really like to play against us”

By Sascha Staat It’s not the first time France has reached the final four of a big tournament, yet everyone talks about Norway and The Netherlands and also Sweden, the team that is the hot story of th… »

Czech Republic #simplywunderbar

Women´s World Championship Round of Last 16 – Day 2 The Czech Republic eliminated Romania, while Korea as well as Japan forced Russia and the Netherlands into extra time; Norway had no problems ending… »

Keep on running

By Sascha Staat Camilla Herrem is one of the veterans on the Norwegian team, but when you talk to her you get the feeling that she doesn’t get tired of winning. In fact she is quite hungry to add to her trophy collection and after Norway’s performance against Spain, at World Cup ’17, in Leipzig it looks like more precious metal is quite close. Congrats to you, Camilla, it looked rather easy. What’… »

A good feeling

By Sascha Staat Stine Oftedal’s happiness showed right after beating Spain at the 2017 World Cup, in Leipzig. Norway reached the quarterfinal at “Simply Wunderbar” rather easily, thanks to an impressi… »

Melting under pressure

Carmen Martin has seen a lot in handball, as have many of her Spanish teammates.  Still, the veteran right-wing felt like her team melted under the pressure of playing a game in the knock-out stage at… »

Well prepared

By Sascha Staat The Czech Republic made an impressive second-half comeback beating favored Romania in the Round of Last 16, 28-27, in Leipzig.  Iveta Luzumova assisted on the final goal by Michaela Hrbková, just seconds before the end of the game, right after Cristina Neagu had tied the score from the penalty line, a few moments earlier. First of all congratulations, Iveta.  I’m a bit shocked beca… »