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 the World Cup.  Everything appeared to go right during the group phase, where it became obvious that the team would move on to the Round of Last 16. After the loss to handball superpower, Norway,  I… »

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 Hr… »

Host drops out – World Championship goes on

Women´s World Championship Round of Last 16 – Day 1 On Sunday the first four quarter-finalists, were determined and once again it was another day of surprises. It was also the day, when host Germany w… »

”We want to make history”

INTERVIEW – If Sweden can overcome Slovenia in the Round of Last 16 in Leipzig on Sunday night, it will be the furthest Sweden ever got at a Women´s Handball World Championship. Obviously, playmaker Isabelle Gulldén is eager to reach the objective. By Peter Bruun Sweden´s women’s handball team can write handball history on Sunday night. If they defeat Slovenia in the Round of Last 16, at Arena Lei… »

“I realize that I have an important role

INTERVIEW – Sabina Jacobsen is the defense specialist in Sweden’s national handball team, and she is very well aware of her important role, as she reveals in this exclusive interview with stregspiller… »

“We dominated right from the start”

By Sascha Staat Lois Abbingh surely is one of the true stars of World Cup 2017 and she almost scored in double digits again, netting eight times against host Germany, in Leipzig.  The Dutch showed all… »

“We have to improve on both ends, in offense and defense – not just a bit, but a lot”

By Sascha Staat Kerstin Wohlbold is an eight-time German champion, but she has never played a World championship on home soil, and expectations have never been as high for a national handball team, in recent years. After the tough loss against The Netherlands, I spoke to the German playmaker about the result, what it means to the team and where she sees room for improvement. That was quite a harsh… »

Getting back on track

By Sascha Staat Germany knew it would be hard facing The Netherlands in their last match of the group phase, but the performance shown against the Dutch won’t be enough to survive the Round of  Last 1… »

“I don’t want to stop here, that’s all I can say”

By Sascha Staat Dragana Cvijic is one of four key players who came back and joined the Serbian national team just before the start of World Cup 2017. Still, nobody thought of them winning a group feat… »

Flying Dutchwomen and strong Serbs

Women´s World Championship – Round 5 The preliminary round at World Cup 2017 came to an end in all four groups, on Friday.   On the last match day, The Netherlands literally ran over Germany, as Oranje showed their best performance in the competition, so far. However, neither one of the two teams won their group, instead Serbia emerged at the top of Group D, beating South Korea 33:28. By Peter Bru… »