Favorites came through

Champions League (W) – Round 6 When looking back at the group phase of the Women´s Champions League and the way the main round groups shape up after the last round of play, we have to conclude that the favorites did what was expected of them. But audiences enjoyed a few refreshing surprises along the way. By Peter Bruun This week, the focus is on the three matches that decided the last two tickets… »

Shining (or not)

By Sascha Staat Don’t worry, this article has nothing to do with Stanley Kubrick’s cinematographic masterpiece dating all the way back to 1980 – so don’t be afraid and keep on reading. What’s ahead is… »

All three French teams firing on all cylinders     

By Kevin Domas For the second time in a row, all three French teams taking part in the VELUX EHF Champions League won their games this past weekend. While one of them is qualified for the next phase a… »

Halfway there

By Sascha Staat The first half of the 2017/18 Champions League group stage was completed last weekend, a perfect time for a first evaluation of what we have seen, so far. I think it’s fair to say that some teams are struggling, while others are overachieving. And some of the results have been outright shocking, like Kielce’s loss in Brest or Kiel’s recent defeat at home against Celje. The Slovenia… »

Paris – Finally

Champions League (M) – Round 7 In the seventh round of the Men´s Champions League group phase, Paris Saint-Germain demonstrated what they are really capable of – finally. The round also showcased an i… »

Only two tickets left

Champions League (W) – Round 5 Most pieces of the main round puzzle fell into place, and only two tickets are at stake this coming weekend. This does not mean that the rest of the matches are without… »

“I play where I make a difference”

INTERVIEW – Anita Görbicz finds that her new role as left wing – after many years as playmaker – has made her more valuable to Györ. In this exclusive interview with stregspiller.com, she also talks about her team’s injury problems this season, losing two matches in succession and working with foreign coaches. By Peter Bruun You cannot teach an “old dog new tricks”, as the saying goes.  Well, it w… »

Academy Awards

By Sascha Staat When the German handball national team, the so-called “Ladies” of Michael Biegler, played two friendly matches against the Netherlands, in late October, they faced a side of youngsters… »

Henk Groener + “Die Ladies”

OPINION – Michael Biegler has done well – some would say surprisingly well – during his short spell at the helm of Germany’s women national handball team.  The arrival of Henk Groener after the World… »

Revenge for Györ – 1st defeat for Metz

Champions League (W) – Round 4 Györ got their revenge against Rostov-Don and clinched main round berth, but they had to work hard for it. Metz suffered their first defeat while Vardar’s record remains flawless. By Peter Bruun Defending Champions League winners Györ avenged their earlier loss against Rostov-Don and booked their main round ticket. Despite leading 11:5 and 22:17, the Hungarians had t… »