“We will be in beast mode against France”

By Sascha Staat Sanna Solberg is not as big a star as Katrine Lunde, Nora Mørk or Stine Oftedal, but she exemplifies why it’s almost impossible to beat the Norwegian national handball team.  Last night, they routed another strong opponent – The Netherlands – en route to the 2017 World Cup final.  As she told me right after the match, it’s all about the right mindset and a winning DNA which comes f… »

It’s all about defense

By Sascha Staat Amandine Leynaud has seen it all, mostly though hard defense battles, like the one against Sweden on Friday, in the second semifinal of World Cup’17.  It was close until the end when F… »

Just too slow

By Sascha Staat Two debatable decisions of the referees towards the end of the semifinal against France, may have cost Sweden a gold medal match at the 2017 World championship.  France moved on and wi… »

Norway – in a league of their own

Women´s World Championship Semi-Finals The semi-final day in Hamburg turned another demonstration of Norway´s superiority in women´s national team handball.  The Netherlands were no match for Norway who decided the game within the first 12 minutes. In the other semi-final, a questionable call by the referees, towards the end of the match, led to Sweden’s fall against France. By Peter Bruun Netherl… »

Norway smashes Russia and Abbingh takes Netherlands to the semis

Women´s World Championship Quarter-finals – Day 2 Norway and the Netherlands are ready for the semi-finals following the last quarterfinals on Wednesday, in Magdeburg. While The Netherlands had plenty… »

“It will be hard for anybody to beat us”

By Sascha Staat When the quarterfinal pairing between Olympic champion Russia and World and European champion Norway became official, handball fans around the world were looking forward to an intense,… »

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… »