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 impressive 31-23 rout.  After the match, there was hardly anything to criticize – Norway once again showed why they are the team to beat. Congratulations Stine, that was impressive. In the end it looked like… »

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 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 were sent out of the tournament. By Peter Bruun Hungary vs France 26:29 (11:14)  France reached the quarter-finals of the 2017 World Championship as the first team. The Olympic silver medalist was in t… »

”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 I… »

“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 their qualities, speed, defense, strong goalkeeping, and pulled out a win including a big exclamation mark.  After the match, I spoke with the sharp-shooting left-back from Issy Paris Issy. Wow, Lois… »

“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… »

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 featuring both The Netherlands and the host, Germany. The experienced lineplayer strongly disagreed when I talked to her after their victory against South Korea. Dragana – congratulations to the victory a… »