Legends never die

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The year of 2017 is not shaping up as a good one when it comes to famous people passing.  Not long ago former German chancellor Helmut Kohl died, as did Raymond Kopa, the “Napoléon of football”.  Because of their popularity and achievements they will live on forever.  The same goes for Bernhard Kempa, who passed away last Thursday. Kempa was …

Getting used to it

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The week before last when the news broke that Germany’s HC Leipzig’s would file for bankruptcy, I was thinking, well, here we go again.  It’s not the first time a former German champion ran out of money, but it’s for sure the most spectacular case.  Just to name another few examples – HC Frankfurt/Oder, league winner in 2004, and 1. …

Heading in the right direction

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Although we are in the middle of summer there’s plenty to talk about in handball.  Some teams have already finished their vacation and are preparing for the new season, especially in Germany, where the new campaign starts in late August- a little earlier than in most other countries in Europe. Early July may not be the time to think about …

Barcelona movements

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Earlier last month during the EHF Champions League FINAL4, in Cologne, mighty FC Barcelona found out – once again – more quality is needed to secure another triumph on Europe’s main handball stage. Although, the Catalans lost to the eventual winner, Vardar (Macedonia), only on a buzzer beater by Croatian Luka Cindric, it looked like something was missing.  Barcelona’s back-court, …

IHF 2017 World Championship – The Draw

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Reactions after yesterday’s draw in Hamburg, as the most important handball event of the second half of 2017 takes shape. Tess Wester – goalkeeper, The Netherlands “It’s always great to play a World championship, because you usually play against really different opponents, like Cameroon this time.  It’s also a lot of fun to play against Germany, as they host the …

Super Globe – super political

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First of all, it’s worth mentioning that there are a number of competitions in all kinds of sports of questionable benefit.  The Confederations Cup in football is a good example, as the current event taking place in Russia is probably the last time this tournament will be staged. Players would love to avoid the extra stress that comes along with …

“I’ll be in this fight for three more years”

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By Laura Agena The European club season may be over, but three-time Champion’s League winner, Eduarda Amorim, still has some responsibilities with the national team.  The Pan American Championship is on the homestretch in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and for the three frontrunners spots for the 2017 World cup in Germany await.  Ahead of the competition, the Brazilian left-back spared a …

The mighty fall

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FEATURE – Former great handball nations such as Russia and Poland will not be represented at the European championship in Croatia, next January. This is just one of the facts after the final round of qualification, which included several surprises, and makes us look forward to a Balkan party with no less than five teams from what used to be …

All the stars

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With the official end of the 2016/17 season, it’s time to have a look at the best-of-the-best. Why not begin with the so-called “Best League” in the world – the DKB Handball Bundesliga? You might be surprised by my choices, as the list includes only a few household names. But some newcomers just outpaced some of the familiar names, with …