Surprising Saudis but no Pro’s

To the surprise of many, Saudi-Arabia did get a chance to make it to the round of the last-16, missing it by a hair.  A good first half against Croatia and a victory against Chile – the team from South America had beaten Belarus on the first day of the group stage in Rouen – caught the eye of many experts.  Nenad Kljaic is doing a heck of a job considering the circumstances.  I talked to him about… »

Sweden can be very dangerous

As usual the national team tournaments are a big summit of former superstars.  I went to Paris this past Monday, to attend the Scandinavian classic between Sweden and Denmark.  As expected the arena w… »

Other nations are closing in

INTERVIEW – There may not be as many titles on the horizon for Norway’s women in the future, as the international top is getting closer all the time, Stine Bredal Oftedal realizes in this exclusive in… »

Gottfridsson likes Sweden’s path

Sweden is surprising many experts, including former legends like Staffan Olsson, Magnus Wislander or Ljubomir Vranjes.  All of them are working for various television or radio stations as experts and are quite positive when it comes to what Sweden has „put on the table” at the World Cup in France.  I was able to talk to Jim Gottfridsson, a Vranjes’ player at SG Flensburg-Handewitt, about the team’… »

Mikkel Hansen sees room for improvement

Denmark was able to hang on to a win against arch-rival Sweden, on Monday, in Paris, but almost wasted a four-goal lead at half-time.  Danish superstar Mikkel Hansen wasn’t too happy about his team’s… »

Denmark on Nordic handball throne – finally

Even though Denmark have done better than Sweden – almost without interruption – over the course of the past 15 years, the Danes still had trouble with their Scandinavian neighbors in competitive matc… »

Garralda´s historic tears

Seeing the otherwise tough guy Matteo Garralda in tears of joy after leading Chile to their first win ever at a World Championship stirred up memories. By Peter Bruun As a player, Matteo Garralda was known as one of the toughest around. Therefore, it was surprising to see him break down in tears on the bench after Chile´s 32:28 victory against Belarus, in Rouen, on Friday afternoon. On a second th… »

At the opponent’s mercy

COMMENT – The participation of Danish line player René Toft Hansen at the World Cup in France has been thrown into uncertainty after yet another dubious decision by the IFH.  The ruling leaves it up t… »

ZRK Vardar

“No more third places, please”

INTERVIEW – After three consecutive third places at the Champions League FINAL4, Andrea Lekic wants more and something better for her club Vardar at the end of this season, she tells stregspiller.com… »

No more holidays in January

The German national handball team had taken a “short break” from international tournaments, starting with the 2012 London Olympics, then missing out on EURO 2014 two years later in Denmark and they did not even qualify for the World championship in Qatar either.  A young team full of inexperienced players with a new coach, Dagur Sigurdsson, received a wild card and finished in 7th place.  The resu… »