Sweden – better than we think?

After an Olympic failure and the departure of several key players, Sweden is not given much of a chance at the World Championship in France.  However, new shooting stars may prove the critics wrong. By Peter Bruun Foolowing a disappointing Olympic tournament in Rio, last August, where Sweden had to fly home after the group phase, and things apparently went from bad to worse for “Tre Kronor” during… »

One last, big party

All is set up for a last hooray, a big party in Paris on January 29th.  Today, host France will open the 25th World championship against Brazil in the ArcorHotels Arena, while the whole nation hopes t… »

No time for transition

When France, Germany and the eventual winner, Denmark, were fighting for Olympic Gold back in August, one major handball power was missing out on the party, Spain.  The 2013 World champion and runner-… »

Danes ready to take role as favorite in France

ANALYSIS – Many experts tend to see Denmark as one of the hottest favorites at the upcoming World Championship in France.  In their final test matches, the Danes have done nothing to prove them wrong. By Peter Bruun The Tour Eiffel, L´arc de Triomphe, Louvre – all well-known tourist attractions in Paris.  My personal favorite is the Musée d´Orsay but for the next couple of weeks a new impulse will… »

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Greed and politics cause German TV-blackout

It happened – finally, some may say. For the first time in history there will be a TV-blackout in Germany, no live broadcast from the 2017 Handball World championship in the most important television… »

Remaining silent is not okay, René Toft!

COLUMN – By choosing not to speak to the media for an unknown period of time – possibly for the entire World Championship – Danish star René Toft Hansen is not only ignoring journalists, but his fans… »

Proud no more

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote an article about handball in Poland, or the Polish national team, to be exact.  Just prior to the Olympic games in Rio I thought it was going to be the last hooray of the almost Golden generation, of Slawomir Szmal, Karol Bielecki and Krzysztof Lijewski. Along with Michal and Bartosz Jurecki they formed the core five of the “red and white”.  They were already pa… »

Morten Henriksen – the opposite of Wilbek

COLUMN – By choosing Morten Henriksen as new sports director, Denmark’s Handball Federation has selected an individual so unlike his predecessor – Ulrik Wilbek – as one can imagine. However, the true… »

Gensheimer sees rotation as key to success

Germany faced Romania in a test match on Tuesday in Krefeld cruising to a 30:21 (17:9) win against the four-time world champion, still captain Uwe Gensheimer wasn’t completely satisfied.  I was able t… »

The best women of 2016

Which female handball players impressed us the most in 2016?  Based on the performances in the Champions League, the Olympics and the European championship, stregspiller.com presents a Women´s All Star Team 2016. By Peter Bruun 2016 was a year of many outstanding and thrilling moments in women´s handball. Need I remind you on the incredible Champions League final in Budapest back in May, as Champi… »