Sterbik and tactical skill bring Vardar close to FINAL4

MATCH REVIEW – Flensburg´s comeback came too late against a tactically brilliant Vardar team, where goalkeeper Arpad Sterbik caused the host constant problems. On Thursday, Flensburg have an extremely steep mountain to climb in Skopje. By Peter Bruun SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) vs HC Vardar (MKD) 24:26 (9:15)  Before the Match  The match today, took place exactly three years and one day after the… »

Victor Tomas

It used to be special

On Sunday they will meet once again – possibly the two biggest handball super powers in Europe on club level – handball giant and freshly minted 2017 Spanish champion, FC Barcelona and German record t… »

Deja-Vu

The participants in the FINAL4 tournament of the Women´s Champions League 2017 will be the exact same four teams as in the previous year.  Only the draw for the semi-finals can bring about some change… »

Barbara Arenhart - World Cup 2013 in Serbia

A decade of living the dream

For years, South American players had to get used to the idea that the only way to improve in handball was to leave the country.  It’s a tough choice.  Leaving family, friends and one’s own country behind is not something that’s taken lightly.  And while it’s the same issue for many European players as well, the difference is a fourteen-hour flight instead of two in order to get back home. By Laur… »

A mild surprise

Sometimes you can just anticipate what’s going to occur.  In sports it seems close to impossible, because anything can happen, as athletes and officials repeat endless times when asked about a firm pr… »

“I feel no pressure”

INTERVIEW – Alexandra Lacrabere feels comfortable about elevated expectation level at HC Vardar, where she is playing her first season. Experiencing her first FINAL4 would mean a lot to her, she admit… »

Same procedure as last year?

WOMEN´S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REVIEW – The FINAL4 of the Women´s Champions League will consist of the same four teams, as last year. That is the inevitable conclusion after the first leg of the quarter-finals in the most prestigious club tournament in the world of women´s handball By Peter Bruun CSM, Gyor, Vardar, Buducnost. Does this quartett ring a bell? Right, these were the four participants of the… »

Hungry Kiel wears down Flensburg

It has been said so many times: “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”  Sunday’s final between the THW Kiel and the SG Flensburg-Handewitt proved – once again – the old adage.  On Saturday,… »

Fortunate finish moves CSM one step closer to FINAL4

MATCH REVIEW – What looked to be an equal affair for quite some time turned into a rather reassuring five-goal victory for CSM Buduresti, courtesy of several mistakes by Ferencvaros towards the end of… »

“Bella” dreaming of a repeat

INTERVIEW – Swedish star Isabelle Gulldén of CSM Bucuresti talks to stregspiller.com about the upcoming Champions League quarter-finals against Ferencvaros, her dreams of another Champions League triumph and a very fast-turning coaching carousel at her club. By Peter Bruun Things have turned out quite well for Isabelle Gulldén and her teammates at CSM Bucuresti in their first season after winning… »