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… »

Against all odds

COLUMN – FC Midtjylland, Larvik and Ferencvaros – in that order – have been the positive surprises in the Women´s Champions League thus far.  In Midtjylland´s and Larvik´s case, their quarter-final be… »

Ruling Champion out

MATCH OF THE DAY – Kielce lived up to the “rule” that a defending Champions League winner won’t do a repeat in the following year. By Peter Bruun KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL) vs Montpellier HB (FRA) 26… »

“Winning in Germany would be just perfect”

In basketball, the most exciting stars play “above the rim”, in handball they shoot from way beyond the 9-meter perimeter. Lois Abbingh, the Dutch international, is one of the elite few, blessed with the talent and skill to score from long distance.  Enjoy reading what the sharp-shooting back-court player from Issy Paris has to say about playing in the Champions League, fighting for precious metal… »