A mild surprise

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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 prediction of what lies in the future.  But the loss of 2016 Champions League winner, Vive Tauron Kielce, against French side Montpellier was just a mild surprise, no …

“I feel no pressure”

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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 admits. By Peter Bruun  It is not secret that demands are high at Skopje’s, HC Vardar. Reaching the FINAL4 of the Champions League – preferably on both, the men’s …

Same procedure as last year?

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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, …

Hungry Kiel wears down Flensburg

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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, the front-runner in the German league – SG Flensburg – totally demolished the reigning German champion Rhein-Neckar Löwen 33:23.  On Sunday, record cup winner Kiel practiced a …

“Bella” dreaming of a repeat

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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

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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 berth have been against all odds. Among the favorites, lack of stability has been prevalent. By Peter Bruun Three teams have been standing out as positive surprises in the …

Ruling Champion out

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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) 26:28 (15:11) Before the Match Once upon a time, a five-goal lead was not a whole lot to take with you into a …

“Winning in Germany would be just perfect”

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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 …

Landin focused on the present

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Niklas Landin and Andreas Wolff are two big-time goalkeepers on the same roster.  So far it’s going quite well for both of them, even if their club THW Kiel is not performing on the high level as in previous years. On Thursday, Landin showed his class once more when he shut the door on his former team – Rhein-Neckar Löwen …