Optimistic debutants relish Scandinavian derbies

We finish our preview of the Women´s Champions League 2016/17 with Danish debutants Team Esbjerg, a squad that won’t be plagued by long journeys to meet their competitors. In Group D they have a good chance of making their mark. By Peter Bruun The joy was huge in Esbjerg in May, when the handball ladies from Denmark´s fifth largest city managed to land the Danish championship for the first time in… »

Can Roberts and a new arena push Savehof a step further?

For the past three years, IK Savehof made it to the main round of the Women´s Champions League, but never any further.  Can they take the next step and reach the quarter-final?  By Peter Bruun Until t… »

Winds of change blowing in Ljubljana

Having lost the Slovenian championship for the first time in 20 years, RK Krim Mercator had to go through qualifications matches to even reach the 2016/17 Women´s Champions League – it’s not likely th… »

Amanda Kurtovic

Life after Nora Mørk

In our Women´s Champions League preview series, we look at Group D, where 2011 champion Larvik is trying to fill the gap after losing star player Nora Mørk. By Peter Bruun Nora Mørk’s departure to Gyor is a heavy loss for Larvik.  During her seven years with the club, the right-back and Norwegian international developed into a key player that will be dearly missed.  In Gyor, she is seen as the pla… »

The biggest one of all favorites

We finish our look at Group C with one of the biggest favorites to win the 2016/17 Women´s Champions League.  Gyor, who came so close to victory last season, has become even stronger in the meantime a… »

Trine Ostergaard

Turbulence at the worst possible time

A reinforced FC Midtjylland team would go to the main round from any other group but Group C.  Sacking their popular coach at the beginning of the season was not helpful either.  By Peter Bruun As if… »

Ruling champion even stronger

Much to the surprise of (almost) the entire world of handball, CSM Bucuresti won the Women´s Champions League in 2016.  Not nearly as many people will be astonished, if they repeat the triumph this season. By Peter Bruun CSM Bucuresti took everyone by surprise last season, as they came from behind to win the Women´s EHF Champions League.  Only the most die-hard CSM fans had seen this coming after… »

The Don does not flow as quiet anymore

After a disappointing 2015/16 season, Rostov-Don are ready for revenge with a team that has strengthened considerably.  Even in a killer group like Group C of the 2016/17 Women´s Champions League, Jan… »

The end of a dynasty

Eight major titles in 15 years, two triples, countless medals.  It’s been quite a ride for Claude Onesta, the former head coach of “Les Experts”.  He will go down as the most successful men’s national… »

The idea of a Confed Cup is way out of line

When Christian Dissinger suffered another long-term injury during the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, some people connected it to his history of major injuries rather than the amount of games he has played in recent time.  Dissinger will be out until the end of the year and miss the World championship in France as well.  As a consequence he decided to take a break from international duty, at leas… »