We are up to the challenge

How tempting is it to look beyond the semi-final match against Croatia? COS:  First of all, I don’t think that we look beyond the semi-final.  I believe it’s the first time in the history of Norwegian men’s handball that a team has reached a semi-final at a World Cup – so we take this very serious.  Last year we lost a semi-final against Germany (at EURO 2016 ed.) and we will not make the same mis… »

It will be a lot of fun

On Friday you will play a historical semi-final against Croatia, no Norwegian men’s team has ever gone that far in a World Championship – how do you feel about it? KRT:  Yes – it will be a lot of fun.… »

We can win

Team Slovenia is widely considered the big underdog in the fight against France.  How do you prepare your players? VV:   Look – two or three years ago, my young players wanted autographs from Daniel N… »

Four to stay

The four teams who start Group 1 of the Women´s Champions League main round will stay there and reach the quarter-finals, but not necessarily in the current order. By Peter Bruun While the eyes of the handball world are still focused on France and the Men´s World Championship, the main round of the Women´s Champions League is just round the corner. First match day is this up coming weekend with a… »

Berge with the chess brain of Magnus Carlsen

With tactical skills that remind me of his countryman, triple chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, Christian Berge is leading Norway towards another great achievement at a major championship. By Peter… »

A logical exit – almost

This month 50 years ago, Denmark celebrated their first medal in men´s handball.  The anniversary was “celebrated” with the worst result at a major championship in the past 12 years. Denmark’s prematu… »

Sigurdsson admits mistakes after stunning German exit

Yesterday turned out to be the day of upsets at handball World Cup 2017.  Following Denmark’s defeat by Hungary, Germany wasted a four-goal lead midway through the second half and lost to Qatar, a team the European champion had beaten by a margin of twelve goals during the Olympic games in Rio.  After the match, I had the chance to talk with Dagur Sigurdsson, who coached his last game for the Germ… »

Torgovanov critical of Bonaventura sisters

Russia lost to Slovenia yesterday in a game that started well for the former superpower of handball.  But then the speed and skill of the opponent was just too much to handle and in the end, Vid Kavti… »

Surprising Saudis but no Pro’s

To the surprise of many, Saudi-Arabia did get a chance to make it to the round of the last-16, missing it by a hair.  A good first half against Croatia and a victory against Chile – the team from Sout… »

Sweden can be very dangerous

As usual the national team tournaments are a big summit of former superstars.  I went to Paris this past Monday, to attend the Scandinavian classic between Sweden and Denmark.  As expected the arena was crowded with some of the all-time greats.  Lars Krogh Jeppesen, Lars Christiansen and Ljubomir Vranjes were too fast for me, but Staffan Olsson had lost a step so I was able to catch up and have a… »