Tough Luck Croatia

A fifth place at the very first Women´s European championship still stands out as Croatia´s greatest achievement in the history of the tournament. It will be extremely difficult for them to get even close to this result this time around, as they ended up in the toughest of all groups. By Peter Bruun It is a bit hard not to feel sorry for Croatia.  Why – you may ask?  Simply put because of their ba… »

Czech Republic with nothing to lose

Two eighth places are the Czech Republic´s best achievements at European championships, where they have taken part four times before. At the last time, a 12th rank was the outcome.  And it is a big qu… »

Unpredictable Danes

Denmark have a very modest goal of finishing among the top 12 teams at EURO’16, but maybe they can benefit from weaknesses of some of the other teams in an otherwise tough bracket.  The actual strengt… »

A new era without Bulatovic and Radicevic

After Montenegro´s disastrous Olympic campaign – it led to national coach Dragan Adzic’s resignation for a few weeks – the country is starting a new era without stars like Katarina Bulatovic, Jovanka Radicevic and others. The big question – will Montenegro already achieve a better result in Sweden compared to the one in Rio? By Peter Bruun A Montenegrin national team without Katarina Bulatovic – p… »

Can Kim make Hungary great again?

The expectations in Hungary´s new national coach Kim Rasmussen are huge, and justifiably so, considering the Dane´s success with Poland and CSM Bucuresti in recent years.  But, Rasmussen is facing ser… »

Kinga Achruk

New coach facing a tough challenge

Following in the footsteps of Kim Rasmussen is no easy task, and Poland´s new coach Leszek Krowicki has not made things easier for himself by changing most of the national team. By Peter Bruun Kim Ras… »

EURO Ready

Consistent Norway, Russia´s Danish syndrome and Trefilov´s daughter ANALYSIS – Norway was the only consistent team, as the three Olympic medalists from Rio and Denmark met for a final test before the European championship starts in Sweden this upcoming weekend. By Peter Bruun  As the only team, Norway showed consistency, when the ruling European and World champions won the Golden League tournament… »

6:0 & 3:3 – More Than Just Numbers

During my weekly podcast “Kreis Ab”, you might have heard about it, I like to talk to my guests not just about recent results or upcoming games, but also about stuff you can’t read in papers or magazi… »

Anne Hubinger

What can Biegler do?

Not much, I am afraid.  Having axed star shooter Susann Müller and missing three other back court players, Michael Biegler’s first major tournament as a women´s coach has turned into an even bigger ch… »

Team Oranje – ready for more success

Silver medalists at the 2015 World Championship and semi-finalists at the Rio Olympics – The Netherlands are ready to create more upsets at the European championship with Helle Thomsen at the helm. By Peter Bruun The Netherlands really stunned the world of handball at the 2015 World Championship in Denmark, when they won a highly sensational silver medal. In the euphoria that followed, it was quic… »