All-Stars of 2015

Women’s European Championship U19 – Spain

GK: Tonje Haug Lerstad (Nor)

LP: Sara Trier Hald (Den)

LW: Marianna Egorova (Rus)

LB: Emily Bölk (Ger)

CB: Yaroslava Frolova (Rus)

RB: Celine Lundbye Kristiansen (Den)

RW: Maitane Etxeberria (Esp)

Top scorer: Djurdjina Jaukovic (Mne) – 71 goals

Best defensive player: Sofia Hvenfelt (Swe)

Best player: Djurdjina Jaukovic (Mne)


Women’s European Championship U17 – Macedonia


GK: Laerke Sofie Tanderup Soerensen (Den)

LP: Noemi Paztor (Hun)

LW: Sarah Grunnet Sougaart (Den)

LB: Karina Sabirova (Rus)

CB: Matea Pletikosic (Cro)

RB: Antonina Skorobogatchenko (Rus)

RW: Maria Dudina (Rus)

Top scorer: Maria Sorina Tirca (Rou) 55 goals in 7 matches

Best defensive player: Kristina Joergensen (Den)

Best player: Helena Elver Hagesoe (Den)


All-Stars Of 2014

Women’s European Open U18

GK: Sofie Börjesson (Swe)
LW: Viede Karoline Nord (Nor)
LB: Yulia Golikova (Rus)
CB: Mette Thrysted (Den)
RB: Valentina Vernigorova (Rus)
RW: Nikolett Dioszegi (Hun) 

Top scorer: Cristina Laslo (Rou)
Best defence player: Aleksandra Zimny (Pol)
Most Valuable Player (MVP): Yaroslava Frolova (Rus)

Women’s World Championship U18 – Macedonia



GK: Jessica Jochims (Ger)
LW: Itana Grbic (Mne)
LB: Bianca Bazaliu (Rou)
CB: Cristina Laslo (Rou)
RB: Durdina Malovic (Mne)
RW: Stine Bindlev Holm (Den)
LP: Lorena Ostase (Rou)

MVP: Emily Bölk (Ger)
Topscorer: Sojeong Yu (Kor) – 81 goals

Women’s World Championship U20 – Croatia



GK: Dinah Eckerle (Ger)
LW: Julie Kjaer Larsen (Den)
LB: Line Haugsted (Den)
CB: Daria Dmitrieva (Rus)
RB: Luca Szekerczes (Hun)
RW: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)
LP: Seonpil Won (Kor)

MVP: Hyojin Lee (Kor)
Topscorer: Hyojin Lee (Kor) – 64 goals

All-Stars of 2013

All-Stars of 2012

All-Stars of the past

Romania’s Next Generation Update

PerianuThanks to GSP, who has interviewed Gabriela Perianu, I can update my post on Romania’s most promising players, written two and a half years ago.

Gabriela Perianu …


Born: 20/6/1994

Plays for: HC Dunarea Braila


Favourite player: Bojana Popović – “She was sensational! I wish to reach her level. This is what I train for.”

Dreams of: playing for Gyor or Buducnost, in five-years’ time

International competitions:

ECh U17 – 2011 – best LB

ECh U19 – 2011

WCh U18 – 2012 – best LB

WCh U20 – 2012

ECh U19 – 2013

WCh – 2013

All-Stars Of 2013

Women’s European Championship U17 – Poland


GK: Althea Rebecca Reihardt (Den)
LW: Olivia Mellegard (Swe)
LB: Sandra Santiago(Por)
CB: Yaroslava Frolova (Rus)
RB: Djurdjina Malovic (Mne)
RW: Emma Ekenman-Fernis (Swe)
LP: Sophia fehri (Fra)

MVP: Elizaveta Malashenko (Rus)
Topscorer: Cristina Laszlo (Rou) – 56 goals
Best defender: Maria Lykkegaard (Den)

Women’s European Championship U19 – Denmark


GK: Zzofi Szemerey (Hun)
LW: Ekaterina Chernova (Rus)
LB: Anne Mette Hansen (Den)
CB: Daria Dmitrieva (Rus)
RB: Luka Szekerczes (Hun)
RW: Kelly Vollebregt (Ned)
PV: Jenny Groetan (Nor)

MVP: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)
Topscorer: Monica Soares (Por)
Best defender: Anika Meyer (Den)

Photos: EHF & Polish Handball Federation

Funny Games

Do you remember what was the hottest country in Europe last year?

This year, a region stands out. OG, ECh and now, the youth came forward to claim not one, but three medals at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin. The Ex-Yugoslavian countries are on top of their game.  Serbia and Montenegro are the achievers. Slovenia and Croatia have shown during this last competition of the season they may have rediscovered hope for the future.

I put together the final stats for the Mersin Games, otherwise unpublished.

The player that caught my attention is the Croatian Lana Franković (21; 1m83; LB).


The Pursuit Of Steadiness

An idealistic overview of leadership issues at the end of the Olympic cycle. Read it here.


(…) But are patience, cyclic planning and time investment still of relevance to our times and markets? As it turns out, teams are forced to give up on their best players, the ones expected to develop passion on top of passion – commitment to a team, to an audience, to a town and to a nation on top of their love for handball.

All-Stars Of 2012

Women’s European Open U18 – Sweden

©Viktor Ljungstrom

GK: Dinah Eckerle (Ger)

LW: Kristin Venn (Nor)

LP: Roxana Cirjan (Rou)

RW: Aneta Vabuda (Pol)

LB: Marketa Jerabkova (Cze)

CB: Michelle Urbicht (Ger)

RB: Hanna Oftedal (Nor)

Top scorer: Marketa Jerabkova – 44 goals

Best defensive player: Julia Eriksson (Swe)

Best player: Irina Snopova (Rus)

Women’s World Championship U18 – Montenegro

©IHF Uros Hocevar

GK: Louise Egestorp (Den)

LW: Ekaterina Chernova (Rus)

LB: Gabriela Perianu (Rou)

CB: Nadia Offendal  (Den)

LP: Kellya Zullemaro (Fra)

RB: Rebecca Hejel (Swe)

RW: Marit Røsberg Jacobsen (Nor)

Best Player: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)

Top scorer: Irina Aleksandrova (Kaz)

Women’s World Championship U20 – Czech Republic



GK: Laura Glauser (Fra)

LW: Louise Sand (Swe)

LB: Maria Adler (Swe)

CB: Kinga Klivinyi  (Hun)

LP: Natalija Vasic (Srb)

RB: Anna Vyakhireva (Rus)

RW: Paulina Coatanea (Fra)

Best Player: Hyo Jin Lee (Kor)

Top scorer: Kinga Klivinyi – 67 goals

Sources: quoting