Handball News Summary (4 November 2013)

Luc Abalo shows his dance moves.

Luc Abalo shows his dance moves.

1) Friendly match results. This past weekend saw many national teams playing friendlies in preparation for the European Championship, Africa Cup and South American Games. Here’s a composite summary mostly taken from several match reports at Handball-World: Link

Super Cup in Hamburg, Germany (Germany, Sweden, Poland, Egypt): Germany won all 3 of its matches and Poland edged Sweden for second place. Egypt lost all 3 and only managed to play Poland close.

Golden League in Oslo, Norway (Norway, Denmark, France, Croatia): Denmark and France won 2 of 3 matches, while hosts Norway and Croatia finished 1-2. Norway surprised Denmark with a 32-26 victory.

Tournament in Hammamet, Tunisia (Tunisia, Russia, Belarus, Brazil): A closely matched tournament with no game being won by more than 4 goals. Tunisia won the tournament with wins over Russia and Belarus and a draw against Brazil. Brazil had draws against Egypt (23-23) and Belarus (30-30) and lost narrowly to Russia (26-25)

Hungary – Spain: Spain defeated Hungary twice in Hungary, by scores of 30-26 and 29-24

Czech Republic – Serbia. In two matches played in the Czech Republic, the first match was a 29-29 draw and the second one was a 30-25 Czech Republic victory

Austria – Iceland. These two nations played two closely contested matches in Austria. Iceland took the first match 29-28 and Austria won the second match 33-32

Macedonia – Montenegro.  Montenegro edged Macedonia 29-28 in the first match and Macedonia won the second, 26-21.

Algeria: 4 wins vs Czech Republic Clubs: Link

Argentina: Argentina defeated French club, Ivry (34-29) and had a draw against Creteil (26-26)

2) Will Cuban players that previously defected be allowed to play for Cuba? Cuba recently change their laws to allow athletes to play professionally in other countries. Ruben Gomez of Mundo Hanball assesses the impact if those players return to the Cuban National Team
Mundo Handball: Link

3) Luc Abalo “feels good”. In a video for the organization “Sports Without Borders” Luc Abalo does a James Brown impression..
Hand News: Link