Olympic Handball Preview (27 Jul: Women’s Group Play; Match Day 2)

  • These 6 Group Play matches will be played in Japan on Tuesday, 27 July
  • Japan is 7 hours ahead of CET; 13 hours ahead of US ET
    • Japan (Local) Match start times: 0900, 1100, 1415, 1615, 1930 and 2130
    • CET Match start times: 0200, 0400, 0715, 0915, 1230, 1430
    • US ET Match start times: 2000, 2200 (day before); 0115, 0315, 0630, 0830
  • Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal
  • NBC Live Streams Replays

Group A

Group A Standings Prior to Match Day 2
  • Japan vs Montenegro (-7) (Monday, 2000 US ET; Tuesday, 0200 CET; Tuesday, 0900 Local)
  • S Korea vs Netherlands (-5.5) (Tuesday, 0315 US ET; Tuesday, 0915 CET; Tuesday, 1615 Local)
  • Angola vs Norway (-12.5) (Tuesday, 0630 US ET; Tuesday, 1230 CET; Tuesday, 1930 Local)

Group B

Group B Standings Prior to Match Day 2
  • Brazil vs Hungary (-2.5) (Monday, 2200 US ET; Tuesday, 0400 CET; Tuesday, 1100 Local)
  • Sweden vs Russia (-2.5) (Tuesday, 0115 US ET; Tuesday, 0715 CET; Tuesday, 1415 Local)
  • France (-4.5) vs Spain (Tuesday, 0830 US ET; Tuesday, 1430 CET; Tuesday, 2130 Local)
    • Rebroadcast in the U.S at 10:00 AM US ET on the NBC Sports Network

Olympic Handball Preview (26 Jul: Men’s Group Play; Match Day 2)

  • These 6 Group Play matches will be played in Japan on Monday, 26 July
  • Japan is 7 hours ahead of CET; 13 hours ahead of US ET
    • Japan (Local) Match start times: 0900, 1100, 1415, 1615, 1930 and 2130
    • CET Match start times: 0200, 0400, 0715, 0915, 1230, 1430
    • US ET Match start times: 2000, 2200 (day before); 0115, 0315, 0630, 0830
  • Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal

Group A

Group A Standings Prior to Match Day 2
  • Brazil vs France (-6.5) (Sunday, 2000 US ETMonday, 0200 CET; Monday, 0900 Local)
  • Argentina vs Germany (-6.5) (Sunday, 2200 US ETMonday, 0400 CET; Monday, 1100 Local)
  • Spain vs Norway (Pick’em) (Monday, 0315 US ETMonday, 0915 CET; Monday, 1615 Local)
    • Rebroadcast in the U.S. at 1:45 PM on the NBC Sports Network

Group B

Group B Standings Prior to Match Day 2
  • Egypt vs Denmark (-4.5) (Monday, 0115 US ETMonday, 0715 CET; Monday, 1415 Local)
    • Rebroadcast in the U.S. at 10:00 AM on the NBC Sports Network
  • Bahrain vs Portugal (-4.5) (Monday, 0630 US ETMonday, 1230 CET; Monday, 1930 Local)
  • Japan vs Sweden (-10.5) (Monday, 0830 US ETMonday, 1430 CET; Monday, 2130 Local)

Olympic Handball Preview (25 Jul: Women’s Group Play; Match Day 1)

  • These 6 Group Play matches will be played in Japan on Sunday, 25 July
  • Japan is 7 hours ahead of CET; 13 hours ahead of US ET
    • Japan (Local) Match start times: 0900, 1100, 1415, 1615, 1930 and 2130
    • CET Match start times: 0200, 0400, 0715, 0915, 1230, 1430
    • US ET Match start times: 2000, 2200 (day before); 0115, 0315, 0630, 0830
  • Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal
  • NBC Live Streams Replays

Group A

Group A Standings Prior to Match Day 1
  • Netherlands (-4.5) vs Japan (Saturday, 2000 US ET; Sunday, 0200 CET; Sunday, 0900 Local)
  • Montenegro (-5) vs Angola (Sunday, 0115 US ET; Sunday, 0715 CET; Sunday, 1415 Local)
  • Norway (-6.5) vs S Korea (Sunday, 0315 US ET; Sunday, 0915 CET; Sunday, 1615 Local)
    • Rebroadcast in U.S. at 10:00 AM ET on the NBC Sports Network

Group B

Group B Standings Prior to Match Day 1
  • Russia (-5.5) vs Brazil (Saturday, 2200 US ET; Sunday, 0400 CET; Sunday, 1100 Local)
  • Spain (-0.5) vs Sweden (Sunday, 0630 US ET; Sunday, 1230 CET; Sunday, 1930 Local)
    • Rebroadcast in the U.S at 12:30 PM US ET on the USA Network
  • Hungary vs France (-2.5) (Sunday, 0830 US ET; Sunday, 1430 CET; Sunday, 2130 Local)

Olympic Handball Preview (24 Jul: Men’s Group Play; Match Day 1)


  • These 6 Group Play matches will be played in Japan on Saturday, 24 July
  • Japan is 7 hours ahead of CET; 13 hours ahead of US ET
    • Japan (Local) Match start times: 0900, 1100, 1415, 1615, 1930 and 2130
    • CET Match start times: 0200, 0400, 0715, 0915, 1230, 1430
    • US ET Match start times: 2000, 2200 (day before); 0115, 0315, 0630, 0830
  • Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal
  • NBC Live Streams Replays

Group A

Group A Standings Prior to Match Day 1
  • Norway (-7) vs Brazil (Friday, 2000 US ET; Saturday, 0200 CET; Saturday, 0900 Local)
  • France (-6.5) vs Argentina (Friday, 2200 US ET; Saturday, 0400 CET; Saturday, 1100 Local)
  • Germany vs Spain (-1.5) (Saturday, 0315 US ET; Saturday, 0915 CET; Saturday, 1615 Local)

Group B

Group B Standings Prior to Match Day 1
  • Sweden (-9) vs Bahrain (Saturday, 0115 US ET; Saturday, 0715 CET; Saturday, 1415 Local)
  • Portugal (Pick’em) vs Egypt (Saturday, 0630 US ET; Saturday, 1230 CET; Saturday, 1930 Local)
  • Denmark (-7.5) vs Japan (Saturday, 0830 US ET; Saturday, 1430 CET; Saturday, 2130 Local)

Handball Web Streaming This Weekend (9-11 July 2021)

Germany take on Brazil in a Friendly Match Today at 2015 CET.

  • More information on where to find web streams for National Team, Professional Club and USA Competitions: Link
  • For regular updates on when and where handball matches can be streamed online follow Team Handball News on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

All times are CET which is 6 hours ahead of US ET. Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal.

  • Three Nation Tournament: Video Link (VPN may be required; More infoWhat I use)
    • Germany (-4.5) vs Brazil (Friday, 2015 CET)
    • Brazil vs Egypt (-3)  (Saturday, 1445 CET)
    • Germany vs Egypt (Sunday, 1505 CET)  

European Youth Tournaments

  • On ehfTV there are 4 live feeds for the Youth Beach Championships and there are 20 U19 Women’s matches.
  • ehfTV Schedule: Link

American Athletes in Action

There are several USA women participating in the Budapest Beach Handball Cup. If there are any live streams available for their matches the links will be added here.

Olympic Team Handball Information Page

The intent of this page is to provide a consolidated location for 2020 Olympic Handball information that can serve both dedicated handball fans as well as newcomers just discovering the sport.


  • Olympic Handball Competition Schedule and Results: Link
  • Team Information (Official pages, previews, rosters and handy Wikipedia pages): Link
  • USA TV and Web Streaming Information: Link
    • NBC TV Cable/Satellite Schedule: Link
  • Handball Betting Information:
    • Handball Betting Tutorial: Link
    • Where to Bet on Handball in the U.S.: Link
    • Olympic Handball Odds: Link
  • Mainstream Media Articles on Handball: Link
    • Hey, media person, just discovering handball: Think you’ve got a new idea on how the U.S. can win Olympic Handball Gold? Think again… Check out these articles dating back from 1996.
  • Handball FAQ: Link
    • Trending Questions
      • Where is handball popular in the world?: Link
      • What impact has the name confusion for Handball/Team Handball had on the sports development in the US?: Link
    • Have a question you want answered? Contact Team Handball News via social media or send me an email at john.ryan@teamhandballnews.com

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Women’s Olympic Handball: Early Odds to Win Gold

The Olympics are now less than 4 weeks away. Courtesy of 10 Bet, here are the current odds for each nation to win Gold

Women’s Olympic Handball Odds


  • The oddsmakers see the Women’s Olympic Handball Tournament as mostly a 3 team race between Norway, Russia and France
  • Norway won the 2020 European Championships this past December. They dominated their opponents in pool play, but were challenged by Denmark in the semifinals and France in the final.
  • Russia are the defending Olympic champions, but had a disappointing performance at the European Championships mostly due to some missing players. The good news is that 2016 Olympics MVP, Anna Viakhireva, is healthy and should be ready to go.
  • France are seen as the 3rd strong contender, but they are unpredictable. This past December they gave Norway all they could handle in the European Championship Final. However, a year earlier at the 2019 World Championships they didn’t even make it out of their preliminary group.
  • The Netherlands (12 to 1) won the World Championships in December, 2019, and their odds surely would be better if center back, Estavana Polman, wasn’t out due to an ACL. At this past December’s European Championship it was very clear that the Dutch really missed her leading the offensive attack. They may, however, have a solution if Nycke Groot returns to international play.
  • The next grouping of teams, Hungary (16 to 1), Montenegro (18 to 1), Spain (18 to 1) and Sweden (20 to 1) can be seen as relative outsiders, but each with a solid chance to make the semifinals.
  • South Korea (28 to 1) and Brazil (66 to 1) have slipped a bit in quality in recent years, but they are still capable of a surprise victory
  • Hosts Japan (80 to 1) have a very fast style of play, but teams will likely be ready for it.
  • Angola (500 to 1) the longest of the long shots and winning a match might be a reasonable goal for them.

Men’s Olympic Handball: Early Odds to Win Gold

The Olympics are now less than 4 weeks away. Courtesy of 10 Bet, here are the current odds for each nation to win Gold

Men’s Olympic Handball Odds


  • The defending Olympic Champions and current World Champions, Denmark are slight favorites to win the title at 2.5 to 1
  • The current European Champions, Spain, are right behind them at 2.75 to 1
  • Norway hasn’t qualified for the Olympics since 1972 and are an up and coming side. Led by Sander Sagosen, they have made the semifinals of 3 of the last 5 major tournaments
  • France’s performance has slipped in recent years, but they still are a threat at 5 to 1
  • Sweden (7.5 to 1) was the surprise runners up at the the 2021 World Championships
  • German (11 to 1) is the last side seen as a minor longshot.
  • Portugal is making its first ever Olympic appearance, but are a significant longshot at 33 to 1.
  • At 50 to 1, Egypt seems like a pretty good value to me. I suspect that tourney favorites, Denmark, would also agree seeing that they needed a penalty shoot out to beat them at the World Championships in January. Sure that was in Egypt, but it was without a home crowd, not unlike what we will see in Japan.
  • The remaining 4 sides, Japan (125 to 1), Brazil (250 to 1), Argentina (500 to 1), and Bahrain (1,000 to 1) are see as major outsiders. I think Brazil and Argentina are deserving of more respect as they are more than capable of defeating any of the European sides in the tournament.

Handball Web Streaming this Weekend (25-27 June 2021)

The Rip Beach Handball Club will be in action this weekend in Spain.

  • More information on where to find web streams for National Team, Professional Club and USA Competitions: Link
  • For regular updates on when and where handball matches can be streamed online follow Team Handball News on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

All times are CET which is 6 hours ahead of US ET. Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal.


American Athletes in Action

The Rip Beach Handball Club will be participating in the Orihuela, Spain stop on the Arena Handball Tour. Many of the athletes playing for Rip Beach are also members of the USA Beach Handball National Team. I will post the scheduled match times and results when they are available. They also will surely be available on Rip Beach Handball’s social media platforms

  • Rip Beach Handball: Facebook Instagram
  • Tourney Website: Link
  • Spanish YouTube Site: Link (It’s not clear what matches will be streamed yet)
  • Match Schedule: Rip Beach Handball is in Pool C of the Men’s Open Division: Schedule Standings
    • Rip Beach Handball vs Alusin Solar-Atletica (Friday, 2145 CET)
      • Rip Beach – Alusin Solar-Atletica 1:2 (24:22;18:20;6:8)
    • Rip Beach Handball vs SPIT ARHS (Saturday, 1320 CET)
      • Rip Beach – SPIT ARHS 1:2 (12:17;26:18;11:12)
    • Rip Beach Handball vs BMP Maravillas Benalmadena (Saturday, 1920 CET)
      • Rip Beach – BMP Maravillas Benalmadena 2:0 (30:22;25:22) Video Link (slide bar to left)
  • HBL 2 (Germany)
    • Dormagen (-1) vs Elbflorenz (Saturday, 1800 CET): Link (VPN required; More infoWhat I use)
      • Ian and Patrick Hueter play for Dormagen.
      • 6th place Dormagen hosts 4th place Elbflorenz in the last match of a very long season. A win here would put Dormagen level on points (40) with Elbflorenz.

Other Matches this Weekend

  • Euro Cup:  ehfTV
    • Spain (-7.5) vs Croatia (Sunday, 2000 CET)
      • The Euro Cup is a tournament for the European nations that had already qualified for the 2022 European Championships and this make up match is a tune up opportunity for Olympic bound Spain and a chance for Croatia to start their rebuilding effort.

Handball Web Streaming this Weekend (18-20 June 2021)

Ebiye Udo-Udoma and the rest of the U.S. Men’s Beach Team Handball squad will be in action several times this weekend.

  • More information on where to find web streams for National Team, Professional Club and USA Competitions: Link
  • For regular updates on when and where handball matches can be streamed online follow Team Handball News on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

All times are CET which is 6 hours ahead of US ET. Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal.

American Athletes in Action

The USA Beach Handball Men are participating in a tournament in the Canary Islands. On Friday and Saturday they play round robin matches. The top two teams will play for 1st while the the remaining 3 teams will play a mini round robin for places 3-5. (Note: Local Time for the Canary Islands is 1 hour behind CET)

  • Tourney Website: Link
  • Spanish YouTube Site: Link
  • The USA Men’s roster: Link
  • Torneo Internacional de España de Balonmano Playa 2021 (Beach Handball, Canary Islands, Spain) Video Link
    • Round Robin: USA vs Spain (Friday, 1745 CET / 1645 Local / 1145 US ET)
      • USA – Spain 0:2 (16:29;18:20) [Video Replay: Link]
    • Round Robin: USA vs Germany (Saturday, 1130 CET / 1030 Local / 0530 US ET)
      • USA – Germany 0:2 (22:25;16:22) [Video Replay: Link]
    • Round Robin: USA vs Poland (Saturday, 1745 CET / 1645 Local / 1145 US ET)
      • USA – Poland 0:2 (17:24;10:24) [Video Replay: Link] (Currently Unavailable)
    • Round Robin: USA vs Portugal (Saturday, 2130 CET / 2030 Local / 1530 US ET)
      • USA – Portugal 0:2 (22:27;17:22) [Video Replay: Link] (Currently Unavailable)
    • 3rd-5th Placement: USA vs Poland (Sunday, 1130 CET / 1030 Local / 0530 US ET)
      • USA – Poland 0:2 (17:22;21:22) [Video Replay: Link]
    • 3rd-5th Placement: USA vs Germany (Sunday, 1345 CET / 1245 Local / 0745 US ET)
      • USA – Germany 1:2 (31:30;14:30;8:9) [Video Replay: Link]
  • HBL 2 (Germany)

Other Matches this Weekend

  • African Women’s Handball Championships:  CAHB Facebook Page Cameroon TV
    • 3rd Place: Tunisia (-1.5) vs Congo (Saturday, 1600 CET) 1st half 2nd half
    • 1st Place: Angola (-4) vs Cameroon (Saturday, 1900 CET) 1st half 2nd half
  • EHF/IHF Trophy Tournament:  ehfTV
    • 5th Place Andorra vs Azerbaijan (-7.5) (Saturday, 1200)
    • Semifinal Cyprus vs Moldova (Saturday, 1430)
    • Semifinal Georgia (-5) vs Bulgaria (Saturday, 1700)
    • 3rd Place Match: Moldova (-4.5) vs Azerbaijan (Sunday, 1430)
    • 1st Place Match: Georgia (-4.5) vs Cyprus (Sunday, 1070)

Handball Web Streaming this Week (15 to 17 June 2021): 4 WC Ticket Matches in Africa

4 World Championship Slots on the Line in Africa

  • More information on where to find web streams for National Team, Professional Club and USA Competitions: Link
  • For regular updates on when and where handball matches can be streamed online follow Team Handball News on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

All times are CET which is 6 hours ahead of US ET. Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal.

Most of the professional club leagues have finished the season and to the best of my knowledge there are no mid week matches available for viewing on line.

In Cameroon, the 2021 African Women’s Handball Championships are taking place and some of the matches have been available for viewing online, either on the CAHB Facebook Page or on the Cameroon TV webpage. On Tuesday, the quarterfinals are taking place and since Africa has 4 tickets to the World Championships these matches are also de facto WC qualification matches.

Unfortunately, so far, the videos on the Facebook Page have been a bit sporadic in terms of availability and Cameroon TV has shown only matches with Cameroon play. Hopefully, this will change. Check back for updates.

  • African Handball Federation Webpage: Link
  • 2021 African Women’s Handball Championships (Wikipedia): Link
  • Videos of matches already played: Link

Handball Web Streaming this Weekend (11-13 June 2021)

Final Four Weekend

  • More information on where to find web streams for National Team, Professional Club and USA Competitions: Link
  • For regular updates on when and where handball matches can be streamed online follow Team Handball News on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

All times are CET which is 6 hours ahead of US ET. Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal.

American Athletes in Action

  • HBL 2 (Germany)
  • Youth Women’s Final Four (Germany)
    • Semifinal: TV Hannover-Bandstedt vs HC Erlangen  (Saturday, 1715): Video Link
      • Eden Nesper (#44) is a Right Wing for Hannover; Nesper was named to the U.S. preliminary roster for this summer’s North American & Caribbean Championship
      • Hannover won 30-23 and will play in the first place match on Sunday.
    • 1st Place Match: TV Hannover-Bandstedt vs HSG Blomberg-Lippe (Sunday, 1345): Video Link

Other Matches this Weekend

  • EHF Champions League Final FourehfTV 
    • Paris S-G (-3) vs Aalborg (Saturday, 1515)  
    • Barcelona (-5.5) vs Nantes (Saturday, 1800)
    • 3rd Place Match: Paris SG (-2.5) vs Nantes (Sunday, 1515)
    • 1st Place Match: Barcelona (-4.5) vs Aalborg (Sunday, 1800)
  • LIDL Star Ligue (France):  LNH TV
    • Istres (-1) vs Chartres (Saturday, 1800 CET) Video Link
    • Creteil (-2) vs Ivry (Saturday, 1800 CET) Video Link

Handball Web Streaming this Week (8 to 10 June 2021): Can a Proud French Club Avoid Relegation?

Can a proud French club avoid relegation?

  • More information on where to find web streams for National Team, Professional Club and USA Competitions: Link
  • For regular updates on when and where handball matches can be streamed online follow Team Handball News on social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

All times are CET which is 6 hours ahead of US ET. Odds courtesy of Bet MGM and/or OddsPortal.

The handball season is winding down and there’s not much happening mid-week except for the good ol’ French LIDL StarLigue with a key match for a club to avoid relegation.

While living in France from 2002-2007 it was a bit annoying to see Montpellier win everything. But, there were a few club sides that would give them a battle and one of those clubs was U.S. Ivry. And, I’ll never forget the 2006-07 season where Ivry led by a young (just 22) and very talented Right Wing/Right Back named Luc Abalo pipped Montpellier for the title. I pity relative newcomers to the sport that think Abalo is just a pretty good wing. You should have seen him play that season where he scored from everywhere and willed Ivry to a title. Yes, he played quite a bit at backcourt and I’ve never seen an undersized back court player dominate the way he did that season.

Unfortunately, thing have gone downhill for Ivry since they won that title. A proud franchise located in the Paris suburbs, that 2006-2007 title was the last of 8 they’ve won (only Montpellier has won more French titles). Since that high water mark they’ve not contended for a title and they even got relegated to the 2nd division for the 2014-15 season, for the first time since 1957. They immediately popped back up to the 1st division, but it’s been a constant fight to stay there.

They now have 2 make up matches left to play and they need to get 3 points to pass Cesson-Rennes and avoid relegation. First up is the tougher of the two tests, a match against 7th place Toulouse on Wednesday. On Saturday, they have and easier task vs 13th place Creteil. Can they do it? It’s possible. In their last match they upset 6th place Chambery.

It may not be the Champions League Final Four, but for the players involved it’s pretty important and therefore handball worth checking out.

Current LIDL StarLigue Standings: Link

  • LIDL Star Ligue (France):  LNH TV
    • Toulouse (-3.5) vs Ivry (Wednesday, 1900 CET) Video Link
    • Aix (-4) vs Creteil (Wednesday, 1900 CET) Video Link
    • Istres vs Nimes (-2.5) (Wednesday, 1900 CET) Video Link