Come 9 January 2020, handball fans across the world will witness a premiere, as this day marks the start of the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 (9 to 26 January): the first to be played in three countries; the first to be played with 24 nations and the first that finishes with the final in a football stadium.
The two-time Challenge Cup winners Rocasa Gran Canaria made a big step towards round 3. In the first-leg match of an all-Iberian derby, the Spanish side enjoyed a commanding home win against A.R.C.Alpendorada from Portugal, 33:22.
Kristján Andrésson will still lead the team at the EHF EURO 2020, although he took over German powerhouse Rhein-Neckar Löwen last summer and now shares his national team duties with club duties. And with the team’s core intact for the past three or four years, Sweden can only hope to add to their medal tally.
The game in Moscow was really close, yet CSKA did a slightly better job and ultimately snatched a 29:28 win against IK Sävehof. The Russian side are now on four points after three games, while their Swedish rivals suffered a third consecutive defeat and remain on two points.
Metz win thanks to Burgaard's last-gasp goal. It was a back-and-forth game in Ljubljana, with the rivals exchanging the lead many times, yet the goal scored by Louise Burgaard four seconds from the buzzer handed Metz Handball a 29:28 win against Krim Mercator Ljubljana. GROUP B.
Márton: Every particle of me is about handball. Gréta Márton, the flying left wing who easily outpaces opponents, has only just turned 22 but has already won one of the toughest national championships — the Hungarian league last season — not to mention made her debut at the Olympic Games. She was also Junior world champion in 2018.