World Championship 2015 Denmark

Timeout Magazine predict the first four 1/8-finals

Timeout Magazine predict the first four 1/8-finals
Ibolya Szekeres

Timeout Magazine’s staff is formed of people breathing handball for many years. Our journalists and editors Márk Hegedüs, Sascha Staat, Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud  and  myself, will give our opinions daily, about the matches.  The opinions are indepent of each other!

Today about  the first four eightfinals:

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

Herning: 20.45  Denmark-Sweden

MH: ” It will be a close match, but Sweden might win it due to their experience and collective. Denmark disappointed in the games against Hungary and Montenegro, their coach Klavs Bruun Jørgensen was clueless and couldn’t resolve problems. I expect a better game from them, it is everything or nothing. At the end everything for Sweden and nothing for Denmark. Prediction-victory Sweden.

SS: “The heart of most fans probably says Denmark, but the hosts have shown signs off nervousness in the group stage and the pressure to perform on home soil seems just too much. The form favors Sweden, which is why the Tre Kronors should advance to the quarterfinals. Prediction: Sweden

BKM: “This will be a close match between the two Scandinavian teams that all know each other very good. Several of the Swedish players are situated in Denmark and play in the league with many of the Danish players. Denmark have had some troubled start, Sweden are on the top of a wave. I think Denmark should close this with over 12.000 fans backing them in Jyske Bank Boxen tonight. Prediction: Denmark

SZI: ” I  expect a tight encounter where both teams will give everything. Danes has the crowd of 12000 to support them and push them to the pitch, Swedish team has a good flow, and a fantastic defense. In addition they have Isabelle Gullden, hard to stop her in this tornament so far. Danes must step up several levels to be able to succeed,Swedish team must keep the focus on defense as during all the tournament. Prediction: Sweden

ANG_NED2Næstved: 20.45  Netherlands-Serbia

MH: “Like at last year’s European Championship Holland impresses the handball experts and spectators. Their modern handball with fast playing resembles on Denmark and Norway years ago and it definitely brings its fruits. They may go as far as the finals if injuries don’t stop them. Serbia on the other hand shall be happy with a place among Top16. They miss many quality players and although the youngsters improved and do a decent job, they will say farewell to the World Cup in the game against Holland. Prediction: Netherlands

SS: “The Netherlands look like they will be hard to beat during this tournament. They are fast, score a lot and goalkeeper Tess Wester is showing why she is one of the best young players between the pipes. Estavana Polman seems to be on her way to become a superstar. Serbia looks nowhere close to be the team they were two years ago. Prediction: Netherlands

BKM: “Netherlands are a team for the future. They’ve been building this stone by stone year after year. They are clearly into something and have a couple of profiles that can turn the match to their side. Prediction: Netherlands

SZI: ” Serbia has a team with youngsters, good playing system which fits them, but they don’t have that power ad energy than their opponents from Netherlands. The Dutch team is impressive, and they improved during the last five years step by step. With many payers in CL and strong European clubs, they gained more experience, focus and confidence. Polman, Abbingh or Groot can decide matches on own hand, but Dutch team showed until now that they are winning like a team. They are coming from an easier group, could use all their players, and are more rested. Prediction: Netherlands

Ana Belo, Brasil

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

Kolding: 20.30 Brazil-Romania

MH: ” Brazil succeeded in the number one position with a last second goal against France and this will give another boost to the team of Morten Soubak. They feel stronger now and have better chances against Romania who lost all three of their important games in their respective group. Also, the Romanian side is way too dependend on Neagu, with marking her Brazil will go on to the Top8. Prediction: Brazil

SS: ”  Brazil started poorly, with a draw, against a South Korean team being still fresh in the first game of the tournament. But the defending champion improved game by game and looks bound for the quarterfinals against a Romanian side that depends a little too much on Cristina Neagu. Prediction: Brazil

BKM: “The reigning champions Brazil, seems to have the ball on their side. With a last second win against France, and their Scandinavian coach Morten Soubak, giving instructions I think they will again be among the eight teams that will play quarterfinals. It will not be a dance on roses, because Romania have been good in periods, but I think Neagu will be taken out of play by the Brasilians and then it’s not enough left for the Romanian team. Prediction: Brazil

SZI: ” I consider that Romania is a strong team, but they have only periods when they play good in every match and the power might not be on their side this time either. Brazil on the other hands looks like a focused, well prepared, improving team, taking the right decisions in the right moments in several situations. Two Scandinavian coaches facing each other on the bench but Soubak is definitelly more experienced and has a past with this team. Romania can make trouble to Brazil only if they can’t neutralize Neagu. Prediction: Brazil

Nora Mørk, Norway

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud

Fredrikshavn: 20:30 Germany-Norway

MH: “This is the most difficult to predict, as Germany improved their game and beat South Korea in an impressive way and so ended up on a surprising third spot in the group. With a similar play, they might have chances against Norway, but who may imagine quarter finals without Norway !? Exzeptionell some die hard German supporters. Norway will win, but Germany may surprise. Prediction: Norway

SS: ” The German team was demolished by France in its first game, but steadily improved and gained a lot of confidence with three straight wins, however none of which came against a really good opponent. Norway, on the other hand, seems like it played only at 80 percent to save energy for the knock-out stage. Prediction: Norway

BKM: ” I’m a Norwegian and my heart will always be in Norway. But, tonight I think this is probably the most obvious match. If Norway lose this match against Germany it will be a big surprise to all. Prediction: Norway

SZI: “Norway has a team which improved under the entire tournament, and they still have potential.With a good defense, goold goalkeper-play and Oftedal, Mörk, Kristiansen-stir in offence, Germany could have a heard time. To not underestimate Germany I would say that Vestergaard could have some aces to use in this game, but his team would need a substantial improvment of their level of play to be able to make a close game. Prediction: Norway

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World Championship 2015 Denmark
Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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