November 16, 2022

Marta Bon: “While men were always called “experts”, “analysts”, I was just Marta Bon”

No path to success is easy. Especially if you are woman in so called men’s world. Thanks to the strong women who are fighting against reducing values and neglecting, the women’s future (in sport) is brighter than ever. “We women must believe in ourselves and follow our qualities” says one […]
October 11, 2022

International referees’ day – Maike Merz and Tanja Kuttler

“Women should take the opportunity that they have nowadays, to do this very challenging and great job. The more female referees we have, the less we are standing out and it will be easier for all of us.” While almost everything has its own day to celebrate in the year, […]
October 10, 2022

Maida Arslanagic: ”I am coming from a handball family, but handball wasn’t the first sport that I played!”

From a young age, she simply saw herself in the sports world. Maida Arslanagic is a well-known handball player who spent her career playing for numerous clubs and the Croatian national team. But, did you know that handball was not her first choice? Or that she started a handball school […]
June 8, 2022

OFF THE COURT TALKS Total Movement: „We combine a high level of science and practical application in physical performance training and everything it encompasses.“

      In the world of the physical preparation of athletes, two names stand out. Tanja Sarenac and Maja Ivanovic, sports scientists and former athletes, who work together for the past 24 years have co-founded Total Movement, a company focused on performance coaching. Tanja and Maja, colleagues from the […]
May 9, 2022

OFF THE COURT TALKS – Karlo Sporer: “Physiotheraphy is an interesting job that brings a lot of great things”

      The next guest of our ‘’Off the court talks’’ is Karlo Sporer, a physiotherapist who is working in the handball and taekwondo world. Besides, talking about his sports studio, experience with the national team, and work with professional athletes from various sports disciplines, he also emphasized the […]
April 14, 2022

OFF THE COURT TALKS – Dimitar Manevski: ”It was love at first sight and it simply won me over”

      In the latest in our ”Off the court talks” we welcomed Dimitar Manevski who has been doing his job as a physiotherapist for more than 15 years. He instantly fell in love with physiotherapy and now he is an expert in Kinesiotherapy. From football clubs in North […]
April 13, 2022

Youth Movement Power promoting inclusivity and developing sports equality among children

Youth Movement Power project, whose ambassadors are Mateo Kovacic, Croatian football player currently playing for Chelsea, Slavko Goluza and Mirza Dzomba, former handball players and Olympic gold medallists, is scheduled from 13 to 16 April 2022 in famous Croatian region Istria. Let us introduce this international sports and education program […]
April 11, 2022

Handball beyond traditional European perspective

Handball. One of the oldest sports played with a ball in the world. Handball is a team sport played by seven players for 60 minutes. For the longest time sports experts claimed that handball is seen as a European sport because only Europan teams played a major role on the […]
March 11, 2022

OFF THE COURT TALKS – Makedonka Siljanoska: “This is a profession you need to love!”

      In the latest interview in the series “OFF THE COURT TALKS” we welcomed Makedonka Siljanoska who has been working as a physiotherapist for 18 years. She began her career at a surgery clinic, and now is working as a physiotherapist in HC Vardar 1961. Besides talking about […]
March 7, 2022

IWD | Anja Althaus: “Never be afraid of challenges. The challenges are the fun part.”

Last but not least in our IWD series is one true handball star. She inherited her love for handball from her mom and her aunts with whom she played at the beginning of her career. In her magnificent career, she played in top clubs. She played 243 matches for the […]
March 6, 2022

IWD | Diana Veljanovska: ”After watching Balic and Metlicic, handball simply became a sport I can watch anytime!”

The next guest in our campaign dedicated to all the women in the handball world is a handball fan and physiotherapist – Diana Veljanovska. Diana is a young woman currently working as a physiotherapy intern in one clinic in Croatian city Opatija. She also works as a physiotherapist on kids’ […]
March 5, 2022

IWD | Biljana Crvenkoska: ‘’When you raise the trophy you feel as if the world is yours!”

Do you know that our next guest, in the IWD series of interviews, is the first female assistant coach in the history of the SEHA League and the EHF Champions League who won those two competitions with Vardar 1961 in the same year? We proudly present you the star of […]
March 4, 2022

IWD | Bojana Jelicic: ”Be aware of the need to continuously invest in yourself and your knowledge’’

From a young age, she simply saw herself on the court helping others. Since the psychological aspect is becoming very important in the sports world we talked with a woman who truly inspires – sports psychologist Bojana Jelicic. Bojana shared her story with us and you cannot simply pass by […]
March 3, 2022

IWD | Nina Kraljevski: “There is a hidden story behind this sport.”

She inherited the love for handball from her dad, who is a famous Serbian handball coach. She created her own path by playing handball in three different countries and later becoming a physiotherapist. She couldn’t imagine her life without handball, so it only took her 30 minutes to decide to […]
March 2, 2022

IWD | Ines Goda Forjan: “I try to be a professional, but also remain human.”

As we mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, we continue with the series of interviews with women in the handball world. Today’s guest is Ines Goda Forjan, a Croatian journalist who became the face of all major handball competitions for one of the most popular Croatian TV station. Her […]
March 1, 2022

IWD | Marija Lojanica: “Handball is my sport!”

March. The month when the world marks International Women’s Day. This day is special for the Be8player project because today we present you the first out of seven interviews we did with the women from the handball world, ahead of 8 March 2022. The goal is to celebrate International Women’s […]
October 27, 2015

Arpad Sterbik about fans

“Every player is happy to play in front of the audience like the one we have in Vardar. When we come to the court before the match, in front of the full hall, we don’t need to warm up because they are warming us up and we are already ready […]
November 8, 2015

Laszlo Nagy asks fans to go on with this incredible incentive

„It is always a buzz to play in an arena in front of full house. I think that it is not only us and the opponent team’s players who know the fans of Veszprém and experince the atmosphere but it is known as top category in the field of handball […]
November 15, 2015

Vedran Zrnic grateful for fan support

“We’re here for fans, for people who like sport. We want to cheer them up with our results, to make them identify with both club and players. Supporters really are our extra player, eighth member of the team on court. Seeing great atmosphere in the stands makes us give even […]
November 23, 2015

Zlatko Horvat talks about eighth players

“It’s not in vain to say that our fans are our eighth player. Of course that they are pushing us to better engagement at the court and that we always need them. Also, it’s always easier to play at home because of our fans, but it’s nice to play in […]
December 7, 2015

Luka Arsenic emphasized how important the fans are

The fans are an integral part of the team. When you have your fans behind you, you’ve got a wind in you’re back and then it’s easier to bear the pressure of the match. Instead of 100 per cent, which you could give, you give 150 or 170 per cent […]
January 25, 2016

Radoslav Antl says sports cannot exist without fans

“Fans should be highly important for any sportsman. You do not play handball only for yourselves. You can be the best in the world, but if there is no one to encourage and support you, it would not have any meaning. Sports cannot exist without fans. They are extremely important. […]
February 28, 2016

Life. Passion. Handball.

What is handball? For some people it’s just the game with a ball and they don’t see any difference between handball and… football. For others it’s passion. For players it’s their life. For me? It became the life, passion, everything… I never could call myself a handball fan. I used […]
March 3, 2016

Handball from the stands

Balić is the reason I started loving handball, and ever since Vujović is the coach of Zagreb I´m addicted to it. The positive kind of addiction, the one that makes you forget all your troubles, the 90 minutes in which only Handball exists. Why handball? I´m not so sure. As […]
March 3, 2016

Damir Efendic says sport is sport because of the fans

“Fans are an important factor for handball and sport in general. Sport is sport because of the fans. It´s million times better to play in front of full stands that create an atmosphere and cheer, than to play when the atmosphere is like you are in the theater. A great […]
March 11, 2016

Fan by accident

Imagine this. You are in the stands. Your team is losing by one goal. Every single person in stands is shouting and cheering. The noise is deafening. Even coach of the other team cannot hear what judges are saying. In that moment your team scores. Its tie and less than 30s till end of […]
December 30, 2016

Hopes and dreams for the season 2016/2017

Summer passed, autumn reached us… Summer may be good for holidays, but not for a true handball fan. Why? No matches, no derbies, players are having a rest. You can only dream of adrenaline and the feeling of pride your favorite team fills you with. Meshkov Brest fans feel the […]
January 9, 2017

Luka Zvizej: ‘The fans are the ones that lead us towards our goal’

‘Our fans truly are our eighth player. Florijani are also at all of our away matches, but in Zlatorog Arena they are definitely the ones who increase the atmosphere, put the hall at its feet but also lead us towards our goal, and that is to win each match we […]
May 26, 2017

Friendship and memories remain

For  me,  being  a  sportsman  was  always  a  symbol  of  true  values.  It  represents the greatest  human qualities, friendship, hospitality, team spirit, bravery and much more. However, I must admit that my thoughts on this  always  ends  with  handball  as  the  root of  all  that.  My childhood,  growing  up  in  a  […]
August 5, 2017

Expecting the experience of a lifetime!

To begin with – I am very happy to be a volunteer! Thanks for the invitation! Frankly speaking, I’ve never been that interested in handball. The biggest reason being, in my native town, there was no handball at all. That’s why I felt no need to be interested in it. However, now […]
November 12, 2017

Stipe Mandalinic: “I started attending matches since I was a boy“

“I started attending matches since I was a boy, watching my idols as a fan. It’s a very nice feeling and a great experience – when you watch big matches with other fans. The atmosphere, top class players on the court, people singing with all their voice and heart is […]
November 23, 2017

Ivana Vukov: “My lifetime wish coming true!“

“It was a beautiful and an unforgettable day. I know my family has been planning and wasn’t sure whether we’ll go to the match featuring RK Zagreb and Rhein Neckar Loewen on the December 1st 2016. I remember coming to Zagreb, not knowing the way to the Arena, since we […]