Day 14: Reaction and analysis ahead of final weekend

LIVE BLOG: Wednesday is a day of rest and preparation as teams look back on the tournament and six start preparing for their last matches

Isabelle Gulldén's teammates helped her celebrate her international retirement last night. Photo © Jure Erzen / kolektiff

Wednesday 16 December is a rest day for the teams before the final weekend, which begins on Friday.


Finishing tonight with the top 10 goals of the main round - 10 amazing shots from 10 incredible players, worth savouring. Check back tomorrow for more analysis, video and reaction as we preview the semi-finals. 


EHF journalist Courtney Gahan has taken a deeper look at the performance of the semi-finalist goalkeepers so far and analysed how they might influence the results on Friday. Take a look, it's a fascinating piece!


The referee nominations for the final weekend have been announced. Russian pair Viktoriia Alpaidze and Tatyana Berezkina will referee the final.


This is lovely. Six years ago Danish right wing Andrea Hansen, still a club player, met her idol Louise Burgaard. Now they're going to play an EHF EURO semi-final together.


Predict & Win is back for the semi-finals. You've got loads of time to make your guesses, guided for this round by EHF mobile journalists Marcio Menino and Brian Campion (you'll have seen Marcio on Instagram and Facebook, and heard Brian on the (Un)informed Handball Hour). They've analysed what they think will happen so now it's your turn.

The results for round 5 are also out: DM us on any social media platform if you are one of the winners, with your password, to claim your prize.


There were fewer celebrations for Russia after they lost to Denmark. This morning news broke that coach Ambros Martin, who steered Russia to world bronze last year, had been asked to resign his post. Martin's departure was confirmed by Russian Handball Federation president Sergey Shishkarev to Russian news agency TASS, who said a different coach would lead Russia in the 5/6 placement match on Friday.


The Croatian team last night started celebrating their win the instant the buzzer went and, it seems, didn't stop for quite some time. They were still bouncing around when they got back to their hotel in Kolding. Hopefully at some point someone reminded them to rest their legs for the match itself!


Resident EHF statistics hound Björn Pazen has crunched all the numbers from the main round to uncover some of the most interesting numbers, including who has spent the most time on court, how many goals have been scored so far, who has blocked the most shots, and of course who has scored the most goals and made the most saves.


Sweden will be travelling home today after last night's defeat by France, but before they went we managed to get some thoughts from Isabelle Gulldén on her retirement. Club fans need not worry - she plans to keep playing for Brest Bretagne for a while yet - but she explains why she's stepping back and won't feature as Sweden aims to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

Our photographer Jure also grabbed some great shots as her teammates celebrated and comforted Gulldén during the media session after the match.


Welcome to the live blog on a day of rest for the EHF EURO 2020 bubbles. The blog will be less active than it has been today, but we'll still bring you all our analysis and reaction from around the handball world to last night's matches.

To kick things off, get voting for the All-star Team! You can pick from five players for each of the seven playing positions plus best defender, and you have until midnight on Saturday 19 December to cast your vote.

written by ehf-euro.com