The Dutch national women’s handball team has been quite successful in recent years, reaching the semi-finals at all of the last six major tournaments played.
At the World Championship 2015 the Netherlands won their first-ever silver medal ever, and followed up with another silver at EHF EURO 2016. They narrowly missed out on a medal at their debut Olympic Games in 2016, finishing fourth.
The Netherlands collected bronze medals at the World Championship in Germany in 2017 and at the EHF EURO in France in 2018, but their biggest triumph came in Japan last year when they won their first World Championship title under the leadership of new coach Emmanuel Mayonnade.
Mayonnade remains in charge as the Dutch travel to Denmark for EHF EURO 2020, leading a squad that includes World Championship 2019 top scorer Lois Abbingh and All-star Team goalkeeper Tess Wester, as well as EHF EURO 2018 best defender Kelly Dulfer. A maiden EHF EURO title is surely in the Netherlands’ sights.
Recent Team News
Goalkeeper Tess Weser currently plays handball in Denmark for Odense. She made her debut in October 2012 against Romania. Nicknamed 'the pitbull' because she always plays full of passion and emotion, Wester was chosen in the All-star Team at the World Championship in 2015 and 2019. One of Wester's qualities is throwing a fast break. She has a great vision of the game, makes sure everyone is in the right position and has weighed in with 10 goals in 109 international matches.
Left-back Abbingh possesses an absolute killer shot and deserved her spot in the World Championship 2017 All-star Team as the best player in her position. At the World Championship in Japan she was top scorer with 71 goals. This year Abbingh started playing for Odense Handball. For the Netherlands, she has played 154 matches in which she has scored 689 goals.
Frenchman Mayonnade started in 2006 as a coach of Mios-Biganos. He was just 23 years old when he was standing in front of the group of the players for the first time. With Mios-Biganos he won the Coupe de France in 2009 and the Challenge Cup in 2011. In 2015, he became the head coach of Metz Handball. They won the national title four times in a row between 2016 and 2019. Metz also won the Coupe de France in 2017 and 2019. The biggest achievement in 2019 was reaching the DELO EHF FINAL4 with Metz. This was the first time in history that a French women's team qualified for the EHF FINAL4. In February 2019 Mayonnade started as coach of the Dutch national team, and became World Champion for the first time later that year. Mayonnade was chosen as best coach of the French League in 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and as best club coach of the EHF Women’s Champions League in 2019. In 2019 he also won the title of IHF Coach of the Year.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events