The Denmark women’s national handball team are among the most successful in the history of the sport, having won three Olympic gold medals, three European championships and one World Championship. All seven titles were collected within a 10-year span from 1994 to 2004. Since then, the Denmark women’s team has struggled to live up to the great expectations left by the previous generation.
Denmark bagged one bronze medal, at the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia, but it was otherwise quiet until the Danish Handball Association hired Klavs Bruun Jørgensen as the new national team coach in the summer of 2015. Since then, a new generation have supplemented the skillful core of the team and, gradually, the squad have become more dangerous.
With some players born in 1996 or later and an experienced group in their mid to late twenties, Denmark’s ambition is to peak in the coming years. The Danes have their eyes set on 2020, with both the Olympic Games and the EHF EURO in Denmark and Norway that year, but they naturally hope to secure a place for the final weekend in France as they did at the last EHF EURO.
ANNE METTE HANSEN
24-year-old Anne Mette Hansen trademark is a unique physical ability paired with shots of great variety – two qualities that make her an asset at both ends of the court. Hansen won the Women’s EHF Champions League in 2017/18 and is now representing Denmark in the third championship of her career.
The Györi ETO KC left back was the first female player ever to be selected for the Wall of Fame in her former club, Ajax – the club with the most members in Denmark. In Denmark, she is identified as one of the brightest prospects and is thought of as having all the essential conditions to become one of the world’s left backs if she keeps developing her skills and physique as she currently does.
STINE BODHOLT NIELSEN
29-year-old Stine Bodholt Nielsen was a late bloomer, making her international debut only four years ago. The Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark was Bodholt’s first major tournament and she has since become a key player in coach Jørgensen’s aggressive style of defensive play. The dynamic line player is one of the central pillars of the Danish defense but is also a capable attacking pivot.
On a national team level, Bodholt is somewhat inexperienced, having played less than 50 international games. However, she has more than 13 years of experience on the highest level of club competition, having debuted for Danish powerhouse Viborg HK at age 16. During her time with Viborg, Bodholt not only collected EHF Champions League titles – she played alongside the likes of Bojana Popovic, Grit Jurack and French star goalkeeper Valerie Nicolas.
The coach: Klavs Bruun Jørgensen
Klavs Bruun Jørgensen has been in the game for decades, having started playing handball almost 40 years ago. His professional career started in Virum-Sorgenfri, where he claimed Danish championship gold, silver and bronze from 1995 to 1998 as well as finishing as runner-up in the EHF Cup 1996/97. His playing career continued with German club SG Wallau-Massenheim and Danish giants GOG, FCK Handball and AG København, and saw him win multiple national titles. Jørgensen played 185 matches for Denmark, scoring 440 goals.
Jørgensen’s coaching career took off at AG København, where he started as a playing coach in 2010. He claimed the domestic double in his debut season as a coach. Later on, he coached Nordsjælland and Team Tvis Holstebro, and was assistant coach for the Denmark men’s national team during the EHF EURO 2014. He was appointed coach of the women’s national team in June 2015.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events
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