Germanicus wrote:And my second mistake: Russia is not world champion.
I'm quite surprised but I think Korea won it well deserved. They were clearly better than anyone else.
I knew it could be hard^^, but still I saw Russians as winners, too. But they seemed a bit unprepared for the final. I know psychologically it's harder to motivate and focus after such winning streak, including a latest win against the biggest rival, but you should know there's no easier opponent in the final. Unfortunately, Russian machine wasn't able to preset in time when non-ordinary order of things has come, looked like only Vyakhireva (who has to become a legend in world's youth handball, btw) noticed it's getting wrong and tried to produce alternative solutions against perfect Korean defence.
On the other hand SK's performances had increasing tendency during the WCh and they played their tournament's top handball in the final match. All in all, Korea did it absolutely deservedly, big congrats for them!
And well, maybe it wouldn't be bad for European teams to think about bringing something new against the non-European atypical playing systems. At least in youth handball.
94/95's are gone now. Overall really not bad generation at all, with many big prospects and especially with strong Russian a Danish classes of players level above all other European countries. It'll be interesting to see if and how can they implement players into the senior handball now.
The last all star team:
Goalkeeper: Dinah Eckerle (GER)
Left wing: Julie Kjaer Larsen (DEN)
Left back: Line Haugsted (DEN)
Centre back: Daria Dmitrieva (RUS)
Right back: Luca Szekerczes (HUN)
Right wing: Anna Vyakhireva (RUS)
Pivot: Seonpil Won (KOR)
Top scorer: Hyojin Lee (KOR) - 64 goals
Most Valuable Player: Hyojin Lee (KOR)