So, I’m watching Hungarian news on SCOLA, just for the hell of it.
During the nightly sports coverage, there was a few minutes showing highlights of a rather strange game; nothing I’ve seen or heard of before, at least. It was played indoors, on a wooden court. There were large nets on either end of the court, guarded by goalies. Players where throwing the ball betwen each other; it looked like soccer or lacrosse, only players were using their hands to throw and catch the ball. The word “RUKOMET” was overlaid on the screen while scenes of this sport were shown.
Googling “RUKOMET” resulted in this, and other links to Web sites in languages were vowels aren’t used and words frequently end with the letter “j” and “z.” Nothing in English.
Handball is actually a very popular sport in Europe - especially in Scandinavia, I think. Handball is also played to some extent in Africa and is popular in Asia as well. The USA has a national handball team, needless to say they suck the big one. You’ll probably see handball on most European TV news these days since the European Cup is taking place. Us Icelanders didn’t deem it win-worthy this time around so we went home after three games but I think Croatia, Denmark, Sweden and Slovenia, the hosts, are the teams in the quarter finals.