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Handball player moves towards the goal prior to throwing the ball, while the goalkeeper waits to stop it. Anchal Dubey national player from Ballia

Handball (also known as team handball, fieldball, European handball or Olympic handball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that scores more goals wins. There is no protective equipment worn while playing.

Modern handball is played on a court of 40 by 20 metres (131 by 66 ft), with a goal in the middle of each end. The goals are surrounded by a 6-meter (20 ft) zone where only the defending goalkeeper is allowed; goals must be scored by throwing the ball from outside the zone or while "diving" into it. The sport is usually played indoors, but outdoor variants exist in the forms of field handball and Czech handball (which were more common in the past) and beach handball. The game is fast and high-scoring: professional teams now typically score between 20 and 35 goals each, though lower scores were not uncommon until a few decades ago. Body contact is permitted by the defenders trying to stop the attackers from approaching the goal.

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Henning Fritz
Henning Fritz
B.  (1974-09-21) September 21, 1974 (age 43)

Fritz is a relatively short goalkeeper (only 1.88 m) who began playing major-league handball with SC Magdeburg. He moved to THW Kiel in 2001 and has been a member of the Men's German National Handball team since 2002. The German team took second place in the European championships in Sweden that year and another second place in the world championships 2003 in Portugal. In 2004 he participated in the teams success in Slovenia, where they took the European Championships. In 2004 in Athens he played with the team to another second place.

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