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SOUSA, Duarte Jesus et al. Analysis of 2vs2 situations in men's european handball championship 2012: application of polar coordinates technique. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp.181-194. ISSN 1989-5879.

Broadcast footage of Men's European Handball Championship 2012 were used to analyze attacking patterns of play in the 2vs2 game situations that occurred during matches from final phase. An ad hoc instrument, field format combined with categories system, was used to gather data from 16 matches, which yielded 1208 attacks and 390 2vs2 game situations. Polar coordinates analysis was carried out by means of Hoisan software that enables us to analyze the interrelations between the different categories of the observation tool. The results show that is significant the probability of: 1) "Fix" inhibits "Attack Fault"; "Fix/Uncheck" activates "Attack Fault" and inhibits "Technical Fault" and "Continuity of Play" but is activated by the "Continuity of Play"; 2) "Lock" activate "Goal" and "Attack Fault" and inhibits "7 meters"; "Lock with Continuity" inhibits "7 meters" and "Goalkeeper Save" but is activated by him; 3) "Cross with Shot" activate "7 meters" and "Continuity of Play", inhibits "Attack Fault". Also activate "Goalkeeper Save" and is inhibited by this action; 4) "Cross with Continuity" inhibits "Shot out" but active "Shot against the Post" and is inhibited by him. The results show that the use of 2vs2 can influence the effectiveness of the attack, giving a clear indication to the coaches for the need to train these situations. Also reinforce the idea of the importance of the Pivot in these situations of 2vs2, which must be taken into account in training.

Keywords : Performance Analysis; Observational methodology; Polar coordinates; elite male handball; attack tactical behaviour; 2vs2.

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