The possibilities of a semi-remaining of the European Championship for German handball gamers are slim after the loss towards Norway. However, the presence of the DHB team in Slovakia is a future-oriented success.
“We need to say goodbye to the event in a wise means and proceed to develop as a team”Captain Johannes Golla mentioned after a crushing 23:28 loss towards Norway within the second primary spherical sport. It appeared cool, calm. Like his teammates and coach Alfred Gislason, Gola is aware of his possibilities of making the semi-finals are slim.
The DHB team is as much as help
The DHB team has to win its remaining two matches – towards Sweden on Sunday (January 23, 2022) and towards Russia on Tuesday – and that’s additionally depending on help. Because on the similar time Norway may also need to lose towards Spain and on Tuesday the Norwegian shouldn’t win towards Sweden. Then, if Sweden wins, there might be a 3-means comparability of the three nations. In the occasion of a draw between Sweden and Norway, the Germans would go straight.
“Rather a lot will final”
But other than purely sporting objectives, there are already areas the place the German team has gained – and one of the best will nonetheless win. “It’s a European Championship, we need to go so far as potential”Gislason mentioned: “But that does not imply we won’t study something from it.” So that may be despite the 5-objective loss towards Norway. “Many issues very comfortable”Gislason mentioned. “Lukas Stutzke is available in and performs very effectively, he’s certainly one of our largest skills. Of course, Julian Koster makes some errors, however he’ll study from them. There was numerous great things there.”
Johannes Bitter noticed it in the same means. “There might be lots to be related to numerous gamers. The nationwide coach has made it our job to combat by means of each sport right here.”, mentioned the veteran goalkeeper. And DHB sports activities director Axel Kroemer additionally emphasised how vital the event is, particularly for a lot of inexperienced gamers: “They will go away right here and return to their golf equipment and take the subsequent step there with new data.”
Circumstances introduced the team collectively
As a reminder: Gislason needed to do with out the eleven deliberate gamers, who then examined optimistic for corona. Before the sport towards Poland, Bitter was the one goalkeeper within the team. Several younger actors went forward – and supplied some inspiring performances similar to Coaster. But the legends of the handball world are presently too massive for a very newly shaped DHB team.
But the private emergency additionally tied the team collectively. It has developed a team spirit that may take this far, particularly sooner or later. And it needs to be liable for the true success of this handball championship for the DHB team, whatever the remaining placement.
Corona returns: “It might be like Christmas”
Before that, nationwide coach Gislason remains to be trying ahead to Christmas: he hopes among the nationwide gamers who examined optimistic towards Sweden can return to the plate on Sunday. “It’ll be like Christmas for me”, Icelander mentioned. Seven of the eleven presently remoted gamers might reappear for the DHB squad within the occasion of detrimental outcomes on Sunday – together with 2016 European champions and prime performers Andreas Wolff, Kai Hafner and Julius Kuhn.