Handball World Cup: We can beat football – Bob Hanning’s column

First of all: I do not wish to create any synthetic stress right here.

BUT: The German group has an enormous probability within the upcoming World Cup. for German handball. and for all German sports activities besides football.


earlier than the handball world cup
Gislason requires group win and divulges World Cup favorites

Source: SID

After the efficiency of the DFB group in Qatar, which was in some ways desolated, handball might win many new followers on the tournaments in Poland and Sweden and – most significantly – win again the misplaced status of the German sport. On the sector, however above all off.

People in Germany are a bit uninterested in football, which was proven no less than by the crashing TV scores.

They thirst for genuine and approachable skilled athletes who take to the large stage on ARD and ZDF with out gimmicks.

Without hesitation No delay. That needs to be the motto for Alfred Gislasson’s group over the following two and a half weeks.

Regardless of their enjoying efficiency, handball gamers are of a powerful sort. Without muzzle. And with an indomitable greed for brand new successes.

The picture of the skilled sport has been tarnished by the quite a few headlines surrounding the Desert World Cup in regards to the greed and lust for recognition by affiliation homeowners.

The German lurching course within the armband difficulty, with which the fickle DFB is deeply troubled as a result of it was apparently all the time about PR and advertising, is having an impact. Internationally as properly. Not to say pathetic athletic efficiency. Germany has misplaced a lot of its status within the (sports activities) world. While we used to concern for the mentality and focus of our nationwide groups, now and again we simply smile and be in awe.

And that is the place I maintain Captain Johannes Golla and his males accountable. Be actual be approachable! be courageous! Do not turn into! But please remember in regards to the success of the sport.

DHB star Juri Knorr celebrates his goal

DHB star Juri Knorr celebrates his purpose

Photo: Axel Hemken / dpa

The German group is unquestionably not one of many favorites within the World Cup. No. In precept, groups equivalent to defending champions Denmark and Olympic champions France, European champions Sweden and the Spaniards must also be thought-about robust. But we’ll come proper again to that. least.

I completely perceive that the highest administration of the affiliation doesn’t set any particular targets preserving in view the maturation means of the group.

Yes, fairly actually: whether or not missing worldwide expertise or not, reaching the quarter-finals is important. Anything else can be a catastrophe. There is one factor we must always not neglect: due to a positive draw, we’re avoiding the talked about high groups till the knockout stage.

Germany, no matter its line-up, ought to all the time goal to achieve the celebs in handball.

And in 2016, I skilled firsthand what is feasible with group spirit, carelessness and enthusiasm.

With a group of nameless guys we performed ourselves right into a frenzy on the European Championships and took the hearts of followers by storm. As is well-known, the fairy story ended with the title being gained. The Olympic bronze medal adopted quickly after. Unfortunately, these have been the final German medals in main handball occasions so far.

I do not even wish to give it some thought proper now.

But a yr earlier than the European Championships at residence, there can be no speak of a transitional match. Handball has an incredible alternative to overhaul football and spark a brand new enthusiasm within the coming weeks.


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