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 crew has an enormous probability within the upcoming World Cup. for German handball. and for all German sports activities besides football.


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Gislason requires group win and divulges World Cup favorites

Source: SID

After the efficiency of the DFB crew in Qatar, which was in some ways desolated, handball may 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 rankings.

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

Without hesitation No delay. That must be the motto for Alfred Gislasson’s crew over the subsequent two and a half weeks.

Regardless of their taking part in efficiency, handball gamers are of a robust kind. Without muzzle. And with an indomitable greed for brand new successes.

The picture of the skilled sport has been tarnished by the numerous headlines surrounding the Desert World Cup about greed and the eager for recognition by affiliation homeowners.

The German lurching course within the armband problem, with which the fickle DFB is deeply troubled as a result of it was apparently at all times about PR and advertising, is having an impact. Internationally as properly. Not to say pathetic athletic efficiency. Germany has misplaced quite a lot of status within the (sports activities) world. While we used to worry for the mentality and focus of our nationwide groups, once in a while 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 do not forget in regards to the success of the sport.

DHB star Juri Knorr celebrates his goal

DHB star Juri Knorr celebrates his objective

Photo: Axel Hemken / dpa

The German crew is unquestionably not one of many favorites within the World Cup. No. In precept, groups similar to defending champions Denmark and Olympic champions France, European champions Sweden and the Spaniards must also be thought of 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 objectives preserving in view the maturation means of the crew.

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

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

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

With a crew of anonymous 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 received. The Olympic bronze medal adopted quickly after. Unfortunately, these have been the final German medals in main handball occasions up to now.

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

But a 12 months earlier than the European Championships at house, there can be no discuss of a transitional match. Handball has an excellent alternative to overhaul football and spark a brand new enthusiasm within the coming weeks.


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