Handball World Championships begin: Interview with Christian “Blackie” Schwarzer

  • Christian “Blackie” Schwarzer grew to become handball world champion in 2007 with the German nationwide group.
  • In an interview, he criticized the resignations of Peckler and Wiensek.
  • He offers Germany an opportunity to succeed in the semi-finals.

Mr. Schwarzer, what’s the greatest downside dealing with the group earlier than the beginning of the World Cup?

Christian Schwarzer: As far as goalkeeping is anxious, the group nonetheless has potential as in comparison with different groups in earlier tournaments the place different nations have been higher than us. In addition to first-choice goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, Joel Burleham has been in superb kind for Rhine-Neckar-Leuven. I’m a fan of selecting the goalkeeper who is true within the sport – and never selecting a transparent primary.

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What’s nonetheless lacking? Experience?

You miss gamers like Hendrik Peckeler and Patrik Wiensek. This is why the inside block of protection will look totally different and above all, youthful. Johannes Golla is a central issue right here, making it the quintessential one in Flensburg. The center block will probably be a foremost focus for the nationwide coach. Alfred Gislason could be very keen on element, he’ll work on protection and assault procedures. Because, as we all know, championships are gained by protection.

what else would you like?

Still no basic center man. Juri Knorr confirmed his potential in a pleasant in opposition to Iceland. Luca Witzke, Paul Drux and Philipp Weber may also be used flexibly. There hasn’t been a basic backcourt middle participant like Marcus Bauer, who controls the sport and creates routes, and I might discover such a participant a fantastic addition. Our gamers are extra goal-oriented.

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Many gamers within the group haven’t performed a lot on the worldwide degree. A great base for nationwide coach Gislason or a loss?

This could be a good base as gamers are hungry and need to signify the eagle on their chest. It’s guess. Of course there are some gamers lacking, Fabian Weide would have been one in all them. Gislason performs with boys who’re captivated with taking part in for Germany.

Do you perceive the criticism of Wienske and Peckler that they not need to play for Germany?

I do not suppose we’d have had that earlier than that somebody did not need to play regardless of with the ability to play. For me and the individuals I performed with, taking part in for Germany was all the time the largest factor. We may need gone with a unique strategy. But I perceive the explanation – lengthy accidents put on out, he’s a father and the burden on gamers within the worldwide enterprise is immense.

The excessive weighting may be interpreted as a criticism of the affiliation.

You can and may attempt to management the load. But it’s clear to me that individuals who journey internationally within the Champions League and Europa League are extremely confused, particularly due to the journey. But I can even perceive Alfred Gislasson when he thinks it’s a disgrace that the boys are not taking part in for Germany, due to course he wish to play with the strongest group.

DHB is broadly criticized for selling expertise too late. A legitimate criticism?

In different leagues, skills are given the chance to develop on the highest degree a lot earlier. In the Nordic international locations they’re already taking part in within the high leagues at 16, 17, 18, not so right here. Most overseas gamers play within the Handball Bundesliga. In different leagues, boys could develop earlier. There is extra strain on us to carry out and achieve success. We have gotten a whole lot of good younger gamers, however they do not get there rapidly sufficient.

How can one resolve the issue?

It can’t be resolved within the close to future, as cash performs a vital position. And with success comes cash from sponsors. This is the explanation why high groups use overseas gamers. I would love them to not use excessive paid high overseas gamers at 15 to 16 locations, however use proficient gamers. Until now, this has solely been the case with “coaching golf equipment”, which are usually on the backside of the desk.

DHB group expectations

Andy Wolff and Johannes Golla go into the match with a transparent objective: They need medals. Are they utterly unrealistic? Because Germans aren’t given extra possibilities than outsiders.

That’s an enormous likelihood! No one believed in 2016 that Germany would turn into the European champion. It is nice that this demand is lastly coming from the group and never some officers. As a aggressive athlete, you by no means goal to complete fifth or eighth. When I say I’m going eighth, I’m simply going eighth. 16 gamers carry out week after week within the strongest league on the planet. Therefore a German group all the time has the proper to succeed in the semi-finals of a serious match.

Which objective do you suppose is life like for the German group?

I additionally consider that the semi-finals are inside attain. In the early levels you do not know what to anticipate. You cannot decide Qatar, worse African groups, higher Serbia as a result of they’re a European group. The World Cup confirmed that small nations not exist. For instance, Japan, Morocco taught us higher.

The world champions and European champions are Denmark and Sweden.

Again, the same old suspects have been talked about as favourites, together with France and Croatia. There may be a shock or two.

Growing calls for forward of the upcoming house World Cup

Who is your favorite?

From my private expertise, hosts are one in all them. The present European champion is Sweden. Poland can be the host, with the keenness of the followers behind you something is feasible. Denmark will once more have a robust group. France after Croatia. I haven’t got a favorite, however a circle of eight to 10 groups, which incorporates Germany.

Is Germany nonetheless a match nation excessive sufficient you can be on the spot at the beginning of a match?

Not in the mean time clearly, as a result of sadly they could not present it in earlier tournaments. The potential was all the time there and when he received into good rhythm with a whole lot of confidence he was all the time very harmful. I hope they arrive properly and get into that rhythm.

If nothing occurs this yr, then everybody ought to hold hope for the subsequent yr. Then comes the Home EM.

A home match is all the time one thing totally different and the demand mechanically will increase in your personal nation. But do not simply count on subsequent yr. If we’re profitable once more quickly, it will likely be good for our sport. Don’t wait until the home match.

Personal particulars: Christian “Blackie” SchwarzerBorn in 1969, performed for the German nationwide group for nearly 20 years. He has competed in six World and 5 European Championships, turning into European Champion in 2004 and World Champion in 2007. For 4 years he coached youth groups within the German Handball Association (DHB), now he coaches youth within the Saar Handball Association.

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Football World Cup is adopted by Handball World Cup. The Handball World Championships will start on January 11 in Sweden and Poland. National coach Alfred Gislausen introduced his 18-man squad on 23 December.


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