Local sports interview before the Men’s Handball World Championships Junior national coach Martin Heuberger: The quarter finals are on! – Preview news of Ortenau

The Handball World Cup 2023 will begin in Poland and Sweden solely 24 days after the Football World Cup in Qatar. Schutterwald’s junior national coach Martin Heiberger is assured of the German group reaching the quarter-finals.

He believes: “With soccer the viewers may have extra enjoyable than in the previous.” The event begins on 11 January and ends on 29 January with the ultimate at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, which holds 40,000 spectators. In the preliminary spherical, the DHB picks meet Qatar on Friday, Serbia on Sunday and Algeria on Tuesday (at 6 pm every). One of the highlights of the new yr for Heuberger is the Junior World Championships in Germany from June 20 to July 2.

The German national group begins the Handball World Championship 2023 with a duel towards Qatar. One-love strip cannot be anticipated…

I do not suppose this subject is current in handball prefer it was in soccer. In soccer, Qatar as the host nation was an impediment. In handball, Qatar is one of the three opponents of our group in the preliminary spherical of the World Cup. This is what our handball gamers concentrate on.

Will handball gamers deliver us extra pleasure at the World Cup than our soccer gamers?

I’m assuming it is a robust level. Of course, I hope that our group will attain the preliminary spherical with none losses – not like footballers. In handball, not solely two, however three groups out of 4 progress, but in addition take the outcomes achieved amongst themselves.

In 2015, Qatar misplaced in the quarter-finals and two years later had been additionally eradicated in the spherical of 16. Do we now have to speak about an intimidating opponent?

I would not say that. But all opponents need to be taken significantly. Our group has to search out itself with little preparation time. Qatar has the benefit that they stay collectively kind of yr-spherical. He has a comparatively weak sports operation and might concentrate on the national group in a totally completely different manner.

It is at this level that many national handball coaches are already determined.

Recently, the identification of gamers with the national group was mentioned once more, much less so relating to the identification of the Bundesliga with the national group. Anyway, different nations have higher alternatives. For instance, Croatia began getting ready for the World Cup before Christmas, the French met between Christmas and New Years, and different leagues additionally ended before Christmas. With us, nonetheless, crowded matches had been nonetheless attended in the Bundesliga between Christmas and New Years. sure i perceive But extra concessions needs to be given. Alfred Gislason now has solely a really brief preparation time. These are not optimum indicators.

Other preliminary spherical opponents are Serbia and Algeria. National coach Gislason goals to win the group. what do you count on

It can be good to win the group. There are three doable opponents. If our group can ship and focus, so can we. The first had been solely two friendlies towards the robust Icelanders, and that needs to be sufficient to get them into event mode rapidly.

Gislason has named 5 European champions since 2016, in addition to abilities equivalent to Julian Koster and goalkeeper Joel Birlheim. Is the group effectively-coordinated?

Yes. Left-back Kai Haffner and goalkeeper Andy Wolff are very skilled, captain Johannes Golla has quite a bit of worldwide expertise and is a world-class circle participant. Then there are children like Julian Koster and Lucas Mertens, who’ve proven in the Bundesliga that they are very robust left-backs. And then of course Juri Knorr as an distinctive expertise in German handball.

A yr in the past he had missed EM, a attribute of corona infections, as he had not been vaccinated.

As I collect from the media, he now meets the guidelines.

What makes Knorr such a unprecedented expertise?

His persona in assault, his first two steps are extraordinarily explosive, he has a really fast arm pull with good slapping kind and performs different with the circle runner. In defence, Knorr can be utilized in the half again place. He has that Spanish mindset with quite a bit of anticipation, steals balls, however must be stronger in doubles.

As a second division participant, Koster was found at EM 2022. How has it developed since then?

an superior. He was promoted to the Bundesliga with VfL Gummersbach and have become a prime performer. He is a purpose menace, but in addition watches the circle runner. And what makes him significantly robust is his versatility in protection: in an inside block in a 6:0 protection or as a tip in a 5:1 model. This makes him very priceless, even for the national group. He’ll nonetheless make errors, however will be taught from them faster.

In the World Cup, prime performers equivalent to Julius Kuhn, Timo Kastening, Sebastian Heymann and Fabian Weide are additionally lacking. how heavy is it?

Fabian Wiede makes use of the Bundesliga break from the World Cup to have his knowledge tooth extracted. Whether to play for Germany or not is as much as everybody to determine. The different three would have been there with out their accidents and burned once more. It is a pity that Kuhn and Heymann, who are in the king place in the half-left backcourt, are the two prime performers, however there may be additionally an opportunity for Koster or Paul Drucks to carry out effectively in Fuchsen Berlin. We’re in excellent form throughout the board.

Norway, North Macedonia, Argentina or perhaps the Netherlands await in the principal spherical. Is second place doable, which might imply getting into the quarter-finals?

He’s undoubtedly in. It can be good if we reached the principal spherical with none losses, i.e. with a 4-0 lead. North Macedonia, Argentina and the Netherlands are on an identical stage. Norway is a distinct sport, however on day we will beat them too. A tie with Norway may very well be sufficient for Germany to achieve the quarter-finals. That’s what you possibly can rely on from our group. And then we, as outsiders, can most likely deliver up some surprises.

Will Denmark be capable to defend the title? Superstar Mikael Hansen was absent for a very long time as a consequence of cardiac arrhythmia and pulmonary embolism.

Hansen had a tough autumn. I’m curious to what extent he’s prepared for the World Cup once more. But the Danes are so good that they will afford to go away SC Magdeburg’s Michael Damgaard and Fuchsen Berlin’s Lasse Andersen residence.

How robust is France from the 38-yr-previous Nikola Karabatic monument?

Age shouldn’t be the determinant, however efficiency is. Karabatic can nonetheless assist the group, so he is there. France could be very robust individually. But I see Denmark as the prime favorite.

And with Norway, Sander Sargosen was out of motion for 175 days for 2 foot surgical procedures.

I believe he is been match thus far and not too long ago received the THW wedge again on observe. It will be assumed that he will likely be used sparingly in the World Cup.

Are there any shock groups?

I’ve been saying it for years: Hungary. Portugal additionally performs glorious handball. However, the protection lacks consistency. You additionally need to regulate Egypt.

Where are you following the World Cup?

At residence on TV and on the Internet. And the sport was very intense, even with out German participation. African and Asian handballs are significantly attention-grabbing.

Your private spotlight in 2023 will likely be the Junior World Championships in your individual nation. What are the possibilities?

Two years in the past we had been European Youth Champion with the 2002/03 classic. Last yr at the Junior European Championships, we weren’t capable of obtain our greatest efficiency and as a consequence of many setbacks, we may solely attain seventh place. With a group that’s as full as doable, we will have our say in the residence World Cup, though the competitors is tougher than the males’s. Our lengthy-time period goal is the semi-finals.

What is the function of Helmlingen goalkeeper Lasse Ludwig, who made his debut with Bundesliga leaders Berlin?

Lass developed very effectively in Berlin and, above all, received lots of match follow with Potsdam in the second division together with his double-taking part in rights. He paid. He could be very purpose oriented and efficiency oriented. He was the cornerstone of profitable the title in 2020 and will effectively be at the Junior World Championships.


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