Handball World Cup 2023: how much is left of “scandalous” Qatar?

The German nationwide group will play its first match on the Handball World Championship 2023 towards Qatar on Friday. This additionally brings again reminiscences of January 2015.

Trainer foxes and a Cuban “main drive”: Valero Rivera, Rafael Capote and Dagur Sigurdsson (from left).
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It appears that the 2 outcomes have timed out. In reality, they’re nearly 20 years again: the DHB choice received the primary two of their seven comparisons (4/0/3) with Qatar in January 2003 with 40:17 and January 2005 with 40:15. Six years after one other hearty slap, the World Cup award to Qatar represents a turning level of kinds.

The first German rival on the 2023 World Cup started investing in handball and its infrastructure in 2011. Smartest transfer ever: Install coach Valero Rivera. The 69-year-old coached giants FC Barcelona for 22 years between 1983 and 2005. During this era alone, the Catalans have received the Spanish Championship twelve occasions, the European Cup Winners’ Cup 5 occasions and the Champions League six occasions. A world membership was born. Rivera topped the subsequent eight years as Spain’s nationwide coach with a title in 2013 on the World Cup at dwelling.

Then the title hamster chases the lure of Qatar, which should rapidly transport him to unimaginable territories. The Asian Championship, received 5 consecutive occasions between 2014 and 2022, pales compared to the historic dwelling World Cup in 2015: underdogs Qatar attain the ultimate as the one non-European group in World Cup historical past (since 1939), successful 22:25 resulted in Doha with was defeated by France.

The “revenge” with Germany was additionally spectacular: in 2015 Qatar knocked out the DHB choice within the quarter-finals (26:24) on their technique to World Cup silver, two years later Rivera’s group knocked out the defending European champions within the spherical of 16. Defeated (21:20) – This must be Dagur Sigurdsson’s final sport as nationwide coach.

Flaws in IHF Specifications

However, the “explosion” of handball nation Qatar was not precisely clear, somewhat it was categorized as “reprehensible” by conservatives. In preparation for the house World Cup, the IHF’s questionable guidelines permitting gamers to play for a brand new nation after a three-year nationwide group break have been used as a loophole. The core of the group in 2015 was made up of professionals who have been born in Eastern Europe. Cuba’s Rafael Capote (115 World Cup objectives), a mannequin athlete and the true “breaker” within the left backcourt, prompted many favorites to fall.

At the 2023 World Cup in Poland and Sweden solely two German gamers from the 2015 World Cup group remained in Paul Drucks and Patrick Groetzki, there are seven silver medalists in Qatar. Including Capote – now 35 years outdated.

In the final three World Cups, Rivera’s group completed eighth twice and thirteenth as soon as. The speedy development is believed to have stalled, however Qatar was higher than the DHB choice in two of the final three World Cup finals. What’s actually left of 2015? And what does this imply for 2023?

A Bundesliga skilled in aim

In his evaluation earlier than the event, Germany’s assistant coach Erik Wudke talked about “two totally different again strains with which they’re pursuing two totally different methods”. One is “throw-oriented, bodily very current, bodily very robust”, and he particularly names Capote and Jovan Gašević (born in Montenegro) as “actual shooters”. Alternatively, Rivera may additionally use three versatile backcourt gamers using the DHB protection one-on-one and the extraordinarily robust pivot Youssef Ben Ali (born in France and presently underneath contract).

Woodtke stated it is necessary to “discover an applicable answer” towards the variable Qatar. Also in assault, when the German group often confronted a 6–0 defence, gamers often broke by means of to disrupt the rhythm and provoke errors. With keeper Anadin Suljakovic (HSG Wetzlar, born in Bosnia-Herzegovina), Gislasson’s protege is an opponent he is aware of notably nicely. The 24-year-old shouldn’t be the trigger of obstacles if in any respect attainable. There has been loads of disappointment in DHB’s choice within the World Cup towards Qatar.

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