Lübecker Skorupa: The American dream comes true at the Handball World Cup NDR.de – Sport

Status: 01/12/2023 08:14 AM

Two years in the past, the coronavirus destroyed the lengthy-awaited return to the World Cup for the US nationwide handball crew. Now, at tournaments in Sweden and Poland, it’s occurring. In the US crew at present and in 2021: Paul Skorupa from second division membership VfL Lübeck-Schwartau.

by Christian Goertzen

Before midnight, it was clear to everybody in the US nationwide handball crew that nothing was going to work, that every one hope and worry had been in useless. Game Over! And that simply hours earlier than the 2021 World Cup was to be formally inaugurated in Egypt. USA needed to cancel its participation in the late night of January 12, 2021 attributable to 19 corona circumstances in nationwide coach Robert Hedin’s crew. Switzerland adopted. The solely factor left for the American gamers was unhappy subordination, how good it will have been to play in opposition to prime nations like France or Norway in the preliminary rounds, and in addition in opposition to Austria. In the United States’ first World Cup participation in 20 years.

“Heavy disappointment!”
Paul Skorupa, US handball participant

Skorupa, at present a pivot for second division membership VfL Lübeck-Schwartau, was a participant for third division HSG Krefeld when he was a part of the US crew. He was one of a big group of gamers, coaches and coaches for whom the American dream was shattered. The Düsseldorf native, who’s eligible to play for the US crew due to his American mom, mentioned the cancellation of the World Cup was “very tough”, a “big disappointment”. For the first few days afterwards it felt like a as soon as in a lifetime alternative.

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Two years later, nonetheless, it may be mentioned that this isn’t the case. The USA, wherein handball performs solely a minor function, will return at the 2023 World Cup in Poland and Sweden. At the championships for North America and the Caribbean, picks, together with ex-Hanoverian Domagoj Saracen (most not too long ago New York City THC) and Gary Hines (SG Langfeld), additionally recognized via Ninja Warrior Germany, performed in opposition to Greenland. Mexico and Cuba apply. And now nothing can cease the crew – not even the Corona model XBB.1.5, which not too long ago unfold in the USA.

Return to World Cup in opposition to Morocco on Friday

Skorupa and all others will write American sports activities historical past on Friday, which sadly is not going to get a lot consideration. The first group recreation in opposition to Morocco will begin at 6 PM in Jönköping, Sweden. Other opponents are Croatia and Egypt. It will be assumed that after this there might be discuss of constructing a spot between twenty fifth to thirty second place in the President’s Cup. But for Lubecker Skorupa and crew, that is not conclusive.

Skorupa sees big potential for handball in USA

“I’m actually wanting ahead to my first World Cup,” the 23-yr-previous instructed “Lübecker Nachrichten”. With a part of his household dwelling in San Diego and Seattle, his American facet comes from the indisputable fact that he is into rap and loves peanut butter and jelly pancakes for breakfast, he defined. Skorupa sees nice potential for handball in the USA. The nation of 332 million is “a creating nation in the sport, however has nice potential”. It is definitely useful to use this on condition that the Olympic Games 2028 might be held in Los Angeles and the United States as host will definitely be part of the match.

Appeared in six World Cups for the US crew, however no victory up to now

And maybe the subsequent step in growth will even come at the present world championships in Sweden and Poland. 22 years earlier, there was no placement recreation at the 2001 World Cup in France. In the decrease positions, the last desk was decided in teams based mostly on the outcomes obtained. At that time, after 5, partially good smacks – together with 12:40 in opposition to Germany – the United States completed in twenty fourth and final place with zero factors and minus 109 objectives. They remained true to themselves: the “Stars and Stripes” choice participated in six World Cups, shedding all video games.

Is there one thing happening in opposition to Iran or Saudi Arabia?

The President’s Cup, which was solely launched later, makes it doable for the World Cup to return, 22 years after the first victory in a world title occasion. After all, Iran or Saudi Arabia do not appear invincible – particularly not on an ideal day. An enormous occasion awaits Skorupa and the US crew at the World Cup. Two years after failing to make a comeback to the World Cup, the pleasure in the match has elevated. It will be “loopy” – “and shocking”.

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