ARD presenter Muller-Spirra reveals discord over being used

Stephanie Müller-Spirra will reasonable the ARD gamers on the Handball World Cup.Image: MDR / MDR

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There are ten days between the announcement and their use within the Handball World Cup. Stephanie Müller-Spirra will symbolize ARD presenter Alexander Bohms on Sunday. In Watson’s interview, the moderator talked in regards to the blended emotions her project triggered.

Nikolai Stubner

WATSON: Stephanie, on January fifth it was introduced that you can be standing in as moderator for Alexander Bohms on the World Handball Championship. On Sunday you host your first recreation. Hence the query: is precisely ten days sufficient to organize for the Handball World Championships?

Stephanie Muller-Spirra: Inwardly, I knew it a bit earlier. I did not have to fully re-learn the topic. The Handball World Cup was additionally on my radar for the opposite packages I work for. We additionally report quite a bit about SC Magdeburg and SC DHfK Leipzig in MDR.

So you might be already on the subject…

proper. In October I additionally made a documentary in regards to the exit of Lukas Krzykalla from Leipzig. Of course, the World Cup is totally different, however I’m not getting concerned in a sport that I’ve by no means been related to. In addition, I’ve a wonderful specialist.

Dominic Klein, ex-national participant and world champion 2007.

He is Mr. “Handball”. I can ask him something. It’s reassuring. I even have a very good pal within the type of Telephone Joker (smiles), who was a nationwide handball participant for a few years.

You symbolize Alexander Bohms, who needed to step down for well being causes. What have been your first ideas while you heard that it’s best to transfer to Poland?

It is troublesome to say as a result of there are two sides of the coin. At first I assumed, “properly, apparently Alex remains to be not properly”. I’m very sorry about this. It can knock any of us out and also you notice how vital it’s to be wholesome and capable of do our jobs. On the opposite hand, it’s definitely an thrilling activity for me. But it is laborious to be really glad.

Now, for a lot of handball followers, on Sunday it is not going to be the pair of Bommes and Klein, however the pair of Müller-Spirra and Klein. How do you go about it

Replacing Alex Boummes is a big activity – particularly in handball. He himself stood on the document as a professional and was like a second professional. From his expertise, he is aware of what goes on within the participant’s thoughts in the course of the recreation. I am unable to obtain this degree of experience and I do not need to.

“The Boumes-Klein pairing stays a fantastic pairing and me and Dominique do it a bit in another way.”

Stephanie Müller-Spirra on the duty of changing Alexander Bommes.


I’ll have a look at the event from a distinct perspective, do extra remark after which squeeze all the pieces out of Dominic. I need to create pleasure particularly for individuals who possibly will not be within the handball corridor each week and do not know precisely all the pieces. The Boehms-Klein pairing continues to be a fantastic pairing and Dominique and I do it a bit in another way.

ARD will broadcast the preliminary spherical recreation in opposition to Serbia and two video games in the primary spherical. How a lot significance would you give to the fourth mission if the DHB workforce makes it to the semi-finals?

I’m all the time in workforce “confidence” and naturally it’s best to strategy issues realistically. But when is there time for desires, if not within the World Cup? So I’m optimistic and imagine that we’ll have a German semi-final, dwell on ARD.

Do you keep in mind {that a} doable remaining of the competitors might be proven on ZDF?

that is how it’s. Sometimes somebody broadcasts the ultimate, generally another person. For me it’s extra vital to have a title for the German workforce. or a medal.

When will the Handball World Cup achieve success for you?

I’ve two souls. Of course I’m there to observe the progress of the German workforce. I hope the desires of the gamers come true. Philipp Weber or Andreas Wolff additionally very quietly point out the phrase “medal”.

And what is the viewpoint?

It will even augur properly for the Klein and Muller-Spirra pairing. I need to seize the move of the document and current handball to an viewers in an informative and entertaining method.

Stephanie Müller-Spirra not only moderates the Handball World Cup but is also regularly on duty for the sports show.

Stephanie Müller-Spirra not solely moderates the Handball World Cup, however can also be recurrently on responsibility for the sports activities present.Image: MDR/Spirra Pvt/MDR/Spirra Pvt

Even earlier than the Handball World Cup, you labored as a moderator and reporter. You reported on the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Games and moderated the Paralympics.

The Olympic Games are all the time a spotlight, and that is very true for the Paralympics.


There are many causes for this, nevertheless it was a fantastic honor to be nominated with the entire workforce for Best Sports Program 2022 on the German Television Awards.

You make documentary movies alongside your sobriety. For instance, in regards to the already talked about Lukas Krzykalla with the movie “Out of Cover” about his coming.

These are vital elements of my work and likewise vital to me personally. I additionally made a documentary about former observe bike owner Christina Vogel, who was paralyzed after a coaching accident and is now residing a brand new life. Such movies are vital to me.


On the one hand, as a result of they take care of extremely vital social points. On the opposite hand, I do not need to be seen in entrance of the digital camera as making an attempt to speak a bit bit about sports activities.

“I usually really feel like I’ve to show myself extra as a lady and I’m checked out extra critically.”

Do you get the sensation that you’re usually not trusted anymore?

I usually really feel that as a lady I’ve to show myself extra and I’m considered extra critically. There are few individuals who simply cannot get some stereotypes out of their heads. But in fact I’m handled by many individuals, athletes, as regular as any male colleague.

What reactions present you that as a lady you might be generally considered much more critically?

This is finished by way of feedback. For instance, if my outfit is criticized, though a moderator would by no means be criticized for it. Similarly, as soon as I got here to know with nice shock that I’ve studied. But general it simply retains getting higher.

With the movie about Lukas Krzykala, you additionally noticed folks speaking about nationwide borders. How did it occur that he appeared in your documentary?

We each have recognized one another for a very long time, have factors of contact by way of sports activities and sometimes like to go to the identical cafes. I already knew about his homosexuality. It was not clear but and we had heard that he wished to make the transfer to most people.

What steps have been taken after this?

We had a protracted dialog with him. open and clear. He agreed in a short time and wished to speak to us intimately. I believe it is actually courageous that he took this step.

How quickly did he dare to discuss it in entrance of the digital camera?

It went away comparatively shortly, though definitely not prefer it did after our first espresso. We met a number of instances and spent loads of time collectively in the course of the shoot, so he had religion in me. Ultimately, Lucas felt very comfy with the movie. This was essential to us.

Stefanie Müller-Spirra with handball professional Lukas Krzykala.

Stefanie Müller-Spirra with handball skilled Lukas KrzykalaImage: MDR/Spirra Pvt/MDR/Spirra Pvt

The movie additionally addresses his worry of reactions. Do you already know what the response was?

If you ask Lucas, he’d undoubtedly say it had a cheerful ending. He bought loads of optimistic suggestions, loads of encouragement and help. Even in America, he’s talked about as a aggressive athlete who remains to be energetic and thus turns into a task mannequin. Unfortunately, there have been additionally foolish feedback, however as a result of positivity abounded, he was definitely capable of take care of them properly.

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