Christian Schwarzer on the Handball World Cup: “Cancellation? We never have that!”

Interview with AZ Christian Schwarzer: The 53-year-old gained the World Cup title in 2007 and now works as youth coordinator at the Saarland Handball Association.

AZ: Mr. Schwarzer, a World Cup in Poland and Sweden, in two nations without delay: one thing will get used to it, would not it?
christian black: Unfortunately, an individual orients himself there in direction of soccer. He began it. It stays to be seen whether or not it’s so good now. I’m extra of a buddy of every thing being organized in a single nation than I used to be capable of expertise in the previous. But commercialization retains progressing. You can in all probability make much more cash that manner, after which choices like this are made. The temper for the host nations might be good, however in fact it’s troublesome for the followers. If the Germans attain the ultimate spherical, followers will have to journey from Poland to Sweden, which prices some huge cash. I have no idea whether or not such a factor was supposed or not.

Yasin Ehlitz (left) and EHC have to accept defeat against Schwenninger Wild Wings.

EHC Munich faltered in opposition to Schwenninger Wild Wings


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About the sport: What do you suppose the German workforce is able to?
I examine the workforce with the 2016 European champions. Hardly anybody at first thought-about him able to something, however then he performed himself right into a frenzy with Andy Wolff, a wonderful goalkeeper – and all of the sudden grew to become European champions. The workforce now has a great mixture of skilled guys like Andy Wolff, Patrick Groetzki, Philipp Weber, Paul Drunks and kids who’re taking part in their first main match. The good factor is that every one the gamers there take satisfaction in taking part in for Germany and proudly put on the eagle on their chest. That’s the greatest wager: that they are hungry and scorching to signify Germany. That’s why I belief him in every thing. You lastly heard from the workforce – Andy Wolff and Johannes Golla – that the semi-finals are the objective. I believe a sensible objective.

The 2007 World Champion workforce sometimes performs golf.

A degree of satisfaction in the Federal Eagle: Some nationwide gamers have withdrawn from the World Cup attributable to private causes or overwork, and this isn’t the first time. How do you charge it?
We do not have something like that. We have at all times regarded ahead to those tournaments, to have the ability to compete with the better of the greatest. Plus: Having enjoyable with the boys. It’s not nearly taking part in handball, it is the place a friendship developed that continues to at the present time. This is feasible provided that I am going by way of good and unhealthy occasions collectively in the nationwide workforce for a few years. On the different hand, I perceive the reasoning of those that have withdrawn, who at the moment are fathers of households or gamers like Hendrik Peckeler, who’re popping out of an extended spell of damage. The stress on gamers touring internationally is in fact extremely excessive.

How shut is the 2007 World Champion workforce?
Until lately, some had been nonetheless lively: Jogi Bitter, Carsten Lichtlein, Christian Zeitz, Holger Glandorf. We have an alumni workforce that does sports activities advantages for these in want just a few occasions a yr. More lately there have been Henner Brand, Henning Fritz, Markus Bauer, Pascal Haynes. We nonetheless attempt to have some enjoyable on the area and do effectively doing it. We even play golf collectively every now and then, so we won’t take our eyes off one another.

Christian Schwarzer: “A viable group”

Back to the World Cup: Team Germany begins in opposition to Qatar, the present Asian champions and vice-world champions from 2015. Kind of a seize bag, is not it?
Qatar is a far cry from the world workforce they performed with in 2015. Serbia is as robust as ever, at all times very effectively skilled gamers, at all times harmful. In Algeria you never know what to anticipate. Europeans used to have a tough time adapting to the African manner of taking part in. This is unquestionably a doable group.

About the German squad: The beginning lineup is actually spectacular, but it surely’s getting somewhat skinny behind it. Not a lot can occur throughout a match, proper?
Maybe it regarded like this in the pleasant matches in opposition to Iceland, however I would not say so. These are all guys who present how good they’re week after week in the strongest league in the world. I imagine we’re very effectively positioned throughout the board.

The most common one was center participant Juri Knorr, who at all times oscillates between genius and madness.
No one ought to make the mistake of handing over the standing of savior of the nation to the youngest (22 years, ed.) alone. He has proven what he’s able to, however in fact he wants the assist of the complete workforce. A single has never gained a match. What I’m lacking is a basic playmaker like Markus Bauer was or Andy Schmid from Rhein Neckar Löwen. He performed handball for 60 minutes, he did not even have to take a throw on objective and but he was the greatest participant as a result of he made the strategic choices that led to the objective. Martin Strobel was additionally not the most harmful participant, however he may management the sport and make the proper choices in the proper scenario.

Freddie Gillespie (right) and Bayern's basketball players lost against Istanbul.

Bayern basketball gamers settle for one other defeat in Euroleague


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Schwarzer: “Three, 4 gamers for the internal block”

The Rescue: For years it was a financial institution with Peckler and Vinzek. Now there’s Johannes Golla and the younger Julian Koster.
They had been the ones who performed the most important accountability in the finish, however you additionally want a plan B, three or 4 gamers for the internal block. But what issues is the interplay of the complete rescue. And in terms of goalkeeper efficiency, different nations have been higher than us recently. I want to see a 30 or 40 p.c retention charge there once more.

The World Championships are additionally vital due to qualification for the Olympics and a prelude to the European Championships at dwelling subsequent yr.
This is an effective alternative to promote our sport and place handball as the quantity two workforce sport behind soccer, and additionally it is about recruiting members.


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