Handball World Championship: It depends on these hands of our boys

With them every thing has hands and no ft!

On Friday (6 pm/ZDF) our handball gamers will make their World Cup debut towards Asian champions Qatar.

Do it boys!

Getting to Kattowitz, Poland was tough. Because the group of 16 carried an excessive amount of baggage, the constitution aircraft (CAT 5734), wherein the final rows of seats had been loaded with World Cup gear, took off an hour late.

Trouble begins with chubby – no downside for Alfred Gislason (63).

National coach earlier than the beginning of the World Cup: “We need to shock, we do not have to cover from any group.”

It takes very robust hands!

BILD tells seven tales concerning the seven hands that threw our first seven.

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Gislason earlier than the beginning of the World Cup
“It’s our benefit greater than ever…”

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Andrew Wolfe (33)

According to teammate Julian Koster, the Polish sequence champion Kielce goalkeeper has “very massive hands”. With his proper arm, he has scored 13 targets within the nationwide jersey in 128 worldwide matches.

Wolff: “My hand remains to be fully nice, fortunately nothing occurred. I’ve robust working hands.

Does he must tape the fingers? Wolff laughs: “I by no means tape! Then my go can be worse…”

One of the perfect on this planet when in high kind. We have nice assist.

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Andreas Wolff shows off his goalkeeper hand

Andreas Wolff reveals off his goalkeeper hand

Photo: Sasha Clann

Patrick Groetzki (33)

The proper winger and captain of Rhine-Neckar Löwen (158 worldwide matches) celebrated his return to the DHB group after a yr and a half. Now enjoying in his seventh World Championship (report!) – with a minor niggle in his left throwing arm!

Groetzki: “As a child, I tore a tendon on my little finger. This occurred after a motorbike accident. I could not even play handball for a number of weeks.”

Does he take particular care of his hands? Groetzki: “Nothing is reduce, besides nails.”

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patrick groetzky with rosin on his fingers

patrick groetzky with rosin on his fingers

Photo: Sasha Clann

Kai Hafner (33)

The 2016 European Champion (122 worldwide matches) is extraordinarily versatile, can play left and proper.

Hafner smiled: “I throw with my left hand and write with my proper. So I distributed the duties pretty nicely.”

His throwing arm appears nearly flawless – however he is already achieved one thing.

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Kai Hafner's index finger and thumb are taped

Kai Hafner’s index finger and thumb are taped

Photo: Sasha Clann

Hafner: “I broke my center hand first. And one or two fingers are just a little bruised.

In assault he appears for gaps, bodily contact and appears for the goalkeeper. He is a perennial favourite and has not missed a recreation within the Bundesliga this season.

John Gola (25)

Our Captain (50 Cap) and Power Pack (112 kg) are evergreen.

Demanded as the top of protection within the nationwide group and on the entrance of the circle. Even extra stunning: His throwing arm hasn’t been broken but.

Gola: “Okay. Everything’s nice now, I’ve by no means been injured.” An nearly palpable sensation from repeatedly pulling, pushing, pushing and throwing the jersey.

But there’s one factor that is completely different: Golla will get most of the resin on his hands to have the ability to grip the balls higher.

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the hand of our captain johannes golla

the hand of our captain johannes golla

Photo: Sasha Clann

EM 2022 was the worldwide match baptism for the then second-tier skilled.

The second youngest DHB skilled can be challenged along with his hands in defence. What is putting: the center and ring fingers are glued collectively for stability!

Koster: “I tape them as a result of I tore a tendon in a single of my fingers.”

The skilled Gummersbach (19 worldwide matches) is 2 meters tall and might throw from the king’s place within the backcourt on the opposing protection.

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January 11-29 in Poland and Sweden
Questions and Answers on 2023 Handball World Cup

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Julian Koester (22)

EM 2022 was the worldwide match baptism for the then second-tier skilled.

The second youngest DHB skilled can be challenged along with his hands in defence.

What is putting: the center and ring fingers are glued collectively for stability!

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Julian Koster's middle and index fingers are attached

Julian Koster’s center and index fingers are hooked up

Photo: Sasha Clann

Koster: “I tape them as a result of I tore a tendon in a single of my fingers.”

The skilled Gummersbach (19 worldwide matches) is 2 meters tall and might throw from the king’s place within the backcourt on the opposing protection.

Yuri Knorr (22)

Our penalty shooter and playmaker has loads of accountability and burden to shoulder within the World Cup.

Despite his solely 28 caps, Knorr has had an eventful profession, together with a yr at FC Barcelona. There is apprehension of his proper hand. Last 13 targets towards Iceland.

Supporter of Rhine-Neckar Löwen: “I broke my thumb on my throwing hand in 2019.”

Nothing is seen from exterior. Knorr: “My operation went nicely and fortuitously I did not have any consequential injury.”

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Jury Knorr's index finger is wrapped in tape

Jury Knorr’s index finger is wrapped in tape

Photo: Sasha Clann

Lucas Mertens (26)

It’s a World Cup premiere for the left winger from champions Magdeburg.

The northern German (born in Wilhelmshaven) may be very fast – even along with his proper hand.

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But the master's (still) clean hands: Lucas Mertens

But the grasp’s (nonetheless) clear hands: Lucas Mertens

Photo: Sasha Clann

Mertens (14 internationals): “She’s by no means been injured. I do not even want tape as a result of it is not good for my fingers and I can not throw nicely.”

For a right-handed particular person, the wrist is sort of extra vital than the 5 fingers. Mertens: “I be certain that it is good and heat so I can do a lap or two exterior.”

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