The German nationwide workforce will play its first match towards Qatar on the Handball World Championships on Friday night. Kickers columnist Bob Hanning explains why a win this time round would be particularly important.
Bob Hanning additionally sees them on Friday: Raphael Capote (left) and Juri Knorr.
Dear handball associates and those that wish to be one: Today it lastly begins from the German perspective! Asian champions Qatar, about whom we nonetheless have many fond recollections, await the beginning of the World Cup. The two painful defeats within the knockout matches within the 2015 and 2017 World Cup finals are most likely nonetheless contemporary in everybody’s thoughts. At the 2016 Olympic Games, we pulled off a shocking victory within the quarterfinals (34:22) on our strategy to a bronze medal.
They have an skilled coach in Valero Rivera, who gained gold with Spain in 2013 and led Qatar to the ultimate two years later. However, I do not assume Qatar is as sturdy as in earlier years. A win is important – and will undoubtedly assist us with different objectives.
many younger gamers in cost
Because: An opening recreation is all the time extraordinarily important and exhibits the route through which a event like this will go. Especially when you’re accountable for so many younger gamers, as is the case with the DHB choice. If they win towards Qatar, an optimum beginning place for the principle spherical is sort of potential given the fixtures with Serbia and Algeria.
The German workforce is balanced – with younger and previous gamers. The gamers have to make use of the artwork in such a manner that they get sufficient relaxation through the event. There are six video games forward of a potential quarter-final ought to the German workforce not wind up. The mixture of younger and previous should be fastidiously managed.
Faith was even smaller in 2016
I consider playmakers Juri Knorr and Paul Drax, who have been in Qatar in 2015 and will be an element on this event, can play a key function. Given the criticism and hype of the previous few days, Knorr’s subject is particular. But I do not wish to put strain on anyone participant or put expectations you can’t dwell as much as. We can solely make a distinction as a workforce on this World Cup – much like the sensational European title in 2016. At that point, the idea that we might obtain something was even smaller.
When readers ask me concerning the favorites for these finals, I can solely identify the standard suspects: holders Denmark, Olympic champions France, European champions Sweden and Spain. Besides, there are all the time groups which might be good to shock. I depend Norway as my potential main-round rival – and why not – Germany. Let’s benefit from the World Cup!
Bob Haining (54) led Fuchs Berlin from the second division to the Champions League, turned the DHB inside out in eight years as vp and wrote a Spiegel bestseller (Haining. Macht. Handball). In his column for Kicker, he analyzes what is occurring across the nationwide workforce and the Bundesliga.