JadeIn his greeting he says “gude” – and from this it’s instantly clear that the goalkeeper of the US nationwide handball team is half Hessian. Nico Robinson, 23 years outdated, 1.90 tall, weighs 84 kg, comes from Wiesbaden and often performs for TuS Dotzheim in the Oberliga. But in the coming days he’ll characterize the nation of his father, who was as soon as stationed as a soldier in Ramstein and Wiesbaden, at the World Cup in Sweden.
“I act,” Robinson was requested about what a Premier League goalkeeper does at the World Cup – or conversely, why World Cup goalkeeper Hessian acts at novice stage. “I can adapt to each worlds,” says the German-American, who works as an insurance coverage dealer for a dwelling.
Two years earlier he had already tried to determine himself completely in the huge two of the handball world. Robinson joined Norwegian giants Elverum Idretslag, who additionally play in the Champions League. And he was to be the primary goalkeeper for the Americans at the 2021 World Cup. But then the US team was pulled out of the event attributable to the huge coronavirus outbreak and Robinson later needed to endure a number of surgical procedures attributable to well being issues. The Elverum journey ended shortly, however the dream of nice sport didn’t. And the keeper, who returned to Wiesbaden, was instantly nominated once more for the present World Cup in Sweden and Poland – this time as quantity two behind Pál Murkowski, who often performs in the Hungarian first league. Since handball doesn’t play a serious function in the United States and doesn’t also have a nationwide league, the whole World Cup squad is full of twin residents. “We’re a world group,” Robinson says fortunately. But the ragtag team has a much bigger aim. The USA is about to host the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles – and Robinson will probably be at his peak.
Meanwhile, he’s wanting ahead to his World Cup debut in opposition to Morocco this Friday (6 PM) in Jönköping. “I’ll positively get taking part in time,” stated the goalkeeper, assured of having the ability to contribute. This is the most necessary group sport in the battle for third place, which provides you the proper to enter the fundamental spherical.
Should the Americans win, it will be “historic”, which additionally doesn’t elicit typical American enthusiasm. US handball gamers have up to now performed in six World Cup tournaments and haven’t gained a single one. “It’s doable this time,” says Nico Robinson, who can rely on help at residence. His boss at the insurance coverage company additionally performed handball – and gave him an entire month off.