Handball column by Bob Haining | I’m building on these three guys in the World Cup

I get dizzy on seeing the calendar.

Junior World Cup 2023, Men’s European Championship 2024, Women’s World Cup 2025 and Men’s World Cup 2027 – all in Germany. Never in such a brief time frame have there been extra sights of handball in our nation and won’t occur once more anytime quickly.

Germany, United Handball Country!

All these tournaments are an incredible platform for our sport, an incredible honour. But it is usually and above all an obligation!

Whether affiliation, league, membership or participant: We all have a giant duty now. A duty to our skilled sport – and a particular duty to the widespread sport, the place an unimaginable quantity of labor is completed on a voluntary foundation to deliver youngsters and younger folks as much as handball after which maintain them there.

These folks at the grassroots degree are my private driving pressure, they’re the engines of our sport. After six powerful years with out a medal, we have to reward this base once more. Reward with success!

Our most vital asset on our strategy to the high is our gamers. You need to see the current state of affairs as a possibility. They shouldn’t be happy too quickly by reaching one thing, however need to step out of their consolation zone each day. Just as a result of I signed a giant contract in Melsungen or with Rhine-Neckar Löwen does not imply I’ve achieved one thing. After all, the tough handball 12 months has simply begun with the European Championship and the World Cup in our personal nation.

I really feel actually good about the present staff. We have gotten some nice gamers, three of whom I want to spotlight. They might be significantly vital if we need to achieve success in this World Cup and past: Andreas Wolff, Juri Knorr and Johannes Golla.


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German handball star with a very creative purpose

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►Andy Wolff is the “emotional chief” of the staff who, along with his expertise and routine, can by means of his high quality overcome a whole lot of issues that go fallacious in entrance of him. He is our “beast in the gate” who can utterly shut down the hut on good days, like once we gained the 2016 European Championships. Also, Andy is for me the participant with the greatest development in latest years in phrases of persona. He has matured extremely and now leads the staff not solely by means of his performances but in addition by means of his demeanor and character.

Unlike earlier than, he manages to take the strain as a tailwind and is like no different capable of speed up the German staff, even when issues will not be going so effectively. No one dares to offer even 70 % in protection, however actually nobody, as a result of they know they may have issues with Andy.

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Andreas Wolff is fit again after a slight strain from the first group game

Andreas Wolff is match once more after a slight pressure from the first group recreation

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►The different pillar of the staff is Juri Knorr. The 22-year-old playmaker could also be the chick of the staff, however he excels on the area. Even if he’s usually someplace between genius and madness, he is a superb addition to the staff along with his glorious play and will mature into the subsequent DHB participant with a world-class format in the years to come back. Is. Juri was lucky to have the ability to proceed his apprenticeship with Andy Schmid in Rhine-Neckar Löwen for a 12 months. Schmid, maybe the greatest intermediary in league historical past, was somebody he may use as a information and thru whom he may develop considerably.

Juri is the artist for whom the trendy, fast-paced recreation of handball was created. It will rely on him. The success of the German assault rises and falls with it.

► Johannes Golla is at quantity three in the axis. An awesome captain who’s now additionally the full boss in Flensburg. Initially he needed to develop a bit into the position. But in the meantime Johannes impressed with the efficiency and management persona and position mannequin operate.

I solely often want it was a bit louder and extra uncomfortable. More tough edges will do him good. I’m pondering of a captain who might be seen throughout Germany past the boundaries of our sport, who positions himself clearly on large points and who can also be a bit opinionated off the area. But Johannes Uwe is a really worthy successor to Gensheimer. He will form the face of the nationwide staff for a very long time to come back.


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