Handball World Cup: Sweden and Denmark with excitement and title dreams NDR.de – Sport

Status: 01/14/2023 11:37 am

Sweden, as co-host of the Handball World Championships, wished to make use of residence benefit to win the title. Neighboring Denmark has related ambitions and could even obtain one thing historic. Impressions of the primary match day.

by Jan Kirschner

Ten minutes earlier than kick-off, sparklers are lit in Gothenburg’s “Scandinavium”. When the sunshine comes on once more, the circle resembles a yellow sea with blue parts. 12,000 spectators, practically all wearing Swedish nationwide colors, give frantic applause earlier than kick-off and start a wave after 5 minutes.

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“Heja Sverige”, it’s heard over and over once more. And when a 26:18 victory towards Brazil is for certain, the primary Scandinavian victory celebration of this World Cup begins. “My hair stands on finish,” says Jim Gottfridsson, head of the backcourt, and proclaims: “We’re wanting ahead to nice events in Gothenburg and wish to go to Stockholm.”

Stockholm is the place of eager for all of the groups

The Swedish capital is a giant vacation spot for the world’s greatest groups, internet hosting not solely two quarter-finals and a semi-remaining, but additionally the ultimate on 29 January. As European champions and hosts, the Swedes have medal dreams however should first discover their rhythm for the match.

Sweden’s silver lining: Jim Gottfridsson (R.).

“In the pleasant match towards Serbia we had a robust assault, however no protection and did not have a very good goalkeeper – towards Brazil it was the opposite approach round,” says Gottfriedsson. The playmaker is a very powerful offensive power within the Drei-Kronen-team and – in the meantime – left winger Hampus Van moved to Barcelona in the summertime – the one Swedish nationwide participant for SG Flensburg-Handvet.

National rival THW Kiel has two Swedish aces initially. Newcomer Erik Johansson broke his center hand on his throwing hand in late November however has simply gotten on the World Cup practice.

THW veteran Ekberg was there in 2011

And then there’s Niklas Ekberg. The 34-12 months-previous proper winger is the one man to have been within the nationwide crew on the final Swedish residence World Cup in 2011. Accordingly, he brings with him a wealth of expertise. “It is all the time essential that we don’t assume an excessive amount of about the primary spherical or the constellations that observe,” he harassed. “People need an amazing occasion – and we should present that we wish it too.”

The Swedish handball gamers are presently simply 300 meters away from the venue. Danish followers additionally benefit from the shorter distances. They make pilgrimages from Copenhagen to Malmö by way of Øresund. The area is situated proper reverse the primary practice station on the Swedish facet.

Denmark with “residence sport” in Malmö

12,500 spectators, principally wearing crimson and white, chanted “Denmark”, Dannebrog, waved the Danish nationwide flag, and sang moody songs. The Danish gamers use their enthusiasm to seal a 43:28 opening victory over World Cup novices Belgium. “Malmö is a Danish fortress,” smiles Kevin Möller. “We Danes, like Germany, are a proud handball nation.”

The goalkeeper is certainly one of a complete of six SG Flensburg-Handewitt gamers within the 18-robust Danish squad. The others are Simon Huld, Mads Mensah, Emil Jacobsen, Johan Hansen and Lasse Möller, who’s lastly contesting his first main match after unhealthy luck with accidents previously.

Title hat-trick attainable

They are all on an amazing mission. In 2019 and 2021, the title of World Champion was named after Denmark. Now a hat-trick is feasible, which has not been achieved by any nation within the 85-12 months historical past of the World Cup. “It’s a hope and a dream,” says Kevin Moller. “We know the way tough it’s going to be as a result of it may be over after only one unhealthy sport.”

Two gamers from THW Kiel additionally belong to the Dannebrog crew: left winger Magnus Landin and his older brother, world-class keeper Niklas Landin. He has already performed in a match in Malmö twice: in 2011, when Denmark grew to become vice world champion, and in 2020, when all ambitions needed to be deserted surprisingly after the preliminary spherical of the European Championships.

The goalkeeper mentioned, “In 2011 we have been within the match till the top, however I do not keep in mind our followers having such a very good environment.” “Today was higher than anticipated.” Will The Dane trip this wave of excitement to win the title? Niklas Landin would not communicate louder: “There’s nonetheless a protracted method to go, two extra preliminary spherical video games to return.” We face Bahrain on Sunday, then Tunisia on Tuesday. Anything apart from two straight wins could be a giant shock.

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DHB captain Johannes is taking the shot.  © IMAGO/wolf-sportfoto

The German handball gamers round captain Johannes Golla gained with 30:27 left within the sport of the primary spherical. More data on sportschau.de exterior

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