The handball world championships in Poland and Sweden and the great efficiency of the German nationwide staff will depart you wanting extra. Jürgen Schweikardt spends two days in Stockholm and makes a constructive conclusion. “Handball has confirmed as soon as once more that it will possibly encourage an viewers of tens of millions,” says the managing director of the primary division membership TVB Stuttgart.
TVB additionally desires to supply its fans somewhat extra within the second half of the season than on the finish of final 12 months. In the primary sport of the brand new 12 months, Bittenfelders tackle SG Flensburg-Handewitt on Sunday, February 12 on the Porsche Arena (16:05) and they are going to be accompanied by 5 newly topped Danish world champions: Kevin Moller, Mads Mensa Larsen, Johan Hansen, Emil Jakobsen and Simon Hald . It is obvious that the fans are very fascinated with handball: TVB Stuttgart offered virtually 5,000 tickets two weeks earlier than the sport.
The three contestants of the TVB World Championship will probably be given a couple of days off
TVB doesn’t have Danish world champions like three-time German champions Flensburg in its ranks. But the three World Cup members will return to TVB staff coaching subsequent weekend to get well from a brief break.
Jürgen Schweikardt was very happy with the efficiency of Daniel Fernandez (bronze medal with Spain), Oskar Bergendahl (fourth with Sweden) and Egon Hanusz (eighth with Hungary). Hanush was named man of the match in a 42-30 win over Cape Verde and Fernandez twice: Spain beat Chile 34-26 and France misplaced 26-28.
The two Stuttgarters had been unfortunate within the World Cup, as a result of they’d sturdy opponents in entrance of them: Hanush, skilled playmaker Mate Lekai (34), Stuttgart’s 21-12 months-outdated left winger, his 13-12 months-outdated title is Angel Fernandez. “Dani did very properly,” says Schweikardt. “The future belongs to him.”
The head of TVB was additionally very impressed with Oskar Bergendahl. A torn cruciate ligament pressured the hooper to miss practically three months final 12 months and he celebrated his comeback simply earlier than the World Cup. Schweikardt is glad that Bergendal confirmed good type on the World Cup and that his knee didn’t trouble him. “Oscar was an necessary a part of the Swedish staff,” he says. “I hope he can construct on these successes with us.”
The Danish goalkeeping duo was distinctive
The co-host made a bid for the title, however the Danes snagged it. It is worthy, Jürgen Schweikardt believes. And France was a worthy opponent within the remaining. Especially the second half-hour of the ultimate was at a really excessive stage. Schweikardt was very eager on kids Simon Pitlick (22) and Mathias Gidsel (23). To carry out just like the Danes and the French, you want a large squad – each groups have it. Backcourt gamers Rasmus Lauge and Mads Mensa Larsen, who had not performed a lot earlier than, shone within the remaining. Danish goalkeeper duo Niklas Landin/Kevin Møller had been the standout, with two different prime goalkeepers behind them, former Magdeburg participant Yannick Green and FC Barcelona’s Emil Nielsen additionally not being nominated.
According to Schweikardt, the dearth of width within the squad prevented the German nationwide staff from performing properly. There was a scarcity of options, particularly within the again room. Although Schweikardt Alfred Gislason’s staff proved World Cup. “Especially in opposition to Norway, the staff confirmed that they’ll sustain with one of the best within the world.” Fifth place is “properly deserved”.
Next large occasion: Home EM 2024
Schweikardt was impressed with the lead position performed by Juri Knorr and Julian Koster of their youth. Now the duty of the nationwide coach is to construct a powerful staff round these two kids, the left wing Lucas Mertens, the gamers Yannick Kohlbacher and Johannes Golla and the goalkeeper Andreas Wolff. The subsequent necessary occasion is the European Championship in January 2024.
In normal, Schweikardt believes that the World Championships in Sweden and Poland have introduced deal to the reception of handball. The scores of the broadcasts on public tv channels had been superb. “In some instances, handball was not removed from the World Cup quotas.” Around 5 million viewers watched Germany’s quarter-remaining decider in opposition to the Netherlands on ZDF. With 18.4 p.c, handball beat the ARD thriller and “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”.
TVB is ninth within the Bundesliga viewership chart
TVB cannot complain in regards to the variety of viewers within the first half of the season: 35,830 fans watched the 9 video games on the Porsche Arena, a median of three,981. This places Bittenfeld in ninth place within the viewers desk. It appears to be like like TVB may even enhance on the minimize: 5,000 tickets had been offered on Tuesday for the primary house sport of the week in opposition to SG Flensburg-Handewitt on Sunday, and people in cost predict no less than 5,500 guests. About 3,500 tickets have been offered for the second house sport in opposition to FA Göppingen on Thursday, March 2 (7:05 p.m.).
There are a number of the explanation why pre-gross sales are going so properly for Schweickardt. On the one hand, Corona not performs an necessary position, individuals have dared to go to occasions once more. Second, SG Flensburg-Handewitt is a really enticing opponent. The indisputable fact that their particular person performances haven’t been significantly encouraging just lately just isn’t a decisive issue for Schweikard – though TVB has not solely delivered poor video games.
“Of course we would like to play higher and now we have to,” he says. On the opposite hand, the video games on the Porsche Arena are additionally occasions. “The entire household can go to handball with out worries, it is enjoyable as a result of there’s at all times one thing occurring on the courtroom.” Handball is a horny sport that evokes enthusiasm and conveys good values. “I hope and belief that TVB will do the identical.”
The solely factor lacking is athletic success. With simply 4 factors within the relegation zone, the present focus stays on the league for TVB. “Otherwise, we’re engaged on a brand new season.” The staff just isn’t there but, and TVB could also be strengthened this season as properly. “But we will not report something,” says Schweikardt.
However, the managing director didn’t convey any new gamers from Sweden with him. – No one matches in a suitcase.
Here are tickets for TVB vs Flensburg
Tickets for TVB Stuttgart’s first sport after the World Cup break in opposition to SG Flensburg-Handewitt within the Porsche Arena on Sunday, February 12 (4:05 p.m.) can be found at easyticket.de.