DHB – “Youth set the tone” at the World Handball Championship

Germany’s Philipp Weber threw and Egypt’s Ibrahim Elmasri blocked. (Jan Wojtas / dpa)

Heiner Brand, who grew to become a world champion as a participant and coach, says that he’s of two minds about the efficiency of German handball gamers at the World Championships held in Poland and Sweden:

“On the one hand, it needs to be mentioned: The workforce performed an awesome sport right here. They performed as a workforce, they fought very properly, the outcomes have been good even in the preliminary spherical.”

The different facet of the coin: “We nonetheless have not crushed any of the huge, actually huge international locations. They’re in the finals now and in the third-place match. And there’s one thing lacking. You need to admit it wholeheartedly.”

Heiner Brand is recording the NDR talk show in the NDR studio on the exhibition grounds.  Hanover

Heiner Brand (dpa / picture alliance / Geisler-Fotopress / Clemens Niehaus)

Fewer excessive performers, extra materials loss

Brands cite the causes for the difficulties: The workforce was not very safe and made many easy errors. High stress additionally performed a job. The workforce did so much to some high performers who then misplaced the merchandise.

From the model’s standpoint, there may be not too little expertise: particularly in the final 15 years, in contrast to the present nationwide coach Alfred Ghislasson, he sees a major enchancment in all elements.

Hendrik Pekeler, who was injured and quickly retired from sports activities, introduced that he’ll return to the nationwide workforce. At least in early 2024 at dwelling EM, it is an possibility, Brand says. There isn’t any picture drawback amongst the gamers in the nationwide workforce, Brand believes:

“Have enjoyable collectively”

“Anyone who has seen this workforce play at the World Cup proper now can see how a lot the boys get pleasure from enjoying collectively, how a lot enjoyable they’ve collectively.”

National coach Alfred Gislasson has now put his workforce collectively, says Brand: “Then the nationwide coach, like different nationwide coaches of different nations, has to construct the workforce accordingly. Share concepts for enchancment. It’s all the time a course of that takes a sure period of time, and it is the coach’s job to develop the workforce in collaboration with the gamers, particularly with the finest performers.”

The model’s imaginative and prescient for the European Championship and the 2024 Summer Olympics on dwelling soil: “For me, the most enjoyable factor about this event was that the youth set the temper. Knorr, Koster, Johannes Golla, Lucas Mertens have been the decisive gamers of our workforce. They provide good alternatives for the future.” He hopes to win medals at each main occasions, not too pessimistic. However, there may be nonetheless “a lot, a lot work” to be completed earlier than then.


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