Another handball fairy story eventually!: Now Gislasöhne will lead Germany out of winter
Germany just isn’t one of the favorites for the 2023 World Handball Championship. That’s what makes nationwide coach Alfred Gislason’s Gislasoe so harmful. Handball gamers take us out of the comfort of winter within the troublesome winter interval. It looks like EM 2016 – we gained the title then.
2023 was a troublesome yr for all of us. After Corona. Ukrainian struggle. worth insanity. In addition, each two weeks there’s a winter onset and thaw. Germany plunged into disaster mode.
Like Asterix and Obelix, there’s hope. Our village of Galli is known as the World Handball Championship on this troublesome time. The majesty of this event, coach Alfred Gislson’s crew has taken Germany thus far within the match in Poland and Sweden, has Germany dreaming of the subsequent title.
No one counted Germany within the World Handball Championship
This time, Gislasjohne was not among the many favorites. Germany’s report after a shock EC title in 2016 just isn’t good. ninth place within the World Cup in 2017, 4th place within the residence match in 2019, and even twelfth place in Egypt in 2021. Even the ninth (2018), fifth (2020) and seventh (2022) locations within the European Championship are not what you suppose in a rustic with the strongest league on this planet.
There can be a sure shake-up within the German nationwide crew. With Andreas Wolff, Rune Damke, Simon Ernst, Yannick Kohlbacher and then-nominated Kai Hafner, there are simply 5 German European champions on the 2023 World Cup. Anyone searching for title contenders will identify France, Spain, Denmark, possibly Croatia and Norway. The German crew had nobody on the invoice.
But that has modified within the final two weeks – because of thrilling handball, slim victories and nerves of metal. Against Qatar, Gisla’s boys obtained off to a sizzling begin and did not path all through the sport. The assault in opposition to Serbia was insane – and when the whole lot obtained caught there, our handball was saved not by the octopus Andreas Wolff, however by his illustrious consultant Joel Birlech.
In the sport in opposition to the Netherlands, Gisla’s boys confirmed how prepared they are for extra
After a walkover in opposition to Algeria on the finish of the preliminaries, the primary spherical confirmed how nicely oiled the German engine is. Gislason’s crew beat Argentina with a rating of 39:19 and performed handball from one other star. Then it was troublesome in opposition to the Netherlands.
They initially trailed and led by a most of one purpose by the tip of the primary half. But then Germany turned up the warmth. It was 15:12 at halftime, 20:12 after virtually 39 minutes. As Wolff nailed his personal field, the objectives flowed in and the German crew confirmed nice focus. In the tip, it was a crew that seemed prepared for extra with an unbelievable 33-26 victory – Germany superior to the quarter-finals early.
First Norway, then the subsequent cracker – however for this Germany, something is feasible
A gaggle win in opposition to Norway and the query of who to play subsequent, the crew’s first knockout recreation of this World Cup. The tactic just isn’t price it. France (opponent if second) or Spain (opponent in the event that they win the group) Germany is one of the 2 match favourites.
At this time, there isn’t a want to fret and even concern. With what Gisla’s boys have proven thus far within the World Cup, Germany can beat any opponent. This coronary heart, this can, this greed, this need to throw the ball into the purpose – it immediately turns even non-sporting observers into passionate Germany followers. It crackles in entrance of the TV similar to in the lounge.
In addition to Craig Wolf and mega-talent Knorr, others began to shine
Of course, there are gamers who dwell as much as this expectation and dedicate themselves to efficiency. Defenseman Andreas Wolf confirmed once more on this match why he sucked the ball out of the fingers of each ahead in 2016 and have become the phobia of all throwers. The proven fact that the octopus additionally turned a crew motivates the entire crew.
Up entrance, there’s a lot of strain on the shoulders of mega-talent Juri Knorr. The playmaker is barely 22 however is enjoying in his third main match after the 2021 World Cup and the Olympics that yr – and the way he is enjoying it. He is Germany’s prime scorer with 29 objectives and transformed 14 of 16 penalties. In addition, it makes witty allusions to the circle and the surface. And if nothing occurs in any respect, he hits himself and throws a hidden shot on the purpose.
In addition to the Wolf and Knorr beacons, the opposite Germans shine as by no means earlier than. Right-back Patrick Grotzky turned the World Cup’s report goalscorer and continues to attain. The latter additionally applies to his teammate on the left, Lucas Mertens. Two-meter man Julian Koster shoots a ball over the protection from the backfield, as we final noticed from Pascal Hens. And with captain Johannes Golla or Knorr’s teammate Yannick Kohlbacher within the circle, we’ve got two opposing sides with assured objectives within the crew.
Coach Fox Gislason has seen all of it and is nearer to the crew than ever
In addition, there’s a coach fox who has been by all of it with Iceland’s Alfred Gislason. He gained the Champions League 3 times with two totally different membership groups, was German champion seven occasions, gained the EHF Cup twice and the DHB Cup six occasions. Iceland additionally has different titles and lots of teaching awards.
The time-out in opposition to Argentina proved that his reference to the crew is best than ever. Ghislason was upset, he was taken off earlier than halftime, he briefly mentioned “play what you need” to stop it from ending, and he walked out of the crew’s timeout circle. Sporting pundit Dominic Klein, who performed underneath Gislason for a few years at Kiel, was impressed – and enthusiastic – with how responsive Gislason was to the crew.
The 2016 sensation is again – and the subsequent title is kind of potential
It’s 2023, however there’s much more than 2016 within the air. No one is anticipating Germany, however the crew is doing nicely within the match. The closing opponent in the primary spherical then was Denmark, additionally a heavyweight, earlier than two extra crackers awaited in Norway within the semi-final and Spain within the closing. Germany gained all three and have become champions.
Norway is now additionally the favourite on the finish of the primary spherical, with France or Spain within the quarter-finals as the subsequent heavyweights. It’s clear that issues will not be simple after the semi-finals. Germany remains to be the key favourite in terms of international wool. This standing, this greed and coronary heart that the sons of Gisla left within the discipline can take us far.
Maybe even earlier than the title and the subsequent handball fairy story will lastly deliver Germany out of the winter and put disaster mode on maintain.