Handball: National coach Gislason private: This is how I found my new love

Our handball gamers are doing nice! Five video games, 5 wins. On Wednesday, he reached the quarter-finals of the early World Cup.

Today towards Norway (20.30) self-confidence must be even larger.

The father of German success got here from Iceland. BILD met nationwide coach Alfred Gislason (63) for a private interview.

BILD: The first huge purpose was achieved within the quarter finals. Have you ever handled your self to a glass of crimson wine?

Gislason: “No. I was up till 2am modifying the video, in mattress by 2:30am and asleep by 6:30am. I do not drink something, solely two beers in Poland.”

Having shed ten kilos final summer time, the previous Iceland worldwide coach seems to be extra relaxed than he has since his spouse Cara died from most cancers in May 2021.

Now Gislason offers new power, optimism and confidence.

One motive: Gislason found a new love just a few months in the past.


With the return of Wirtz
Leverkusen with a win over Zit in Gladbach

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“Right. But it wasn’t my plan, it simply occurred…” Jislason explains with a cheerful smile.

Is it similar to that?

Gislason: “Yes, he (Hrund Grunnsteinsdottir; ed.) listened to a podcast with me after which wrote to me and requested for an interview. I informed him that subsequent time I’m in Iceland I can reply just a few questions for him. During the dialog, it turned out that his father was an assistant coach on my first worldwide journey with the senior staff.

Well, then I interviewed him and stated: I’m flying to my household in Akureyri tomorrow, I’ll be again subsequent week. Then we should always go and eat. That’s how it began, it wasn’t deliberate in any respect.”

Gislason seems to be pleased, his eyes are shining. “It matches rather well. I can discuss to him about something.”

Also about handball? Gislason (laughing): “Not actually.”

Then BILD talks to him about handball…

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Alfred Ghislason with his new girlfriend Hrund Hannsteinsdottir

Alfred Ghislason along with his new girlfriend Hrund Hannsteinsdottir

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PICTURE: Before the match, you talked about that on the final match, you at all times freaked out when somebody knocked in your lodge room door, since you knew then that another person had examined optimistic and was out. Is the irritation gone now?

Gilson smiled. “Yes, there is no vibration but. Everything went properly aside from minor accidents. Finally, handball once more. That’s the fantastic thing about it.”

PICTURE: Speaking of gorgeous! Do you suppose that you’re now making up for what you missed and needed to sacrifice in two years as a coach due to Corona?

Gislason: “Yeah yeah. It wasn’t simple due to the withdrawal earlier than the match, nevertheless it’s good to see who can do all of it. We have created a promising staff.”

PICTURE: They at present face Norway on Monday on the Spodek Arena in Katowice. “Norway is the favourite and I wish to win. Because the perfect preparation for the quarter-finals is luck,” Gislason says earlier than the knockout stage begins…

Gislason: “We at all times should play at our efficiency restrict and push it ahead to win the remaining video games. Can we do it in a two-day cycle?”

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DHB goalkeeper Andreas Wolff had a strong performance against Holland

DHB goalkeeper Andreas Wolff had a robust efficiency towards Holland

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The German internal block of Johannes Christoph Steinert, Johannes Golla, Julian Köster and Paul Drucks appears to have found one another, with goalkeepers Andreas Wolff and Joel Birlem behind them very robust within the match.

Have you ever seen Andreas Wolf so highly effective? “No,” stated Jislason.

He is not but dreaming of fame. “We can all dream. But first you need to keep away from it. Lots is doable with this staff. Are we prepared now? We should reply the query ourselves.”

Talking about questions. After the break towards Argentina (“Play what you need”), he needed to endure many responses.

Gislason: “During the time-out, we clearly dominated. But I forgot that there is a microphone. It does not occur to me fairly often. But I am additionally towards preserving the micro there. This is not allowed within the NBA and NFL. Why handball?”


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7 targets of insanity and many feelings!

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After Dagur Sigurdsson (49/2016 European Champion), he is the second Icelander to carry the place of nationwide coach. Why do Icelanders accomplish that properly?

“It matches the mentality,” says Gislason, who appears relaxed. “In normal, Icelanders do not take themselves too severely, they’re staff gamers and reside in staff spirit. So it is an ideal match.”

So, is he following the instance of his former chief and singing the German nationwide anthem since April 2020?

“No, I stated after qualifying for the Olympics in Berlin,” Gislson recollects, “if we are able to qualify, I’m going to sing just like the outdated Dagur.” Then I needed to be taught the textual content shortly. But it isn’t that difficult. I additionally prefer to sing the nationwide anthem out of respect for Germany. After all, I have been residing in Germany for 30 years, half of my life.”


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