The finest staff received and received the comfort prize: Germany’s handball players finished the world championship in fifth place. National coach Alfred Gislasson’s staff ended the event with a last-gasp win over Norway 28:24 (16:13) on Sunday, thanks to a different excellent Andreas Wolff.
Captain Johannes Golla, Luca Witzke and Kai Hafner (5 targets every) had been the most profitable throwers for the German Handball Federation (DHB) in entrance of 6,260 spectators at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. With a daring look, nice consistency and Wolff’s scoring, the inexperienced staff is feeling good a few 12 months away from the European Championships in Germany (January 10-28).
“I’m very happy. We actually needed to win the event,” Gislason mentioned on ZDF’s microphone. Wolff added: “Today we had been capable of play properly for 60 minutes in opposition to a robust opponent.” The fifth-placed staff is “amongst the world leaders,” the goalkeeper mentioned. And he nonetheless desires to succeed in “one, two, three, possibly 4 locations” at the European Championship in his nation.
Germany has received seven of 9 video games in this World Cup. Johannes Golla and Ok. after defeating Olympic champions France (28:35) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. declared fifth place as their new goal and achieved it impressively.
The administration of the affiliation expressed satisfaction with its work. “We took a step ahead in the event. We put ourselves in the closest subject of the chasers. The fashion of play and the look verify that we’re near the high of the world,” mentioned DHB sports activities director Axel Kromer: “We all the time had an opportunity to win.”
Germany additionally smelled a sensation in the quarter-finals in opposition to file champions France, however had been interrupted in the fortieth minute. “We nonetheless can not present our full potential. This is partly due to the inexperience of the players, but in addition due to the width of, for instance, the French and the Danes,” Cromer mentioned.
After a traditionally poor World Cup two years in the past, the staff is poised for its first medal since the coup at the European Championships seven years in the past. According to the needs of the neighborhood, the valuable steel ought to be produced in EM 2024.
“The aim at dwelling in EM ought to be to take the subsequent step and end in the high 4,” insisted DHB president Andreas Michelmann. Cromer added: “Everyone concerned in the closing weekend clearly desires to make the finals.”
The foundation for this can be right. DHB bought 40,000 tickets for the opening recreation at the soccer area in Düsseldorf. 50% of the tickets for the German Games in the preliminary spherical of Berlin are bought out. “We have constructed a very good basis,” CEO Schober mentioned.
The match in opposition to Norway (28:26), who narrowly defeated Germany in the closing of the most important spherical earlier in the week, was additional encouraging. Wolff, who made 9 saves in the first half alone, and powerful protection had been the foundation for achievement. Even in tough instances, two days after the further time thriller in opposition to Egypt (35:34), the forces had been sufficient.