Handball World Cup 2023: Andreas Wolf wants to avoid Spain

The German workforce is unstoppable on the 2023 World Handball Championship. Match winner Andreas Wolff booked his place within the quarter-finals, reserving a DHB qualification ticket.

He went towards the Dutch: Andreas Wolff.
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After an intense 60 minutes, the German nationwide workforce received the fifth recreation in Poland with a rating of 33:26. The undeniable fact that it was clear after the break was primarily due to the very sturdy Andreas Wolff, who typically nailed his personal field. The 2016 European champion himself was “not so shocked” by the massive win, “as a result of we performed nice within the earlier video games.” Wolff noticed “the most effective efficiency within the entrance and rear battle.”

One benefit of the DHB choice is that “within the final two video games we have been ready to utterly change the workforce after the break.” Opponent Netherlands had to struggle Norway and Qatar till the final second within the ultimate of the preliminary spherical. That’s why Germany wished to “preserve momentum from the very starting.” With luck: Especially within the transition interval, Oranje got here out in a rush and didn’t rating for nearly ten minutes.

Wolff benefited from a powerful German protection on Saturday evening, and he additionally troubled the Dutch together with his free throws. The goalkeeper not is aware of many Bundesliga professionals from his on a regular basis life, he’s at the moment below contract in Kielce, Poland. That’s why goalkeeping coach Matthias Andersson and consultant Joel Birlech (Rhein-Neckar Leuven) had to assist. “Today I acquired extra recommendation than regular,” Wolff mentioned on the microphone of ZDF.

Wolff’s self-confidence appears larger than ever. “Now the objective is to beat Norway,” mentioned the goalkeeper, referring to the conflict between the 2 unbeaten groups in the primary spherical of Group III on Monday evening (20:30, LIVE!). Then on Sunday night (21:00) Spain or France, who’re nonetheless combating for the primary spherical group victory, await within the quarter-finals.

quarter ultimate? “Absolutely prime class rivals”

“These are two rivals within the absolute prime class,” says Wolff, who wants to avoid the Iberians: “I believe France is a workforce that fits us higher as a result of the Spaniards are our kryptonite.” In normal, the 2018 and 2020 European champions are “barely weaker than the French”, however it’s clear that the latest previous will cope with the number of DHB.

Germany misplaced 23:29 on the 2022 European Championship, 28:32 on the 2021 World Championship, 26:33 on the 2020 European Championship and 27:31 on the 2018 European Championship. And to date, the final struggle – within the EHF European Cup as a part of preparations for the European Championship, which will likely be held in Germany in January 2024 – befell in mid-October 2022 with a rating of 32:31 to Spain. DHB’s nice victory within the ultimate of the 2016 European Championship, which the workforce managed to win 24-17 thanks primarily to Wolff, appears distant.

In their sixth recreation on the World Cup, Wolff insists “full throttle towards Norway” to “hold the circulate”. He himself wants to verify his “unbelievable recreation” (nationwide coach Alfred Gislason). 17 saves, a 43 p.c save fee and a person of the match award is a must-win.

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