The German nationwide staff has thus far handed the 2023 World Handball Championship with none flaws. The goalkeeper duo performs an essential position.
He reveals himself in good type in his adopted nation of Poland: Andreas Wolff.
Four video games, 4 wins – the DHB choice has been flawless thus far on the World Handball Championships in Poland. The downside baby within the preliminary spherical was the German protection, who at the very least might depend on their goalkeepers. Andreas Wolff and Joel Bierlech aren’t any match for one another within the finals of the World Cup. When one falters, the opposite all of the sudden nails the field. It additionally appears to suit completely as an individual. At membership and nationwide staff stage, that hasn’t all the time been the case for Wolf prior to now.
“You cannot pressure them to combine effectively,” explains DHB goalkeeping coach Matthias Andersson in his evaluation of the kicker. “Very good” associates within the goalkeeping staff should not the rule. “If you are able to do that, you are fortunate,” says Andersson. The ARD interview after the 39-19 win over Argentina revealed that the chemistry between Wolff and Birlech was spot on.
Wolff, who stood out for 60 minutes within the first sport in opposition to Qatar (31:27), took an ankle harm with him and is now recovering. When requested concerning the harm, the 2016 European champion laughed: “The calf is nice, we noticed that in soccer yesterday. We slapped the lads once more.” He intentionally seemed along side Birlech, the staff that misplaced the standard Young vs Old sport.
Birlech on Wolff: ‘He’s our primary right here’
Birlech is a wonderful teammate of Wolff and likes to play the position of second goalkeeper within the “essential” video games. “He’s an enormous presence in purpose, performs at a excessive stage each week,” praised the Rhein-Neckar Löwen Wolf defender: “He’s our primary right here and an actual X-factor.”
Experienced Wolff considers Birlem to be an “excellent event” up to now. And brazenly admits: “If Joel continues like this, then I’m not afraid of different video games.” Especially in opposition to the Dutch on Saturday and the Norwegians on Monday (20:30 every time), the German goalkeepers shall be extra essential than ever.
After the Argentina sport, Wolf nonetheless needed to provide particular reward to the German fans. “Thank you to everybody who got here to the corridor and sat on the display screen,” mentioned the goalkeeper, who works in Kielce, Poland, pointing straight into the digital camera. Of course, that is partly accountable as a result of we have solely gained thus far.”
Wolff additionally alludes to the final three tournaments the place the DHB choice “didn’t benefit from the ambiance”. German fans journey to Katowice for a vital sport in opposition to the Netherlands – a win will safe a spot within the quarter-finals.