Handball World Cup: Rapid rise of DHB rivals Netherlands

Watch out, the Oranje Express is coming! German handball gamers on Saturday (20:30/ZDF) will should be on the transfer with fast toes in the event that they need to convert their first match level into the quarter-finals. After all, the Dutch nationwide staff has been in a rush within the high-speed handball world championship thus far. As with the native autobahns, the restriction doesn’t apply to the Orange staff. “We need to sustain the tempo in opposition to the large groups and we have executed that very properly thus far“says Dani Baijens, who earns cash within the Bundesliga in Hamburg.


Germany v Netherlands – a basic. “It’s not as explosive as in soccer. But there’s so much of hearth there now as a result of the Dutch have developed so much in recent times,” stated Magdeburg’s left winger Lucas Mertens. The late-game nature of the sport additionally provides it an explosive really feel – even when a DHB choice loss on the finish of the principle spherical in opposition to Norway, there might be one other likelihood to make excellent progress.

After 1961, that is solely the second World Cup for the Netherlands. After two high-profile losses, together with 7:33 to Germany, the preliminary spherical ended. But they made a shock finally yr’s European Championship and already left the group of exotics. In the principle spherical of the World Cup in opposition to Norway, they unexpectedly slipped, however couldn’t end with a six-goal plus. The rise isn’t unintentional. “It began six years in the past – a brand new supervisor and a younger staff of 26 gamers. Since then we’ve got been taking part in collectively. Pace, tempo, tempo is our trademarkBaijens explains.

The leagues in Germany have been crucial for the event of the staff. “We have 5 or 6 lads who’ve been promoted from League Three to League Two and League One. It helped so much.” Magdeburg’s Kay Smits sees it the identical means: “If you play at a excessive stage each week, it helps you on the World Cup too, you are feeling protected.” Eight gamers are underneath contract in Germany, 5 within the Bundesliga. In the Netherlands, Paris Saint-Germain have one of the most effective gamers in Luke Staines at 1.72m. Smits: “Germany and Holland are at all times a giant battle. We are prepared and we’re actually motivated. Our goal is the quarter-finals.”


National coach Alfred Ghislason is conscious of Oranje’s menace: “It might be a really troublesome sport. The Dutch are very quick. After we lose possession of the ball, we should instantly go into protection and stop counter-attacks. As for the Dutch sport, our two warm-up video games have been crucial in opposition to Iceland, as a result of the Icelanders additionally play with comparatively small however very agile backfield gamers.” Goalkeeper Andreas Wolf additionally warns: “Everything has to go well with us.” But one factor is evident: “Of course, we need to ship our neighbors house.”

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