How Ekberg and Johansson inspire the country

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How Ekberg and Johansson are inspiring the handball nation with Sweden

THW proper winger Niklas Ekberg is Sweden’s most skilled participant and seamlessly integrates the nationwide workforce ambiance on a private and sport stage.

Gothenburg. In a darkish Scandinavian January, the nationwide handball workforce is a nationwide fireplace that Swedes particularly wish to heat as much as as of late. From the very first sport, followers have been fired up as they witnessed how the Nineteen Nineties handball superpower was getting ready to usher in the subsequent world-class period. Two THW Kiel gamers play an essential function.

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Six video games, six snug victories, a brand new “nationwide anthem” – that is the Swedish document after the group stage of the World Handball Championship in Gothenburg. Portugal could not cease the circulation of hosts on Sunday evening both. 32:30 (13:14) During the victory of B line, followers and gamers hugged one another once more and sang the hit music “Stad i ljus” (English: City in the Light).

Lövgren and Wieslander are additionally enthusiastic

Tommy Korberg’s 1988 Eurovision music is a few journey to the gentle, rebirth. He drove in three runs in every sport in Gothenburg as the enviornment lights dimmed whereas greater than 10,000 followers waved cellphone lights and waved. “These are small issues, however they imply quite a bit to us. And for our viewers. We cannot imagine the enthusiasm round it,” says Niklas Ekberg.

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THW Kiel’s proper winger is the most skilled participant in the workforce with 206 worldwide caps and 826 objectives. Coach Glenn Solberg will deliver it when it counts. As in Sweden’s lava baptism towards Iceland (35:30), Tre Kronor secured the group win and the quarter-finals early. With 19 objectives scored throughout the event, Ekberg was eighth amongst Sweden’s nationwide workforce scorers.

Erik Johansson is the greatest shooter of the World Cup to this point in the present event. The THW Kiel backcourt participant scored 29 instances – though he initially struggled after breaking his metacarpal. “But now I’ve discovered the rhythm that I had earlier than the damage,” mentioned the 22-year-old, who native consultants verify as a significant worldwide success on this World Cup. Johansson’s energy in the backcourt provides one other dimension to Tre Kronor’s sport – particularly as the Kiel man tops the help charts.

Playful variety round stars comparable to goalkeeper Andreas Palicka (Paris Saint-Germain) and director Jim Gottfriedsson (SG Flensburg-Handwitt) is only one component of the Swedish recipe for achievement half a yr after taking up as nationwide coach Glen Solberg. Winning the 2022 EC is the first title in 20 years.

That’s what makes Swedish workforce spirit so particular

“When Glenn took over, we sat down and mentioned, ‘If we’ll achieve success, we now have to return collectively as a workforce,'” Ekberg says. “Together” is now the motto of the World Cup – and there isn’t any match between the Swedes. “There’s lots of tolerance. Anyone can say something to anybody, nobody takes something badly. Everyone has discovered their area of interest and needs to make us even higher.” The participation of younger individuals can also be crucial. Ekberg now is aware of what TikTok is. And have enjoyable with the app. The left-hander describes the workforce spirit as “extraordinary”.

He additionally sees the motive why the spark jumps to followers. “I feel we feature what we now have in the workforce very properly. We’ll share it with the followers, and then they’re going to rejoice with us.”

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Among the followers are the venerable “Bengan Boys” from the profitable era of the Nineteen Nineties. Legends like Stefan Lövgren (organizing committee) or Magnus Wieslander (radio professional) work in the event, however depart the large stage to the new era – they’re additionally glad. “They’re very enthusiastic about our efficiency and what we now have proper now, and they speak about it,” Ekberg says. “I feel it is actually cool. Legends and winners like it will make you proud if you acknowledge that.”

Games in entrance of buddies and household: Erik Johansson is very wanting ahead to Stockholm

From Wednesday, the Swedes will wish to take the World Cup highlight to Stockholm, the place they’ll dream of a ultimate in entrance of 20,000 followers, which they rejected at the 2020 European Championship (most important stage). For Erik Johansson, the video games in the capital will not be solely of sporting significance. He grew up in Eskilstuna, a suburb of the capital. “My household, buddies, daughter – I do not know who will come. It’s going to be intense,” he says. With a beam throughout his face, he needs to battle the DHB workforce for the knockout. “It’s all the time enjoyable to play towards Germany,” he mentioned. The fireplace of Swedish handball is burning…

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