How Yuri Knorr became a DHB prospect – gave up football

22-yr-previous Yuri Knorr is likely one of the finest gamers of the German nationwide staff. Now he has a contract with Rhein-Neckar Leuven.Photo: dpa / Jan Wojtas

Handball World Championship

25.01.2023, 15:1525.01.2023, 17:40

Nikolay Stubner

“Que sera, sera” performed within the background on the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. Juri Knorr struggled to search out the proper phrases on Monday after his first defeat on the handball world championships.

“It’s very disappointing for all of us. Also how the sport went. It’s annoying and I do not agree with a few conditions,” the 22-yr-previous single high performer mentioned on ARD. But then Knorr seemed forward. “I’m positive we’ll come out with a totally different face on Wednesday.”

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Then it is Germany towards France (8:30 p.m., ZDF). In the quarter finals. This is the primary knockout sport. If Knorr and his staff win, Germany will advance to the semi-finals. Otherwise it is throughout and there should be fifth place.

Knorr and his colleagues do not need to give it some thought. The 22-yr-previous is likely one of the massive hopes for the DHB staff. At the World Cup, he’s the very best German shooter (29 objectives) and finest passer (31) – solely 4 gamers in your complete event have higher statistics.

At 20, Knorr is the oldest artist on report. Not shocking in any respect. As early as 2021, former DHB coach Heiner Brand had a lot of religion within the then 20-yr-previous Knorr. Ahead of the World Cup, Brand informed Watson on the time: “It’s a massive alternative. Also, I feel 20-yr-previous Yuri Knorr will probably be within the again courtroom.”

The man tagging Knorr within the World Cup

In the top, Knorr was utilized in 4 video games, scoring 5 objectives and aiding two. It has already exceeded these indicators. In the primary spherical sport towards Holland, Luke Staines was even despatched to destroy Knorr as a particular guard in man-marking – unsuccessfully.

Knorr would obtain many accolades for his accomplishments. From his comrades within the nationwide staff. Circle participant Yannick Kolbacher, who performs alongside Knorr for Rhein-Neckar Löwen, explains: “You might inform proper from the beginning that he had some actually nice moments. He has the potential to be a nice participant.”

But Knorr exhibits expertise not solely in handball. The proper-hander additionally performed football efficiently for a very long time. As a teenager, he performed for Hamburger SV and performed with present professionals Joscha Wagnomann (VfB Stuttgart) and Jann-Fite Arp (Kiel).

“I felt higher and higher about handball.”

Handball skilled Yuri Knorr on why he determined to play handball as an alternative of football.

In an interview with the ARD channel, the backfield participant defined why he determined to play handball as an alternative of football on the age of 15: “I felt higher and higher about handball. I felt like I used to be on a college journey with my pals. There’s extra stress in football if you’re younger.”

Looking at it, it turned out that this determination was appropriate. Because on the age of 18, he dared to maneuver to Barcelona in the summertime of 2018, initially enjoying within the second staff – a few months later, in December, he made his debut within the skilled staff.

A protracted-time period future in Rhine-Neckar Leuven

A yr later, Knorr dared to enter the Bundesliga. Went to Minden, satisfied and signed a contract with Rhein-Neckar Leuven from the summer season of 2021. There he performs with Uwe Gensheimer, amongst others. Just final December, shortly earlier than the beginning of the World Cup, he prolonged it till 2026.

His motive: “I’m pleased with the present state of affairs on the Lions and I’m wanting ahead to the subsequent few years right here. I feel we’ve got a sturdy staff with which we are able to enhance ourselves once more. lengthy-time period”. Knorr and the Lions are at the moment third within the Bundesliga behind Foxes Berlin and THW Kiel. It goes with out saying that he’s additionally forward in Bundesliga statistics. With 117 photographs, he’s the third-finest pitcher, together with 66 assists (fourth).

Uwe Genheimer (left) and Juri Knorr play together for Rhein-Neckar Leuven.

Uwe Genheimer (left) and Juri Knorr play collectively for Rhein-Neckar Leuven.Image: imago

However, Knorr has confronted headwinds in his younger profession. Last yr, when the European Championships have been held below strict corona guidelines, Knorr was unable to journey to Slovakia because of his vaccination standing. Former DHB coach Heiner Brand informed Watson on the time: “Obviously it is a disgrace for him and the staff. It can be a nice alternative for him to play a massive function in a modified staff.”

Brand couldn’t perceive Knorr’s determination on the time: “I assumed a younger participant would do something to reap the benefits of that chance.” Commenting on the general public criticism, Knorr took his stand on the time: “I need to make it clear: I’m not a denier of the crown. It affected me greater than individuals my age. That’s why I take this illness severely. I used to be one of many first contaminated in skilled handball, it is my didn’t scale back my fears – particularly concerning potential issues afterward.”

Knorr contracted the virus in November 2020, developed extreme signs and needed to take a few weeks off.

This subject not performed a function within the present World Cup, so Knorr confirmed his expertise in Poland and acquired many plaudits. Among different issues, Patrick Grotzky, who performs alongside Knorr within the DHB staff and the Lions.

Grotzky appreciates Knorr’s work: “He performs very nicely, has excessive confidence and high quality. We know what it is product of. Now he is at a degree the place he can do that each sport.” Also towards France?

Bob Hanning was Vice President of the DHB from 2013 to 2021.

Bob Hanning was Vice President of the DHB from 2013 to 2021.Photo: dpa / Andreas Hora

Although the DHB staff will probably be eradicated within the quarter-finals, former DHB vice-president Bob Hanning is optimistic. In the present column of the newspaper “Sport Bild”, the 54-yr-previous writes: “We should not overlook that high performers like Knorr, Golla or Lucas Mertens are nonetheless removed from the top of growth.”

Especially since there may be a actually essential occasion for DHB within the close to future: the 2024 European Championship in its residence nation.

Will he keep or go? Borussia Dortmund are nonetheless ready for Jude Bellingham to resolve whether or not he desires to remain at Dortmund. If he desires to depart, he might go away BVB in the summertime and take the subsequent step – a payment that might attain up to €150 million.

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