President Andreas Michelman in an interview about the World Handball Championship

Do you want the efficiency of the males’s group?

We are having World Cup and have achieved our first aim by reaching the quarter finals. The group reveals ease and enthusiasm and we’re delighted to have a center man in Juri Knorr who could be a world chief. But over the previous few years, we have discovered that we have been excellent at creating good gamers, however not so good at creating excellent gamers. For males, it is now about creating prime expertise in their thirties.

Bob Hanning, former vp of the German handball affiliation DHB, stated of the gamers: “The nation wants new guys.”

We have them. Almost 80 p.c of the present group was not in the first group two years in the past.

Emphasis is on “varieties” not “new”.

Guys flip round after they succeed. I do not know if everybody knew Lucas Mertens earlier than he threw a grenade in the first recreation. If he continues to play like this, he’s a person of his personal. Andy Wolf can also be a man who would not see us all the time as a result of he performs in Poland. I see somebody like Julian Coster – we should not be too pleased with them. These varieties are totally different from the ones we all know from nerds…

… how totally different?

Maybe extra disciplined.


Yes, perhaps from their standpoint. Johannes Golla is sort of a optimistic Christian Schwarzer. From the sort. Dedicated, combating. And he’s solely 25 years previous.

Andreas Michelmann is the president of the German Handball Federation.

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If you say boys come from success, can DHB succeed?

It’s not about having, it is about being. We are an achievement sport. It’s not about the expertise, it is about the outcomes. The aim of the 4 handball tournaments held at dwelling in ten years is to achieve the semi-finals.

What’s subsequent for DHB after a decade of handball?

We didn’t suppose about what would occur subsequent. The total ensemble of tournaments, beginning with this summer time’s Junior World Cup and ending with the Men’s World Cup in 2027 (the European Championship may also be held in Germany in 2024/ed.), ought to present how good and versatile we’re. sport, but it surely also needs to be a giant promoting block for our sport. Don’t neglect the 2025 Women’s World Cup. If younger folks discover their strategy to handball by way of these tournaments, we won’t see its affect till later. With these 4 main occasions, this decade of handball can also be a decade that factors to the future. In the Nineteen Thirties, much less consideration was paid to occasions and extra emphasis was positioned on the improvement of aggressive sports activities.

Detour for girls: DHB disbands fee coping with allegations of violence in girls’s handball. When will you resume coaching?

We wish to begin the new fee instantly after the World Cup, in February if attainable. It consists of 5 folks, though not all positions are stuffed. We wish to do it rigorously. At DHB now we have a transparent conscience with nothing to cover.


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