Successful start to season: Bundesliga side Erlangen beat Wetzlar – Sport

By Heike A. Batzer

Christopher Bissel makes the ultimate level. Not on a pointy angle from the far left or on an everyday flight. This time, the handball participant hit the ball into the web with a powerful hip throw within the model of a backcourt participant, bringing the rating to 31:27 (57th). It is essentially the most stunning hit of the night, maybe essentially the most stunning and in addition the ultimate rating. Bissel and Erlangen gained the season opener in opposition to HSG Wetzlar within the Handball Bundesliga.

“An excellent sport and a brilliant start,” says coach Raul Alonso, for whom that is his first start of the season in Erlangen. The 43-12 months-previous Spaniard, who was initially sporting director, took over in January when then-coach Michael Haas’s season did not go effectively final 12 months. Of course, he brings with him loads of expertise from his time as an assistant coach at THW Kiel and worldwide matches with Handball Tirol in Innsbruck and with Belarusian champions Meshkov Brest, who reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

This time, he was ready to adapt his staff to the brand new season for weeks at will. With the primary success. HC Erlangen can have numerous success within the start in opposition to Wetzlar. The staff rapidly finds its manner into the sport and doesn’t enable the opponent to advance. Not as soon as. Instead, the hosts put numerous stress early within the sport. And the sport of handball itself has elevated in velocity – additionally influenced by Alonso – the throw is produced from a central circle with a diameter of 4 meters, and not one of the gamers have to stand with one foot on the middle line as earlier than. “Yes, the sport has turn into sooner,” Alonso says of the change within the guidelines of the world handball affiliation, which can now additionally apply to the Bundesliga. Alonso has ready his individuals for that. He has to smile a bit when he says this: In the gymnasium, the ring was taped to the scale now used to simulate the brand new state of affairs.

Although Steffen Fath lacks the previous European champion, the backfield is stable

HSG Wetzlar is struggling to discover a manner into the sport and the brand new season. A transparent signal of this was the truth that coach Ben Machke quickly withdrew his center man Magnus Frederiksen and changed him with the younger Swiss Jonas Schelker. He does his job higher and is the highest scorer for his staff with six objectives, whereas within the Erlangen side, a Swiss teenager can also be allowed to occupy the center at instances: Manuel Zechder, a 22-12 months-previous newcomer from HSC Suhr-Aarau. Erlangen’s backfield is at all times able to nice stress: by Zechder, by unusual midfielder Niko Büdel, by Swedish worldwide Simon Jeppsson. The 2.04m large left-half can assert himself again and again, scoring 5 objectives and dealing for his teammates. Steffen Fath’s staff is lacking one other massive title within the backcourt. According to coach Alonso, the 2016 European champion injured his elbow in a coaching crash a number of weeks in the past and will likely be again in every week or two. Erlangen’s objectives are nonetheless price watching: for instance, Büdel’s solo effort at 14:10 (twenty fifth) or proper winger Olsson’s aim at 29:22 (forty eighth).

It begins once more: Erlangen goalkeeper Clemen Ferlin with Einlauf-Kidd. Later, he shone together with his parades – a boy with out an enema.

(Photo: Wolfgang Zink/Imago)

Steady protection and 15 saves by stable goalkeeper Clément Ferlin make life troublesome for HSG Wetzlar and create situations for fast counter-assaults. Wingers Christopher Bissel’s 4 objectives and Hampus Olsson’s eight objectives are significantly spectacular. In Nuremberg, in entrance of greater than 3,700 spectators, the hosts lead at halftime by 16:13, generally even by seven objectives (24:17, 29:22). In handball, it’s identified {that a} lead of this measurement disappears rapidly. At this level it was down to three objectives, however Wetzlar wouldn’t find a way to threaten HCE that night. In the tip, Olsson, Zehnder and Christoph Steinert missed three seven-meter free throws, however the harm was manageable as HCE goalkeeper Ferlin Wetzlar saved two free kicks.

So the place will Erlangen be this Bundesliga season? It’s not possible to draw conclusions about a complete season from the start, an excessive amount of can occur in 34 matchdays. According to coach Alonso, Erlangen’s handball gamers need to play “higher than final season”, referring to the twelfth place within the desk. But he does not need to set a numerical goal: “Five to 15 locations are demanded by numerous golf equipment.” When Erlangen made the Final Four final season, issues went effectively within the cup, “in fact not,” Alonso stated. Perhaps the constructive outcomes from the start are sufficient – and have a look at the nonetheless not very full desk: HC Erlangen is at the moment the primary.


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