“The hall is in German arms”

Man of the match: Michael Golhofer with a poster of German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff after his good efficiency towards the Netherlands. Photo: pink

Four Swabians on a protracted journey: A gaggle of former handball gamers from TV Oeffingen are celebrating the German staff on the World Cup in Poland – and just a little little bit of themselves.

This is the twelfth main event supporting the German nationwide staff: 4 former TV Oeffingen handball gamers across the travel-loving Michael Gollhofer are wanting ahead to the World Cup in Poland – and for good cause.

Mr. Gollhofer, you’re on the World Cup in Katowice along with your handball mates. What’s the temper?

Phenomenal. This is our twelfth main event, however the ambiance once we beat Holland was nonetheless particular.


Because the hall was in the arms of about 3500 German followers. Because the staff not solely carried out brilliantly, but in addition performed with the viewers. It was a beautiful night.

Which participant impressed you probably the most?

Yuri Knorr.


He is the top of the staff, recreation designer, boss. And on the identical time very harmful. Opposing defenses cannot comprise him. Knorr is already a world-class participant on the age of twenty-two, and he strengthens the entire staff along with his unimaginable presence – a giant distinction in comparison with earlier tournaments.

The German staff made no extra tactical errors than your journey group.

That’s proper. We nonetheless have tickets for Monday night time’s recreation towards Norway, which is not in jeopardy. Then we return to Stuttgart.

Wasn’t it attainable to ebook a quarter-final?

Not actually. It is held in Gdansk. In addition, we at all times had tickets to the finals in earlier main tournaments the place the German nationwide staff returned house. This time, now we have deliberate our staff to be a must-see. On the opposite hand, I’m positive the boys will attempt their finest once more towards Norway. After all, it is about maintaining the move going with the sixth win in the sixth recreation.

The cultural program is additionally not vital

What is attainable for the staff on the World Cup?

Undoubtedly, he’ll attain the semi-finals.

You and your pals have been there the final time you received the title.

Right. It additionally occurred in Poland in 2016. This was one more reason why we got here to Katowice. EM again then was an actual expertise for us followers. Sports, however, after all, our cultural program as properly (laughs). Only good recollections remained there.

How’s it going outdoors the health club this time?

Good. We have been accommodated in a vacation condo in the center of the pedestrian zone, on the mile the place the World Cup celebration takes place. It could not have been higher.

Do they converse Swabian there?

Certainly. There are many followers from the Stuttgart space in Katowice, together with a couple of faces we all know from different huge tournaments.

In 2024, the European Championship can be held in Germany. Then get again collectively along with your boys?

We have but to see.

Enthusiasm sounds totally different.

That’s proper. But once we noticed the ticket value, we have been shocked. Semi-finals and finals packages price a median of three figures. It’s large.

Will the 2024 Paris Olympics be another?

Maybe. Or the Champions League Final Four in Cologne. We will give it some thought so much, however solely after we return from Poland.


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