“The hall is in German fingers”

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

Jochen Klingowski

23.01.2023 – 06:00

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

Mr. Gollhofer, you might be on the World Cup in Katowice along with your handball buddies. 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 fingers of about 3500 German followers. Because the staff not solely carried out brilliantly, but additionally performed with the viewers. It was an exquisite night.

Which participant impressed you essentially the most?

Yuri Knorr.


He is the pinnacle of the staff, sport designer, boss. And on the similar time very harmful. Opposing defenses cannot include him. Knorr is already a world-class participant on the age of twenty-two, and he strengthens the entire staff along with his unbelievable presence – an enormous 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 sport in opposition to Norway, which is not in jeopardy. Then we return to Stuttgart.

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

Not actually. It is held in Gdansk. In addition, we all the time had tickets to the finals in earlier main tournaments the place the German nationwide staff returned dwelling. This time, now we have deliberate our staff to be a must-see. On the opposite hand, I’m certain the boys will strive their greatest once more in opposition to Norway. After all, it is about retaining the circulation going with the sixth win in the sixth sport.

The cultural program is additionally not vital

What is doable 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 gained the title.

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

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

Good. We have been accommodated in a vacation residence in the center of the pedestrian zone, on the mile the place the World Cup get together 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 will probably be held in Germany. Then get again collectively along with your boys?

We have but to see.

Enthusiasm sounds completely different.

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

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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