Bob Hanning is one of the architects of the final nice success of the German nationwide handball workforce: in 2016, the workforce in Poland, below the presence of nationwide coach Dagur Sigurdsson, put in by DHB vice-president Hanning, surprisingly turned the European champion. But after the Olympic bronze medal that yr, the state of affairs in sports activities turns into tougher: it’s doable to return to the semifinals solely on the World Championships in 2019, which might be held on house soil. Defeat towards Norway remains to be the final knockout sport for the DHB choice within the European Championship or World Cup. Now the workforce will play once more in Poland and Hanning, who will step down at his personal request in 2021, sees an fascinating growth. Also, the reminiscence of 2016 remains to be preserved within the workforce.
ntv.de: Bob Hanning, earlier than the beginning of the World Cup you got here up with the provocative slogan “Handball can now overshadow soccer”. They allude to the supposed temper of German soccer after the December days in Qatar. Will German handball take benefit of the chance that all the time comes when soccer is on maintain in January?
Bob Hanning: First of all, it was by no means about stealing the soccer for me. For me, it is necessary that we meet the zeitgeist in sport. I feel what the blokes have delivered to the document to this point is precisely what we have been hoping for: actual, trustworthy, huge ardour, huge blood. Without overestimating the earlier opponents, I’m very happy with the efficiency of the German nationwide workforce to this point.
The German workforce received all 4 video games, some of them clearly. Almost to the quarter finals. What did you want in regards to the first 4 video games?
I just like the vibe. It is obvious that these younger individuals actually met to attain one thing collectively. They had a particular feeling for one another. At the second, it would not matter if we’re good defensively or whether it is adequate towards the Netherlands.
Will or not it’s sufficient towards the Netherlands? A win on Saturday (20.30/ZDF and reside on ntv.de) means a spot within the quarter-finals.
Yes, I’m completely certain of that. Also, we all the time discovered many good options in assault.
Most of the nice choices got here from Yuri Knorr, who has been taking part in a really sturdy event to this point. Against earlier opponents who all fall into the “must-do” class besides Serbia, does Knorr grow to be the difference-maker within the middle again courtroom that he is craved for years?
I do not like constructing monuments solely to see them fall later. It works nice to this point, however you need to give it time to develop. It’s true that we have not had an aesthetic, world-class playmaker since Markus Baur, who led Germany to the 2007 World Cup. At 22, Yuri is certainly an above-average participant, however I do not need to be fooled by making an enormous leap on objective.
The drama of the event is for the DHB workforce, you possibly can slowly develop by means of the challenges, the items are nonetheless to come back: Any indicators of how this workforce will carry out within the all-or-nothing state of affairs now approaching? ?
You’ve hardly ever had such a good draw, it is true. With the exception of Serbia, which has not been an enormous half of it, the Netherlands needs to be doable too. The workforce can nonetheless develop on this event. But it is rather vital to say: he solved each process completely. Can’t do higher. As a end result, it was all the time doable to scale the enter time earlier and save energy. It makes me very assured.
The nationwide coach, Alfred Gislason, mentioned after the victory over Argentina (39:19) that the run we’re experiencing now will make issues simpler. Based in your years of expertise as a coach, are you able to inform me what he meant by that?
You will succeed. And success brings safety. You can see what labored. And the style of success is good, you do not need to take the style out of your mouth. Because of the apparent breakthroughs, working programs could be developed with out full exhaustion. Energy conservation is a vital consider a protracted, tightly scheduled event. The workforce is heading in the right direction. Hopefully we’ll see if they’ll make a leap in growth within the subsequent two video games to safe a possible quarter-final win towards huge groups like Spain or France.
With Kai Hafner, Yannick Kolbacher, Rune Damke, Simon Ernst and Andreas Wolff, there are 5 gamers who surprisingly received the European Championship in Poland in 2016. Can remembering success even be a consider success?
Certainly. The information that you have achieved one thing nice right here will do one thing to you throughout the event, at the least to the gamers who had been there on the time. I keep in mind having espresso with Andy Wolf earlier than the 2016 ultimate. One of my finest experiences. Andi was so centered, so clear and assured.
Germany defeated heavy favorites Spain 24:17, Wolff performed brilliantly.
It was as clear as day that he would carry out brilliantly towards the Spaniards within the night. The ultimate was determined over espresso. It will certainly be remembered by those that had been there. It can be good if everybody else developed this sense. I feel they’re too. However, it is definitely a protracted solution to one thing particular. And in 2016, of course, we had a bit of luck.
The German nationwide workforce beforehand defeated Sweden and Russia by one aim within the preliminary and primary rounds, and Denmark by two targets within the decisive match of the ultimate stage. In the semi-finals, Rune Damke received in further time after equalizing with seconds left in regulation time. When it comes right down to it, the DHB workforce has been extremely efficient and has sturdy nerves on this event. Then the standard disappeared and the match towards Croatia in the primary spherical of the 2020 European Championship is not going to be forgotten by many.
Yes, extremely spicy.
For a very long time, the German workforce performed as if it had been a Thai, generally main by 5 targets, progress was doable. In the top, you misplaced 24:25. Don’t these sorts of unlucky occasions discover their manner into the workforce’s DNA?
no The workforce has gone by means of a number of upheavals, there’s a new development. Even although there are skilled gamers, I see the workforce as carefree as in 2016. But once more: we’re nonetheless far sufficient away to consider issues as they had been then.
People had been very reluctant to set targets in public. Was this true and what do sub-goals actually seem like?
I’m an enormous fan of setting huge targets. But I perceive 100% that the group would not need to burden this workforce with the strain of huge targets. As DHB president, Andreas Michelmann mentioned the quarter-finals had been a should. As president of the world’s largest handball affiliation, you aren’t allowed to say anything. Germany ought to all the time be taking part in for medals in the long term. In the current state of affairs, after troublesome years wherein constructing this workforce was very troublesome, the best way they did it was the proper one.
It’s a relentless theme in German handball that haunts European competitions and frustrates the nationwide coach: Before each event, key gamers withdraw for numerous causes. Former head of protection Hendrik Pekeler is on trip, married 2016 European champion Fabian Wiede and underwent jaw surgical procedure. More importantly, Vide’s resignation was brazenly questioned, together with by the workforce. While Gislason says he is retaining the door open for these gamers as nicely, is there a manner again into the lineup regardless of the gamers’ spectacular qualities?
I do not assume this dialogue is acceptable. We are within the center of an enormous event and nonetheless have quite a bit to attain. Right now, a vital course of is underway for German handball. The focus needs to be on the gamers who had been there. Everything else might be clarified after the World Cup, particularly in reference to the European Championship, which might be held on house soil subsequent yr. But, of course, one factor is obvious: the nationwide coach, of course, will change one thing provided that he considers it mandatory. But the workforce has not given any causes for this but.
When will this World Cup achieve success for the German workforce in relation to subsequent yr’s European Championship at house, which is vital for the group in phrases of sport and financial system?
A way of measurable and observable optimism will emerge once more, which is already profitable. When it involves sports activities, the quarter-finals are the minimal aim, that is a should. And that is clear to everybody. We’re heading in the right direction on this World Cup and I’m not prepared to consider what’s subsequent.
Historically not your buddy, world champion Christian Schwarzer made a controversial assertion within the media final week: According to Schwarzer, the ladies’s sport needs to be refereed by a lady. But the wind was blowing much more than the German nationwide gamers. Do such occasions assist the general public notion of handball?
You know, throughout my time at DHB, I used to be usually coping with the issues that Christian was speaking about. Thank God I haven’t got to try this anymore, I will not do it once more.
You criticized the best way the DFB offered itself on the World Cup in phrases of sport and public picture. One has to ask: is not handball simpler than soccer as a result of it would not have a drop top?
A really clear sure! Again: I’m a fan of soccer, together with the nationwide workforce. But I do not like the truth that group PR is put above sports activities points. Those in cost in Qatar haven’t fared nicely in troublesome occasions. Big ball sports activities – I see us as a unit – they did not do them any favors.
After Egypt 2021, we’re experiencing the second World Cup with 32 groups. Do you assume the rise has paid off?
This is debatable. This is controversial just for logistical causes, as right now no nation can arrange a World Handball Championship by itself. From the standard of the person groups, it may be seen that it’s troublesome to justify their participation from a sporting level of view. The different facet of the coin is to develop sports activities. If you need to be protected and safe within the Olympics in the long run, handball should not stay a purely European affair without end. This is one of the the explanation why I’m pleased with the success of the Egyptians, who received the preliminary group and are actually near reaching the quarter-finals. It is sweet for handball.
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