The World Handball Championship is over, however the residence championship is simply a short while away. The German handball federation needs to advance to the semi-finals, mentioned president Andreas Michelmann. Which gamers of the German nationwide workforce convinced, whose position in the European Championship worsened?
Andreas Wolf (purpose): Wolff was one of the finest goalkeepers of the event. Germany’s primary has saved greater than 100 balls – France’s Thierry Omeyer final achieved this at the 2015 World Cup. Wolff’s catch charge of almost 40 p.c makes the 31-12 months-outdated’s sport much more spectacular. The goalkeeper was additionally extra open and open – one of the winners of the event.
Joel Birlech (purpose): Birlem justified the belief of the nationwide coach. With Wolff injured in opposition to Serbia and not likely stepping into the sport, Birlech pulled the enamel out of the Serbs in the closing levels. If the 25-12 months-outdated continues to carry out properly in the league with Rhein-Neckar Leuven, he might have a great probability of ending second to Wolff in the 2024 competitors.
Johannes Golla (district): The captain was unquestionable even earlier than the event and cemented his standing as one of the finest gamers and defenders in the world – at simply 25 years outdated. Golla turned the finest German purpose scorer after Juri Knorr. An absolute high performer and an essential pillar for the close to and probably distant future.
Yuri Knorr (again court docket): 53 targets, 54 assists – Knorr is the finest scorer in the World Cup. That he was ready to take action at the age of 22 speaks volumes about the immense potential that also lies dormant in Germany’s expertise at the again. Knorr introduced the ingredient of shock again to the German sport. A terrific event from an already indispensable playmaker for the workforce.
Julian Koster (backcourt): Although solely 22 years outdated, Köster has obtained rather a lot of confidence from the nationwide coach, particularly in defence. Also, Koster had a number of essential moments in entrance of him, for instance, in essential moments in opposition to Egypt. It was clear that he would run out of punches at occasions on account of the extraordinarily tough marking jobs, however that is comprehensible. The tree-lined backcourt participant ought to play a major position in the coming years.
Luka Witzke (again court docket): When he was allowed to play, Witzke produced some very compelling performances. His position grew as the event progressed, in opposition to Norway he was the finest German shooter and was additionally superb defensively in the midfield place. Witzke is a optimistic shock and event winner.
Philip Weber (again): Weber’s position diminished as the event progressed. The dynamic court docket participant initially obtained reward from the nationwide coach, however later lacked confidence. There have been a pair of errors too many and the protection was barely used – in all probability misplaced to robust, young groups like Knorr, Koster and Witzke.
Lukas Stutzke (backcourt): Was invited and welcomed to Norway and did properly at the again. Most importantly, his defensive capacity is appreciated by the nationwide coach.
Kai Hafner (backcourt): Played his position in assault solidly with out a lot glamour. A veteran with lots of expertise will nonetheless be a problem subsequent 12 months, as there may be additionally no robust attacking competitors at the proper half place.
Christoph Steinert (again): Because Steinert is robust in protection and will also be used on the proper wing when wanted, he’s a really priceless various for the nationwide coach. Before this World Cup, he didn’t play a major position.
Djibril M’Bengou (again court docket): The third backcourt on the workforce performed his position properly on protection, however made rather a lot of errors throughout his managed enjoying time.
Simon Ernst (defence): The defensive specialist performed rather a lot at first, however later he was not used in any respect. If Hendrik Pekeler returns to the nationwide workforce, Ernst, who has been affected by quite a few accidents, could vacate the place.
Yannick Kolbacher (district): When Golla wanted a break, Kohlbacher was an equal alternative in assault and was an actual weapon, particularly in his relationship with membership-mate Knorr. An excellent second man in the circle.
Tim Zechel (District): He performed just a few minutes in the sport in opposition to Norway in the World Cup.
Lucas Mertens (left winger): Mertens has turn out to be a crowd favourite at this World Cup. With a wonderful strikeout charge of 27 in 32 makes an attempt, “Speedy” knew how one can persuade. Crossing it have to be tough for all opponents at first.
Rune Damke (left wing): Mertens did a great job as a backup.
Patrick Grotzky (proper wing): Grotzky had a great begin to the event, however his strike charge was problematic in key video games of the event, notably lacking just a few essential targets in opposition to France. If Timo Kastenin is wholesome, he ought to surpass the 33-12 months-outdated athlete.
Lukas Zerbe (proper wing): Recommended, not performed a lot. In the medium time period, his age is a bonus over Grotzky in the race for the spot behind Castening.