The handball world championships in Poland and Sweden and the nice efficiency of the German nationwide crew will go away you wanting extra. Jürgen Schweikardt spends two days in Stockholm and makes a constructive conclusion. “Handball has confirmed as soon as once more that it may well encourage an viewers of tens of millions,” says the managing director of the primary division membership TVB Stuttgart.
TVB additionally needs to supply its fans a little bit extra within the second half of the season than on the finish of final yr. In the primary sport of the brand new yr, Bittenfelders tackle SG Flensburg-Handewitt on Sunday, February 12 on the Porsche Arena (16:05) and they are going to be accompanied by 5 newly topped Danish world champions: Kevin Moller, Mads Mensa Larsen, Johan Hansen, Emil Jakobsen and Simon Hald . It is obvious that the fans are very occupied with handball: TVB Stuttgart offered nearly 5,000 tickets two weeks earlier than the sport.
The three contestants of the TVB World Championship can be given a number of days off
TVB doesn’t have Danish world champions like three-time German champions Flensburg in its ranks. But the three World Cup individuals will return to TVB crew coaching subsequent weekend to get well from a brief break.
Jürgen Schweikardt was more than happy with the efficiency of Daniel Fernandez (bronze medal with Spain), Oskar Bergendahl (fourth with Sweden) and Egon Hanusz (eighth with Hungary). Hanush was named man of the match in a 42-30 win over Cape Verde and Fernandez twice: Spain beat Chile 34-26 and France misplaced 26-28.
The two Stuttgarters had been unfortunate within the World Cup, as a result of they’d robust opponents in entrance of them: Hanush, skilled playmaker Mate Lekai (34), Stuttgart’s 21-yr-previous left winger, his 13-yr-previous identify is Angel Fernandez. “Dani did very nicely,” says Schweikardt. “The future belongs to him.”
The head of TVB was additionally very impressed with Oskar Bergendahl. A torn cruciate ligament compelled the hooper to miss practically three months final yr and he celebrated his comeback simply earlier than the World Cup. Schweikardt is completely satisfied that Bergendal confirmed good type on the World Cup and that his knee didn’t trouble him. “Oscar was an necessary a part of the Swedish crew,” he says. “I hope he can construct on these successes with us.”
The Danish goalkeeping duo was distinctive
The co-host made a bid for the title, however the Danes snagged it. It is worthy, Jürgen Schweikardt believes. And France was a worthy opponent within the last. Especially the second half-hour of the ultimate was at a really excessive degree. Schweikardt was very eager on children Simon Pitlick (22) and Mathias Gidsel (23). To carry out just like the Danes and the French, you want a large squad – each groups have it.
Backcourt gamers Rasmus Lauge and Mads Mensa Larsen, who had not performed a lot earlier than, shone within the last. Danish goalkeeper duo Niklas Landin/Kevin Møller had been the standout, with two different high goalkeepers behind them, former Magdeburg participant Yannick Green and FC Barcelona’s Emil Nielsen additionally not being nominated.
According to Schweikardt, the dearth of width within the squad prevented the German nationwide crew from performing nicely. There was an absence of alternate options, particularly within the again room. Although Schweikardt Alfred Gislason’s crew proved a very good World Cup. “Especially in opposition to Norway, the crew confirmed that they’ll sustain with the very best within the world.” Fifth place is “nicely deserved”.
Next huge occasion: Home EM 2024
Schweikardt was impressed with the lead function performed by Juri Knorr and Julian Koster of their youth. Now the duty of the nationwide coach is to construct a powerful crew round these two children, the left wing Lucas Mertens, the gamers Yannick Kohlbacher and Johannes Golla and the goalkeeper Andreas Wolff. The subsequent necessary occasion is the European Championship in January 2024.
In common, Schweikardt believes that the World Championships in Sweden and Poland have introduced a very good deal to the reception of handball. The rankings of the broadcasts on public tv channels had been excellent. “In some circumstances, handball was not removed from the World Cup quotas.” Around 5 million viewers watched Germany’s quarter-last decider in opposition to the Netherlands on ZDF. With 18.4 %, handball beat the ARD thriller and “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”.
TVB is ninth within the Bundesliga viewership chart
TVB cannot complain concerning the variety of viewers within the first half of the season: 35,830 fans watched the 9 video games on the Porsche Arena, a median of three,981. This places Bittenfeld in ninth place within the viewers desk. It seems to be like TVB may even enhance on the minimize: 5,000 tickets had been offered on Tuesday for the primary residence sport of the week in opposition to SG Flensburg-Handewitt on Sunday, and people in cost predict not less than 5,500 guests. About 3,500 tickets have been offered for the second residence sport in opposition to FA Göppingen on Thursday, March 2 (7:05 p.m.).
There are a number of explanation why pre-gross sales are going so nicely for Schweickardt. On the one hand, Corona now not performs an necessary function, individuals have dared to go to occasions once more. Second, SG Flensburg-Handewitt is a really enticing opponent. The indisputable fact that their particular person performances haven’t been notably encouraging lately shouldn’t be a decisive issue for Schweikard – though TVB has not solely delivered poor video games.
“Of course we wish to play higher and we’ve got to,” he says. On the opposite hand, the video games on the Porsche Arena are additionally occasions. “The entire household can go to handball with out worries, it is enjoyable as a result of there’s all the time one thing occurring on the court docket.” Handball is a horny sport that conjures up enthusiasm and conveys good values. “I hope and belief that TVB will do the identical.”
The solely factor lacking is athletic success. With simply 4 factors within the relegation zone, the present focus stays on the league for TVB. “Otherwise, we’re engaged on a brand new season.” The crew shouldn’t be there but, and TVB could also be strengthened this season as nicely. “But we won’t report something,” says Schweikardt.
However, the managing director didn’t deliver any new gamers from Sweden with him. – No one matches in a suitcase.
Here are tickets for TVB vs Flensburg
Tickets for TVB Stuttgart’s first sport after the World Cup break in opposition to SG Flensburg-Handewitt within the Porsche Arena on Sunday, February 12 (4:05 p.m.) can be found at easyticket.de.