“I’m proud of this workforce.” This phrase was usually heard from Alfred Gislason, and even after the ultimate 28:24 victory in the match for fifth place towards the Norwegians, the nationwide coach was at least “very glad”. Thus, the nationwide workforce not solely efficiently accomplished the World Handball Championship held in Poland and Sweden, but additionally took the “step ahead” anticipated by Gislason. Sometimes the younger alternative supplied inspirational lectures that have been appropriate for inciting euphoria at house.
This is probably the most vital outcome for the German Handball Federation (DHB) after a traditionally poor twelfth place in the earlier world title fights in Egypt. Especially in relation to the decade of handball introduced by the DHB – the European Championship at house subsequent 12 months and the World Cup on house soil in 2027. At the similar time, fifth place in the World Cup represents beginning place for one of the three excellent gamers. DHB will apply as host for the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers in Paris, President Andreas Michelmann introduced.
Nevertheless, Gislason, who will quickly lengthen his contract till 2024, is aware of methods to classify this efficiency. Because even in the final sport, the German choice weakened in the second half and confronted issues with technical errors and weak throws.
The German workforce nonetheless lacks consistency, they’ve confirmed the potential to be on high of the world
In the final sport towards Egypt, who completed fourth at the Olympic Games, the Germans misplaced an eight-aim deficit and received solely in additional time. The workforce has integrated these durations of weak point into their sport with nice consistency, together with in the quarter-finals towards France – towards an opponent that is aware of methods to exploit such issues. The DHB workforce confronted the report-breaking world champions for a very long time, taking the lead in the second half after which dropping for good in the ultimate quarter-hour.
It additionally confirmed that there’s nonetheless a niche – albeit a a lot smaller one – amongst the world’s elite. Just like that, the activity given to Gislson at DHB should now be utterly closed: to construct a workforce that may play for medals.
This just isn’t an boastful declare of the handball affiliation with the largest quantity of members on the planet, which likes to brighten itself with the finest league in the world. And with matches in Katowice, Gdansk and now Stockholm, the German choice has made Gislson’s job extra exact, saying: “For the first time towards Norway we have been capable of play 60 minutes constantly,” mentioned goalkeeper Andreas Wolff. The win is the first in years towards an opponent who’s one of the elites in world handball.
Olympic champions France, World Cup winners Denmark, European champions Sweden and Spain repeatedly end in the high 4 at main tournaments, and as soon as once more the high nations have determined the winner between themselves. The Germans once more didn’t penetrate this circle, however they weren’t shut for lengthy.
The most vital gamers nonetheless lack expertise and the squad lacks high quality. However, each of these issues might be solved in the close to future. Juri Knorr and Julian Köster, 22-12 months-previous professionals who will in all probability outline the coming years, play a key function for their respective golf equipment in the Bundesliga. There isn’t any higher place for coaching, nowhere else is worldwide competitors so satisfying. The similar applies to teammates – solely goalkeeper Andreas Wolff performs overseas in Poland’s high membership Kielce. Of course, there is no want to fret about the goalkeeper – the 31-12 months-previous was the solely DHB participant to play at world stage regularly this World Cup.
So Ghislson has a primary-workforce squad match for the World Cup – and at the newest, after the Norway sport, he realized that substitutes have been coming. Players equivalent to Luka Witzke, Djibril M’Bengou and the later featured Tim Zechel and Lukas Stutzke introduced reduction. In addition, a number of trial gamers equivalent to Timo Kastenin, Julius Kühn (each injured) and Fabian Wiede (dental surgical procedure) have been dominated out, and they’re eager to return, whereas on depart defensive boss Hendrik Pekeler has already introduced this.
So it is good that Alfred Gislason might be proud of his workforce in the future.