Another handball fairy story eventually!: Now Gislasöhne will lead Germany out of winter
Germany isn’t one of the favorites for the 2023 World Handball Championship. That’s what makes nationwide coach Alfred Gislason’s Gislasoe so harmful. Handball gamers take us out of the comfort of winter within the tough winter interval. It looks like EM 2016 – we received the title then.
2023 was a tough 12 months for all of us. After Corona. Ukrainian warfare. worth insanity. In addition, each two weeks there’s a winter onset and thaw. Germany plunged into disaster mode.
Like Asterix and Obelix, there’s hope. Our village of Galli is known as the World Handball Championship on this tough time. The majesty of this event, coach Alfred Gislson’s workforce has taken Germany to this point within the event in Poland and Sweden, has Germany dreaming of the subsequent title.
No one counted Germany within the World Handball Championship
This time, Gislasjohne was not among the many favorites. Germany’s file after a shock EC title in 2016 isn’t good. ninth place within the World Cup in 2017, 4th place within the residence event in 2019, and even twelfth place in Egypt in 2021. Even the ninth (2018), fifth (2020) and seventh (2022) locations within the European Championship are not what you assume in a rustic with the strongest league on the planet.
There can be a sure shake-up within the German nationwide workforce. With Andreas Wolff, Rune Damke, Simon Ernst, Yannick Kohlbacher and then-nominated Kai Hafner, there are simply 5 German European champions on the 2023 World Cup. Anyone in search of title contenders will identify France, Spain, Denmark, possibly Croatia and Norway. The German workforce had nobody on the invoice.
But that has modified within the final two weeks – because of thrilling handball, slim victories and nerves of metal. Against Qatar, Gisla’s boys acquired off to a scorching begin and did not path all through the sport. The assault in opposition to Serbia was insane – and when the whole lot acquired caught there, our handball was saved not by the octopus Andreas Wolff, however by his illustrious consultant Joel Birlech.
In the sport in opposition to the Netherlands, Gisla’s boys confirmed how prepared they are for extra
After a walkover in opposition to Algeria on the finish of the preliminaries, the principle spherical confirmed how effectively oiled the German engine is. Gislason’s workforce beat Argentina with a rating of 39:19 and performed handball from one other star. Then it was tough in opposition to the Netherlands.
They initially trailed and led by a most of one purpose by the top of the primary half. But then Germany turned up the warmth. It was 15:12 at halftime, 20:12 after nearly 39 minutes. As Wolff nailed his personal field, the targets flowed in and the German workforce confirmed nice focus. In the top, it was a workforce that appeared prepared for extra with an unimaginable 33-26 victory – Germany superior to the quarter-finals early.
First Norway, then the subsequent cracker – however for this Germany, something is feasible
A gaggle win in opposition to Norway and the query of who to play subsequent, the workforce’s first knockout sport of this World Cup. The tactic isn’t value it. France (opponent if second) or Spain (opponent in the event that they win the group) Germany is one of the 2 event favourites.
At this time, there isn’t a want to fret and even worry. With what Gisla’s boys have proven to this point within the World Cup, Germany can beat any opponent. This coronary heart, this can, this greed, this want to throw the ball into the purpose – it abruptly turns even non-sporting observers into passionate Germany followers. It crackles in entrance of the TV similar to in the lounge.
In addition to Craig Wolf and mega-talent Knorr, others began to shine
Of course, there are gamers who dwell as much as this expectation and dedicate themselves to efficiency. Defenseman Andreas Wolf confirmed once more on this event why he sucked the ball out of the fingers of each ahead in 2016 and have become the phobia of all throwers. The indisputable fact that the octopus additionally turned a workforce motivates the entire workforce.
Up entrance, there’s a lot of stress on the shoulders of mega-talent Juri Knorr. The playmaker is barely 22 however is taking part in in his third main event after the 2021 World Cup and the Olympics that 12 months – and the way he is taking part in it. He is Germany’s prime scorer with 29 targets and transformed 14 of 16 penalties. In addition, it makes witty allusions to the circle and the skin. And if nothing occurs in any respect, he hits himself and throws a hidden shot on the purpose.
In addition to the Wolf and Knorr beacons, the opposite Germans shine as by no means earlier than. Right-back Patrick Grotzky turned the World Cup’s file goalscorer and continues to attain. The latter additionally applies to his teammate on the left, Lucas Mertens. Two-meter man Julian Koster shoots a ball over the protection from the backfield, as we final noticed from Pascal Hens. And with captain Johannes Golla or Knorr’s teammate Yannick Kohlbacher within the circle, we’ve got two opposing sides with assured targets within the workforce.
Coach Fox Gislason has seen all of it and is nearer to the workforce than ever
In addition, there’s a coach fox who has been via all of it with Iceland’s Alfred Gislason. He received the Champions League thrice with two completely different membership groups, was German champion seven instances, received the EHF Cup twice and the DHB Cup six instances. Iceland additionally has different titles and plenty of teaching awards.
The time-out in opposition to Argentina proved that his reference to the workforce is healthier than ever. Ghislason was upset, he was taken off earlier than halftime, he briefly stated “play what you need” to forestall it from ending, and he walked out of the workforce’s timeout circle. Sporting pundit Dominic Klein, who performed below Gislason for a few years at Kiel, was impressed – and enthusiastic – with how responsive Gislason was to the workforce.
The 2016 sensation is again – and the subsequent title is sort of doable
It’s 2023, however there’s much more than 2016 within the air. No one is anticipating Germany, however the workforce is doing effectively within the event. The closing opponent in the principle spherical then was Denmark, additionally a heavyweight, earlier than two extra crackers awaited in Norway within the semi-final and Spain within the closing. Germany received all three and have become champions.
Norway is now additionally the favourite on the finish of the principle spherical, with France or Spain within the quarter-finals as the subsequent heavyweights. It’s clear that issues will not be simple after the semi-finals. Germany remains to be the key favourite with regards to overseas wool. This standing, this greed and coronary heart that the sons of Gisla left within the area can take us far.
Maybe even earlier than the title and the subsequent handball fairy story will lastly deliver Germany out of the winter and put disaster mode on maintain.