Our handball gamers are doing nice! Five video games, 5 wins. On Wednesday, he reached the quarter-finals of the early World Cup.
Today in opposition to Norway (20.30, SPORT BILD reside ticker) ought to enhance self-confidence.
The father of German success got here from Iceland. BILD met nationwide coach Alfred Gislason (63) for a private interview.
BILD: The first large aim might be fulfilled within the quarter finals. Have you ever handled your self to a glass of crimson wine?
Gislason: “No. I was up till 2am enhancing movies, in mattress at 2:30am and up at 6:30am. I do not drink something, I solely drank two beers in Poland.”
The former Iceland worldwide coach, who misplaced ten kilograms final summer time, appears to be like extra relaxed than he has in a very long time – his spouse Cara died of most cancers in May 2021.
Now Gislason offers new power, optimism and confidence.
One cause: Gislason found a new love just a few months in the past.
“Right. But it wasn’t my plan, it simply occurred…” Jislason explains with a contented smile.
Is it identical to that?
Gislason: “Yes, he (Hrund Grunnsteinsdottir; ed.) listened to a podcast with me after which wrote to me and requested for an interview. I advised him that subsequent time I’m in Iceland I can reply just a few questions for him. During the dialog, it turned out that his father was an assistant coach on my first worldwide journey with the senior workforce. Well, then I interviewed him and mentioned: I’m flying to my household in Akureyri tomorrow, I’ll be again subsequent week. Then we must always go and eat. That’s how it began, it wasn’t deliberate in any respect.”
Gislason appears to be like comfortable, his eyes are shining. “It matches rather well. I can speak to him about something.”
Also about handball? Gislason (laughing): “Not actually.”
Then BILD talks to him about handball…
PICTURE: Before the match, you talked about that on the final match, you at all times freaked out when somebody knocked in your lodge room door, since you knew then that another person had examined constructive and was out. Is the irritation gone now?
Gilson smiled. “Yes, there is no vibration but. Everything went effectively apart from minor accidents. Finally, handball once more. That’s the great thing about it.”
PICTURE: Speaking of gorgeous! As a coach, do you’re feeling that what you’ve got missed for 2 years due to Corona will now be paid again to you?
Gislason: “Yeah yeah. It was not straightforward due to the rejection earlier than the match. But it is good to see who can deliver all of it. We have created a promising workforce.”
PICTURE: It’s presently Monday in opposition to Norway in Katowice.
“Norway is the favourite and I need to win. Because the most effective preparation for the quarterfinals is luck,” says Gislason earlier than the beginning of the playoffs. And: “In order to win the remaining video games, we at all times need to play on the restrict of our efficiency and lift it. Can we do it in a two-day cycle?”
The German inside block of Christoph Steinert, Johannes Golla, Julian Koster and Paul Drucks appears to have found one another, with goalkeepers Andreas Wolff and Joel Bierlech behind them very sturdy within the match.
PICTURE: Have you ever seen Andreas Wolf so highly effective?
The Icelander is not but dreaming of a championship title. “We can all dream. But first you need to keep away from it. Loads is potential with this workforce. Are we prepared now? We need to reply the query ourselves.”
PICTURE: key phrase questions. After the time-out in opposition to Argentina (“Play what you need”), I needed to endure and reply many questions.
Gislason: “During the time-out, we clearly dominated. But I forgot that there is a microphone. It does not occur to me fairly often. But I’m in opposition to Mirko being clear. This is not allowed within the NBA and NFL both. Why handball?”
BILD: After Dagur Sigurdsson, who grew to become the European champion in 2016, you’re the second Icelander to change into a nationwide coach. Why do Icelanders accomplish that effectively?
“It matches the mentality,” says Gislason, who appears relaxed. “In normal, Icelanders do not take themselves too significantly, they’re workforce gamers and reside in workforce spirit. So it is an ideal match.”
BILD: So will he sing the German nationwide anthem from April 2020 and comply with the instance of his former chief?
Gislason: “No, I mentioned earlier than qualifying for the Olympics in Berlin, if we are able to, I will sing the anthem like Dagur early. Then I needed to be taught the textual content shortly. But it isn’t that sophisticated. I additionally prefer to sing the nationwide anthem out of respect for Germany. After all, I have been residing in Germany for 30 years, half of my life.”