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) self-confidence must be even larger.
The father of German success got here from Iceland. BILD met nationwide coach Alfred Gislason (63) for a private interview.
BILD: The first huge objective was achieved within the quarter finals. Have you ever handled your self to a glass of crimson wine?
Gislason: “No. I was up till 2am modifying the video, in mattress by 2:30am and asleep by 6:30am. I do not drink something, solely two beers in Poland.”
Having shed ten kilos final summer season, the previous Iceland worldwide coach appears extra relaxed than he has since his spouse Cara died from most cancers in May 2021.
Now Gislason offers new power, optimism and confidence.
One cause: Gislason found a new love a couple of months in the past.
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“Right. But it wasn’t my plan, it simply occurred…” Jislason explains with a cheerful 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 instructed him that subsequent time I’m in Iceland I can reply a couple of questions for him. During the dialog, it turned out that his father was an assistant coach on my first worldwide journey with the senior staff.
Well, then I interviewed him and mentioned: I’m flying to my household in Akureyri tomorrow, I’ll be again subsequent week. Then we should always go and eat. That’s how it began, it wasn’t deliberate in any respect.”
Gislason appears joyful, his eyes are shining. “It matches very well. I can speak to him about something.”
Also about handball? Gislason (laughing): “Not actually.”
Then BILD talks to him about handball…
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PICTURE: Before the event, you talked about that on the final event, 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 properly apart from minor accidents. Finally, handball once more. That’s the great thing about it.”
PICTURE: Speaking of lovely! Do you assume that you’re now making up for what you missed and needed to sacrifice in two years as a coach due to Corona?
Gislason: “Yeah yeah. It wasn’t simple due to the withdrawal earlier than the event, but it surely’s good to see who can do all of it. We have created a promising staff.”
PICTURE: They at the moment face Norway on Monday on the Spodek Arena in Katowice. “Norway is the favourite and I wish to win. Because the very best preparation for the quarter-finals is luck,” Gislason says earlier than the knockout stage begins…
Gislason: “We at all times should play at our efficiency restrict and push it ahead to win the remaining video games. Can we do it in a two-day cycle?”
Photo: Jan Wojtas/dpa
The German interior block of Johannes Christoph Steinert, Johannes Golla, Julian Köster and Paul Drucks appears to have found one another, with goalkeepers Andreas Wolff and Joel Birlem behind them very sturdy within the event.
Have you ever seen Andreas Wolf so highly effective? “No,” mentioned Jislason.
He is not but dreaming of fame. “We can all dream. But first it’s important to keep away from it. Lots is potential with this staff. Are we prepared now? We should reply the query ourselves.”
Talking about questions. After the break in opposition to Argentina (“Play what you need”), he needed to endure many responses.
Gislason: “During the time-out, we clearly dominated. But I forgot that there is a microphone. It would not occur to me fairly often. But I am additionally in opposition to holding the micro there. This is not allowed within the NBA and NFL. Why handball?”
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After Dagur Sigurdsson (49/2016 European Champion), he is the second Icelander to carry the place of nationwide coach. Why do Icelanders achieve this properly?
“It matches the mentality,” says Gislason, who appears relaxed. “In common, Icelanders do not take themselves too critically, they’re staff gamers and dwell in staff spirit. So it is an ideal match.”
So, is he following the instance of his former chief and singing the German nationwide anthem since April 2020?
“No, I mentioned after qualifying for the Olympics in Berlin,” Gislson remembers, “if we are able to qualify, I’m going to sing just like the previous Dagur.” Then I needed to study the textual content shortly. But it is not that difficult. I additionally wish 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.”