How Yuri Knorr became a DHB prospect – gave up football

22-12 months-previous Yuri Knorr is likely one of the greatest gamers of the German nationwide workforce. Now he has a contract with Rhein-Neckar Leuven.Photo: dpa / Jan Wojtas

Handball World Championship

Nikolay Stubner

“Que sera, sera” performed within the background on the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. Juri Knorr struggled to seek out the correct phrases on Monday after his first defeat on the handball world championships.

“It’s very disappointing for all of us. Also how the sport went. It’s annoying and I do not agree with a few conditions,” the 22-12 months-previous single high performer stated on ARD. But then Knorr appeared forward. “I’m positive we’ll come out with a completely different face on Wednesday.”

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Then it is Germany in opposition to France (8:30 p.m., ZDF). In the quarter finals. This is the primary knockout sport. If Knorr and his workforce win, Germany will advance to the semi-finals. Otherwise it is throughout and there should be fifth place.

Knorr and his colleagues do not wish to give it some thought. The 22-12 months-previous is likely one of the large hopes for the DHB workforce. At the World Cup, he’s the perfect German shooter (29 targets) and greatest passer (31) – solely 4 gamers in your complete event have higher statistics.

At 20, Knorr is the oldest artist on document. Not stunning in any respect. As early as 2021, former DHB coach Heiner Brand had a lot of religion within the then 20-12 months-previous Knorr. Ahead of the World Cup, Brand instructed Watson on the time: “It’s a large alternative. Also, I feel 20-12 months-previous Yuri Knorr might be within the again courtroom.”

The man tagging Knorr within the World Cup

In the tip, Knorr was utilized in 4 video games, scoring 5 targets and helping two. It has already exceeded these indicators. In the principle spherical sport in opposition to Holland, Luke Staines was even despatched to destroy Knorr as a particular guard in man-marking – unsuccessfully.

Knorr would obtain many accolades for his accomplishments. From his comrades within the nationwide workforce. Circle participant Yannick Kolbacher, who performs alongside Knorr for Rhein-Neckar Löwen, explains: “You might inform proper from the beginning that he had some actually nice moments. He has the potential to be a nice participant.”

But Knorr exhibits expertise not solely in handball. The proper-hander additionally performed football efficiently for a very long time. As a teen, he performed for Hamburger SV and performed with present professionals Joscha Wagnomann (VfB Stuttgart) and Jann-Fite Arp (Kiel).

“I felt higher and higher about handball.”

Handball skilled Yuri Knorr on why he determined to play handball as an alternative of football.

In an interview with the ARD channel, the backfield participant defined why he determined to play handball as an alternative of football on the age of 15: “I felt higher and higher about handball. I felt like I used to be on a faculty journey with my mates. There’s extra stress in football once you’re younger.”

Looking at it, it turned out that this determination was right. Because on the age of 18, he dared to maneuver to Barcelona in the summertime of 2018, initially taking part in within the second workforce – a few months later, in December, he made his debut within the skilled workforce.

An extended-time period future in Rhine-Necker Leuven

A 12 months later, Knorr dared to enter the Bundesliga. Went to Minden, satisfied and signed a contract with Rhein-Neckar Leuven from the summer time of 2021. There he performs with Uwe Gensheimer, amongst others. Just final December, shortly earlier than the beginning of the World Cup, he prolonged it till 2026.

His purpose: “I’m proud of the present state of affairs on the Lions and I’m trying ahead to the following few years right here. I feel we have now a robust workforce with which we will enhance ourselves once more. lengthy-time period”. Knorr and the Lions are at present third within the Bundesliga behind Foxes Berlin and THW Kiel. It goes with out saying that he’s additionally forward in Bundesliga statistics. With 117 pictures, he’s the third-greatest pitcher, together with 66 assists (fourth).

Uwe Genheimer (left) and Juri Knorr play together for Rhein-Neckar Leuven.

Uwe Genheimer (left) and Juri Knorr play collectively for Rhein-Neckar Leuven.Image: imago

However, Knorr has confronted headwinds in his younger profession. Last 12 months, when the European Championships have been held below strict corona guidelines, Knorr was unable to journey to Slovakia as a result of his vaccination standing. Former DHB coach Heiner Brand instructed Watson on the time: “Obviously it is a disgrace for him and the workforce. It can be a nice alternative for him to play a large function in a modified workforce.”

Brand couldn’t perceive Knorr’s determination on the time: “I believed a younger participant would do something to benefit from that chance.” Commenting on the general public criticism, Knorr took his stand on the time: “I wish to make it clear: I’m not a denier of the crown. It affected me greater than individuals my age. That’s why I take this illness significantly. I used to be one of many first contaminated in skilled handball, it is my didn’t scale back my fears – particularly relating to potential issues afterward.”

Knorr contracted the virus in November 2020, developed extreme signs and needed to take a few weeks off.

This matter not performed a function within the present World Cup, so Knorr confirmed his expertise in Poland and obtained many plaudits. Among different issues, Patrick Grotzky, who performs alongside Knorr within the DHB workforce and the Lions.

Grotzky appreciates Knorr’s work: “He performs very properly, has excessive confidence and high quality. We know what it is manufactured from. Now he is at a degree the place he can do that each sport.” Also in opposition to France?

Bob Hanning was Vice President of the DHB from 2013 to 2021.

Bob Hanning was Vice President of the DHB from 2013 to 2021.Photo: dpa / Andreas Hora

Although the DHB workforce might be eradicated within the quarter-finals, former DHB vice-president Bob Hanning is optimistic. In the present column of the newspaper “Sport Bild”, the 54-12 months-previous writes: “We should not neglect that high performers like Knorr, Golla or Lucas Mertens are nonetheless removed from the tip of improvement.”

Especially since there may be a actually essential occasion for DHB within the close to future: the 2024 European Championship in its dwelling nation.

Jude Bellingham has been wowing BVB followers for 2 and a half years. At simply 17, the midfielder arrived at Dortmund in 2020, making a direct influence and taking part in nearly usually.

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