“The hall is in German palms”

Man of the match: Michael Golhofer with a poster of German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff after his sensible efficiency in opposition to the Netherlands. Photo: crimson


Four Swabians on an extended journey: A gaggle of former handball gamers from TV Oeffingen are celebrating the German crew on the World Cup in Poland – and just a little little bit of themselves.

This is the twelfth main match supporting the German nationwide crew: 4 former TV Oeffingen handball gamers across the travel-loving Michael Gollhofer are trying ahead to the World Cup in Poland – and for good purpose.

Mr. Gollhofer, you’re on the World Cup in Katowice along with your handball mates. What’s the temper?

Phenomenal. This is our twelfth main match, however the environment once we beat Holland was nonetheless particular.

Why?

Because the hall was in the palms of about 3500 German followers. Because the crew not solely carried out brilliantly, but additionally performed with the viewers. It was a beautiful night.



Which participant impressed you probably the most?

Yuri Knorr.

Why?

He is the top of the crew, recreation designer, boss. And on the similar time very harmful. Opposing defenses cannot include him. Knorr is already a world-class participant on the age of twenty-two, and he strengthens the entire crew along with his unbelievable presence – a giant distinction in comparison with earlier tournaments.

The German crew made no extra tactical errors than your journey group.

That’s proper. We nonetheless have tickets for Monday evening’s recreation in opposition to Norway, which is not in jeopardy. Then we return to Stuttgart.

Wasn’t it potential to e-book a quarter-final?

Not actually. It is held in Gdansk. In addition, we at all times had tickets to the finals in earlier main tournaments the place the German nationwide crew returned dwelling. This time, we’ve deliberate our crew to be a must-see. On the opposite hand, I’m positive the boys will strive their greatest once more in opposition to Norway. After all, it is about holding the move going with the sixth win in the sixth recreation.

The cultural program is additionally not essential

What is potential for the crew on the World Cup?

Undoubtedly, he’ll attain the semi-finals.

You and your folks have been there the final time you received the title.

Right. It additionally occurred in Poland in 2016. This was one more reason why we got here to Katowice. EM again then was an actual expertise for us followers. Sports, however, after all, our cultural program as nicely (laughs). Only good reminiscences remained there.

How’s it going outdoors the health club this time?

Good. We have been accommodated in a vacation residence in the center of the pedestrian zone, on the mile the place the World Cup get together takes place. It could not have been higher.

Do they converse Swabian there?

Certainly. There are many followers from the Stuttgart space in Katowice, together with a couple of faces we all know from different large tournaments.

In 2024, the European Championship shall be held in Germany. Then get again collectively along with your boys?

We have but to see.

Enthusiasm sounds totally different.

That’s proper. But once we noticed the ticket value, we have been shocked. Semi-finals and finals packages value a mean of three figures. It’s big.

Will the 2024 Paris Olympics be another?

Maybe. Or the Champions League Final Four in Cologne. We will give it some thought quite a bit, however solely after we return from Poland.

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