The German handballers have taken the main course at the home-WM. The 34:21-success against Brazil makes you want more.
The superb Uwe Gensheimer and the bear-strong Andreas Wolff clapped each other off and shouted “Jawoll”, then the two top stars enjoyed the ovations of the enthusiastic fans together with their colleagues on the tour of honour. The German handballers have taken an impressive course at the Heim-WM through a 34:21 (15:8) against Brazil, and with the second victory in the second game, they have fired the party vote on their medal mission. Oh, how beautiful,”the audience sang in Berlin.
“That was great. The opening game has been tuned again. The team has always worked in a focused way, no matter how the game was”, German trainer Christian Prokop said after the strong performance at ZDF.
Captain Gensheimer was once again the best pitcher of the selection of the German Handball Federation (DHB) with ten goals in front of 13.500 spectators in the sold-out arena at the East Railway Station and was elected the player of the game. We’ve been playing very focused with a lot of emotions. We were very aggressive,”Gensheimer said.
DHB has”still air up”
Wolff advanced with numerous parades, as he did in the start-up victory against the united team Korea (30:19) to the great support for a success that the players did not expect in this form.” In this clarity, we did not expect it,”said Steffen Feith, and before the meeting on Monday (18:00 clock) against former World Champion Russia, sent another battle message afterwards:”We still have air to go up.”
Prokop had to give up on the South American debut Franz Semper. The backroom player of the Bundesliga SC DHfK Leipzig was unavailable due to a severe cold. We will solve his failure tactically,”DHB Vice President Bob Hanning announced.
The Federal trainer, however, relied on the same starting formation as against Korea, and the DHB selection was immediately very good in the game. Gatekeeper Wolff was almost unbeatable at the beginning, the defences around the bear-strong middle block with Patrick Wiencek and Hendrik Pekeler touched concrete, and in the attack the hosts sparkled with many variations. The reward was a quick 5:1-lead after a spectacular shot by Gensheimer (9.).
Brazil was marked by the closing of forces after the hard fight on Friday night against title defenders France (22:24), while the German te am pushed at the pace. The already good mood heated Wiencek and Co. even further with rowing arm movements. The Olympia Eighth was impressed.
La Ola fires WM mood
The hosts built up their lead from 9:2 (15) to 14:5 (25) from the atmosphere. On the sidelines, Prokop smiled, and the spectators rose from their seats. In the back room Steffen shined vineyard and thread, which did not last exceed the reserve role of the Rhine-Neckar lions.
“The boys give everything. We stand in excellent defense and have a strong Andreas Wolff in the back. We picked up the scenery, but we have to stay awake,”said team manager Oliver Roggisch after the seven-goal tour for a break.
The players met the demands of the World Champion of 2007. The technical faults of the Brazilians were repeatedly used for light gates in the event of speed collisions. After the 22:14 (42) by cyclist Jannik Kohlbacher, La Ola toured the arena.
Prokop switched cheerfully in view of the clear lead to save strength for the further tournament. In Russia, the first real test stone awaits on Monday.