Despite the quarter-final – DHB legend Schwarzer has a lot of faith in the team

Paul Drucks (left) consoles Youri Knorr after dropping to France in the quarter finals.Photo: dpa / Jan Wojtas

Handball World Championship

Nikolay Stubner

At the finish, there have been many disillusioned individuals at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk. At the World Handball Championship, the German team round coach Alfred Gislason needed to concede defeat to France 28:35.

The DHB team held on properly for 40 minutes, then Remi Desbonne, the French quantity two in reality, got here on – and Juri Norr and Co. Nevertheless, Christian “Black” Schwarzer makes a optimistic conclusion about the quarter-finals and the general World Championship.

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The former handball participant and 2007 world champion advised Watson he discovered the outcome in opposition to France extra telling than the recreation: “Finally, the nationwide coach, Alfred Gislason, needed to attempt one thing with a seventh baseman. Then there have been technical errors and the French had been capable of shoot into an empty web.”

Despite every part, he added, the team “has developed a lot in handball in the previous few days.” The DHB team had beforehand received 5 of the six preliminary and fundamental spherical video games, dropping solely to Norway (26:28), and now certified for France in the quarterfinals.


Christian “Black” Schwarzer performed as an energetic skilled for Lemgo, Barcelona and Rhein-Neckar Leuven.Photo: dpa / Georg Wendt

Especially in phrases of expertise, the French have a bonus over the Gislason team. The 53-yr-previous explains: “Whether you have got skilled, world-class gamers like the French – in their 30s – or like us – like Juri Knorr or Johannes Golla, it makes a huge distinction. high quality, however nonetheless partly at the starting of your profession.”

Two intercept factors price DHB the loss

Schwarzer factors to 2 key components in the dropping quarterfinal: “The first turning level in the recreation was when the nationwide team misplaced a 4-aim lead in a matter of minutes.” Within minutes, the DHB team led 11:7 in the first half, and the French equalized.

“The second sticking level was the glorious efficiency of the French goalkeepers in the second half,” explains Schwarzer. Remy Desbonne entered the French aim early in the recreation as the primary, saving 14 of the German’s 30 photographs. He was later named man of the match.

January 25, 2023, Poland, Danzig: Handball: World Championship, France - Germany, last round, quarter final at Ergo Arena, Germany's Philipp Weber (l) throws in the goal of France goalkeeper Remy Desbonnet.  ...

Remy Desbonnet (r.) disillusioned the DHB gamers round Philippe Weber.Photo: dpa / Jan Wojtas

However, the World Cup was not over for the DHB team after France’s defeat. Along with the different groups that misplaced in the quarterfinals, the German nationwide team remains to be enjoying for locations 5 by means of eight. Friday (15.30, ARD) recreation in opposition to Egypt. Schwarzer doesn’t consider that after the chapter, the gamers will probably be out of breath.

He explains to Watson, “Obviously, first of all, the disappointment is large. I do not suppose motivation suffers from it. The team nonetheless has a probability to complete fifth and present that they’re near the high of the world.” After a disappointing twelfth place end two years in the past, that might be a important mark. He additionally believes that frustration can rapidly flip into motivation.

“That could be sufficient for a medal at the World Championships.”

Christian “Black” Schwarzer anticipated Germany to win a medal at the World Championships.

“We nonetheless have a rating in opposition to Egypt. If Gislason speaks in the quarterfinals, the place he misplaced at the Olympics in Tokyo, this could improve motivation much more,” says Schwarzer. In 2021, the German handball gamers left the competitors with a rating of 26:31 with out a probability and squandered the probability to win a medal.

A fifth place end may present a good temper for the nationwide team and the neighborhood for subsequent yr’s European Championships in their dwelling nation.

January 25, 2023, Poland, Danzig: Handball: World Cup, France - Germany, last round, quarter final at Ergo Arena, Germany coach Alfred Gieslason comments after the game.  Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa +++ the ...

Alfred Gislason nonetheless needs to realize fifth place in the World Cup together with his team.Photo: dpa / Jan Wojtas

Schwarzer believes that the DHB team can obtain even higher outcomes in their dwelling match: “It may have been sufficient for a medal at the World Championships. At this degree, small issues are resolved. Besides, everyone knows how a lot the crowd can elevate a team in a dwelling match. We noticed that at the 2007 World Cup.” Schwarzer speaks from expertise, competing for the title in 2007.

He additionally believes that Gislsson may have a good wider squad for the European Championships on dwelling soil: “With Timo Kastenin and Julius Kuhn (lacking the World Cup resulting from harm, ed.) there could also be different high gamers in the squad for the European Championships at dwelling. This Marcel Schiller can also be a candidate for me. I’m positive Alfred Ghislason may have a wider squad with extra choices subsequent yr – if all goes properly, of course.”

Henrik Pekeler might also come. The sprinter introduced a “lengthy break” from the nationwide team after the 2021 Olympics. On the Rhein-Neckar Löwen podcast, the THW-Kiel participant mentioned there was a “small voice in the household” when requested if he ought to now play for DHB. “It’s 10-0 and I’ve to play once more.”

National coach Gislason has additionally reopened the door for the 31-yr-previous. Schwarzer additionally welcomes the return of Pekeler: “Henrik Pekeler could be excellent for the middle of protection.”

In no different place in soccer is the ranking between gamers as sturdy as in aim. Almost each membership performs with the first registered quantity. Number two is commonly solely used in the cup or as a backup in case of harm.

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