Handball World Cup: New national coach: Gislason leads with steady hand

Status: 28.01.2023 12:32

Alfred Gislason was thought-about a troublesome canine. The national handball coach presents his new picture on the World Championship. The gamers are stuffed with reward for his or her cooperation.

Alfred Ghislason struggles once more with nervousness and interior pressure forward of Germany’s handball group’s remaining World Cup recreation towards Norway. “Waiting for the beginning of the sport is essentially the most tough interval for a coach. It is ache and struggling,” mentioned the national coach through the event.

Otherwise, the 63-year-old Icelander confirmed a beforehand unknown picture within the finals in Poland and Sweden. With few exceptions, Gislason appeared calm and composed, which was nicely acquired by his younger and inexperienced group.

“You can inform he enjoys it when the group realizes what he has in thoughts. Now it is an excellent unit. The coach and the group have grown collectively,” mentioned captain Johannes Golla.

Kudos to Iceland

Veteran goalkeeper Andreas Wolff additionally reported many constructive issues about working with Gislason. The two weren’t the very best of buddies earlier than at THW Kiel. “He provides us composure, has nice expertise and competence. He can at all times give us one thing to assist us and create an excellent environment,” Wolff mentioned of the Icelander.

For him, the primary common event after taking workplace in February 2020 appeared like liberation. In the tip, Gislason might solely concentrate on handball. Due to the Corona epidemic, it was utterly completely different for the 2021 World Cup and the 2022 European Championship. He is in demand as an issue supervisor and disaster supervisor.

In this World Cup, he took a step ahead with the group. “Overall, the boys performed very nicely. Quite a bit has grown collectively,” he praised forward of the fifth-place recreation in Stockholm this Sunday (13:00 / ZDF).

Players return the praise. “I believe we now have a really robust bond of belief, which provides us freedom, which performs a giant function in our recreation,” mentioned Christoph Steinert. Nevertheless, the hat of the national coach is at all times on. “Alfred himself has a really authoritarian aura that creates construction and order,” the 33-year-old famous.

DHB needs to increase the contract

Assistant coach Eric Woodtke additionally likes the nice relationship between the boss and the gamers. “Alfred has a sure looseness, he exudes independence and confidence, and the group will choose up on that,” Woodtke mentioned. It’s no shock that the German Handball Federation needs to increase Gislason’s contract as quickly as potential. The present working doc is legitimate till 2024 and consists of not solely the European Championships, but additionally the Olympic Games in Paris. “We actually wish to dwell as much as that,” Gislason mentioned.

He himself, so far as potential contract negotiations with the affiliation (“I’m not operating away”), can think about persevering with on the trail we have taken. Because the event just isn’t over but. “I’m very joyful with this younger group,” Gislason famous.

But there are nonetheless building amenities that have to be repaired. “We know that we do not have width within the squad,” mentioned the national coach. Especially in a backcourt that lacks worldwide stature, with the exception of playmaker Yuri Knorr. “We do not pose a lot of a risk there,” Gislason complained.

That’s why he’ll be hoping for a lift or two earlier than subsequent 12 months’s European Championships on house soil. “But I’m not predicting who would possibly come,” Gislason mentioned. His process is to complement the group in a significant approach, with out endangering the established group spirit.

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