The ARD driver shows disagreement when using Müller-Spirra

Stephanie Müller-Spirra moderates the ARD gamers on the World Handball Championship.Photo: mdr / mdr

Handball World Championship

There are ten days between the announcement and their use on the World Handball Championship. Stefanie Müller-Spirra will signify ARD presenter Alexandre Bommes on Sunday. In an interview with Watson, the moderator spoke concerning the combined emotions that her project evokes.

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Watson: Stephanie, it has been introduced that you’ll change Alexander Bomms as moderator on the World Handball Championship on January fifth. On Sunday you’ll play your first sport. This raises the query: Is ten days sufficient to organize for the World Handball Championship?

Stephanie Mueller-Spirra: Inwardly, I knew it just a little earlier. I did not must re-read the complete thread. I had the World Handball Championship on my radar for different applications I work with. We additionally report so much on SC Magdeburg and SC DHfK Leipzig on MDR.

So, you’re on this thread…

Right. In October, I made a documentary concerning the emergence of Lukas Krzykalla from Leipzig. Of course, the World Cup is one thing else, however I’m not enjoying a sport I’ve by no means performed. In addition, I’ve a superb specialist.

Dominic Klein, former nationwide participant and 2007 world champion.

He is the grasp of “Handball”. I can ask him something. This is reassuring. I even have a great buddy (smiling) who’s a nationwide handball participant for a few years.

You signify Alexandre Bommes, who needed to withdraw attributable to well being causes. What was the very first thing you considered when you heard that it is best to go to Poland?

It’s exhausting to inform as a result of there are two sides to the coin. At first, I assumed, “OK, Alex remains to be not good.” I’m very sorry about that. It can knock any of us down and also you understand how necessary it’s to be wholesome and in a position to do your job. On the opposite hand, that is definitely an attention-grabbing job for me. But it is exhausting to be really blissful.

Now, for a lot of handball followers, on Sunday it won’t be the duo of Bommes and Klein, however Müller-Spirra and Klein. how do you’re feeling about it

Replacing Alex Bomms is an enormous job – particularly in handball. He himself held the file as an expert and was like a second knowledgeable. Through his expertise, he is aware of what’s going on within the participant throughout the sport. I can not, and do not must, attain that stage of experience.

“The Bommes-Klein duo stays an ideal duo, me and Dominique do it just a little in a different way.”

Stephanie Müller-Spirra on the duty of changing Alexander Bommes.


I’ll strategy the match from a special perspective, with extra management, after which squeeze all the pieces out of Dominic. I wish to improve the euphoria, particularly for people who find themselves not within the handball fitness center each week and have no idea all the pieces for positive. The Bommes-Klein duo remains to be an ideal duo, me and Dominique do it just a little in a different way.

ARD will broadcast the preliminary spherical sport towards Serbia and has two video games in the principle spherical. If the DHB crew reaches the semi-finals, how would you price the fourth mission?

I’m at all times a crew “believer” and naturally it’s important to be real looking about issues. But if not on the World Cup, when is there time for goals? So I’m optimistic and I feel we’ll have a dwell German semi-final on ARD.

Do you assume the competitors on ZDF will present a potential last?

That’s proper. Sometimes somebody shows the ultimate, typically another person. It is extra necessary for me to have the title of the German nationwide crew. Or a medal.

When will the World Handball Championship achieve success for you?

I’ve two souls inside me. Of course, I got here to look at the success of the German nationwide crew. I hope that the gamers’ goals will come true. Philipp Weber or Andreas Wolff additionally say the phrase “medal” very quietly.

What different perspective is there?

It also needs to go over nicely with the duo of Klein and Muller-Spirra. I wish to make a stream of data and current handball to viewers in an informative and entertaining means.

Stephanie Müller-Spirra is not only the moderator of the Handball World Cup, but also regularly on duty for the sports show.

Stephanie Müller-Spirra is just not solely the moderator of the Handball World Cup, but additionally repeatedly on obligation for the sports activities present.Image: mdr/Spirra private / mdr/Spirra private

Before the handball world championship, you labored as a moderator and reporter. You reported on the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Games and moderated the Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Games are at all times an necessary occasion, and that is very true of the Paralympic Games.


There are many causes for this, nevertheless it was an ideal honor to be nominated with the entire crew for the most effective sports activities program of 2022 on the German Television Awards.

Along with moderation, you additionally make documentaries. For instance, the aforementioned Lukas Krzykalla has a movie about his popping out, Out of Fire.

These are additionally necessary components of my work and for me personally. I made a documentary about Christina Vogel, a former bike owner who was paralyzed after a coaching accident and is now dwelling a brand new life. Such movies are necessary to me.


On the one hand, they cope with crucial social points. On the opposite hand, I do not wish to be perceived as making an attempt to speak just a little about sports activities in entrance of the digital camera.

“I’ve to current myself extra as a lady and I really feel like I’m being judged.”

Do you typically really feel insecure?

As a lady, I needed to show myself extra and I typically felt that I used to be judged. There are individuals who cannot get some stereotypes out of their head. But, in fact, I’m accepted as regular by many individuals, athletes, like several male colleagues.

What reactions point out that you simply, as a lady, are typically extra crucial?

It is carried out by means of warnings. For instance, if my outfit will get criticized, a moderator won’t ever criticize it. Similarly, I used to be as soon as stunned by what I learn. But general it retains getting higher.

With a movie about Lukas Krzykalla, you will have individuals speaking about nationwide borders. How did it find yourself in your documentary?

We each know one another for a very long time, we have now a relationship by means of sports activities and we frequently wish to go to the identical cafe. I already knew about his homosexuality. That hasn’t been stated but, and we have heard that he needs to make the transfer public.

What are the subsequent steps?

We talked to him for a very long time. Open and clear. He agreed in a short time and needed to debate the small print with us. I feel it is actually courageous of him to take this step.

How dare he speak about it on digital camera?

It glided by comparatively rapidly, although in fact it wasn’t till after our first espresso. Since we met a number of instances and spent a number of time collectively throughout the capturing, he trusted me. In the top, Lucas felt very snug with the movie. It was crucial for us.

Stephanie Muller-Spirra with professional handball player Lukas Krzykalla.

Stephanie Muller-Spirra with skilled handball participant Lukas KrzykallaImage: mdr/Spirra private / mdr/Spirra private

The movie additionally offers together with his concern of backlash. Do you understand what the reply was?

If you’d requested Lucas, he’d definitely say it is a blissful ending. He acquired a number of optimistic reactions, a number of encouragement and help. Even in America, he was nonetheless lively and thus mentioned as a aggressive athlete who might be a job mannequin. Unfortunately, there have been some silly feedback, however as a result of there have been so many positives, he was in a position to cope with them nicely.

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