There was a lot of laughter, the mood was resolved during the final training of the German handballers on Friday morning before the last pre-game at the World Cup in Denmark in the evening against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The national players even took the time, a Danish school class speech and answer. Is it logical that we are in a good mood after such a game”, left-handed Lone Fischer of Buxtehuder SV said one day after the superb 40:28-victory against South Korea’s WM co-favorite.
With this success, the selection of the German Handball Association (DHB) had secured the eight-final ticket – the first goal was achieved. The team has developed great, has increased from game to game,”praised Federal trainer Jakob Vestergaard. The failed start with the 20:30 against France followed a 33:13 against Argentina and a great performance against World Champion Brazil, which was not crowned by success (21:24). And now the fireworks against South Korea. The start was bad, then it was okay, and against the Koreans it was really great,”said Vestergaard.
“On this defense we can build”
Against South Korea the tempo game with many counter-thrusters worked for the first time, In addition, the defense was excellent in front of Torfrau Katja Kramarczyk, who excelled throughout the tournament. It is precisely on this defensive performance that we can build,”said 21-year-old Xenia Smits, who, like six other DHB players, plays her first World Cup.
“The mood has always been good, from game to game we have now also managed to bring these positive emotions more and more into the field”, Kramarczyk said and played on the criticism of the cadre composition in the run-up to the World Cup. With an average age of 24,8 years, Germany is one of the youngest teams in the World Cup.
The revolution has succeeded
The revolution, as everyone agrees in Kolding, has succeeded. The young players like Alexandra Mazzucco or Franziska Muller have justified their nomination as well as Smits or the militant cyclist Julia Behnke.
On Sunday in the eighth finals, however, a chunk awaits Kramarczyk & Co.: either European champion and Olympic winner Norway or Spain. Both potential opponents faced the final of the European Championship 2014, where Germany had become a disappointing tenth. The decision on which team the DHB selection will be made was made late Friday night in Parallel Group D.” We take what comes because we can’t influence it anyway,”said Lone Fischer.
With another victory, the DHB selection would have achieved its great goal: the ticket for an Olympic qualification tournament in Rio. But even in the event of defeat, the Olympic dream would not have come true. Then one week must be tickled until it is clear which teams qualify for these tournaments.