Filip Jicha celebrates his premiere, Uwe Gensheimer celebrates his comeback: At the start of the new handball season two personalities are in the foreground at the Cup weekend.
The hall at the city garden is picky, in Saarlouis there is a state of emergency. The small town becomes the centre of attention at the weekend when the great Uwe Gensheimer celebrates his comeback on the German handball stage. After three years abroad, the national team captain is running again for the first time for the Rhine-Neckar Lions.
“I’m just getting back on track and getting structures into everyday life,” Gensheimer last told the Braunschweig newspaper. He arrives after moving and vacationing “right now at home”.
Sportally, the final four tournament in the first round of the DHB Cup for Gensheimer and his team is expected to become a matter of form, but emotionally the first mandatory game on Saturday (19:30 clock) has a special significance. After all, after three years at the French top club Paris Saint-Germain, the lion’s comeback, which Gensheimer repeatedly emphasized, was for him a “matter of the heart” and “like a return home”.
The goals are great with probably still the best left-winger in the world. After fourth place in the last season and the Cup-Off in the quarter finals, Gensheimer wants to lead his team back up. The best place to go is where the club was when it left 2016 after the first championship of the club’s history to Paris.
Jicha: “I’m trying to go my own way”
“From the quality of the cadre I think we basically have the stuff to become champions”, Gensheimer said the “Sport Image”: “But as soon as that will be possible, I do not know. There are also other clubs such as Kiel, Flensburg, Magdeburg, Melsungen, Berlin. It will be an interesting season.”A season that begins with the first cup round on Saturday.
The future of THW Kiel also begins on Saturday in the province. In the Nordic Baunatal Round Sports Hall, new trainer Filip Jicha begins his mission with the record champion. After the Cup and the vice-championship, expectations of the Czech coach novices are high, the footsteps of Alfred Gislason are huge.
“I will not enter there out of respect,” said Jicha of the “Sports Picture”: “It would be bold to say I will continue where Alfred has left off. I try to go my own way.”
Jicha, the former world handballer, you can feel these days, burns to the start on new terrain:”I have incredible energy. I love this club, carry it in my heart, sacrifice my health. I will therefore give everything for THW in the new post. What is important is that the association is successful.”
After the expected relaxed ascent in Baunatal it will become really serious next week. At the Super Cup against Master SG Flensburg-Handewitt Kiel wants to enter his first title before starting the league on August 22nd. We want to play for the maximum. That’s why we’re here,”said Jicha.