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Russian coach Kuleschow: DHB team plays tactically well

Russia’s handballers have been far from their former glory for many years. Under former Bundesliga player Oleg Kuleschow, the record Olympic winner has made a fresh start.

While looking for a successor for the legendary success coach Vladimir Maximov, Kuleschow nevertheless fought nine more candidates. The ninth place at the EM before the end of the year in Denmark was not yet the hoped-for finger-pointing for a bright future again. Prior to the match at the Handball World Cup in Qatar against Germany, Kuleschow abstained in the interview of the German Press Agency.

Your team won the first game against Saudi Arabia with 27:17. How important was the victory?

Oleg Kuleschow:This was a game against a not so strong opponent. We wanted to win, and we won. It’s a game I want to forget quickly. The important games are only coming now. p>

What are your goals at the World Cup?

Kuleschow:Of course we want to go to the eighth finals first. That’s why the important games come in the future. p>

Russia’s next opponent is Germany. How do you rate the German team?

Kuleschow:We have great respect for the German team. She plays a good hand tactically. It shows great willingness and ambition. Germany has taken a big step forward recently.

ZUR PERSON:Oleg Kuleschow has been the coach of the Russian national handball team since March 2012. The former gamer was in the Bundesliga for eight years at SC Magdeburg and subsequently signed for one season at VfL Gummersbach. With the Russian national team, the 40-year-old WM and EM gold won and was 2004 Olympia third. p>
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