Dagur Sigurdsson will be the new head coach of Japan

Stuutgart, 11. Juli 2016. Die Deutsche Handball-Nationalmannschaft der Männer posiert für Portraits vor weißem Hintergrund im Studio.

23 November 2016

Currently head coach of the German team, with which he won Euro 2016, Dagur Sigurdsson will leave his position after the 2017 World Championship, in order to take command of the Japanese selection, aiming at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

His future has been a subject of speculation in the past weeks, and Dagur Sigurdsson finally made his decision. The current German head coach will leave the Nationalmannschaft after the end of the 2017 World Championship, and will then become the new head coach of Japan. The mission entrusted to the Icelander by the Japanese Federation will be to build a team good enough to shine in the 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo. It is noteworthy that Dagur Sigurdsson already knows Japan, as he spent three years in a player-coach role at Wakunaga Hiroshima between 2000 and 2003.

Former head coach of the Füchse Berlin in Bundesliga, Sigurdsson joined the German selection in 2014, at a time the team was going through a deep crisis. Under the command of the Icelander, the Nationalmannschaft spectacularly bounced back and won two international medals in 2016: gold in the European Championship and bronze in the Olympic Games in Rio. 2017 World Championship will be Dagur Sigurdsson’s last competiton with Germany, and there is no a doubt that he will try to close in a blaze of glory this very succesful chapter (41 wins in 54 games thus far).