THE REBIRTH OF GERMANY
The homeland of handball rises from the ashes scattered in Cologne following a third World Championship title in 2007. Since the title win, things stagnated for German handball, to the point of not qualifying for the Euro 2014 and the 2015 World Championship. Eventually, they were brought back in by the IHF to participate in the World Championship in Qatar, where they finished 7th. They were then coached by Dagur Sigurdsson from Iceland, who was set the challenge of restoring Germany’s profile. One year later, to everyone’s surprise, the Mannschaft was reborn, and went on to win the European Championship in Poland. Despite lacking more experienced players, the young German team triumphed in Northern Europe, managing to qualify not only for the Olympic Games in Rio but also for the 2017 World Championship. The team’s success was further confirmed with a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio. The young team hopes to repeat its success with renewed energy and fast play. It’s a strong contender for a podium spot in France…
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Dagur Sigurdsson, head coach and architect of the renewed German team, who took them to the highest position in Europe 2016, will not extend his adventure with the Mannschaft team after the 2017 World Championship. The 43 year-old Icelander was courted and has agreed to take charge of the destiny of the Japanese squad in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Stars of the World Championship : Uwe Gensheimer