Bundestrainer Alfred Gislason has named his 17-player for the Gold Mission at Olympia without major surprises. The German Handball Federation (DHB) is led by Captain Uwe Gensheimer. The official nomination for the games in Tokyo (23rd July to 8th August) by the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) will take place on Tuesday.
“With the nomination for the upcoming course and the start of the direct preparation we have reached the next stage of anticipation of the Olympic Games”, DHB Sports Director Axel Kromer said: “Now the narrowest circle of 100 percent has to prepare for the opening game of the Olympic Handball Tournament against the European Champion of Spain.”
Gislason had already invoked his provisional 28-cadre a few days ago, Kiel’s circuit runner and head of defense Patrick Wiencek as well as the Berlin Fabian Wiede were missing. In the circle, where there is a big offer in spite of Wiencek’s failure, the choice was made by the Mannheimer Jannik Kohlbacher, who was given preference over the WM participants Sebastian Firnhaber.
The team in the gate, like at the WM, form the experienced Andreas Wolff, Silvio Heinevetter and Johannes Bitter. In the middle, Gislason relies, among other things, on Youngster Juri Knorr (21).
Departure to Japan on the 14th of July
The trainer may resort to 14 players and a so-called P-athlete in the Japanese capital. In addition, two more handballers will travel to Asia as a reserve for possible injury-related changes. As the division of the team takes place, the decision is still made.
The national team will contest two more country games against Brazil (9th of July, 20th of July) and Egypt (11th of July, 15.05 o’clock/both Sport1).
On the 14th of July the German handballers will then travel to Japan, first to the second stage of preparation to Tokushima, before the 22nd of July to continue their journey to Tokyo to the Olympic village. DHB opponents in the group phase are European Champions Spain, Argentina, France, Norway and Brazil.
Tor: Andreas Wolff (KS Vive Kielce/Poland), Silvio Heinevetter (MT Melsung), Johannes Bitter (TVB Stuttgart, ab 1. July HSV Hamburg)
Linksaussen: Marcel Schiller (Fresh On Openings), Uwe Gensheimer (Rhein-Neckar Lion)
Right outside: Tobias Reichmann (MT Melsungen), Timo Kastening (MT Melsungen)
Kreis: Johannes Golla (SG Flensburg-Handewitt), Hendrik Pekeler (THW Kiel), Jannik Kohlbacher (Rhein-Neckar Lion)
Backspace Center: Philipp Weber (SC DHfK Leipzig, from 1st July SC Magdeburg), Juri Knorr (TSV GWD Minden, from 1st July Rhein-Neckar Lion)
Backspace left: Julius Kuhn (MT Melsungen), Paul Drux (Fox Berlin)
Backroom on the right: Kai Hafer (MT Melsungen), Steffen Weinhold (THW Kiel)
Defense: Finn Lemke (MT Melsungen)