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Handball World Cup: The loneliness on the right edge

A few days ago, a well-read text by Sophie Passmann on handball games appeared. It was celebrated for it in the handball scene, from the president of the German handball association over Stefan Kretzschmar down to the circle runners of German village halls one was: Finally say it one! handball is the direct democracy of sport, all are equally important and dangerous.

But is it true? Or was that handball romance? Take the outside players, for example. They have the job of a soldier guarding a small hedge. The game takes place most of the time in the middle. The outside race a lot, a lot back, but some games are just not made for them.

Good to see was the last round match of the German handball against Serbia. Even before the match it was clear that the Germans would move into the main round to Cologne, the Serbs were already out. It was a better friendly match after the devastating draw against Russia and France. You saw many changes, "for some in our team, this was the opening game today," said DHB Vice President Bob Hanning. Except for the game in the majority with seven field players worked the most, the coach Christian Prokop tried almost everything, what he still wants to see in the course of the tournament. Germany won safely 31:23.

Thirteen of the fifteen players threw the goal at least once against the Serbs, twelve also met and only two remained without a try: Andi Wolff, the goalkeeper, who came only for a seven -meter on the field.

And then there was Patrick Groetzki, the strong and only right winger of this team. This time was allowed to participate for a half time. But he never threw it on goal. Even Silvio Heinevetter, the goalkeeper, scored a goal. From the very back.

Being outright is sometimes very lonely, maybe Groetzki felt a bit like André Poggenburg against Serbia. "This is unfortunately sometimes the fate of an outdoor player," he said after the game and laughed. No one has been in the field for Germany longer than Groetzki at this World Cup, he has almost four hours of playing time behind him. He threw eight goals, almost two per game. He often meets with his club, the Rhein-Neckar Löwen.

They are the wizards of the game

The marginal existence started when warming up. While in the middle of the first throwing dice the hunks romped and slam litter by roll on goal, Groetzki waited with his warming draft, until all were through. He stood alone on the outside. Watching it, it was easy to see what pace people can achieve in just three steps.

Outside players usually start from the point where the base and sideline meet. That means they are waiting there. Then they run along the circle into the pass, take two or three quick steps, often catch the ball with one hand and fly artistically in the middle towards the goalkeeper of the opponent.

Outside have flexible wrists, with which they could stir dough better than machines. One of her special designs is the turner. The ball passes the goalkeeper and turns into the goal. Or they play for the Kempa trick in which both players pass the ball, accept and sink. In the good moments, the outside are the wizards.


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