Handball EM: State crisis after Danish failure

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“Shock”, “fiasco”, “lowest point in Danish handball history”: The historic failure of the world champion and Olympic champion triggered a small state crisis in handball-crazy Denmark. A knockout in the preliminary round of an EM – that had never been seen before in the Scandinavians who were spoiled for success.

While the commentators rolled over with superlatives at home, the Danish stars were taken aback by world handball player Mikkel Hansen in Malmö. Her trainer Nikolaj Jacobsen looked mighty pissed off. The general end-time mood went too far for the long-time Bundesliga coach and world champion maker.

Is the worst EM performance in the history of the handball nation a “fiasco”? “I don’t want to use such words,” said Jacobsen, annoyed: “We didn’t reach the level this time.” He didn’t want to be a bad loser, “but we also fell victim to the new EM mode. If you drop out with a goal because of a defeat, that’s questionable. ”

Denmark’s sports director Morten Stig Christensen became even clearer in his criticism. “Handball must consider whether it is good for nations like France and Denmark to be out after the preliminary round,” said Christensen.

Before the tournament, they had dreamed of the grand slam of handball, the combination of Olympic victory, world and European championship titles – but three points were not enough in the end. After a loss to Iceland (30:31) and a draw against Hungary (24:24), the final 31:28 win against Russia was no longer significant.



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