Frustration among German volleyball players: out in the European Championship round of 16

Nafter the worst European Championship performance in 16 years, tears also flowed among the German volleyball players. Star attacker Louisa Lippmann & Co. crashed at the semi-finals they had set themselves and had to leave Bulgaria bitterly disappointed after the round of 16. The dream of an EM medal remains unfulfilled for this really hopeful generation.

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“If you look at the elimination in the round of 16, then it is certainly disappointing. We wanted to at least get into the quarter-finals, ”said sporting director Christian Dünnes after the 1: 3 (22:25, 25:23, 19:25, 23:25) against the Netherlands on Saturday.

After Germany had reached at least the quarter-finals seven times in a row, it was the worst result since eleventh place in 2005. “I had a lot of confidence in the team and will continue to do so,” assured Dünnes after the surprising knockout in Plovdiv. “It’s a team that has a nice mix of experienced and young players with a lot of talent who have already developed and will continue to do so in the years to come.”

“We didn’t have this constancy”

But the question is: Do diagonal attackers Lippmann & Co. also get medals? In 2011 and 2013, Germany won silver with the generation around Margareta Kozuch. Felix Koslowski was Giovanni Guidetti’s co-trainer at the time. After helping out at the German Volleyball Association (DVV) as head coach at the end of 2015, he has also been the official national coach since the beginning of 2017. The Olympic qualification was missed twice, twice it was enough for the quarter-finals at the EM (2017 and 2019). Germany finished eleventh at the 2018 World Cup in Japan.



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