Squad for European Handball Championship: German coach foregoes prominent names at Olympic Games

Squad for European Handball Championship: German coach foregoes prominent names at Olympic Games

Handball squad for European Handball Championship

German national coach foregoes prominent names at the Olympics

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Patrick Groetzki of the Rhein-Neckar Löwen should not play at the Olympics

Source: dpa/Noah Wedel

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Alfred Gislason has nominated his provisional squad for the Olympic Games. In contrast to the European Championships in January, the national handball coach is making a few changes. For example, he is leaving out four experienced players.

German handball coach Alfred Gislason has set the personnel course for the Olympic Games in Paris and is preparing with a 17-man squad. The squad nominated on Monday only includes eleven players who also took part in the home European Championships in January. Gislason has until July 8 to decide which 14 players he will take to the tournament and who will take the three reserve places.

“There were difficult decisions to make, but that ultimately speaks for the quality and the resulting competition. The players who have now been invited are certainly in pole position to be in Paris,” said DHB sports director Axel Kromer about the composition of the squad.

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Experienced players such as backcourt players Kai Häfner and Philipp Weber or the two right wingers Patrick Groetzki and Timo Kastening are no longer part of the provisional squad. U21 world champion Nils Lichtlein from runner-up Füchse Berlin will also not be there when the DHB selection begins the hot phase of its Olympic preparations with a training course in Hennef on June 30th.

Three more test matches before the Olympics

On the other hand, Marko Grgic from ThSV Eisenach, the youngest player in the squad at 20, can also hope for an Olympic ticket after his international debut in May. The most experienced in the team is goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, who won Olympic bronze with the German team in Rio in 2016 and has played 158 international matches so far. The oldest player is right winger Christoph Steinert (34).

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“The invited players now know what their summer will look like,” said Gislason. “We have a strong group together and we are looking forward to this team and the journey.” Before heading to Paris, the DHB team will play three test international matches against European champions France (July 13), Hungary (July 19) and Japan (July 21). In the preliminary round of the Olympic tournament, the opponents are Sweden, Japan, Croatia, Spain and Slovenia.

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