From January 13th to 30th, the 24 best national teams on the continent will be looking for the new European Handball Champion. After the German opening win against Belarus, the DHB selection wants to score the next points. Who are the top favourites? Where can you see the DHB team of national coach Alfred Gislason on TV? sport.de answers all questions.
The current title holders of the biggest tournaments start as favorites in the European Championship, which will be held in Slovakia and Hungary this year. France, as Olympic champions, is given the best chance of winning the European Championship cup alongside top favorites and world champions Denmark.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Spain are dreaming of their third European title in a row, but have to do without two crucial personal details. Long-time leading player Raúl Enterrios has ended his international career, backcourt star Alex Dujshebaev is injured.
How strong is Germany in the European Handball Championship?
The German national handball team is no longer given outsider chances. After the resignation of many former top performers around ex-captain Uwe Gensheimer, defense chief Hendrik Pekeler and 2007 world champion Johannes Bitter, the DHB team regrouped and traveled to Bratislava for the first group game with a heavily changed formation.
Surviving the preliminary round group D with Belarus, Austria and Poland is the minimum goal, but after that it should already be tight. Reaching the semi-finals would already mean a great success for national coach Alfred Gislason and his transformed team.
Germany’s game plan for the European Handball Championship
The DHB team competes in the preliminary round group D, which is held entirely in Bratislava, Slovakia. The appointments in group D:
Friday January 14, 2022
6:00 p.m.: Germany v Belarus (33:29)
8:30 p.m.: Austria – Poland (31:36)
Sunday 16 January 2022
6:00 p.m.: Germany – Austria
8:30 p.m.: Belarus-Poland
Tuesday, January 17, 2022
8:30 p.m.: Belarus-Austria
The handball championship will be broadcast here on TV and as a live stream
Again this year, the games with German participation will be broadcast on ARD and ZDF. Eurosport also shows selected top games without German participation. The broadcaster has secured up to 18 encounters, including:
January 16, 8:30 p.m.: Belarus – Poland
January 17, 8:30 p.m.: France – Serbia
January 18, 8:30 p.m.: Belarus – Austria
All matches of the European Handball Championship in a complete package can be seen at sportdeutschland.tv. The EM subscription costs a one-off fee of 12.00 euros.
In addition, sport.de offers a comprehensive range of live tickers for the European Championship.
Here the German games are shown on TV:
- January 16, Germany vs. Austria: ARD / sportschau.de and sportdeutschland.tv broadcast live, throw-off at 6:00 p.m
- January 18, Germany vs. Poland: ZDF / sportstudio.de and sportdeutschland.tv broadcast live, throw-off at 6:00 p.m
By the way: The final of the European Handball Championship will take place on Sunday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m ZDF broadcast live.
The squad of the DHB team at the European Handball Championship
19 players were nominated by national coach Gislason for the tournament in Slovakia and Hungary, 16 of which can be used in the individual games. The German team at a glance:
Goal: Andreas Wolff (KS Vive Kielce/POL), Joel Birlehm (SC DHfK Leipzig), Till Klimpke (HSG Wetzlar)
Left Wing: Marcel Schiller (Frisch Auf Göppingen), Lukas Mertens (SC Magdeburg)
Back room left: Julius Kühn (MT Melsungen, in quarantine after corona infection), Sebastian Heymann (Frisch Auf Göppingen), Julian Köster (VfL Gummersbach), Hendrik Wagner (Eulen Ludwigshafen, subsequently nominated)
Center back: Philipp Weber (SC Magdeburg), Luca Witzke (SC DHfK Leipzig), Simon Ernst (SC DHfK Leipzig)
back room right: Kai Häfner (MT Melsungen), Djibril M’Bengue (FC Porto/POR), Christoph Steinert (HC Erlangen)
Right Wing: Timo Kastening (MT Melsungen), Lukas Zerbe (TBV Lemgo)
Circle: Johannes Golla (SG Flensburg-Handewitt), Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel), Jannik Kohlbacher (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)