Olympic Games

Rio 2016: Germany’s 14+1 selected

Rio 2016: Germany’s 14+1 selected

The German Handball Federation (DHB) announced the German team in a press statement this afternoon. Head coach Dagur Sigurdsson made his final choices. The selection of the best team was a three-round decision by the staff: as a first step, the 28-player-squad was selected in June, but only 21 remained for this week’s trainings. Now the final cut was made: “The players didn’t make our decisions easy. We want to continue focused to be as prepared as possible for the Olympic Games. Our goal for the tournament is simple: we want to win as many matches as possible.” – said Sigurdsson to DHB. 

The pressure might be big on the shoulders of the recently crowned European Champions, but the difficulty of the final decisions is a sign that the German handball is on the right track, says Bob Hanning, vice president of DHB: “The decisions were hard to make, but this is just part of a sport on top level. The difficulty of naming the team shows the high quality of the work for the success of the German national team. We look forward for the Olympics to start.”

One of the leading names of the German team, Uwe Gensheimer‘s childhood dream has turned into reality with the participation at the Olympics: “Now we are part of the German Olympic Team and we want to continue to live our Olympic dream in Rio.”

The Germans will continue preparing in Stuttgart, then next weekend, they will travel to a tournament in Strasbourg, France. Dagur Sigurdsson named 14+1 players as the official Olympic team, but Carsten Lichtlein (goalkeeper) and injured Steffen Weinhold (right back) also seem to travel to Brazil to help the team as soon as possible if needed.

The German 14+1 team:
Silvio Heinevetter (goalkeeper)
Andreas Wolff (goalkeeper)
Uwe Gensheimer (left wing)
Finn Lemke (left back)
Julius Kühn (left back)
Christian Dissinger (left back)
Martin Strobel (playmaker)
Paul Drux (playmaker)
Fabian Wiede (right back)
Kai Häfner (right back)
Tobias Reichmann (right wing)
Patrick Groetzki (right wing)
Patrick Wiencek (pivot)
Hendrik Pekeler (pivot)
Steffen Fäth (left back)


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