On Friday night was in Hamburg, something Remarkable. The Danish Keeper Niklas Landin held in the world Cup semi-final against France, the first throw and the second. So far nothing New, but what followed was: Landin parried any other Ball more, and was eventually replaced by Jannick Green. In spite of the hanger of Landin Denmark moved safely into the final (Sunday, 17.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: ZDF).

Landin is one of the Stars of this world Cup finals, will join this tournament for a long time with him. The 30-Year-old has kept in front of the final 38 percent of all litters to his goal. An outstanding value, in spite of his below average performance against France. Landin comes to 72 parades. And that against France is still significantly more were added, it could also be due to the fact that the Keeper was missing due to the early substantial lead his team to the voltage.

but What makes the game? Often Landin is not waiting for the opponent’s attack, almost impassive, the big Show is being. Sometimes he makes a step to the side and offers a corner, often it is the short, to only rip a leg or an Arm. Lightning fast, many players are desperate.

Once, while Denmark’s preliminary round game against Norway, parried it within five minutes of the four throws, which would have only held a few others. It is a teaching piece for the goalkeeper. Sander Sagosen, Norway’s best player, failed first with an accurate throw from the left rear, and then with a massive seven meters. Landin clenched just short of the fist, as if nothing Extraordinary had happened. A few meters away, you saw Sagosen, as he shook his head in disbelief.

Wolff’s adversary

Landin keeps for years, so good that you have to search very long to find a better Handball goalkeeper. With the national team of a Dane, European champion 2012 and Olympic champion in 2016, twice world Cup was the Second and once Vice-champion of Europe. Twice he was called back to the finals in the all-star Team.

In the first months of this season, Landin played so well, that it is made in Germany. Because if it is important, and the big games pending, sent to Kiel coach Alfred Gislason most Landin on the plate and not the second goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, Germany’s number one. He, too, is some good, there are a lot of experts, the Wolff a world-class dam. Why, the man could watch in the ongoing world Cup.

Niklas Landin

“The perfect goalkeeper game”

As Wolff in the summer of 2016 after Kiel changed, he had won six months earlier with Germany in the European championship and in the process, with strong services. This time, Wolff was elected at the end of the tournament to the all-star Team. He was the man of the hour.

When THW he received, however, only the number 33, Landin kept the Jersey with the One – one of the first signs for what you should expect Wolff in Kiel. It is said that Wolff had never be able to reconcile truly with his role in the shadow of Landin. In the summer he’s leaving Kiel, he will then play for the Polish series champion KS Kielce.

at the end of December gave Landin and Wolff, the “world,” a joint Interview. It was in the goals at the world Cup finals and, of course, to the ratio of the two top goalkeepers. When Wolff was asked what makes Landin as a goalkeeper, he said: “anyone Who wants to write a book about the perfect goalkeeper game, only a game of Niklas by photographing, with a Text and publish it.”

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