ice hockey national coach Christian Prokop dispensed with in the world Championships at home (10. to 27. January 2019) to the European champion, Kai Häfner. Prokop pointed to the 29-Year-old of the TSV Hannover-Burgdorf at the time of his reduction of the world Cup squad from 28 to 18 players on Friday. Goalkeeper Johannes Bitter, world champion of 2007, is just on call in case of injuries.

Instead of Häfner, who had thrown the selection of the German handball Federation (DHB) at the European championship Triumph in 2016 as nachnomi ned in the semi-final Thriller against Norway in the first place to the finals, received the Leipzig Franz Semper in the right rear space preference. “After much deliberation, we see it as’ Semper of the team can give something more,” said Prokop: “anyone Who knows Kai and his past, knows that he wants no something Bad, he is always ready when something happens.”

After the last two test matches against Czech Republic (4. January in Hannover, Germany) and Argentina (6. January in Kiel) is deleted Prokop two more players and then the final 16-member squad name.

Procopius relies on proven forces

Procopius renounced 20 days before the world Cup opening game against a total Korean team (10. January) once again Surprises. The long injured Berlin’s Paul Drux and Fabian Wiede were nominated as expected. A total of nine players are on the roster, which had brought in 2016, a sensational European title.

the German squad is Led by captain Uwe Gensheimer. In left-handed Semper and playmaker Tim Suton (Lemgo), there are only two players in the 18-squad that have not completed a major tournament with the German national team.

in addition to the opening game against the unified Team of Korea Germany enters the world Cup-preliminary round in Berlin on Brazil (12. January), Russia (14. January), One Of The Title Favourites France (15. January) and Serbia (17. January). The main round matches would host the DHB-selection in Cologne, Germany. The semi-finals will be played in Hamburg, the games Gold and Bronze, with Co-hosts Denmark (Herning).

The extended 18-squad of the German national Handball team:

goal: Andreas Wolff (THW Kiel), Silvio Heinevetter (Füchse Berlin)
left: Uwe Gensheimer (Paris St. Germain), Matthias Musche (SC Magdeburg)
return space to the left: Finn Lemke (MT Melsungen), Fabian Böhm (TSV Hannover-Burgdorf), Steffen faeth (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Paul Drux (Füchse Berlin)
back room in the middle: Martin Strobel (HBW Balingen-because Stetten), Fabian Wiede (Füchse Berlin), Tim Suton (TBV Lemgo Lippe)
return space to the right: Steffen Weinhold (THW Kiel), Franz Semper (SC DHfK Leipzig)
right field: Tobias Reichmann (MT Melsungen), Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)
circle: Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel), Hendrik Pekeler (THW Kiel), Jannik Kohlbacher (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)


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