It took only a few minutes for Andreas Wolff to look ahead. The German handball national goalie did so in his sometimes dry but clear way.
“With all due respect to Korea, who did well, they were not our collar range”, Wolff, who had been awarded the title as a player of the game after the loose 30:19, said to start in the home-championship.
13.500 spectators had enthusiastically celebrated the first victory, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier applauded on the podium –the unequal measure of strength with the Asians, but Wolff hardly occupied afterwards. For him, the game in the Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena had apparently not even been a real start to the tournament.
“I look forward to the tournament starting properly on Saturday,” Wolff said. Then there is the Brazilians, who could create significantly more difficulties for DHB selection. He can’t wait to see “if we’re going to see a game on top of a button, how the mood will be over 60 minutes,” said Wolff.
If it goes according to the plan of Federal Coach Christian Prokop, his team will not yet experience this against the South Americans. A sovereign victory in the second game is intended to lay the foundation for the nominated entry into the main round. Another basis for this is the gatekeeper Wolff. The 27-year-old repays Prokop for his unusual early appointment as number one in the gate. Against the Koreans, the Keeper of the THW Kiel was the best German with several parades, even in the World Championship against Argentina, he had paired numerous dice.
“If the coach tells you that he trusts you, then of course this is a completely different motivation than if you are uncertain whether you are playing or not”, The second goalie Silvio Heinevetter accepts the clear division of roles so far without any problems. Cousin’s there when Wolff needs a break. In the training, the two self-confident keepers, who in the past were oft en told a complicated relationship, were last to be observed at each other’s jokes.
“We need a gatekeeper span that constantly manages to complement each other. Because this is just crucial for such a tournament,”said Prokop. Wolff will also experience weaknesses during the World Cup. Against the Brazilians, however, he will first get a taste of what he likes: a full handball arena on a Saturday night (18:15 o’clock) and a game against at least a physically stronger opponent.
Wolff loves this duel on a big stage. The best proof of this is the successful EM 2016 in Poland, where he had shown his best performance in the final against Spain.