Strong performances however no factors: HSC 2000 Coburg Second Division handball group’s current outing was related. Vestestadter misplaced twice in opposition to high groups TuS N-Lübbecke (26:27) and SG BBM Bietigheim (28:30). On each events coach Brian Ankersen’s group performed nicely, however luck was not on their facet twice.
The fourth recreation of the nonetheless younger season is on Saturday (12./2: 4 factors) in opposition to Coburg (12.00 p.m.portgermany.television) VfL Potsdam (4th/5:1 factors). The membership from the suburbs of Berlin is enjoying within the decrease home for the primary time since 2012 and has a picture of “no bizarre climber”. On the one hand, it’s the again of a younger however extremely gifted group, and alternatively, it’s the again of an invisible individual on the sidelines.
VfL Potsdam (4th) – HSC 2000 Coburg (twelfth)
Bob Hanning, managing director of Bundesliga facet Fuchse Berlin and coach of Potsdam from 2021, is probably essentially the most controversial determine in German handball. The 54-year-old man is in favor of success. But Hanning is polarizing. Born in Essen, he’s seen as a doer and pusher, but additionally as a provocateur.
His brightly coloured outfits that made headlines throughout his time as DHB vice-president are legendary. “I feel that handball additionally wants a present. Handball can also be leisure and simply busy,” Hanning mentioned of her extravagant selection of clothes.
Fashionable duel of coaches?
“Maybe we must always think about sporting a distinct outfit this time,” HSC coach Brian Ankersen says with amusing. But he’ll probably keep away from a trend duel with Hanning and put on a easy black polo shirt. After all, sports activities combating ought to be very tough.
“Potsdam is essentially the most gifted group in all of Germany,” says the 34-year-old Dane. For a number of years, VfL cooperates with the Berlin Foxes, due to the double enjoying rights, trains promising children from Berlin on the highest stage and has now reached the 2nd division.
VfL Potsdam continues to be undefeated
Wins in opposition to Bietiheim (27:23) and newly promoted HSG Konstanz (31:23) in addition to a draw in opposition to Eilen Ludwigshafen (26:26): Potsdam are nonetheless unbeaten after three video games. Ankersen’s impression of his upcoming opponent? “You can inform their recreation is about growth. They play so much one after the other, two by two, or in small teams.” Above all, HSC expects one factor: velocity.
“They play first wave and second wave and have two good goalies,” Ankersen mentioned. Furthermore, Potsdam have a balanced squad with ” mixture of younger and skilled gamers”. There is not any distinguished actor.
Nephew of Team Carsten Lichtlein
Emil Hansson, who performed within the Champions League at Sweden’s IFK Kristianstad, Joshua Thiele, who spent a very long time within the Bundesliga with TSV Hannover-Burgdorf and GWD Minden, and the 39-year-old Slovenian will present the mandatory assist. observe Blaz Vonchina, who additionally serves as goalkeeping coach. Among the best skills are Nils Lichtlein, whose brother is Würzburg and long-time nationwide group goalkeeper Carsten Lichtlein, Max Beneke, Dustin Kraus and Maxim Orlov.
And the HSC? Recently, he had a handball battle with Bietigheim, turned again a number of instances – and, as in opposition to Lübbeck, got here away empty-handed. “We are heading in the right direction, however we nonetheless want time. We are actually lacking a ‘go-to man’ who takes duty in tough durations of the sport,” mentioned Ankersen, whose group had two powerful video games in Potsdam after which Hagen in entrance of their chests.
HSC Coburg threatens false begin
If that they had misplaced each video games, the Coburg group would have made a false begin with a rating of two:8. Ankersen is calm about every part: “I do not really feel any stress. If we proceed to carry out like final time, we are going to win on Saturday.”
In phrases of personnel, Ankersen may line up in opposition to Bietigheim. It shall be determined shortly whether or not Jan Jochens, who was final within the squad for the primary time this season, will make the goalkeeping group with Jan Kulhanek at his previous job. The 21-year-old scored targets for VfL between 2017 and 2021 earlier than transferring to Coburg final summer time.
Bartholomew Bies is about to make his HSC debut
Meanwhile, there’s excellent news from Bartholomew Bees. After struggling a torn cruciate ligament, the Polish worldwide is ready to return and make his HSC debut. “He has just lately accomplished a ‘return to play take a look at’ in Halle, taking part in all divisions. If it is constructive, it may very well be there in every week or two,” Ankersen says of the lap runner.
VfL Potsdam: Ludwig, Woncina, Ferjan – Hansson, Simic, Beneke, Kaludjerovic, Lichtlein, Thiele, Novak, Akakpo, Orlov, Obermann Etzion, Fuhrman, Sauter, Kraus
HSC 2000 Coburg: Kulhanek, Jochens, Alma (?) – M. Jaeger, Detentaler, Mund, Glattard, Fuss, Ziegler, Ossowski, Billek, Herzig, Knauer, Schaeffer, F. Jaeger, Schröder
Referee: Grob (Brunswick) / Kinzel (Dortmund)