German victory

Game, Set and Handball Match

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German players such as Hendrik Pekeler were not short of determination during the final against Spain.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany’s men’s handball team has been in the doldrums of late but the reinvigorated young side is now tipped for possible Olympic and world championship glory.

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    • Germany beat Spain 24-17 in the final of the 16-nation tournament.
    • Spain were favorites to win and Germany’s performance came as a surprise to many.
    • Handball is one of continental Europe’s most popular sports, with more than 400,000 people attending the championships.
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Anything Angelique Kerber can do, Germany’s men’s handball team can do too, it seems.

Following the tennis player’s victory over Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Saturday, the country’s national handball side on Sunday beat Spain to clinch a surprise European Championships title.

Germany, the youngest side in the 16-country tournament in Poland, dominated the favorites for the entire match in Krakow. Despite having lost several key players to injury, they eased to an impressive 24-17 victory in front of a sell-out crowd of 15,000.

Goalkeeper Andreas Wolff was on superb form, stopping several Spanish shots in what is a notoriously difficult position in handball, a game that resembles a cross between basketball and indoor soccer and is popular throughout continental Europe.

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