Handball: Weinhold shock in Kiel

Weinhold-Schock bei Kiel

Severe setback for THW Kiel: The German handball record champion has to do without veteran Steffen Weinhold for several months.

The 36-year-old backcourt player suffered a partial tear of the rear cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Bundesliga game against VfL Gummersbach (31:28) on Saturday.

The ex-national player, European champion with the German team in 2016, does not have to be operated on, but according to THW information, he will be absent for around three months even if the healing process goes well.

Weinhold has been playing for Kiel since 2014, he has been German champion three times with the club and won the Champions League once.

World Cup 2022: Germany makes an important draw against Spain

Germany didn’t have the hoped-for victory against Spain, but after the draw against the Iberians they got a point that could still be very important in the end. A joker gives the DFB team hope.

Germany was able to get its first World Cup point at the World Cup in Qatar. With a much improved performance compared to the defeat against Japan, the team of national coach Hansi Flick made an important draw against Spain with a 1-1 draw. Alvaro Morata scored the goal for the Spaniards in the 62nd minute, while substitute Niclas Füllkrug scored the all-important equalizer for the German national team in the 83rd minute.

In the 40th minute, the DFB team was able to celebrate for a brief moment when Antonio Rüdiger headed in a free kick from Joshua Kimmich to put them 1-0 up, but the goal was ruled out because the German central defender was narrowly ruled offside.

Joker Füllkrug still sees “room for improvement”
Fought bravely, won an important point, which Thomas Müller also sees on ZDF: “We played against very good Spaniards, put everything on the line. It wasn’t the cleanest blade from us in terms of play. We’re still in the situation that we can make it to the round of 16. We played 1-1 against one of the top favourites. We can’t get more than everything out of it.”

There was also extra praise for goal scorer Füllkrug from Müller: “Geil came in. That’s what he’s in for. He has great self-confidence and a hammer in his right foot. He’s an incredibly cool guy.”

A compliment that the German match winner gladly accepts, but the team does not yet see at 100 percent. “We really wanted to draw this game. It’s important that we got this point. We still have room for improvement,” said the Bremen striker on ZDF after his important equalizer, which gives Germany more hope.

Thanks to Costa Rica: Germany still has a chance of reaching the round of 16
Since Costa Rica surprisingly won 1-0 against Japan in the second game of the group on Sunday morning, the German national team still has a chance of reaching the round of 16, but it is not in their own hands.

Even if they win against the Central Americans on December 1 (8 p.m.), the team of national coach Hansi Flick must hope for a victory for the Iberians in the parallel game between Spain and Japan. In this constellation, the Spaniards would be group winners with seven points, Germany would be group runners-up with four points, Japan and Costa Rica would have to start their journey home with three points each.

British fans deliver violent beating scenes

There have been fights between British football fans on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife for the past two nights.

Supporters from both countries clashed in the entertainment district of Las Veronicas in Playa de las Americas ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup match between England and Wales.

Videos on social networks show violent beatings between people, some of whom are dressed in English and Welsh shirts. Among other things, bar stools from the adjacent establishments are used as combat tools.

As the news website El Espanol reports, around 2,000 Welsh people are currently vacationing on the Canary Island as part of a fan initiative to watch the World Cup there. Tenerife is also a popular holiday destination for English holidaymakers.

England, as leaders in Group B, go into Tuesday’s game against their British neighbors. With one point, Wales have little chance of reaching the round of 16.

US coach Berhalter before Iran game: “It’s not about politics”

Before the explosive group final against Iran, US national coach Gregg Berhalter warned against giving the game any political significance. “We are football players. We will fight, they will fight, that’s all. It’s not about politics,” said the former professional from Energie Cottbus, looking at the game on Tuesday (8 p.m. / MagentaTV).

USA must win to reach the round of 16. “I played in three different countries, was a coach in Sweden. In football you meet so many people from all over the world and they are all united by football.

What matters on Tuesday is that both of them want to get through to the next round. Nothing more,” says Berhalter.

There have been no diplomatic relations between the USA and Iran since 1980, and the drone attack on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020 made the situation even worse.

Iran had already met the “Great Satan” at the 1998 World Cup, and the game became known as the “mother of all games”. But it was fair, both teams exchanged flowers and posed for a photo together. “We’ve done more in 90 minutes than politicians have in 20 years,” said US defender Jeff Agoos at the time, and FIFA even awarded the fair play prize. Iran won 2-1 on the pitch.

Bergischer HC sign Danish Andersen

Handball Bundesliga club Bergischer HC has signed the former Danish junior international Mads Kjeldgaard Andersen for the 2023/24 season. The 25-year-old backcourt player comes from Bjerringbro-Silkeborg from Denmark’s elite class.

The BHC had previously signed backcourt all-rounder Eloy Morante Maldonado from TUSEM Essen for the coming season.

Möller complains about Gündogan’s substitution

Andreas Möller sees the substitution of Ilkay Gündogan as the main reason for the 2-1 defeat of the German national soccer team at the World Cup in Qatar against Japan. “The heart of every team is a compact midfield. Gündogan and Kimmich stood for more than an hour. We refused this heart the oxygen supply after an hour,” wrote the former world and European champion in kicker.

The substitutions of Gündogan and Thomas Müller (67th each) “became a boomerang for Germany,” said Möller. In addition, the DFB-Elf lacked the gall: “Up front when exploiting good chances, at the back in the decisive duel situations, where we missed the previously praised ‘German virtues’! That’s not possible at a World Cup, and certainly not at the first appearance. (…) In this respect we are too soft.”

For the now decisive game against Spain on Sunday, “you can’t knock everything over. But something has to happen in the defensive area, in the compactness”. The problems are not new, but the fact that the DFB selection is so vulnerable “exceeded my imagination,” wrote Möller.

“Fight, bite, don’t lose an inch is the motto against Spain, without these virtues we will have to say goodbye to the tournament,” the 55-year-old concluded his analysis.

Davis Cup: Australia in the semi-finals

The Australian Davis Cup team has reached the semi-finals against the Netherlands in the fastest way.

Jordan Thompson beat Tallon Griekspoor 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the final tournament in Malaga, before Alex De Minaur beat Botic van de Zandschulp 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 and made it through to the last round Four made perfect.

In the semi-finals on Friday, the Australians meet the winner of the quarter-final duel between Croatia and hosts Spain.

Hanover binds ex-national coach

Handball Bundesliga club TSV Hannover-Burgdorf has extended the contract with coach Christian Prokop (43), which is due to expire next summer.

As the Lower Saxony announced on Monday, the former national coach signed a new contract until 2025. Prokop has been in office since summer 2021.

After eleven games, Hanover is in ninth place with 14:8 points in the Bundesliga.

“The healthy mixture of young, ambitious talents and seasoned professionals fits perfectly with our coach’s playing philosophy,” said sporting director Sven-Sören Christophersen.

First major title: Smith wins Grand Slam of Darts

Vice World Champion Michael Smith stopped his series of defeats in major finals and won his first major title at the Grand Slam of Darts. In the Wolverhampton final on Sunday evening, the “Bully Boy” beat his English compatriot Nathan Aspinall 16:5. Smith had previously lost eight major finals. In addition to the Eric Bristow Trophy, the 32-year-old won prize money of £150,000 (around €170,000).

Smith, who came second at the 2019 and 2022 World Championships, at World Matchplay 2019 and at this year’s European Championships, eliminated Dutch veteran Raymond van Barneveld in the afternoon’s semifinals (16:12). Two-time World Cup semi-finalist Aspinall beat Luke Humphries/England (16:12).

In the one-sided endgame, Smith got seven breaks against his overwhelmed opponent Aspinall. Smith, the “eternal runner-up” from St Helens, ended his final trauma with a dominant performance.

Martin Schindler (Strausberg/26) was the only German participant eliminated after the group stage with one win and two defeats. The highlight of the year is just around the corner: The World Championships in London begin on December 15th. In addition to Schindler, Gabriel Clemens (Saarwellingen) and Florian Hempel (Cologne) will be there.

NBA: Magic loses despite 29 points from Franz Wagner

Strong 29 points from national basketball player Franz Wagner were not enough for Orlando Magic to win in the North American professional league NBA. The Florida team lost 113-114 to the Indiana Pacers. The 21-year-old also scored five rebounds and three assists for the guests, Wagner had a playing time of 30:43 minutes.

Trae Young had 33 points, setting the stage for the Atlanta Hawks’ 124-122 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. The Canadians had led 108:101 in the last quarter, 2:36 minutes before the end of the game. Young also had three rebounds and 12 assists.