European Handball Championship: Corona victory with Blitz-Hero Bitter against Poland

Straight from the plane to the EM gate. Less than ten hours after landing in Vienna, “Jogi” Bitter (39) was already getting the first balls at the European Championships. From the national team pension to group victory at the EM thanks to a 30:23 against the Poles.

Third EM game. Third win. An exclamation point!

The 2007 world champion is one of five nominees who were flown in at short notice on Tuesday due to the corona outbreak in the team (nine cases).

“We weren’t able to prepare at all,” says national coach Gislason. “I’ve never had anything like that.” And so Bitter comes to his 171st international match. The goalkeeper had resigned after the Olympics and wanted to have more time for girlfriend Anna and their daughter.

Now he’s in goal at the European Championship and has to let the first five balls through to Poland. But then Bitter is really back from retirement: two parades in a row. In total, he saved six balls during his comeback. Otherwise he shines as a motivator, as a whip.

Bitter knows the Poles! In 2007 he won the world title against them in the final…

Berlin’s Christoph Steinert gives himself nine birthday presents in Bratislava. He celebrates his 32nd birthday as the best thrower.

On Thursday we continue against defending champions against Spain. The remaining main round opponents are Norway, Sweden and Russia. The corona tests will decide who then plays for Germany…

► The national coach nominated two more players at short notice: goalkeeper Daniel Rebmann (28 / Göppingen) and left winger Patrick Zieker (28 / Stuttgart) arrive on Wednesday.


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