“Cool”: Gaugisch gets EM ticket with DHB women on debut | free press

Markus Gaugisch celebrates his debut as national handball coach with the EM ticket. His team is not challenged in hitting desperately inferior Greek women.


Enthusiasm for his debut as national coach allowed Markus Gaugisch to be ennobled with a record win. With 40:11 (19: 5) against Greece, the German handball players secured the ticket for the European Championship.

Never before have German women achieved such a clear success in qualifying for the European Championships. “Cool” was his debut, the 48-year-old was happy afterwards. “It was a special moment.” The victory means he can now plan for the November tour in Slovenia, Montenegro and northern Macedonia.

DHB women were superior in all respects

The top German scorer in front of 50 spectators in Almere were Johanna Stockschläder with six goals and Alina Grijseels with five goals. “It was fun. If the hall had been full, it would have been even better,” Gaugisch said. The match took place in the Netherlands after Belarus was suspended from the group 3 qualifiers by the European federation EHF. Germany, Greece and the Netherlands then agreed to play the remaining qualifying matches in Almere. The Greeks relinquished their right to reside.

But they probably wouldn’t even have a chance at home. Technically, tactically, physically – DHB selection was superior in all respects to the weakened opponent. One of the things Gaugisch wanted to see in his debut was a confident performance in defense by his team. In the first few minutes there was still a problem here. But when the Greeks had chances, strong goalkeeper Isabell Roch avoided the shots.

No gauge of your strength

The longer the match lasted, the more the stranger lost his physical condition. Germany had already easily won the first match last October with 36:10. Captain Grijseels, Xenia Smits and Antje Lauenroth used up almost every gap that appeared. And the gaps continued to grow. “We did what we decided to do. We wanted to play good scores and score easy goals, and we managed to do that,” Grijseels said.

Gaugisch knew in advance that the game would not be an indicator of his strength. Therefore, he acted calmly during his first duty as national team coach on the field and during the holidays. What DHB selection can do should only be seen on April 23 (16:00). Then there is a friendly in Almere against the Netherlands. After all, the Orange team is fifth in the Olympics and won both qualifying matches against Germany. (dpa)

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