In the catacombs of the Olympic hall in Munich Gudmundur Gudmundsson was all politeness, but a little annoyed. The close timing of the game plan design displeases the coach of Germany’s first main round opponents Iceland in the Handball world championship thoroughly. “I don’t think that is in order. I think that you have to change“, echauffierte the 58-Year-old before the duel with the Co-hosts on Saturday (20.30 clock in the F. A. Z.-Liveticker zurhand ball WMund in the ARD) in Cologne, Germany.

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The Icelanders, the previous Coach of Bundesliga club Rhein-Neckar Löwen come up Sunday and four games in the last five days. “You have to talk about it, and not just in a room bitching. The players need a recovery phase,“ said Gudmundsson for the duration of the topic of stress in Handball. The termination can hardly pause for a breath and was “dangerous for the health of the players,” he said.

Of debilitation was not to be seen in the case of the Icelanders to their backcourt star Aron Pálmarsson, who played many years with THW Kiel after their Last-Minute entry into the main round but really something. With a 24:22 (11:13) against Macedonia, they were third behind Croatia and Spain. “This was a good Start,” said Gudmundsson, who had prepared for its launch as a national coach of the Icelanders in February 2018 for his rejuvenated team to a three-year plan. The 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo is the big goal.

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Gudmundsson, Iceland has continued in 2008 to Olympic silver in Beijing, it was the first medal of the Vikings in a major tournament at all. Eight years later, the former German national player, made with Denmark in Rio de Janeiro, even the Gold-Coup. Then he qualified with Bahrain for the world Cup in Germany –and then returned to Iceland. To meet after years as coach of TSV Bayer Dormagen, Germany and the Rhein-Neckar Löwen now to Germany, is for him something Special. “This is something Special. We very much look forward to the task,“ said Gudmundsson.