Maybe Uwe gensheimer never comes close again, so close. The captain of the German handball player is now 32 years old. A world Cup in Germany, he will not get to experience. A “Once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity”, a unique opportunity, this world Cup semi-final in their own country, said the disappointed left after the 25:31 in Hamburg against Norway. A Chance comes for him again. Even the bronze medal was left to him by the 25:26 (13:9)-defeat against France on Sunday in the Danish city of Herning denied.

Handball-world Cup in 2019, All of the games at a Glance

, You might quickly think of Michael Ballack, the former captain of the football team, is also an exceptional player. Winning a world or Europe championship to him but failed. In the Champions League, Ballack was in the Chelsea once very close, failed in 2008, but in the penalty shoot-out to Manchester United. The king class was not able to win gensheimer so far, even though he was changed, especially so in the summer of 2016 for the all-star ensemble cast of Paris Saint-Germain.

According to information from the “Mannheimer Morning”, he soon returned to the Rhein-Neckar Löwen. The newspaper reported on Monday on its website. The Handball-Bundesliga club had previously invited to a press conference on Wednesday, without mentioning a specific reason for it. A spokesman for the club said at the request of the German press Agency: “It is a future-oriented decision for the Rhein-Neckar Löwen.” Gensheimer served from 2003 to 2016 for the lions active. For months the class had been given of the lions and the world-to the left again and again signals that a return to Mannheim is possible.

For the world title, the DHB selection was enough, this time also no Gensheimer in Top Form. “Of course it hurts,” said Gensheimer. To him that was semi-final anyway. Seven out of eight attempts he sank in the Norwegian goal. He is in this tournament, the best scorer of the German team. Gensheimer, it was “the best left winger in the world”, not only the former world-class player Stefan Kretzschmar. In fact, the family’s father, impressed with his incredible shots from the most impossible angles. A “rubber-Arm” he had, titled the “sports image”.

But what remains, despite these extraordinary abilities? “When you get back home and maybe on the streets, then you will perhaps realize more of what we have achieved in the last two weeks,” said Gensheimer, after the defeat against Norway. “We fought, we gave everything – we can’t blame us.” Periods of weakness he had in the games against Serbia and Croatia. Otherwise, it was Gensheimer leave. How many chances to make a big title, he gets with the national team in the future, depends to a large extent by himself.

Because he is still in the DHB-selection at his Position, the clear number one. A Matthias Musche can’t even act on Gene Heimer’s level, has been in this world Cup. Gensheimer keeps this Level, he can still play a lot of tournaments with the German team. Maybe even the European Championships in 2024, which will be held in Germany. He was then 37 years old.