These European international locations the place handball is king…

Handball is a sport that doesn’t depart anybody detached. And that is very true overseas. However which nations vibrate probably the most for the small spherical ball?

If, in France, handball resists in opposition to different sports activities corresponding to soccer, rugby or basketball, on the planet, some international locations have given the place that this sport deserves and which has its origins within the early 1900s in Germany and Denmark. Sonderjyske participant, Noah Gaudin had exactly been in a position to gauge the significance of the hand in Denmark on his arrival.

The Dane loves sports activities. Handball particularly with soccer. It’s the nationwide sport with a powerful choice and a reference. It performs a variety of hand. It’s a land of palms. It performs effectively. There’s good coaching. Reigning World and Olympic Champion. It reveals within the championship. “Germany can be a reference and its championship, the Bundesliga, stays the #1 on the planet. Former participant of Kiel, with whom he received the Champions League in 2010, and of Gummersbach, Igor Anic had been in a position to choose the German fervor.

Germany is a rustic that loves sport, be it soccer, handball, basketball, hockey, boxing… They watch every thing. The Germans are extra spectators than supporters even when there are exceptions like in all places. Taking part in Kölnarena in entrance of 20,000 individuals is unbelievable. Similar to enjoying Rhein-Neckar, Kiel or Hamburg. We don’t see it in France. Though it’s progressing. We’re removed from the ten,000 seats in cinemas in Germany. Folks acknowledge us on the road. It’s an viewers of connoisseurs even when I used to be not on the stage of fame of Karabatic, Omeyer or Narcisse. »

Rudy Seri had additionally been in a position to see the insanity of the hand in Germany whereas enjoying in Sélestat, in Alsace. ” I noticed matches in Germany. Even within the small divisions, there are individuals. Many individuals come. It is one other inhabitants that can see the hand. The depth of the matches signifies that there are means put in for the handball. There are nice gamers. After I was in Sélestat, we went to see Rhein-Neckar Löwen who performs in Mannheim and we may see that there was a loopy ambiance. They’ve huge halls which helps to get hype. It was an ideal expertise to see German handball. »

“A loopy ambiance in Germany”

For his half, Micke Brasseleur was in a position to uncover Germany with the HSC 2000 Cobourg, a number of years in the past. Right this moment on the CSM Constanta, in Romania, he can thus examine the fervour that animates the 2 populations.

I used to be shocked by the fervor in Germany. After I made my first match, I noticed that. It was not spectators who got here to see us. Afterwards, I could not get pleasure from it as I might have favored. I had left in catastrophe, the combination had not been nice. That is why I went again to Romania this summer time. There’s much less fervor even when it stays an essential sport. My adaptation is less complicated. I converse English higher. The nation desires to develop handball. He provides himself the means to develop it. The extent is substantial. Similar to Poland and Kielce, which Nedim Remili discovers every day.

Soccer is the key sport in lots of international locations. Volleyball can be adopted in Poland. However handball, particularly in Kielce, stays an essential second. Even once we play within the league. There’s a fan base that helps us, even at plus 10 or plus 12 objectives. There’s minimal ambiance. My household, particularly my father and my brother, had been impressed by the ambiance. Everybody was in yellow. We assist the workforce as a lot as potential. It is a flagship sport with a variety of posters of us within the metropolis. To Warsaw. »

Past evoking the fervor of a rustic, Rudy Seri explains reasonably that handball is above all a ardour that animates cities. After having seen it, in Spain, in Irun with CS Bidasoa, two years in the past, it’s in North Macedonia and at HC Eurofarm Pelister in Bitola that he finds it at this time.

Southern Europe overwhelmed by handball recognition

There’s not a rustic. It’s above all of the cities which are obsessed with handball. I had the prospect to do Irun and Bitola at this time. These are outstanding locations. Everyone seems to be loopy about handball. It’s a delight to signify this metropolis. Within the Balkans, handball represents an ideal historical past, however it’s troublesome for me to talk of the fervour of a rustic in comparison with different disciplines. In Spain, the room was all the time full in Irun. Alternatively, exterior, there have been fewer individuals. Persons are extra soccer followers. In Macedonia there’s a ardour for handball. Bitola fills up on huge matches or the European Cup. In France, solely Nantes and Montpellier fill the halls. »

In Slovenia, Igor Anic had additionally stuffed the halls with Celje. ” In Slovenia it’s smaller. However Celje stays a cradle of European handball. There are good gamers who got here from the varsity of Celje and Slovenia. Balkan individuals love handball. All of the international locations of the previous Yugoslavia handle to rise in the most effective world rankings. Over the previous 20 years, these are the international locations that produce the most effective gamers. Simply have a look at the squads of the highest 10 golf equipment on the planet. It is cultural for them. These are international locations which are made for handball. Folks know handball. »

In contrast to the Japanese that Igor Anic meets every day now as a Daido Metal Phoenix participant.

Japan is a rustic of 120 million individuals. It is a huge nation with lots of people. Handball just isn’t well-known. Folks usually ask me what I do for a dwelling when individuals see me on the road. As I’m a tall, sturdy, bald expatriate with tattoos… I say that I’m an expert sportsman and also you instantly consider basketball, rugby or volleyball. We hardly ever consider handball. There are not any nice fervors. There are some good rooms although. Public stage, we’re extra about 1000 or 2000 spectators. Solely Luc Abalo’s Tokyo Zeekstar is investing. Japan just isn’t a land of handball, however there’s high quality. »

Nevertheless, after greater than 15 years of profession, the 2015 world champion has not forgotten the warmest ambiance he present in his profession.

I’ll all the time keep in mind a Champions League match, with Montpellier, in opposition to Veszprem, in 2004. I used to be 17 years outdated. We had been within the outdated room which was smaller. The extension of the bench was within the gallery. I come again to the resort and my ears had been ringing like after a live performance with the music on full blast. Hungarian followers are actual handball fanatics and madmen who can flip a sport round. We additionally discover this provocative facet within the Balkans, in Romania, Bulgaria and even Russia. Scandinavians are extra well mannered and calm like Germans. »

It’s now as much as France to stay as much as the fervor that handball can generate on the planet. She has already confirmed previously that she is able to it.

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