HSC 2000 coburg at the bottom of the bundesliga table after six games without a point. But against SC magdeburg was a clear auartstrend recognizable. The promoted team showed its best performance of the season so far and just missed the first points (26:28). But that's not the only good news, because coach alois mraz will be able to train with a nearly full squad next week and use the break intensively. Although stepan zeman (czech republic) and drasko nenadic (serbia) were nominated for their national teams, the matches in the european championship qualifiers were canceled.
The czechs had played away and at home against the faroe islands and the serbs at home against greece and in belgium. The fact that the HSC duo is staying in the city of vest is convenient for the coburg authorities. "In principle, we don't want to stand in the way of our players if they have the opportunity to play for their country", says HSC managing director jan gorr and adds: "in these times, however, preconditions must be met." Gorr argues for uniform standards, then there's no reason not to send players on cross-country trips across europe. "Otherwise, everything we do here was driven ad absurdum." This starts with the entry into a country, continues with the compliance with the hygiene concepts and ends with the return to germany. Above all, the question of whether their professionals would have to go into quarantine after returning from the national team was driving the clubs around. Recently, the handball bundesliga (HBL) and its clubs had drafted a sample letter to the national associations, in which the clubs clearly expressed their concerns.
However, gorr is not talking about a dispute between the HBL and DHB, as various media have reported. The league does not want "any conflict", but I am advocating a unified approach of the leagues and federations. If this is the case, the HSC coburg will send its national players even in times of pandemic. For stepan zeman, it's a mixed feeling that the national games have been canceled. "I am a little sad because I always like to play for my home country. But I can well understand that in this situation the games do not take place."
Training instead of national games
The HSC-circuit player had not thought of a voluntary waiver if the game had been played. "If the maximum safety is guaranteed for us players, then I will go to the games with them." But instead of the international trip it's now: training week with the HSC. The latter's coach mraz is likely to have all players available except for the long-term injured jakob knauer (shoulder), as goalkeeper jan kulhanek is about to return to team training after a calf injury – and mraz may even be able to bury new personnel. If you believe the rumors, the HSC is trying to sign left winger rene drechsler from the second division team wilhelmshavener HV. "He is basically an interesting player, but we have not talked to him", says managing director gorr.
WHV has been in turmoil for some time now after main sponsor and co-managing director maik menninga is under investigation for investment fraud. At the beginning of october, the former bundesliga team filed for bankruptcy, but continues to participate in the games. 30-year-old drechsler played in all five games and scored ten goals. At the HSC he could provide relief in the right back area.