After just missing out on another World Championship medal on home soil in January 2019, finishing in fourth position, the 2004 and 2016 EHF EURO champions Germany are hoping for some new silverware at the EHF EURO 2020.
Christian Prokop’s side had been the only of 32 teams in the EHF EURO 2020 qualification to finish with a 100 per cent record with six wins from six matches – a record which guaranteed them a spot at the Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments in April 2020.
After the end of their hopes at the 2018 EHF EURO in Croatia, where the German side missed out on a place in the semi-finals and finished ninth, the personnel in the squad has not changed much. However, fresh talent has found its way into Prokop’s plans, including top talents Sebastian Heymann and Franz Semper, who had already been part of the 2019 World Championship squad.
After long-term injury breaks, playmaker Simon Ernst and left back Julius Kühn hope to be ready for the EHF EURO 2020 as the two-time winners eye a third European title to their trophy cabinet.
With world-class options and VELUX EHF Champions League regulars available to Prokop all over the court, German fans are expecting their side to mount a serious challenge for a third European crown.
German captain and hugely experienced left wing Uwe goes into EHF EURO as the third best all-time scorer in the national team. After three years at Paris Saint-Germain, Uwe returned to former club Rhein-Neckar Lowen in the summer of 2019. His performances in the EHF Champions League have also been notably successful where he was top scorer in the competition three times, once with Lowen and twice with PSG.
Powerful line player Patrick began his career as a teenage at Tusem Essen, rising to prominence after winning gold at the 2009 Under-21 World Championship. After a spell with VfL Gummersbach, he signes for THW Kiel in 2012 and has remained ever since. Part of the German side that won Olympic bronze in 2016, he missed the EHF EURO 2016 victory through injury. Last year he was named Germany’s Handball Player of the Year and then helped Kiel to win the EHF Cup.
The German coach had big shoes to fill when he replaced Dagur Sigurdsson in 2017. The EHF EURO 2020 will be a third major tournament on the German bench for Christian, who took up coaching at the age of 25 after a severe knee injury ended his playing days. Rose to prominence at the boss at Leipzig in the Bundesliga and has now set his sight on EURO and Olympic glory in 2020.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events