Vienna (dpa) - For Germany, the second key game is at the handball championship.
After the preliminary round defeat against Spain, the DHB selection must win the duel with Croatia this Saturday (8.30 p.m. / ZDF) in order to preserve the chance of entering the semi-finals. "It will be an intense and hot game," predicted national coach Christian Prokop. In the past there were often exciting games between the two teams.
European Championship 1994: The paths of the two handball nations already cross at the European Championship premiere. Germany loses just 22:24 in the preliminary round and flies prematurely from the tournament, which the Croatians finish third.
EM 2002: This time the DHB team has the upper hand in the preliminary round with 26:21. While the Croatians are leaving, Germany is only stopped in the final by host Sweden.
World Cup 2003: At the final round in Portugal, the German team lost the final against Croatia with 31:34 (18:20) and narrowly missed the title. The injured Stefan Kretzschmar and Volker Zerbe are sorely missing. Small consolation: Kreisläufer Christian Schwarzer is named the best player of the tournament.
Olympia 2004: Germany and Croatia meet again in the final - and again the DHB selection is just a bit shorter. 24:26 it says at the end. So the dream of Olympic gold remains unfulfilled.
World Cup 2005: In the main round, the German team lost 26:29 - the end of all medal dreams. While Croatia is returning with World Cup silver, the DHB selection is only ninth.
World Cup 2017: European champion Germany awakens gold hopes at the end of the preliminary round with a gala performance in the brilliant 28:21 victory. But the crash already follows in the round of 16 against Qatar.
World Cup 2019: There is a thriller in the main round of the home World Cup. Although the DHB team loses its director Martin Strobel early in the game with a cruciate ligament tear, it wins just under 22:21 in the end and books the ticket for the semi-finals early.
Squad of German handball players
Game plan of the German handball players
Presidium of the German Handball Federation
Board of the German Handball Federation
The German main round group at the EM