One of the moments of this handball World Cup: In the preliminary round Group C, the two big favorites Denmark and Norway met, 15,000 spectators flocked to the hall in the Danish Herning, where on Sunday also the World Cup final will be held. Mikkel Hansen, Danish folk hero, owner of a consulting firm, especially for models, founder of an anti-bullying project, which is supported by the Danish princess, but above all Denmark's best handball player, threw an incredible 14 goals. He sat down with it to the top of the scoring list. Did you know? Do you know the top three scorers? Do you know Hansen at all?
If not, that's no big deal. Although the Handball World Cup has been held in Denmark and Germany for almost two weeks, the German team reports almost exclusively. That's why hardly anyone saw Icelandic goalkeeper Björgvin Páll Gústavsson hit three balls and start dancing. As Qatar, after all vice-world champion in 2015 and Germany's defeat at the last World Cup, knocked off only 13th. And how Kiril Lazarov still scored 48 goals at the age of 38 for Macedonia.
Only the German opponents can be lucky to get a little attention. But what happens in Denmark, where the ratings in Danish games are at 80 percent, or what the other groups look like, you have to watch already scene media. Germany reports mainly about Germany, also ZEIT ONLINE is no exception.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about at the moment: Christian Prokop's team are playing aggressive and successful handball, they are still without defeat in this tournament and they were already determined to be semi-finalists. The defense defends outstanding and the atmosphere in the arenas is magnificent. During the game against Croatia, more than ten million watched. Every third one watching TV was watching handball. Already on the weekend, the handball players beat the football Bundesliga. A media theorist could explain that with news factors like personal concern or identification and personification. You just like to watch what you know.
Fantastic times for the handball players, who long to emerge, at least for a moment, from the shadow of football. "Now it starts, now everyone is interested in it," quoted DHB Vice President Bob Hanning after the Croatia game proudly from the text message of a well-known publishing manager.
And yet that also has an unpleasant aftertaste: "We do not even get anything from Denmark," Hanning said in the first week, "I have my World Cup here in Germany." It should sound focused on one's goals, but the sentence also suffers a bit of melancholy.
Because a World Cup lives from their guests. The memories that many still have for the summer of the Football World Cup 2006 are the encounters with fans from other countries: long nights spent with 20 Swedes or ICE rides, where you got Australian geography.