Strafecken in hockey: Tried thousand times

Behind these hits is hard work: At the World Cup in India, the German national team defeated the Netherlands - also thanks to two penalty corner goals. This standard situation can win titles.

Anyone who loves sport because of technical refinements, because of the actions that radiate lightness, although in truth they are based on hard work, would have had great joy at the goal of the German hockey lords to 1: 1 against the Netherlands at the World Cup in India.

Mathias Müller played the ball at high speed at the shot circle edge, Tobias Hauke ​​stopped him, Martin Häner pulled the ball a few inches forward, went with her body past her and put it behind his back on Christopher Rühr, who put it directly on Publisher Müller played back. Müller, who had sneaked in the goal, blocked the ball directly into the small gap between the post and goalkeeper.

The whole thing had not even lasted three seconds.

Hockey is a technically demanding sport, with the World Cup, where the German selection after two wins (1-0 against Pakistan, 4: 1 against the Netherlands) is almost certainly in the quarter-finals, this can be seen again. The players dribble at high speed, turning the racket from the forehand to the backhand, they slurp the ball over half the field, lop it over the opposing clubs.

And then there is the punishment corner.

While good dribblers need above all talent and instinct, these features only partially help with the punishment corner. Sure, technical skills are essential here as well, but the perfection of this special standard situation is achieved in hard training work. Day after day, hour after hour, players stand lonely on the training ground and repeat the processes.

18 of 56 World Cup goals fell to punishment corners

The penalty corner in hockey you have to imagine as a football fan as a mixture of a corner and a penalty. On the one hand, the defenders have the chance to fend off the shot, they start with mask, jockstrap and knee protectors out of the gate and run as fast as possible towards shooters (formerly there were even so-called "Suicide" runners who hit the ball with her body Blockley). On the other hand, the runners are in most cases too late and the shooter has a relatively clear shot on goal - as the penalty so.

Here double Olympic champion Moritz Fürste explains the course of the punishment corner

In modern hockey, a variety of games are decided by the punishment corner, especially the tight duels between equal teams. In bitter memory, the Germans still have the World Cup final defeat in 2010 against Australia. Only Moritz Fürste had met a penalty corner to equalize, but then Australia could go back into the lead just before the end - also on the corner of the penalty. At the World Cup in India, 18 out of a total of 56 goals so far fell after this standard situation.

In the past, the focus on the corner was sometimes so strong that critics criticized a certain amount of boredom. Meanwhile fall again more field goals, a good corner rate is still essential for top teams. Every second, but at least every third attempt should lead to a goal, otherwise the coach can not be satisfied. The importance of a corner can also be recognized by the fact that the strikers, if they have taken out a corner (say, by putting the ball to the defender's foot), are sometimes celebrated as much as the scorer.

For years Germany had a top corner shooter

The match between Germany and the Netherlands at the Hockey World Cup once again showed the importance of the penalty corner. The DHB team made two goals from four attempts, while Holland failed to score on three occasions. In addition to a successful own corner, the corner defense (and here, above all, a brilliant goalkeeper) is important.

Here you can see a selection of special corners:

Each country has its corner specialists, in Argentina it is Gonzalo Peillat, the Czech Republic has Tomás Procházka. The Germans used to have Christopher Zeller, who certainly did almost all his experiments. It must have been frustrating for the opponents: Everyone on the court knew what was going to happen, but nobody could stop it. Today, several German players share the task - also, so as not to be too easy to calculate. Lukas Windfeder had hit his first shot against the Netherlands with his shot.

In addition to the shot, there are still the variants, as she showed on Thursday. And one can assume that it has already been practiced a few thousand times on cold, cold evenings. By the way: Before Müller's goal, the Germans had played an almost identical combination, but the ball was gone against the post. The second attempt was then.