Germany (GER)

For the first time in history, Germany are the hosts of a Men’s EHF EURO – and therefore have a special anticipation, but also pressure at their 15th participation at the final tournament. Since 2016 – when they were EHF EURO champions and Olympic Games bronze medallists - Germany have not won any medals at major tournaments. Now, it is the big hope and dream of the rejuvenated team to make it at least to the semi-finals on home soil.

Some experienced players such as Uwe Gensheimer and Hendrik Pekeler have retired from the national team, while experienced players like Paul Drux or Fabian Wiede are ruled out of EHF EURO 2024 with injuries. But a new generation of stars have arrived in the German team: after Julian Köster and Juri Knorr (both 23 years old) made an impact at previous major tournaments, five players of the provisional squad are even younger – and became U21 world champions last summer in Germany. Goalkeeper David Späth, World Championship MVP Nils Lichtlein and All-star Team line player Justus Fischer are all part of the EHF EURO 2024 squad.

Knorr, goalkeeper Andreas Wolff and line player Johannes Golla are supposed to be the leading figures, all three were part of the All-star Teams at either EHF EURO 2022 or the 2023 World Championship. Having been nominated on his 24th birthday in November 2021, Golla is the youngest ever team captain of the German team. Having qualified automatically as EHF EURO 2024 hosts, Germany played in the EHF EURO Cup – and lost five of six matches in total against Denmark, Sweden and Spain. Despite those results, head coach Alfred Gislason is confident of his team playing a strong role in the tournament, boosted by the fans in the sold-out arenas.

In 2004, Germany became the first nation to win the full set of silverware at Men’s EHF EURO events, winning bronze in 1998, silver in 2002 and gold in 2004 - but then it was not until their victorious event in Poland in 2016 to win a medal (gold) again.

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EHF competition history

Top Results

ECh Beach Handball
2023 - 2nd place

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2022 - Champion

European Championship
2016 - Champion

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Key Players

Andreas Wolff)
Andreas Wolff

Andreas Wolff excelled during Germany's golden EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, with a save rate of over 50 per cent in the final against Spain. Wolff was named German handball player of the year in 2015 and 2016 – and also “German bearded man of the year 2016”. More recently, he was the All-star Team goalkeeper at the 2023 IHF Men's World Championship as Germany finished fifth. He joined Kielce as his first foreign club in summer of 2019, arriving from three seasons with THW Kiel, but began his career at Wetzlar. At Kiel, Wolff was part of the victorious EHF Cup team in 2019.

Juri Knorr)
Juri Knorr
Centre Back

Juri Knorr shot to prominence for Germany last season after a stellar year. He steered Rhein-Neckar Löwen to the German cup in 2023 as the MVP of the final tournament and was second best overall scorer in the Bundesliga; he was also by far Germany’s best player at the 2023 World Championship, part of the All-star Team, and top German scorer. Knorr chose handball over football, joining the FC Barcelona youth academy at the age of 18 and making his debut in the men's national team against Bosnia and Herzegovina in November 2020. This will be his first ever EHF EURO after missing the 2022 edition.

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Head Coach

Alfred Gislason)
Alfred Gislason

Alfred Gislason succeeded Christian Prokop as Germany’s coach after EHF EURO 2020, when Germany missed the semi-finals. He previously coached the Icelandic national team before, alongside his job at Gummersbach. Gislason steered SC Magdeburg (2002) and THW Kiel (2010, 2012) to three EHF Champions League trophies, and was the first coach to win this trophy with two different clubs. He also won 25 domestic and international titles as coach of Magdeburg, Gummersbach and Kiel. As a player, he was a defence specialist and left back.

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