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Final Four in Handball : Why the foxes Berlin so much, Paul Drux

the other day, Paul Drux was with his girlfriend in Warnemünde on the go. Relax a bit, go for a walk, and the soul to the extent that dangle, as it is the game plan in the middle of the season. And as the young national Handball players strolled so along the beach, happened to him something happened to him otherwise rather rare, especially in a relatively anonymous city of millions such as his home of choice, Berlin. "People have approached me and asked if we can take a photo together," says Drux. "I thought that was pretty cool."

ever since the Handball world championship in January to the wider Public is familiar with Years, the face of the 24. Drux was Fabian Wiede and captain Uwe Gensheimer is one of three national players in the TV-commercial for a large grocery stores, he was visited by TV shows, Interviews, and also had numerous public appearances. "This was an exceptional month," said Drux, "a highlight of my career, no question." His young, but very eventful career.

If the foxes Berlin a circle for Paul Drux, the closes to a certain extent-you can forget the quick – is this Saturday in Hamburg against THW Kiel in the DHB Cup final to play (18: 30/live at Sky sports News), now in its sixth year. Then you have to think necessarily in his first Go - and-throw attempts in the professional Jersey back: the Berlin holten, 2014, with the national Cup the first title in their club history, was Drux is still A Junior and a complement player with great perspective; to play along, he was only allowed, because some of the seasoned professionals were injured.

Prior to the new participation of Berlin in the Final Four – third after 2014 and 2015, is not only increased Drux’ popularity, but also the expectations of its Person: If the foxes want to have a Chance against Kiel, in need of backcourt players and his team-mates a outstanding day. "On the other hand, we were in 2014 the underdog and won the tournament at the time, completely by surprise," said Drux. Out of the squad only four players are left: in addition to Drux and Wiede Silvio Heinevetter and the Swede Mattias Zachrisson. On all other positions managing Director Bob Hanning has in cooperation with his respective professional trainer properly rotate. Only Drux and Wiede, the poster children of the foxes youth Academy, are not for sale. The stresses Hanning at every opportunity.

by the Way, Drux business Informatics

studied But are they really? It was after the world Cup, in fact, no offers from other clubs? Or at least interest? And would it not perhaps exciting, time to spend a few years abroad? "At the Moment, is that not an issue for me," says Drux, "really." After his exchange from Gummersbach in the foxes-youth, he is bought to become at home in Berlin, has found friends, sporty traces and also two apartments as a store of Value for the time after the career. "Besides, I want to first complete my studies before I think about next steps," said Drux. Since three years he is enrolled in the faculty of economic Informatics. How this fits in with a career as a professional handball player? Drux smiles. "I'm not the fastest, but I'm making progress."

Formative. Dagur Sigurdsson for Paul Drux is a special coach.Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

in the sport, he knows what he is in his club, what he did to the foxes Berlin. That he would not be without its conveyor Dagur Sigurdsson is probably what he is today: a leader, on whose shoulders great responsibility. "Dagur was an important coach for me. He gave us early confidence and us thrown in the deep end,“ says Drux. "We could surely make the one or other error, more than other, more experienced players," he added. "But he grounded us and made sure we we had not turn, when a really good Phase." By the way, Drux at a young age had the great fortune to be able to the foxes of the exceptional players of the Spanish Handball legend Iker Romero learn. "Iker is the player that I am most upset," said Drux.

handball players of Romero's Format, it searches in the current foxes squad, however, in vain. In spite of the shaky and injury, as well as surprising low-minted season were to believe Drux, however, that the foxes are in perspective well prepared that they are a not-so-distant day, be able to maybe play along to the German championship. Besides, soft factors such as the circle of friends and the town of Berlin "is me, of course, also important that we have a strong, competitive team that we can win the title," said Drux, "and the club has done in the past few years, really everything."

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In the coming season, the first axis of Berlin, for example, from Paul Drux and Fabian Wiede and Simon Seriously could consist of, recovered from a torn cruciate ligament – made up of three twenty-somethings who know each other from the Junior national teams and in this constellation, also in the A-national team play together. "The other clubs don't sleep also. Kiel, for example, has set the obligation of Sander Sagosen is a sign that it is for the competition harder again,“ says Drux, with a view to the obligation of the Norwegian Handball-Stars, games of 2020 in the Bundesliga. "But I am optimistic that we can get in the next few years one or the other title," said Drux. Maybe he is recognized more often on the street in Berlin – and not only in Warnemünde.

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