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Heiner Brand in front of the Handball world championship : I've let lots of stuff go through

Lord of fire, starts in three days, the football world Cup in Germany and Denmark. In any function, you will follow the tournament?

In the first line as a world Cup Ambassador for the city of Cologne, where the German team will play their main round matches best. There were also a few requests as a TV expert, but that doesn't work, because I'm already at another station under contract, who regularly reports on the Handball-Bundesliga. I can't watch the games so mostly as an interested spectator.

How is the Handball euphoria in the country?

I am very pleased to note that there is great interest – also in the case of people who are not the football or else very close to it. I'm often asked about the tournament. EM or WM just have a very different role. Basically, January is the time of year, in the the basketball can Shine and also higher TV ratings than many other sports.

the last time the football world Cup in Germany, they were the national coach and were allowed to celebrate with their team to the title. What do you think of first of all, when you look back on the tournament in 2007?

Correctly present the non-is, I'd have to look at maybe redoing a few old Videos. Overall, it was an extraordinary event for our sport, that is quite clear. In the peak we had more than 20 million television viewers, which is hard to beat. On the other hand, I can imagine a similar Hype when the German team takes place well into the tournament.

your Team had problems, the first games were mixed.

you can't say otherwise. For the opener against Brazil in Berlin, all Participants were extremely nervous, but this is at the start of a tournament is completely normal. We then lost against Poland in the preliminary round and had our Concerns. The better it is then in the further course. We have played in a frenzy, as the tension has dissolved and a certain amount of looseness has returned.

the keyword print.

The course is available, no question. Because you can prepare it and say, ' We are looking forward to the tournament and go to the self-aware. But that's not true in most cases. At a world Cup in their own country, certain things occur automatically, via the thoughts. Everyone knows that the prospects for the host are usually pretty good. This pressure the players feel from the outside and from the media, the expectation is large. But you have to keep as a performance athlete.

What measures there are to the atmosphere to use as a back wind and not feel as a burden?

team and coach need to prepare for different situations, discuss and play. All those Involved should know that there is no self-runner is, just because a few thousand people in the hall of the thumb, yell, cheer. The focus must be on the own performance, you may be of things outside of Sports to distract.

What is your experience in preparing for a tournament?

On a good Team-Spirit. But I can't assume, something grows with time. People need to know and learn to appreciate, trust each other, have fun. This is a process that has been dragging on. Unity is an important story, because football is a team sport. Only in very rare exceptional cases, Teams can't be successful, in which the interaction is not as pronounced.

How have you managed the Balance between fun and enthusiasm on the one hand, and competition, as well as seriousness on the other side?

Where many people are together and do with each other, there must be a certain discipline and a certain kind of behaviour, no question. I've always tried to combine fun and hard work. There are a wide range of measures, it always depends on the individual composition of the team. For fun and sporting success, a relationship of trust is essential.

In the world Cup documentary "project Gold" is a legendary scene...

...now the number comes with the Pizza.

Exactly. At that time, they have folded, the players together, because she had ordered one the evening before an important game Pizza.

I don't know how often we have, in retrospect, amused. At the time, we held a meeting that was to focus on the next opponent. I don't want to be seen, whether it is good, to me the night before a world Cup game on a giant pizza now for Sleep. As a coach, I knew immediately: I must intervene, because I assume a certain amount of discipline. Basically, I have let many things go, but this was even too much for me, and too wild.

Today, you can smile about it.

In any case. This has also led already to a lot of laughs and we even welded together. There were always rumors, who came all the way from the team on this crazy idea and who was so clever to order the Pizza directly to the Hotel. But these rumors were never solved. Maybe it's better that way.

Was it for you as the coach of weird, to be constantly of a documentary filmmaker?

no, not at all. The film-makers were very restrained with the camera, at some point, we have not perceived it at all. But I have to admit that I was initially very skeptical. In the cabin, no Strangers, and just little to the team meeting. I had to get used to me. After the game, in a country a test run with the camera team had completed was for me and the team clear: this is not bothering us. And the movie is really great, I'm still very proud of.

What is in the world Cup in 2019?

If the German team is their potential to retrieve: everything. I don't see any Team we cannot beat. Even if it sounds boring: The team needs to look from game to game.

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just before Christmas, they were with national coach Christian Prokop in the ZDF sports Studio. What was your impression from the national coach, would have lost a year ago, almost his Job?

My impression was: Christian has drawn the Lessons and consequences of the European championship, the coach and the team have converged. If the players do that too, and the consequences of the EM, it will run significantly better than a year ago in Croatia.

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