2.15 m, 130 kg – Germany against the handball colossus
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Germany is fighting against Latvia at the EM for the main round. On the opponent, all eyes are on Dainis Kristopans. The handball colossus stands out not only because of its stature. He is a folk hero.
eIt looked like a fun tournament when a youth team was allowed to play against the grown-ups. Latvia's Dainis Kristopans had to bend over to the Netherlands in the preliminary round of the Handball European Championship in order to get their hands on his opponent Luc Steins. Between the two were 42 centimeters and 61 kilograms. When Kristopans steps onto the floor at the European Championship, the fans murmur – the 29-year-old is the most impressive figure in the tournament. Kristopans is 2.15 meters tall and weighs 130 kilos. On Monday (6.15 p.m., ZDF and in the WELT live ticker) the back room player and his team want to kick Germany out of the tournament.
For the German national team, the game against Latvia will be a game of fate. After losing to Spain, Christian Prokop's team will only qualify for the main round with a win against Latvia. In the second-tier opponent, all eyes will be on Kristopans. He is the most striking player in Latvia not only because of his stature.
The handball colossus is a real goal machine. The backcourt player from Champions League winner Vardar Skopje scored seven goals at the European Championship premiere against Spain (22:33), another seven followed in a duel against the Netherlands on Saturday (24:32). "Kristopans is one of the best in the world in its position," said Germany goalkeeper Andreas Wolff.
The Germans will have to concentrate on him. “He is an exceptional player. We have a plan. We need a good defense and stable goalkeeper performance, ”said Prokop.
At Paris St. Germain, Kristopans becomes a millionaire
The respect for Latvia's largest weapon is absolutely understandable. It was Kristopans who threw the Latvians with their goals for the first European Championship participation. But even in Trondheim, the man with the number ten, in whose huge hand the play equipment looks like a tennis ball, does not only convince with throwing power. Despite its enormous size, Kristopans impresses with fine technology and a good eye for the person next to it.
In his home country, the left-hander is a popular hero and one of the most prominent athletes. This is also due to last season in the Champions League, in which he had a significant share in the title win with 94 goals.
Word of the qualities of Kristopan has been around for a long time. In the summer, the 29-year-old, with whom his teammates look like youth players, moves to the Sheikh Club Paris St. Germain. By then at the latest, he is likely to become one of the highest paid players in his sport.
. (tagsToTranslate) European Handball Championships (t) Luc Stein (t) Spain (t) Netherlands (t) Latvia (t) ZDF (t) Vardar Skopje (t) Football (t) Dainis Kristopan