The 31-year-old top scorer of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2012/13 talks to eurohandball.com ahead of the 2013 European Beach Handball Championship about his love for the sport and the Danish team's chances
Lindberg: "I simply enjoy beach handball"
This man knows how to find the back of the net: Not only did Hans Lindberg became top scorer of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2012/13 which he won with HSV Hamburg just one month ago, but the 31-year-old also was Denmark's top scorer at the 2011 European Championship in Umag, Croatia.
Therefore, it came to no surprise that Denmark´s national coach Lars Møller was a happy man some weeks ago, when it became clear that Lindberg would again be part of the Danish team for the upcoming 2013 European Championship from 9 to 14 July on home sand in Randers.
"We are talking about our top scorer at the European Championship two years ago, so it is obvious that he will be a great reinforcement to our team," Lars Møller told eurohandball.com on that occasion.
And these expectations are shared by Lindberg who has found the time and the energy to play the championship after a long and tough indoor season.
eurohandball.com: You hardly had any summer vacation last year due to the Olympics, which were followed by a long and demanding indoor season, and now the European Beach Handball Championship is waiting. Where do you find the energy to continue playing almost without vacation?
eurohandball.com: What else do you get from playing beach handball? Is it a way of winding down after a long indoor season?
eurohandball.com: Does it mean something special to you to play the European Championship in your home country?
eurohandball.com: You are the most prominent player in the Danish team, maybe in the entire tournament. Does that put any particular pressure on you?
eurohandball.com: Sustaining an injury during the championships would probably be the worst that could happen just before the start of pre-season training ahead of the Bundesliga season. Do you fear that?
Eurohandball.com: What are your expectations on behalf of your team ahead of the championship?
TEXT: Peter Bruun / ts
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