INTERVIEW: When Poland face Germany in the World Championship 2015 Play-offs this and the coming weekend, the Polish line player is not a stranger at all at both venues
Bartosz Jurecki looks forward to two home matches
When Poland face Germany in the World Championship 2015 Play-offs this and the coming weekend, there will be two teams giving everything they have to prevail. Spread over two Saturdays (7 and 14 June), two times 60 minutes will decide which of two teams books the tickets to the final tournament in Qatar. And at both venues frenetic fans will support their respectives favourites as vocally as possible.
However, there is one man that will feel at home at both matches – no matter the day or the venue.
Polish line player Bartosz Jurecki, plys his trade for German side SC Magdeburg and hence knows both the ERGO Arena in Gdansk as well as Magdeburg’s GETEC-Arena very well.
In an interview with eurohandball.com he shares his expectations ahead of the upcoming challenges.
eurohandball.com: The draw back in January paired Poland with Germany for the World Championship 2015 Play-offs. Don’t you think that such teams should only meet in Qatar?
There is a huge anxiety in Germany now, because they weren’t present at two big tournaments recently, the (2012) Olympic Games and the European Championship (2014). Moreover, their team had been rebuilt and after that everyone thought that they were going to be great European powerhouse again but this was not the case. The pressure is huge, I think it’s even bigger than in Poland.
eurohandball.com: Does it influence the players or is it more something that’s discussed in the public and the media?
eurohandball.com: How did you hear about the draw result after all?
eurohandball.com: Do you think that the fans will give you a warm welcome?
eurohandball.com: Do you think the fact that Germany were not at the EHF EURO, while you were there, might be an advantage for you?
eurohandball.com: It does help them to keep their form for the entire season, doesn’t it?
eurohandball.com: Talking about the VELUX EHF Champions League, did you see the incredible performance of the German back court players, Holger Glandorf and Steffen Weinhold, at the VELUX EHF FINAL4?
eurohandball.com: What are the strong points of Polish team for the upcoming challenge then?
TEXT: Magda Pluszewska / ts
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