European Championships | 17 Sep 2014
Champions are ready for another battle
At the TMS European Team Championships in Lisbon next week, Germany will try to defend their titles in both categories. German men are in the group with Portugal, Austria and Hungary. At the press conference held on Wednesday DTTB sports director Dirk SCH
At the TMS European Team Championships in Lisbon next week, Germany will try to defend their titles in both categories. German men are in the group with Portugal, Austria and Hungary.
At the press conference held on Wednesday DTTB sports director Dirk SCHIMMELPFENNIG was optimistic, but cautious.
“We won the European titles in Schwechat last year with both teams. This year we would like to fight for both titles again with our teams and hopefully be successful. But the competition never sleeps”.
The duel against the hosts will be real jewel.
“Facing Portugal in the group stage could already be the final played in advance. I suppose that both teams, Germany and Portugal, will meet again in the final. Our group is pretty tough. Portugal is strong; their players are hungry for the title for years and they will have strong support from their home crowd. The match against Austria is anything but easy for us. Their players, especially FEGERL and HABESON, have developed well and play on high levels. And due to many shared training sessions, the Hungarian team knows us very well,” explained men’s head coach Jörg ROSSKOPF
Women team is in the group with Austria, France and Turkey.
“All my players are highly motivated, well prepared, worked hard and have shown good performances on the World Tour this year. It is on us now to call up our best performances during the European Championships, ” promised Women’s head coach Jie SCHÖPP:
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV (club: Fakel Gazproma Orenburg/Russland, WR: 5)
Timo BOLL (Borussia Düsseldorf, 9)
Patrick BAUM (TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, 14)
Steffen MENGEL (TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt, 36)
Patrick FRANZISKA (Borussia Düsseldorf, 40)
HAN Ying (KTS Zamek Tarnobrzeg/Polen, WR: 9)
SHAN Xiaona (ttc berlin eastside, 24)
Petrissa SOLJA (ttc berlin eastside, 38)
Irene IVANCAN (Fenerbahce Istanbul, 44)
Sabine WINTER (SV DJK Kolbermoor, 52)