Düsseldorf (dpa) – Of course Juri Knorr also copied a few things from his father. Thomas Knorr played more than 500 games in the Bundesliga handball, won several championships and also played a number of games for the German national team.
Now his 20-year-old son Juri could make his debut in the DHB selection in the European Championship qualification against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday (4.15 p.m. / ZDF). “Of course I learned a lot from my father,” Knorr said. “It has helped me a lot in terms of my perception and my development.” If Knorr were to play against the Bosniaks, he would be the first senior national player born in 2000.
“It is a special feeling for me to be part of this team, which was otherwise only known from television,” said Bundesliga playmaker GWD Minden. In recent years, the national team has lacked a world-class director. He didn’t want to predict whether Knorr could fill this gap for the future. He has no problem with that, he said – although he knows exactly what his strengths are: “I think I’m a player who has a certain overview and can read the game quite well.” That is precisely why he was nominated by national coach Alfred Gislason.