IBSA Goalball-EM 2019 - Das Event


Besonders: 
Die EM vom 8. bis 13. Oktober ist das Para-Sport-Highlight 2019 in Deutschland

Elitär:  In Rostock tritt die internationale Elite der Damen und Herren an

Vielfältig:  Jeweils 10 Damen- & Herren-Teams spielen um den Titel

Spannend:  66 Spiele auf Spitzenniveau

Entscheidend:  In Rostock werden neben den Pokalen die letzten Tickets für die Paralympics 2020 in Tokio gelöst


Die Goalball-EM in Zahlen:

6 Tage...
66 Spiele…
20 Teams…
mit 120 Athleten…
in einer einzigartigen Sportart…
mit einem großen Ziel: Europameister 2019!

Goalball EM 2019

It is the Para-Sport-Highlight 2019 in Germany: From October 8th to 13th the ten best nations of men and women will play the European Champions in Goalball in Rostock. The European Championships will open on 8 October with the two opening matches of the German teams.

Goalball is on the advance in Germany. This is not least proven by the excellent development of the German national team. If in 2016 the qualification for the Paralympics and the jump to the quarter finals were only achieved at the last minute, the team celebrated the silver medal at the European Championships in 2017 and even at the World Championships in 2018.

But what is Goalball? This traditional sport for people with visual impairments has been part of the Paralympics programme since 1976. Two teams of three play with a bell ball weighing 1.25 kilograms on nine meters wide and 1.30 meters high goals, all players wear dark glasses. It is a fast and fast-paced sport. The balls reach speeds of up to 80 km/h in the peak, defensive and attacking actions alternate constantly. "That requires not only good condition and reaction, but also concentration. Goalball is also characterized by tactics and strategy, a bit like chess," explains national coach Johannes Günther.

Many attacking actions and brilliant parades: Over 100 goal chances on both sides

Many details are important: How do the three players position themselves on the pitch to defend the nine metre wide goal as well as they can? How do you play the bell ball to find the gap in the opponent's defence? Mind you, without seeing anything. The coaches not only play an important role in the preparation and follow-up, but also during the game. "For me and my co-trainer Stefan Weil, it's like we're on the field ourselves. We have a great influence on what happens in the game," explains Günther.

Goalball is particularly spectacular because of the many attacking actions. In the 24-minute game (twelve minutes effective playing time per half), both teams have an average of over 100 throws. "Basically, every throw is a 100% goal chance," says Michael Feistle, leading player of the national team. This ensures fast-paced attacks with the bell ball and brilliant parades in series - and all with a lot of intuition and feeling. "It is important to develop a feeling for what the opponent is doing in tactical manoeuvres and how he reacts to his own moves," explains Feistle.

Head of organisation and athlete at the home European Championships: double role with ambitious goals

"It's an intense sport that goes back and forth, but also contains a lot of tactical elements. Goalball is an absolutely fascinating sport," stresses Reno Tiede. The Rostocker belongs to the positive crazy genre. He is passionate about the sport, Goalball is his great passion. Because Tiede is not only a national player, but also shapes the structures - regionally and nationwide. From the coming season there will even be a 2nd Bundesliga for the first time and the League Cup since 2014.

In 2012 he was co-founder of the Goalball Bundesliga, two years later he founded the Rostock Goalball Club Hansa in his home country and has now contributed to bringing the 2019 European Goalball Championships to the Baltic Sea. It will take place from 8 to 13 October in the Hanseatic city - and the head of organisation is Reno Tiede. "We want to create the best Goalball European Championship of all time and set new standards," the 28-year-old explains ambitiously. But that's not the only goal. After all, Reno Tiede is also active as an athlete - and what could be better than winning the title at the tournament in his home country?

The European Goalball Championships in numbers:

6 days...
66 games...
20 teams...
with 120 athletes...
in a unique sport...
with one big goal: European Champion 2019!