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Caught in the net

Here is a light-hearted look at what happened at the Men's EHF EURO 2016 on Saturday, 29 January

Photo: Uros Hocevar

Chancellor Angela Merkel wishes German team all the best for the final

When Germany became world champions in football in 2014, she was one of the first to congratulate the team.

On Saturday German chancellor Angela Merkel assured head coach Dagur Sigurdsson that the also crosses finger for the handball team.

"The German team showed passion and fighting spirit throughout the EURO in Poland. Like millions of handball fans in Germany I cross the fingers for our team on Sunday," Merkel said to Sigurdsson.

The head coach was more than excited after he had received the call: "This is a great honour for us. It makes us proud when the German chancellor call us. I'm sure that she is a true fan of our team now."

In Germany the hope is also that millions will cheer for the team from in front of their TVs. The peak was at 11 million when Germany played Norway in the semi-final, on average 8.5 million watched the game.

Tennis and handball go hand in hand

On Saturday morning all German handball players were suddenly tennis fans. They cheered for and crossed her fingers for Angelique Kerber.

The Kiel-born player became the first German to win the women's single final at the Australian Open since Steffi Graf in 1994.

When she had beaten world no.1 Serena Williams, the entire handball team send its greeting and congratulations to Kerber.

"We hope that she also crosses the fingers for us," says Rune Dahmke, who was like Kerber also born in Kiel. "We want to make this German sport weekend a perfect one by winning the final against Spain."

written by bp / ts