Mathias Gidsel is just like the boy subsequent door. With barely matted blond hair, a really slim determine for a handball participant regardless of being 1.90 meters tall and a perpetual smile, it is exhausting to inform at first look simply how star-studded Fuchse Berlin’s new signing is. Even when the handball participant talks about his profession, he doesn’t use the benefits that sports activities followers and critics like, however merely describes himself.
“My household is just not very eager on it. There is just not a lot reward,” he says, explaining his reluctance. For this, sports activities newspapers and worldwide associations gave him excessive reward. Because Gidsel has not solely been a world champion, an Olympic silver medalist and a bronze medalist on the European Championships with Denmark within the final two years, however he has additionally performed within the All-Star workforce at main tournaments and has been with him for a short while. The nationwide workforce was even named probably the most beneficial participant of the Tokyo Games.
“It was one thing like an area experiment,” says the proper-again, who gives the look that he nonetheless does not totally perceive his improvement. “I do not even know what occurred there. First I skilled and warmed up the goalkeepers in coaching and instantly this journey began and I bought all these awards. It is indescribable.” Idols similar to Mikkel Hansen, the world handball participant he used to look as much as, instantly grew to become his teammates – a “nation boy”, as Gidsel typically described himself, by no means dared to think about.
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His life was devoted to handball from a younger age. Growing up within the handball village of Skjern, Gidsel bought his first contact with a ball at an early age and finally left house at age 15 to attend boarding faculty and play for the GOG Gudme youth part. After that, it solely went up, with Gidsel changing into one of the wanted gamers.
He ended his eight years at Funen with the title in his ultimate season, and not even a torn cruciate ligament on the European Championships in January might cease him. In simply 4 months, a particular expertise has develop into a decisive issue within the battle for the title. “He has the braveness to decide. He has pace and technical understanding. That’s why he was in a position to shock at such a younger age,” says his former coach Nikolay Krikau, who introduced Gidsel to the professionals on the age of 18.
What makes the backcourt so good is on the one hand its very low variety of errors and however its throwing effectivity. In addition, Gidsel exudes an indomitable will on the sphere, even when he’s attacked by a number of opponents, he goes for the purpose. Unlike many different younger gamers, the Dane impresses together with his consistency in his recreation, at all times trying centered and troublesome to shake. Characteristics that Gidsel has been working towards for a few years – additionally with the assistance of a psychological coach. “Of course, it is not at all times simple. But ultimately it is at all times about taking part in handball. Not for the followers and not for the media. That’s what I’m making an attempt to concentrate on,” Gidsel says.
For a 23-12 months-previous, sports activities success additionally requires a sure duty. During his rehabilitation, he visited the Lehehlte hospital, which goals to assist sick kids in varied methods to make their lives simpler. “Going there was an eye fixed-opener for me,” says Gidsel, whose present knee issues will quickly be resolved. “I nonetheless discover it unusual how individuals have a look at me. But it’s what it’s and I need to do one thing with it.” having the ability to think about an individual is definitely worth the effort.
Gidsel is just 23 years previous and has already received for Denmark
Therefore, he’s presently engaged on his personal venture, which goals to attach individuals by handball. He does not need to reveal an excessive amount of but, however it is necessary for him to create an initiative that’s primarily based in Denmark however works throughout nationwide borders. “After all, there are issues all over the place. And in the event you can encourage and assist, it is best to. Otherwise, you’ll not obtain your purpose,” says Gidsel. “I’m now not a star who does not know find out how to speak to individuals. I’m nonetheless me, simply Mathias, and I’m nonetheless a child who likes to play handball and make individuals chuckle.”
When Gidsel talks about his concepts, it rapidly turns into clear why his new sporting director, Stefan Kretzschmar, has described him, amongst different issues, as having “his coronary heart in the proper place”. But that, in fact, was not the one motive the Foxes wished to deliver Gidsel to Berlin. Gidsel represents names and continuity, issues that Kretzschmar and Koo try for in the long run. Most importantly, Gidsel is a participant who can and needs to take duty regardless of his age. Someone who has given up on huge golf equipment and needs to do one thing.
Down to earth, however far more than the boy subsequent door.