DHB extends contract with national coach Alfred Gislason

The German Handball Association has extended the contracts with its national coaches. And thus also sent a signal for the Men’s Handball World Cup in 2027.

The German Handball Association has prematurely extended its contracts with men’s national coach Alfred Gislason and women’s head coach Markus Gaugisch. The Icelander’s new contract, which would have expired in the summer, is dated until the end of February 2027. Gaugisch’s working paper runs until the end of June 2026. The DHB executive board unanimously decided on further cooperation at the weekend, as the association announced on Monday.

Gislason took over the position in spring 2020 and celebrated his greatest success to date with fourth place at this year’s home European Championships. Gaugisch has been responsible for the handball players since April 2022 and took sixth place at the World Cup in December.

“I’m very happy about the trust”

“In recent years, we have learned, also with a view to other nations, that continuity is a key to sporting success. With this long-term decision for Markus Gaugisch and Alfred Gislason, we are creating clarity,” said President Andreas Michelmann, explaining the new contracts.

He also explained: “We are staying on track, especially with a view to the upcoming home world championships in the decade of handball.” The Men’s Handball World Cup will take place in 2027. Gislason now explained: “I am very pleased about the trust and the opportunity to accompany our national team on its path to 2027.”

Next on the agenda for both coaches and their teams is Olympic qualification. The men will meet Algeria, Croatia and Austria in Hanover from March 14th to 17th. The women will play against Montenegro, Slovenia and Paraguay in Neu-Ulm from April 11th to 14th for an Olympic ticket.