Germany’s hockey men may claim to have the most dangerous goalkeeper in the world in their ranks. At the World Indoor Championships in Berlin, the goalkeeper from Krefeld is currently back to his real job in goal-avoiding.
In India, however, the 23-year-old landed a very special coup at the World League in November: Mark Appel has made his mark in hockey history since scoring the first goalkeeper at a World Cup tournament in India. And how!
“That was an incredible experience, because it has never been,” reported Appel with bright eyes in the Max-Schmeling-Halle. It’s hard to imagine what would have happened if national football player Manuel Neuer had scored a goal for Germany or Bayern Munich. But since it was just hockey, and far away in Bhubaneswar, India, the hype was limited. Of course, even though the social media was full, “the story I probably never get rid of,” Appel said, remained largely in hockey circles.
No happy ending in India
It was a masterstroke, as usual with schooners and helmet in the case, but this time as a center forward in the National Dress vorangene German the submission of Mats Grambusch cool about India Keeper sneaked into the net. “That was ready for the history books,” said 1992 Olympic champion Christian Blunck. And national coach Stefan Kermas said it was “a great marketing story from a point of view”. He would have liked to save for sporting reasons.
Because he could not muster a powerful team in the last tournament game for third place because he missed seven men injured or ill. With Tobias Walter in goal, nine field players and the emergency striker Appel led eleven Germans against 18 Indians (including the substitutes) a losing battle. “This borderline experience will not exist in a world tournament,” Kermas believes. And she stayed without Appel’s beautiful hit without a happy ending.
A novelty in the German international history was the goalkeeper goal, however, not quite. Because in Julia Zwehl, Olympic champion of Athens 2004, ever reached a goalkeeper in the scorers list. However, she entered in a group match of the European Indoor Championships 1998 for seven meters – and met. Incidentally, Mark Appel has no plans for the home World Cup in Berlin. “I am very happy when everyday life comes back in. Our goal here is the World Indoor Championships title,” emphasized the Krefelder, who alternates with Hamburger Walter in the goal.