At this level the littlest of things can count

Michael Feistle is 24-year-old German national team player. Germany reached the quarterfinals in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

The upcoming European Championships will be a great challenge for the young German team. Our focus is on staying in the A Division. The level is so high and even that little things can have a great impact on where you will end up in the final ranking.

With the European champions Turkey, the Czechs, the very strong Ukraine and promising UK team, we have a difficult group phase ahead of us in which it is first and foremost in every game to get the maximum performance to move into the quarterfinals. After that everything is possible as in Konya 2013 where we managed to beat the Czechs 5–4 in the quarterfinal.

Michael Feistle

After the Paralympics in Rio, Christian Friebel finished his career in the national team, a very important player for our team. Nevertheless, the trainers Johannes Günther and Stefan Weil continue the way and build on young players and want to develop them further. If each individual player continues to work, perhaps we will be able to fight further in the future, but there is still much to catch up with the top nations like Lithuania.

I am very happy that more and more talented players are growing up and enriching our team, and I am proud to have been part of this team for five years now.

There will be total of 22 blog texts published in the Pajulahti 2017 blog, one text every week until the 2017 IBSA Goalball European Championships on 18–22 of September. Each week there will be a different writer. New blog text will be published every Wednesday.