The Swedish national team players Hampus Wanne and Mikael Appelgren, which both won silver at the European Championship in Croatia in January, visited the Euro 2020 tent at Heden today. They posed for pictures and wrote autographs to a lot of young people from different countries.
The duo was very popular among the fans.
– It’s funny that so many people have come here. There are many handball fans in Gothenburg now. I have very good memories from Partille Cup, says the former RIK player Hampus Wanne, who especially remembers the fights with Sävehof at Heden.
– I won the Partille Cup back in 2005 (with Kroppskultur). We won over Lugi, with Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz and other star players born 1989. It was huge! says Mikael Appelgren.
They have a long season behind them. Both had successful seasons with both the club and the national team. Hampus Wanne’s Flensburg-Handewitt finished the season really good and became german champions, just before Appelgren’s team Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
– I counted that I played 65 matches during the season. It’s been a lot of handball! It was really great to win the championship in Germany. It was the first time since 2004 that the club became champions, says Hampus Wanne.
Mikael Appelgren is also very pleased with his season. Rhein-Neckar Löwen did not become champions this time but stood as winners in the German cup and Appelgren was named goalkeeper of the year in Bundesliga.
– I have had a good season in both the club and the national team. We won silver in Euro 2018 and secured a place for the World Championship 2019, where we can go far. We have a really good team and a lovely gang, says the goalkeeper.
He really looks forward to Euro 2020 in Sweden.
– It’s always a pleasure to play international games at home, whether it’s a training match or a game in a championship. It will be amazing, says the 28-year-old.
For Hampus Wanne it’s a dream to play a European Championship in his home city. He gets goosebumps when he thinks about going out and play a Euro 2020 game in Scandinavium.
– Oh god, that would be special. I would probably drop a tear, says the 24-year-old, who saw the World Championship 2011 in Gothenburg as a supporter.
Photo: Linnea Dahlberg