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06.11.2017 , 12:30 Uhr - Nachrichten - etb

"Wouldn`t it be time for Gold?" - Three questions to Marko Kopljar

Marko Kopljar
Marko Kopljar
Marko Kopljar is back: After a break of eight weeks due to problems with adductors the Croatian backfield shooter did have his comeback last Thursday at the 38:32 away win of Frisch Auf! Göppingen facing the Füchse Berlin. He was even able to score a goal, also yesterday as Berlin gained a 29-21 in Lübbecke. "Such a long injury break has been a new experience for me, too," Marko Kopljar explained in an interview. Furthermore, he was also talking about his impressions of Bundesliga and of the upcoming European Championship in his Croatian homeland.

What is your feeling or impression of the Bundesliga?

Marko Kopljar:
Unfortunately, I did not play that much until now. But I rate the Bundesliga to be very strong. There is a very intense, and there are no small or easy opponents. You can not feel safe even by having a seven-goal advantage. Within the German Bundesliga, there is no team who will just hand over a win.

From the 12th to the 18th of January 2018 there will be the European Championship taking place in your home country. Due to the injury, you had to spare the international match journey to Zagreb last week. What do you think about the major tournament in your home country?

Marko Kopljar:
In two months it gets started, and in Croatia, everybody is talking about it! We are all looking forward to the big event. The Croatian fans do expect a lot from the national team. The pressure is huge. The atmosphere will be great. The European Championship is even stronger than the World Championship. There are five to six teams who are favourites for the title. And for sure, the German national team is one of them.

What do you in person expect from the tournament?

Marko Kopljar:
Until now I only managed to win Silver or Bronze with the Croatian national team competing in a European Championship. Wouldn`t it be time for Gold right now? It would be a great opportunity to win as we perform in our home country. But until the European Championship gets started I will completely focus on my engagement at Füchse Berlin.