Moment of victory, Germany def. strong fave and defending champion Denmark 3-0, unbelievable, big congrats and well done! Superb performance by Juliane Schenk who delivers 2 points here through WS & WD
Congrats to Germany, didn't see the last match and surely didn't see that result coming (maybe they should re-think this flying the reinforcements in late, although it saves some money).
Did catch the intro of it with Gill Clark commenting on Schenk's lack of doubles play when she actually plays doubles in the German league on a consistent basis with Lotte Jonathans.
Where Denmark is rebuilding I don't really see a sign of it with this German squad selection. Where Denmark has to replace Gade and "Baun", at some point Germany has to do the same with Zwiebler and Schenk. Still betting on Domke and Schnaase? Unlucky though to be in a group with two strong MS for their opponents so no opportunity for the backups, although they could've let one play against Estonia as the team result was never in doubt. Obviously for WS they are lucky to have gotten Konon but Deprez became national champion in absence of Schenk and Konon but was not even on the preliminary entry list? I see Lukas Schmidt was not present either despite being on the list and he was the runner up in the national championships behind Zwiebler.
Quite a telling shot here
European Team Championships 2013
Yohan Nonotte/Badmintonphoto — in Ramenskoe, Moskva
Germany today create one of the biggest upsets in the history of European team badminton championships by defeating Denmark to end the Scandinavian’s dominance in the event which has stretched back more than 16 years. It was a foolish who would have bet on Denmark losing their title at these Championships, the last team to beat them was Sweden way back in 1994. However today in Ramenskoe, Germany did just that in the most emphatic manner possible.
The Germans, whom you will remember defeated Demark in the women’s team event in Amsterdam last year, relied once again on their ladies and in particular the strength of their star player Juliane Schenk. The world number 4 opened up preceding’s with a two set victory over Danish youngster Line Kjaersfeldt and from there the Germans never really looked back.
“I felt very good and comfortable today. Line is young and I knew that experience is key in matches like this and I used that advantage.” Said a delighted Schenk after delivering the opening point.
...Head coach Holger Hasse was equally lost for words as he explained what the win means for German badminton. “We have world class players and they proved that today against a world class Danish team. Days like these give you goose bumps and we worked hard and deserved the win.”
...The Danes will be back but for now it’s Germany who can bask in the glory as 2013 European Mixed Team Champions adding to the 2012 European Women’s Team Championships they won last year.
They are looking at the bigger picture, the reason behind it was already explained in post #21 ...
That doesn't mean I need to agree with said explanation. Not taking jan to this while knowing that germany had stronger players in both mens and womens singles left denmark no lee way at all. It was conceited of them to think they would win while fielding a weak squad.
European team championships isn't a training camp and nor should it be treated as such.