Prokop cuts Semper out of squad - Häfner re-nominated

Surprise for the start of the World Cup main round: Handball national coach Christian Prokop has taken youngster Franz Semper from the squad. For this, European champion Kai Häfner moved on.

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As the German Handball Federation announced on Saturday, coach Christian Prokop made a change in the World Cup squad. Before the start of the main round against Iceland (from 20.30 clock in live ticker at was the 21-year-old Franz Semper (back room right) removed from the squad. He is replaced by Kai Häfner, who also plays in the right backcourt.

Semper stays with the team

Häfner has been training with the national team for several days already. He was actually willing to replace Steffen Weinhold, who is suffering from an adductor injury. Häfner definitely has experience in big tournaments. In 2016 he celebrated with Germany the European title.

Incidentally, Franz Semper will not leave Cologne. The youngster will stay with the team and practice. National coach Christian Prokop has now twice the opportunity to make a change in the squad.