World champion with resin in the genes

He grew up in a handball-loving family, and it was “more or less in the genes” that he should go that route, he says.

After his time in SønderjyskE, he traveled south of the border to SG Flensburg-Handewitt.

This collaboration has, among other things, offered several won championships for the handball player, who turns 30 on 4 September.

But last summer he returned to Denmark and became a line player at the handball club GOG.

In addition to having made a career at club level, Zachariassen has also been part of the national team.

He was in the squad when the Danish handball masters could for the first time call themselves world champions in 2019.

– It was at home (Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, ed.), And we had so many spectators in the back. And the very atmosphere around the team and spectators was absolutely fantastic to be a part of, he says.

When the World Cup was moved to Egypt this winter, it again became a Danish gold medal.

But before the victory was in the house again, the team had to play what is probably remembered as the most nail-biting match in the entire tournament seen through Danish eyes:

The quarterfinals.

Here, the World Cup host waited himself, and the match developed into a real thrill, where the two teams had to go out in extended playing time and penalty throws.

As you know, it ended with a Danish victory, where Anders Zachariassen was on the field some of the time.

– It is at least one of the wildest handball matches I have been involved in playing, he says.

However, when the national team traveled to the Olympics in Tokyo this summer, where it turned into a silver medal, it was without Zachariassen in the squad.

In February, he was injured in the cruciate ligament in a league match against Ribe-Esbjerg. The line player is still undergoing rehabilitation, he says.

For the birthday, the World Cup winner will be visited by friends and family.

Anders Zachariassen is married to Kristina Otten. Together, the couple has two young daughters.

Source: The Nordic Page


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