From 13.01. the Handball World Cup starts in Egypt and we are part of it! Because when the 32 participating nations fight for the world championship crown in handball in January, one of Deinzer’s employees will also be on the pitch.
Ivo Santos (28) works for us in the packaging area. At the age of 16 Ivo started playing handball in his home country Cape Verde. His level of performance coupled with his unmistakable talent eventually brought him to the Cape Verde national team. For the last 2 years Ivo has been living in Solingen and has joined the 2nd team of the “Bergischer HC” here, which is currently fighting for promotion to the Nordrhein Liga.
Although Cape Verde may not be counted among the world’s elite in handball and this handball world championship is also the island nation’s first participation in the tournament, they were able to hold their own in the Africa Cup against experienced nations such as Morocco and thus qualify for World Cup participation. On January 17 at 19:00 Cape Verde will play against Germany.
“Of course I’m already a little excited. Even if our chance to win against Germany is small, we want to show ourselves from the best side against the world champion of 2007. Maybe I can also understand a little bit what the Germans are talking about on the pitch during the game. That certainly couldn’t hurt…” said Ivo.
We are curious and wish Cape Verde and especially Ivo good luck at the World Cup!