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The biggest change for Germany happened as recently as April 2016 when the federation parted ways with head coach Jakob Vestergaard and Michael Biegler, who had coached Poland's men's national team before, took over.

Vestergaard and the federation mutually agreed to end the cooperation after Germany had exited the World Championship 2015 in the Last 16 and missed the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games. Michael Biegler  became a potential candidate after he had quit his position at the helm of the Polish team upon failing to reach the semi-finals at the Men's EHF EURO 2016 on home ground.

While the Women's EHF EURO 2016 will be Biegler's first main challenge as head coach, the potentially bigger one will be forming a competitive team for the Women's World Championship 2017 which Germany hosts in December next year.

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Clara Woltering

Only four German players have won the Women’s EHF Champions League so far – and Clara Woltering is one of them. It was in 2012 and 2015 that she won the coveted trophy with Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost.

After having played at Buducnost for four years, she returned to Germany in 2015 and joined Borussia Dortmund. In Woltering's first season the club made it to the German cup final but lost against HC Leipzig. The comeback in Germany was job related as she took over her parents' farm. She is now the "boss" of 250 bulls and 40,000 chicken.

Woltering has been playing for Germany since 2003. At Germany's last EHF EURO 2016 qualifier against Iceland in June, she was celebrated for her 200th international. In 2007 she won World Championship bronze with Germany. On the club level she also won the Challenge Cup in 2005 with Bayer Leverkusen and was named player of the year in 2009. The tournament in Sweden will be her fifth EHF EURO.

Anna Loerper

Anna Loerper first played for Germany at the World Championship 2005 in Russia and is since one of the team's key players, having donned the German jersey more than 200 times. Loerper usually play centre back - and despite just being 1.64 metres tall, she is a great scorer from the backcourt - but can also be deployed on the left wing. 

In the 2015/16 season, she was awarded player of the year, best Bundesliga player and was among the top scorers of the league for her club TuS Metzingen. In the past she was a teammate of Clara Woltering at Bayer Leverkusen and also part of the team that won the Challenge Cup in 2005. From 2011 to 2013 she played at Team Tvis Holstebro in Denmark and won the EHF Cup at the end of her last season there. At the end of the 2015/16 season she reached the EHF Cup Final with TuS Metzingen.

Her biggest achievements with the national team are World Championship bronze in 2007 and the participation at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Being at the helm of Germany's women’s national team is the 15th handball coaching job for Michael Biegler. Among the 14 previous ones were 13 different German clubs and the Polish men's national team which he led from 2012 to 2016. In 2015 Biegler steered Poland to bronze at the World Championship in Qatar, but when his team – the competition's host – failed to reach the EHF EURO 2016 Semi-finals, he retired immediately. However, it made him the only coach who will be part of both EHF EURO events in 2016. 

The Women’s EHF EURO is a major step for Biegler and the German team on their way to the World Championship 2017 which is hosted by the German federation. Since his start as national team coach, he rejuvenated the team and gave plenty of playing time to young players in his squad.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event host Place/Medal
1994 Germany Silver
1996 Denmark 4th place
1998 Netherlands 6th place
2000 Romania 9th place
2002 Denmark 11th place
2004 Hungary 5th place
2006 Sweden 4th place
2008 FYR Macedonia 4th place
2010 Denmark/Norway 13th place
2012 Serbia 7th place
2014 Hungary/Croatia 10th place