Star-struck coach steps in as Loew's translator
Joachim Loew, coach of Germany's football team, was accompanied by an unusual translator for Monday's pre-match press conference when Sweden's handball coach Staffan Olsson joined him on stage in Stockholm.
While Loew gave his thoughts on Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between Sweden and Germany, the 49-year-old Olsson, who spent 11 years playing in Germany, stepped in for his daughter Hanna as translator -- because he wanted to meet the German coach.
"That was a lot of fun," beamed Olsson after spending more than half an hour translating into Swedish for Loew.
"Everything is a bit bigger in football than it is in handball and I was nervous because I wanted to meet Joachim Loew.
"It was cool to meet him, he was very relaxed and very friendly."
Having won the German handball title with THW Kiel in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, Olsson has been coach of the Sweden team since 2008 and his side won silver at last year's Olympics.
Olsson diplomatically said he thinks Tuesday's match will end in a draw.
Germany have qualified for the World Cup as Group C winners while second-placed Sweden face a two-legged play-off next month for their Brazil 2014 berth.