“The atmosphere in the sports hall was fantastic. The fans practically carried us to the victory. We’re very happy about winning, especially at our home European Championship,” says Philip. After a three-day tournament in Berlin (January 17-19) the German team secured its 16th European Championship title on Sunday, with 3,500 spectators in attendance.
In a top-class final match against defending champion Austria, the team fell behind early on, but succeeded in turning the tide before the break, and ultimately won 6:3. This is the second European Championship title for Philip, who was also on the winning team in Prague in 2016. He scored a total of three goals in the tournament and demonstrated outstanding defensive performance.
Philip, 24, is both a national hockey player and KLU bachelor student. He is the first-ever recipient of a sports scholarship from KLU in cooperation with the Olympiastützpunkt Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (OSP) and the Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband. KLU offers a scholarship program for German national team athletes and a discount program for Bundesliga athletes or the equivalent in various sports, as well as support with balancing their academic and sports commitments.