On Monday, RSV Lahn-Dill announced that Poland’s Dominik Mosler will be the fourth new addition to be joining them in the new season, following his departure from Italian side, GSD Porto Torres. Rollt.’s English-speaking Content Producer, Dylan Cummings spoke with the Polish forward in an exclusive interview.
Why did you choose to move to RSV Lahn-Dill next season?
“I had several offers from other clubs but, when I received an offer from Lahn-Dill I immediately decided that I wanted to play for that club because it is one of the strongest teams in Europe and in the world. I have always wanted to play in the Rollstuhlbasketball-Bundesliga (RBBL).”
How do you intend to fit into the team?
“I am going to work hard. I intend to use my experience, speed, strength and good defense to get played in the team.”
Why did you move from Porto Torres?
“I chose to move because as I mentioned before, I have always wanted to play in the RBBL. The offer I got from Lahn-Dill was perfect and I can’t wait to play for such a great team.”
What are you most looking forward to about playing in the RBBL?
“In the RBBL, the basketball is very fast and very well laid out. I hope that I will be able to meet and play against so many great players.”
How do you think the styles of play will differ between Lahn-Dill and Porto Torres?
“The speed of the game will be the difference. Lahn-Dill plays a lot faster which is more suited towards my strengths.”
What are your goals for next season?
“I aim to play well and help Lahn-Dill become the best team in Germany and in Europe once again.”
In your opinion, what do you think needs to be done to improve the standard of the Polish league?
“First of all, we need more financial input in basketball to increase the number of training sessions. Secondly, we have a problem in Poland with the lack of interest people have in playing basketball. Not too many people want to practice the sport in my country.”
How much does German and Italian culture differ from Polish culture?
“The most obvious thing is the food is different and of course the weather is too when it comes to Italy.”
What do you miss most about Poland when you are abroad?
“Family, friends, Polish food and sometimes a real winter.”
How has the Polish national team been preparing for the European Championships?
“We have had a lot of training camps. We are preparing very physically because basketball has accelerated within a lot of European countries over the last few years and we are starting to control a lot of our games.”
How would you describe your style of play?
“I like to play fast and aggressive basketball both defensively and offensively. I also love to play pick and roll and attack the zone.”
Has anyone specifically influenced you to play the way you do?
“I’m a man who likes to work very hard, so I do not need any motivation from anyone other than myself.”
What’s the most memorable moment of your career so far?
“The London 2012 Paralympic Games was an amazing experience; I was proud to be there representing Poland.”
If you could do a training session with other players from anywhere in the world male or female to improve your skills, which players would you choose and why?
“Joey Johnson and Simon Munn because they were great players and I looked up to them because they played in similar positions to what I play in now.”
Dominik Mosler Profile
Date of Birth: 13/07/1984 (aged 34)
Hometown: Ledziny, Silesia
Started playing: 2005
Poland senior debut: 2007 European Championships
Disability: Single-leg above the knee amputee
Future club: RSV Lahn-Dill, GER (starting September 2019)
- START KATOWICE, POL (2005-2008)
- ASD S Stefano Sport, ITA (2008-2009)
- NPC Rieti, ITA (2009-2011)
- Turin UICEP, ITA (2011-2012)
- Iberconsa Amfiv Vigo, ESP (2012-2013)
- CS Meaux, FRA (2013-2015)
- Hyeres Handi Basket, FRA (2015-2018)
- GSD Porto Torres, ITA (2018-2019)
- Representing Poland at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
- Winning a bronze medal in the Spanish Cup and League
- 2x winners of the French League
- Winning the French Cup
Rollt. would like to thank Dominik Mosler for this interview.
Interview: Dylan Cummings | Photo: Steffie Wunderl