"[Smackhammer] risked collision with hefty Liechtenstein Chaser Willi Wenzel to tweak the Snitch"
-- match report USA v Liechtenstein, Daily Prophet, 8 June 2014 (Pm)
During the 2014 tournament, Wenzel was celebrated for taking two Bludgers to the head during Liechtenstein’s three-day match against Chad while still being able to score a goal from sixty yards away (Pm).
It was unfortunate that the US team’s Seeker caught the Snitch millimetres away from Wenzel’s ankle in their quarter-final match, which they lost by 450 points to 290. Exuberant American fans kidnapped the Liechtenstein team mascot, Hans the Augurey, during the ensuing celebrations – causing an international incident (Pm).
Other canon notes and references
Willi is short for Wilhelm, deriving from the Germanic name Willahelm (wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection") (Behind the Name).
Lexicon list of Chasers
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: Willi Wenzel