2003 World Men's Handball Championship

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2003 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Portugal
Dates 20 January–2 February
Final positions
Champions  Croatia
Runner-up  Germany
Third place  France
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The 2003 World Men's Handball Championship took place in Portugal from 20 January to 2 February 2003. It was the 18th edition of the World Championship in team handball and Croatia won the championship.

Qualified teams[edit]

24 teams were qualified for the first round and dispatched into 4 groups.

Group A :  Kuwait,  Morocco,  Poland,  Spain,  Tunisia,  Yugoslavia.

Group B :  Australia,  Germany,  Greenland,  Iceland,  Portugal,  Qatar.

Group C :  Argentina,  Croatia,  France,  Hungary,  Russia,  Saudi Arabia.

Group D :  Algeria,  Brazil,  Denmark,  Egypt,  Slovenia,  Sweden.

First round[edit]

The first 4 teams of each group qualify for the second round.

Group A in Guimarães[edit]

  • Monday, 20 January:
    • Tunisia 29 - 20 Kuwait
    • Yugoslavia 24 - 20 Poland
    • Spain 23 - 18 Morocco
  • Tuesday, 21 January:
    • Kuwait 14 - 36 Yugoslavia
    • Morocco 24 - 28 Tunisia
    • Poland 25 - 34 Spain
  • Thursday, 23 January:
    • Morocco 22 - 25 Kuwait
    • Tunisia 22 - 24 Poland
    • Spain 22 - 20 Yugoslavia
  • Saturday, 25 January:
    • Spain 45 - 18 Kuwait
    • Yugoslavia 28 - 27 Tunisia
    • Poland 35 - 29 Morocco
  • Sunday, 26 January:
    • Tunisie 25 - 33 Spain
    • Yugoslavia 34 - 20 Morocco
    • Poland 36 - 21 Kuwait

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Spain Spain 10 5 0 0 157 106 +51
2 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 8 4 0 1 142 103 +39
3 Poland Poland 6 3 0 2 140 130 +10
4 Tunisia Tunisia 4 2 0 3 131 129 +2
5 Kuwait Kuwait 2 1 0 4 98 168 -70
6 Morocco Morocco 0 0 0 5 113 145 -32

Group B in Viseu[edit]

  • Monday, 20 January:
    • Germany 40 - 17 Qatar
    • Iceland 55 - 15 Australia
    • Portugal 34 - 19 Greenland
  • Tuesday, 21 January:
    • Qatar 21 - 31 Portugal
    • Australia 16 - 46 Germany
    • Greenland 17 -30 Iceland
  • Thursday, 23 January:
    • Germany 34 - 20 Greenland
    • Australia 23 - 28 Qatar
    • Iceland 29 - 28 Portugal
  • Saturday, 25 January:
    • Portugal 29 - 37 Germany
    • Iceland 42 - 22 Qatar
    • Greenland 21 - 26 Australia
  • Sunday, 26 January:
    • Iceland 29 - 34 Germany
    • Greenland 23 - 28 Qatar
    • Portugal 42 - 20 Australia

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Germany Germany 10 5 0 0 191 111 +80
2 Iceland Iceland 8 4 0 1 185 116 +69
3 Portugal Portugal 6 3 0 2 164 126 +38
4 Qatar Qatar 4 2 0 3 116 159 -43
5 Australia Australia 2 1 0 4 100 192 -92
6 Greenland Greenland 0 0 0 5 100 152 -52

Group C in Madeira[edit]

  • Monday, 20 January:
    • Russia 31 - 30 Hungary
    • Croatia 29 - 30 Argentina
    • France 30 - 23 Saudi Arabia
  • Tuesday, 21 January:
    • Argentina 26 - 26 Russia
    • Saudi Arabia 18 - 25 Croatia
    • Hungary 24 - 29 France
  • Thursday, 23 January:
    • Hungary 36 - 25 Saudi Arabia
    • Russia 26 - 28 Croatia
    • France 35 - 18 Argentina
  • Saturday, 25 January:
    • Argentina 23 - 35 Hungary
    • Croatia 23 - 22 France
    • Russia 34 - 17 Saudi Arabia
  • Sunday, 26 January:
    • Croatia 30 - 29 Hungary
    • Saudi Arabia 31 - 30 Argentina
    • Russia 15 - 31 France

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Croatia Croatia 8 4 0 1 135 125 +10
2 France France 8 4 0 1 147 103 +44
3 Russia Russia 5 2 1 2 132 132 0
4 Hungary Hungary 4 2 0 3 154 138 +16
5 Argentina Argentina 3 1 1 3 127 156 -29
6 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2 1 0 4 114 155 -41

Croatia is ranked before France thanks to its victory in the game between those two teams.

Group D in São João da Madeira[edit]

  • Monday, 20 January:
    • Algeria 22 - 22 Brazil
    • Sweden 29 - 23 Egypt
    • Denmark 33 - 24 Slovenia
  • Tuesday, 21 January:
    • Egypt 25 - 25 Algeria
    • Slovenia 29 - 25 Sweden
    • Brazil 24 - 28 Denmark
  • Thursday, 23 January:
    • Slovenia 26 - 27 Egypt
    • Sweden 29 - 21 Brazil
    • Denmark 22 - 19 Algeria
  • Saturday, 25 January:
    • Algeria 28 - 32 Sweden
    • Brazil 27 - 30 Slovenia
    • Denmark 35 - 26 Egypt
  • Sunday, 26 January:
    • Denmark 28 - 32 Sweden
    • Brazil 24 - 31 Egypt
    • Algeria 25 - 35 Slovenia

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Sweden Sweden 8 4 0 1 147 129 +18
2 Denmark Denmark 8 4 0 1 146 125 +21
3 Slovenia Slovenia 6 3 0 2 144 137 +7
4 Egypt Egypt 5 2 1 2 132 139 -7
5 Algeria Algeria 2 0 2 3 119 136 -17
6 Brazil Brazil 1 0 1 4 118 140 -22

Sweden is ranked before Denmark thanks to its victory in the game between those two teams.

Second round[edit]

The best teams of each group advance to the semifinals. The runners-up qualify for the ranking games for 5th to 8th place.

Group I in Caminha[edit]

  • Wednesday, 29 January:
    • Iceland 33 - 29 Poland
    • Spain 40 - 15 Qatar
  • Thursday, 30 January:
    • Poland 35 - 26 Qatar
    • Spain 32 - 31 Iceland

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Spain Spain 6 3 0 0 106 71 +35
2 Iceland Iceland 4 2 0 1 106 83 +23
3 Poland Poland 2 1 0 2 89 93 -4
4 Qatar Qatar 0 0 0 3 63 117 -54

Group II in Póvoa de Varzim[edit]

  • Wednesday, 29 January:
    • Germany 30 - 21 Tunisia
    • Yugoslavia 30 - 28 Portugal
  • Thursday, 30 January:
    • Germany 31 - 31 Yugoslavia
    • Portugal 27 - 26 Tunisia

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Germany Germany 5 2 1 0 98 81 +17
2 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 5 2 1 0 89 86 +3
3 Portugal Portugal 2 1 0 2 89 93 -3
4 Tunisia Tunisia 0 0 0 3 74 85 -11

Group III in Rio Maior[edit]

  • Wednesday, 29 January:
    • Croatia 29 - 23 Egypt
    • Denmark 28 - 35 Russia
  • Thursday, 30 January:
    • Russia 29 - 22 Egypt
    • Croatia 33 - 27 Denmark

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 Croatia Croatia 6 3 0 0 90 76 +14
2 Russia Russia 4 2 0 1 90 78 +12
3 Denmark Denmark 2 1 0 2 90 94 -4
4 Egypt Egypt 0 0 0 3 71 93 -22

Group IV in Espinho[edit]

  • Wednesday, 29 January:
    • Sweden 33 - 32 Hungary
    • France 31 - 22 Slovenia
  • Thursday, 30 January:
    • Sweden 24 - 30 France
    • Slovenia 25 - 28 Hungary

Standings[edit]

Rank Country Pts W D L GF GA Diff
1 France France 6 3 0 0 90 70 +20
2 Hungary Hungary 2 1 0 2 84 87 -3
3 Slovenia Slovenia 2 1 0 2 76 84 -8
4 Sweden Sweden 2 1 0 2 82 91 -9

Ranking games in Lisbon[edit]

  • Saturday, 1 February
    • places 5 to 8:
      • Yugoslavia 33 - 34 Hungary (double overtime)
      • Iceland 27 - 30 Russia
  • Sunday, 2 February
    • places 7 and 8:
      • Iceland 32 - 27 Yugoslavia
    • places 5 and 6:
      • Russia 30 - 25 Hungary

Semi-finals in Lisbon[edit]

  • Saturday, 1 February
    • Germany 23 - 22 France
    • Spain 37 - 39 Croatia (double overtime)

Bronze medal game in Lisbon[edit]

  • Sunday, 2 February
    • Spain 22 - 27 France

Final in Lisbon[edit]

Croatian national handball team
Croatia
  • Sunday, 2 February
    • Croatia 34 - 31 Germany

Final standings[edit]

  1.  Croatia
  2.  Germany
  3.  France
  4.  Spain
  5.  Russia
  6.  Hungary
  7.  Iceland
  8.  Yugoslavia
  9.  Denmark
  10.  Poland
  11.  Slovenia
  12.  Portugal
  13.  Sweden
  14.  Tunisia
  15.  Egypt
  16.  Qatar
  17.  Argentina
  18.  Algeria
  19.  Saudi Arabia
  20.  Kuwait
  21.  Australia
  22.  Brazil
  23.  Morocco
  24.  Greenland

The first 7 teams were qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Christian Schwarzer (Germany) was named MVP of the tournament.