2007 World Men's Handball Championship

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2007 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Germany
Dates 19 January–4 February
Teams 24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Germany (3rd title)
Runner-up  Poland
Third place  Denmark
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Top scorer(s)  Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson (ISL)
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The 2007 World Men's Handball Championship took place from 19 January to 4 February 2007 in Germany. 24 national teams played in 12 German cities. It was the 20th edition of the World Championship in team handball and was won by the hosts.

Stadiums[edit]

12 German cities were hosts for the 2007 Championship. The most modern stadiums - spread all over the country - had been selected. The final match took place in the Kölnarena in Cologne (Köln).

Town Stadium max. spectators
Köln Kölnarena 19.000
Mannheim SAP-Arena 14.300
Hamburg Color Line Arena 12.500
Dortmund Westfalenhalle 12.000
Halle Gerry-Weber-Stadion 11.000
Kiel Ostseehalle 10.200
Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle 10.000
Bremen AWD-Dome 9.200
Magdeburg Bördelandhalle 7.850
Stuttgart Porsche Arena 6.100
Lemgo Lipperlandhalle 5.000
Wetzlar Mittelhessen-Arena 5.000

Venues[edit]

Koelnarena inside.jpg SAP Arena.jpg Color Line Arena.JPG
Kölnarena

(Kölnarena)
Location: Cologne
Capacity: 19,500
Club: VfL Gummersbach

SAP Arena

(SAP-Arena)
Location: Mannheim
Capacity: 14,300
Club: Rhein-Neckar Löwen

Color Line Arena

(Color Line Arena)
Location: Hamburg
Capacity: 13,800
Clubs: HSV Handball

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Westfalenhalle

(Westfalenhalle)
Location: Dortmund
Capacity: 12,000
Club:

Gerry Weber Stadion

(Gerry Weber Stadion)
Location: Halle
Capacity: 11,000
Club:

Ostseehalle

(Ostseehalle)
Location: Kiel
Capacity: 10,200
Club: THW Kiel

Max-schmeling-halle berlin.jpg AWD Dome Bremen Handball WM07.JPG Boerdeland-Halle.jpg
Max-Schmeling-Halle

(Max-Schmeling-Halle)
Location: Berlin
Capacity: 10,000
Club: Füchse Berlin

AWD-Dome

(AWD-Dome)
Location: Bremen
Capacity: 9,200
Club:

Bördelandhalle

(Bördelandhalle)
Location: Magdeburg
Capacity: 7,850
Club: SC Magdeburg

Porsche-Arena-Suedfront.jpg Lemgo Lipperlandhalle.jpg Wetzlar Mittelhessen-Arena right.jpeg
Porsche Arena

(Porsche Arena)
Location: Stuttgart
Capacity: 6,100
Club:

Lipperlandhalle

(Lipperlandhalle)
Location: Lemgo
Capacity: 5,000
Club: TBV Lemgo

Rittal Arena Wetzlar

(Rittal Arena Wetzlar)
Location: Wetzlar
Capacity: 5,000
Club: HSG Wetzlar

Qualification[edit]

2007 World Men's Handball Championship - qualification

Tournament structure[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

The 24 competing teams will be drawn into six preliminary groups of four teams each, and the matches in the preliminary round are scheduled to be held from 20 to 22 January. The two top teams from each group then proceed to the main round, while the third and fourth-placed teams play in the Presidents-Cup.[1]

On 14 July 2006, the groups of the tournament were determined:[2]

Group A (Wetzlar):

Group B (Magdeburg):

Group C (Berlin, Halle):

Group D (Bremen):

Group E (Kiel):

Group F (Stuttgart):

Presidents-Cup[edit]

The teams placed third and fourth in the preliminary round groups are divided into four groups of three teams, as such:

Group I:

  • 3rd-placed group A
  • 3rd-placed group B
  • 3rd-placed group C

Group II:

  • 3rd-placed group D
  • 3rd-placed group E
  • 3rd-placed group F

Group III:

  • 4th-placed group A
  • 4th-placed group B
  • 4th-placed group C

Group IV:

  • 4th-placed group D
  • 4th-placed group E
  • 4th-placed group F

The matches are scheduled for 24 to 26 January. On 28 January, the winners of group I and II then play each other for the 13th place, the runners-up play each other for the 15th place, and the third-placed play off for 17th place. The Group III and IV teams play off for 19th, 21st and 23rd place in the same fashion.

Main round[edit]

The main round is scheduled for 24 to 28 January, and the teams will be divided into two groups of six teams. The teams carry forward match results from matches against the other team from their group to qualify for the main round. Four teams from each main round group qualify for the quarter-finals.

No placement matches for the places 9 to 12 are scheduled.

Knockout stage[edit]

The knockout stage is scheduled to make up the last week of the tournament, starting on Tuesday 30 January and continuing until Sunday 4 February. The quarter-finals are set up so that the winner of one group will face the fourth-placed team in the other. Semi-finals and consolation matches are held on 1 February; two days later, the 5th and 7th place play-offs take place on 3 February, with the 3rd place play-off and final is scheduled for the following day.

Seedings[edit]

The seedings for the preliminary round have been partially determined; the full seedings will be revealed when all qualifying matches have been played.[3] Currently, the following seedings (in IHF terminology, performance row) have been confirmed:

  • Pot 1: Spain, France, Denmark, Tunisia, Croatia, Germany
  • Pot 2: Europe 4, Europe 5, Europe 6, Europe 7, Europe 8, Europe 9
  • Pot 3: Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Europe 10, Europe 11, Brazil
  • Pot 4: Angola, South Korea, Qatar, Argentina, Greenland, Australia

Preliminary round[edit]

     Team advanced to the Main Round
     Team will play in the President's Cup

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

Group A (Wetzlar)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Slovenia 3 3 0 0 102 71 +31 6
 Tunisia 3 2 0 1 97 77 +20 4
 Kuwait 3 1 0 2 85 94 -9 2
 Greenland 3 0 0 3 68 110 -42 0
20 January 2007
Slovenia  35 – 21  Greenland
Tunisia  34 – 23  Kuwait
21 January 2007
Greenland  20 – 36  Tunisia
Kuwait  23 – 33  Slovenia
22 January 2007
Kuwait  39 – 27  Greenland
Tunisia  27 – 34  Slovenia

Group B (Magdeburg)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Iceland 3 2 0 1 106 76 +30 4
 France 3 2 0 1 103 63 +40 4
 Ukraine 3 2 0 1 90 79 +11 4
 Australia 3 0 0 3 48 129 -81 0
20 January 2007
Iceland  45 – 20  Australia
France  32 – 21  Ukraine
21 January 2007
Australia  10 – 47  France
Iceland  29 – 32  Ukraine
22 January 2007
Ukraine  37 – 18  Australia
France  24 – 32  Iceland

Group C (Berlin/Halle)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Poland 3 3 0 0 87 63 +24 6
 Germany 3 2 0 1 84 69 +15 4
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 57 81 -24 2
 Brazil 3 0 0 3 65 80 -15 0
19 January 2007
Germany  27 – 22  Brazil
20 January 2007
Poland  29 – 15  Argentina
21 January 2007
Brazil  23 – 31  Poland
Argentina  20 – 32  Germany
22 January 2007
Germany  25 – 27  Poland
Brazil  20 – 22  Argentina

Group D (Bremen)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Spain 3 3 0 0 109 76 +33 6
 Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 97 88 +9 4
 Egypt 3 1 0 2 94 88 +6 2
 Qatar 3 0 0 3 65 113 -48 0
20 January 2007
Czech Republic  37 – 23  Qatar
Spain  33 – 29  Egypt
21 January 2007
Qatar  18 – 41  Spain
Egypt  30 – 31  Czech Republic
22 January 2007
Egypt  35 – 24  Qatar
Spain  35 – 29  Czech Republic

Group E (Kiel)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Hungary 3 3 0 0 89 82 +7 6
 Denmark 3 2 0 1 95 75 +20 4
 Norway 3 1 0 2 88 65 +23 2
 Angola 3 0 0 3 64 114 -50 0
20 January 2007
Norway  41 – 13  Angola
Denmark  29 – 30  Hungary
21 January 2007
Angola  20 – 39  Denmark
Hungary  25 – 22  Norway
22 January 2007
Hungary  34 – 31  Angola
Denmark  27 – 25  Norway

Group F (Stuttgart)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 108 72 +36 6
 Russia 3 1 1 1 94 83 +11 3
 South Korea 3 1 1 1 87 92 -5 3
 Morocco 3 0 0 3 60 102 -42 0
20 January 2007
Croatia  35 – 22  Morocco
Russia  32 – 32  South Korea
21 January 2007
Morocco  19 – 35  Russia
South Korea  23 – 41  Croatia
22 January 2007
Morocco  19 – 32  South Korea
Croatia  32 – 27  Russia

Presidents Cup (13th-24th Place)[edit]

Group I (Lemgo)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 56 45 +11 4
 Argentina 2 1 0 1 50 48 2 2
 Kuwait 2 0 0 2 48 61 -13 0
24 January 2007
Kuwait  23 – 33  Ukraine
25 January 2007
Kuwait  25 – 28  Argentina
27 January 2007
Ukraine  23 – 22  Argentina

Group II (Lemgo)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Norway 2 2 0 0 61 50 +11 4
 South Korea 2 1 0 1 68 64 +4 2
 Egypt 2 0 0 2 48 63 -15 0
24 January 2007
Egypt  18 – 27  Norway
25 January 2007
Egypt  30 – 36  South Korea
27 January 2007
Norway  34 – 32  South Korea

Group III (Dortmund/Halle)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Brazil 2 2 0 0 63 53 +10 4
 Greenland 2 1 0 1 64 58 +6 2
 Australia 2 0 0 2 48 64 -16 0
24 January 2007
Greenland  34 – 25  Australia Halle
25 January 2007
Greenland  30 – 33  Brazil Dortmund
27 January 2007
Australia  23 – 30  Brazil Dortmund

Group IV (Dortmund/Halle)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Morocco 2 2 0 0 76 55 +21 4
 Angola 2 1 0 1 61 59 +2 2
 Qatar 2 0 0 2 54 77 -23 0
24 January 2007
Qatar  27 – 33  Angola Halle
25 January 2007
Qatar  27 – 44  Morocco Dortmund
27 January 2007
Angola  28 – 32  Morocco Dortmund

Main Round[edit]

     Team advanced to the Quarterfinals
     Team will play Placement Matches

Group I (Dortmund/Halle)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Poland 5 4 0 1 162 147 +15 8
 Germany 5 4 0 1 157 138 +19 8
 Iceland 5 3 0 2 161 153 +8 6
 France 5 3 0 2 142 128 +14 6
 Slovenia 5 1 0 4 140 165 -25 2
 Tunisia 5 0 0 5 142 173 -31 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January 2007
Slovenia  29 – 35  Germany Halle
Tunisia  30 – 36  Iceland Dortmund
France  31 – 22  Poland Dortmund
25 January 2007
Tunisia  28 – 35  Germany Dortmund
Poland  35 – 33  Iceland Halle
France  33 – 19  Slovenia Halle
27 January 2007
France  26 – 29  Germany Dortmund
Iceland  32 – 31  Slovenia Halle
Poland  40 – 31  Tunisia Halle
28 January 2007
Germany  33 – 28  Iceland Dortmund
Slovenia  27 – 38  Poland Halle
France  28 – 26  Tunisia Halle

Group II (Mannheim)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Croatia 5 5 0 0 145 128 +17 10
 Denmark 5 3 0 2 141 134 +7 6
 Spain 5 3 0 2 152 145 +7 6
 Russia 5 2 0 3 136 142 -6 4
 Hungary 5 2 0 3 132 138 -6 4
 Czech Republic 5 0 0 5 138 157 -19 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January 2007
Czech Republic  25 – 28  Hungary
Spain  33 – 29  Russia
Denmark  26 – 28  Croatia
25 January 2007
Czech Republic  26 – 30  Russia
Croatia  25 – 18  Hungary
Denmark  27 – 23  Spain
27 January 2007
Croatia  31 – 29  Czech Republic
Hungary  31 – 33  Spain
Denmark  26 – 24  Russia
28 January 2007
Spain  28 – 29  Croatia
Russia  26 – 25  Hungary
Denmark  33 – 29  Czech Republic

Placement Matches (9th-24th Place)[edit]

23rd/24th Place (Dortmund)[edit]

28 January 2007
Australia  22 – 36  Qatar

21st/22nd Place (Dortmund)[edit]

28 January 2007
Greenland  28 – 29  Angola

19th/20th Place (Dortmund)[edit]

28 January 2007
Brazil  36 – 29  Morocco

17th/18th Place (Lemgo)[edit]

28 January 2007
Kuwait  22 – 26  Egypt

15th/16th Place (Lemgo)[edit]

28 January 2007
South Korea  44 – 31  Argentina

13th/14th Place (Lemgo)[edit]

28 January 2007
Ukraine  22 – 32  Norway

11th/12th Place (Köln)[edit]

30 January 2007
Tunisia  25 – 21  Czech Republic

9th/10th Place (Hamburg)[edit]

30 January 2007
Slovenia  33 – 34  Hungary

Final Round (Hamburg/Köln)[edit]

Finals[edit]

Quarter Final Semi Final Final
                   
30 January 2007 - Köln        
  Spain  25
1 February 2007 - Köln
  Germany  27  
  Germany  32b
30 January 2007 - Köln
    France  31  
  Croatia  18
4 February 2007 - Köln
  France  21  
  Germany  29
30 January 2007 - Hamburg
    Poland  24
  Poland  28
1 February 2007 - Hamburg
  Russia  27  
  Poland  36c Third place
30 January 2007 - Hamburg
    Denmark  33  
  Iceland  41   France  27
  Denmark  42a     Denmark  34
4 February 2007 - Köln
  • a full-time score was 34-34. Denmark won in 1st overtime.
  • b full-time score was 21-21. After 1st overtime it was 27-27. Germany won in 2nd overtime.
  • c full-time score was 26-26. After 1st overtime it was 30-30. Poland won in 2nd overtime.

5th-8th Place[edit]

5th-8th Place 5th/6th Place
1 February 2007 - Köln
   Spain  27  
   Croatia  35  
 
3 February 2007 - Köln
       Croatia  34
     Russia  25
7th/8th Place
1 February 2007 - Hamburg 3 February 2007 - Köln
   Russia  28    Spain  40
   Iceland  25      Iceland  36

Ranking and Statistics[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ (German) Spielplan - Handball-WM 2007, from the tournament's official site
  2. ^ (German) Gruppenauslosung wird zur Farce - Brand zur deutschen Glücksfee, from RP-Online, retrieved 15 July 2006
  3. ^ Asian Championship: Qatar wins bronze and a ticket to the 2007 World Championship, from IHF, retrieved 27 February 2006