2009 World Men's Handball Championship

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2009 World Men's Handball Championship
Svjetsko prvenstvo u rukometu 2009 (Croatian)
Croatia 2009 World Handball.png
Tournament details
Host country  Croatia
Dates 16 January–1 February
Teams 24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France
Runner-up  Croatia
Third place  Poland
Fourth place  Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches 110
Goals scored 6090 (55.36 per match)
Attendance 392,550 (3,569 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Kiril Lazarov (MKD)
(92 goals)
Best player  Igor Vori (CRO)
Next

The 2009 World Men's Handball Championship (21st tournament) took place in Croatia from 16 January–1 February, in the cities of Split, Zadar, Osijek, Varaždin, Poreč, Zagreb and Pula. Croatia was selected from a group of four potential hosts which included the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania.

The opening game and ceremony were held in Split, and the final game was played in Zagreb. France won the tournament after defeating Croatia in the final. Poland took the third place after winning over Denmark. Tickets for the tournament went on sale from 15 to 20 November.[1] For the finals, ticket prices started at 700 kuna (c. €95). To promote the tournament, the Croatian National Tourist Board launched a series of presentations in the capitals of 13 participating countries.[2]

During the championship internal criticism arose against Hassan Moustafa, President of the IHF. The secretary general of the IHF, Peter Mühlematter, criticized Moustafa and asked for his demission. Moustafa asked to exclude Mühlematter after his criticism.[3][4][5][6][7]

Venues[edit]

Seven Croatian cities were selected as hosts for the 2009 Championship: Split, Zadar, Osijek, Varaždin, Poreč, Zagreb and Pula.

The sites included the new Spaladium Arena in Split and Arena Zagreb, where the final took place.

Zagreb Varaždin Osijek
Arena Zagreb
Capacity: 15,024
Varaždin Arena
Capacity: 5,200
Gradski vrt Hall
Capacity: 3,538
Arena zagreb 3.jpg Sport Hall Varaždin.jpg Dvorana Gradski vrt 1.jpg
Poreč
Žatika Sport Centre
Capacity: 3,500
Porec dvorana 1.jpg
Pula
Mate Parlov Sport Centre
Capacity: 2,132
Dom sportova Mate Parlov 29-Dec-08 east.JPG
Zadar Split
Krešimir Ćosić Hall
Capacity: 8,600
Spaladium Arena
Capacity: 10,941
Dvorana Visnjik Zadar.jpg Spaladium arena 2.jpg

Qualification[edit]

Qualified nations

Qualification occurred through the previous years' continental championships or qualifying tournaments:

European qualifiers play-off[edit]

Team 1 Result Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Slovenia Slovenia 62–63 Slovakia Slovakia 33–33 29–30
Spain Spain 63–56 Greece Greece 32–24 31–32
Norway Norway 61–52 Ukraine Ukraine 29–22 32–30
Belarus Belarus 56–60 Russia Russia 26–26 30–34
Montenegro Montenegro 55–56 Romania Romania 31–27 24–29
Czech Republic Czech Republic 62–62 Serbia Serbia 38–33 24–29
Poland Poland 54–48 Switzerland Switzerland 32–24 22–24
Hungary Hungary 54–49 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina 27–25 27–24[8]
Macedonia Republic of Macedonia 58–56 Iceland Iceland 34–26 24–30

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the groups of the preliminary round was held on 21 June 2008, in Zagreb. The draw took place at Zagreb's central Ban Jelačić Square and was hosted by Filip Brkić and Kristina Krepela.[9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6
Ruksi, the caterpillar, 2009 World Men's Handball Championship mascot.[11]

Preliminary round[edit]

In the following tables:

  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)
  • Pts = total points accumulated

The teams placed first, second and third (shaded in green) qualified to the main round.

Group A[edit]

Venue: Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 France 5 5 0 0 168 106 +62 10
 Slovakia 5 3 1 1 152 119 +33 7
 Hungary 5 3 1 1 148 115 +33 7
 Romania 5 2 0 3 141 135 +6 4
 Argentina 5 1 0 4 133 137 –4 2
 Australia 5 0 0 5 76 206 –130 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

17 January
16:30
Slovakia  27 – 25  Argentina
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Straňovský 7 (12–13) Gull 5
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17 January
18:30
Hungary  41 – 17  Australia
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Iváncsik, Zubai 7 (20–8) Fletcher 8
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17 January
20:30
France  31 – 21  Romania
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Karabatić, Guigou 7 (12–9) Toma 5
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18 January
15:00
Australia  12 – 47  Slovakia
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Fletcher 6 (6–20) Antl 8
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18 January
17:00
Romania  27 – 30  Hungary
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Pîrîianu 6 (16–13) Nagy 8
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18 January
19:00
Argentina  26 – 33  France
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Kogovsek, Migueles 5 (15–19) Guigou 7
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19 January
15:30
Romania  30 – 26  Argentina
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Ghionea 9 (15–13) Kogovsek 7
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19 January
17:30
Hungary  24 – 24  Slovakia
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Nagy, Iváncsik, Ilyés 5 (12–6) Šulc 9
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19 January
19:30
France  42 – 11  Australia
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Abalo 10 (20–3) Fletcher 4
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21 January
15:00
Australia  20 – 40  Romania
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Blondell 8 (9–21) Cozma 10
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21 January
17:00
Hungary  31 – 20  Argentina
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Mocsai 6 (17–8) Kogovsek, Gull 4
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21 January
19:00
Slovakia  26 – 35  France
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Antl 7 (9–15) Karabatić 9
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22 January
15:00
Argentina  36 – 16  Australia
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Torres 7 (15–8) Fletcher 4
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22 January
17:00
Slovakia  28 – 23  Romania
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Kukučka 8 (12–13) Ghionea, Pîrîianu 5
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22 January
19:00
France  27 – 22  Hungary
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Fernandez, Karabatić, Narcisse 5 (13–8) Gál 5
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Group B[edit]

Venue: Spaladium Arena, Split

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Croatia 5 5 0 0 170 115 +55 10
 Sweden 5 4 0 1 162 118 +44 8
 South Korea 5 3 0 2 140 126 +14 6
 Spain 5 2 0 3 167 127 +40 4
 Cuba 5 1 0 4 106 181 –75 2
 Kuwait 5 0 0 5 99 177 –78 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

16 January
20:30
Croatia  27 – 26  South Korea
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Čupić 8 (14–13) Sim, Park J. 5
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17 January
16:30
Spain  47 – 17  Kuwait
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecido (BRA)
Rocas, García 7 (18–9) H. Al-Shamari 5
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17 January
18:30
Sweden  41 – 14  Cuba
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
Källman, Lennartsson 6 (19–7) Diaz 5
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18 January
16:30
Cuba  20 – 45  Spain
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecdio (BRA)
Echavarria 5 (10–24) García 9
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18 January
18:30
South Korea  25 – 31  Sweden
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Park J., Lee J. 6 (12–16) Källman 10
Suspension 4×Booked Report 10×Suspension 4×Booked 1×Red card

18 January
20:30
Kuwait  21 – 40  Croatia
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
Al-Qallaf, Al-Gharaballi 5 (13–22) Šprem 8
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19 January
16:30
South Korea  34 – 19  Kuwait
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Yoon 7 (15–9) H. Al-Shamari, Al-Theyab, Al-Anezi, Al-Otaibi, Abdul-Redha 3
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19 January
18:30
Sweden  34 – 30  Spain
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Doder 11 (19–13) Romero 11
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19 January
20:30
Croatia  41 – 20  Cuba
Attendance: 11,800
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecdio (BRA)
Čupić 11 (20–9) Echavarria, Carol 5
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21 January
16:30
Cuba  26 – 31  South Korea
Attendance: 500
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Turino, Diaz, Cuni, Echavarria, Amador 4 (13–17) Lee J. 10
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21 January
18:30
Sweden  30 – 19  Kuwait
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
Larholm 6 (17–9) Al-Hajeri 5
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21 January
20:30
Spain  22 – 32  Croatia
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Romero 5 (11–18) Duvnjak 7
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22 January
16:30
Kuwait  23 – 26  Cuba
Attendance: 500
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecdio (BRA)
H. Al-Shamari, F. Al-Shamari 5 (9–12) Carol 8
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22 January
18:30
Spain  23 – 24  South Korea
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Rocas, Romero 5 (15–14) Oh Y. 6
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22 January
20:30
Croatia  30 – 26  Sweden
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Čupić 8 (14–13) Doder, Larholm 7
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Group C[edit]

Venue: Varaždin Arena, Varaždin

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Germany 5 4 1 0 147 116 +31 9
 Macedonia 5 3 0 2 145 136 +9 6
 Poland 5 3 0 2 146 131 +15 6
 Russia 5 2 1 2 143 145 –2 5
 Tunisia 5 2 0 3 143 142 +1 4
 Algeria 5 0 0 5 114 168 –54 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

17 January
15:30
Poland  39 – 22  Algeria
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Jurasik, Tłuczyński 6 (17–8) Chehbour 6
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17 January
17:30
Germany  26 – 26  Russia
Attendance: 4,600
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Hens 9 (15–14) Rastvortsev, Igropulo 5
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17 January
19:30
Macedonia  24 – 25  Tunisia
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Cacador, Nicolau (POR)
K. Lazarov 9 (14–13) Tej 6
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18 January
15:30
Algeria  19 – 32  Macedonia
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Chehbour 6 (8–16) K. Lazarov 9
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18 January
17:30
Tunisia  24 – 26  Germany
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Hammed 9 (12–12) Hens 6
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18 January
19:30
Russia  22 – 24  Poland
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubić (SLO)
Igropulo 6 (14–11) K. Lijewski, Bielecki, Jurasik 4
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19 January
15:30
Poland  29 – 30  Macedonia
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Cacador, Nicolau (POR)
M. Lijewski, Bielecki 7 (15–16) K. Lazarov 13
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19 January
17:30
Germany  32 – 20  Algeria
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubić (SLO)
Jansen 6 (16–10) Berriah 8
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19 January
19:30
Russia  36 – 31  Tunisia
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Kovalev, Filippov 7 (16–11) Touati 9
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21 January
15:30
Algeria  28 – 29  Russia
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Cacador, Nicolau (POR)
Boudrali 6 (14–17) Filippov 9
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21 January
17:30
Macedonia  23 – 33  Germany
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
K. Lazarov 9 (14–13) Glandorf 9
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21 January
19:30
Poland  31 – 27  Tunisia
Attendance: 800
Referees: Krstić, Ljubić (SLO)
Tłuczyński 11 (16–11) Hedoui 6
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22 January
15:30
Macedonia  36 – 30  Russia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
K. Lazarov 13 (15–14) Igropulo 13
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22 January
17:30
Germany  30 – 23  Poland
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Cacador, Nicolau (POR)
Kraus 7 (14–11) Tłuczyński 6
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22 January
19:30
Tunisia  36 – 25  Algeria
Attendance: 300
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Touati 12 (18–11) Bouakaz 5
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Group D[edit]

Venue: Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Denmark 5 5 0 0 167 121 +46 10
 Serbia 5 3 0 2 161 146 +15 6
 Norway 5 3 0 2 162 123 +39 6
 Egypt 5 2 0 3 110 126 –16 4
 Brazil 5 2 0 3 128 158 –30 4
 Saudi Arabia 5 0 0 5 107 161 –54 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

17 January
16:15
Norway  39 – 23  Saudi Arabia
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Mamelund 8 (19–10) B. Al-Harbi 6
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17 January
18:15
Egypt  22 – 30  Serbia
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
El Ahmar 8 (12–12) Stojanović 6
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17 January
20:15
Denmark  40 – 27  Brazil
Attendance: 2,200
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Christiansen 8 (19–12) Da Silva 6
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18 January
16:15
Brazil  21 – 39  Norway
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Silva, Hubner 4 (8–17) Bjørnsen 7
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18 January
18:15
Saudi Arabia  18 – 26  Egypt
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
B. Al-Harbi 9 (8–12) Hussein 7
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18 January
20:15
Serbia  36 – 37  Denmark
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Ilić 10 (22–16) Lindberg 8
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19 January
17:00
Brazil  32 – 30  Serbia
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ribeiro 10 (14–14) Ilić 7
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19 January
19:10
Norway  30 – 20  Egypt
Attendance: 1,650
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Kjelling 9 (14–10) Hussein 9
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19 January
21:15
Denmark  32 – 13  Saudi Arabia
Attendance: 800
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Jacobsen 10 (17–4) Al-Habib 6
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21 January
17:00
Saudi Arabia  24 – 26  Brazil
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
B. Al-Harbi 9 (10–14) Ribeiro 9
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21 January
19:10
Norway  26 – 27  Serbia
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Løke 6 (10–12) Vujin 6
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21 January
21:15
Egypt  17 – 26  Denmark
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Hussein 4 (7–12) Christiansen 7
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22 January
16:15
Serbia  38 – 29  Saudi Arabia
Attendance: 800
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Bojinovic, Markovic 6 (21–13) Al-Habib 6
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22 January
18:15
Egypt  25 – 22  Brazil
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Hussein 6 (13–6) Ribeiro 5
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22 January
20:15
Denmark  32 – 28  Norway
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Hansen 10 (16–14) Kjelling 9
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Main Round[edit]

     Team advanced to the Semifinals

Group I[edit]

Venue: Arena Zagreb, Zagreb

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Croatia 5 5 0 0 137 118 +19 10
 France 5 4 0 1 139 112 +27 8
 Hungary 5 2 1 2 127 135 –8 5
 Sweden 5 2 0 3 135 140 –5 4
 Slovakia 5 1 1 3 124 137 –13 3
 South Korea 5 0 0 5 119 139 –20 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January
16:30
Slovakia  23 – 20  South Korea
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Šulc 6 (15–12) Lee J. 8
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24 January
18:30
France  28 – 21  Sweden
Attendance: 13,000
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Karabatić, Guigou 7 (16–10) Andersson 5
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card

24 January
20:30
Hungary  22 – 27  Croatia
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Nagy 6 (12–14) Čupić 6
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25 January
16:30
Sweden  30 – 31  Hungary
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Källman 8 (18–16) Ilyés 8
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25 January
18:30
South Korea  21 – 30  France
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Kim T., Oh Y. 5 (15–15) Abalo, Guigou 5
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25 January
20:30
Croatia  31 – 25  Slovakia
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Hrvatin 6 (18–13) Šulc 7
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27 January
16:30
Hungary  28 – 27  South Korea
Attendance: 800
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Császár 8 (11–14) Lee J. 7
Suspension 1×Booked Report Suspension 1×Booked

27 January
18:30
Slovakia  26 – 27  Sweden
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Kukucka 9 (11–16) Doder 11
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27 January
20:30
France  19 – 22  Croatia
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Junillon 5 (7–11) Vori 8
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Group II[edit]

Venue: Krešimir Ćosić Hall, Zadar

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Denmark 5 4 0 1 156 145 +11 8
 Poland 5 3 0 2 150 141 +9 6
 Germany 5 2 1 2 147 133 +14 5
 Serbia 5 2 1 2 153 161 –8 5
 Norway 5 2 0 3 138 141 –3 4
 Macedonia 5 1 0 4 132 155 –23 2

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January
15:30
Macedonia  27 – 29  Norway
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Cacador, Nicolau (POR)
K. Lazarov 9 (13–16) Tvedten 10
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24 January
17:30
Germany  35 – 35  Serbia
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Jansen 10 (16–19) Bojinović 8
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24 January
20:15
Poland  32 – 28  Denmark
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Kuchczyński 9 (20–12) Boesen 6
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25 January
15:30
Serbia  23 – 35  Poland
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Cacador, Nicolau (POR)
Ilić 6 (7–21) Tłuczyński 11
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25 January
17:30
Norway  25 – 24  Germany
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubić (SLO)
Tvedten, Kjelling 7 (12–12) Glandorf 6
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25 January
20:15
Denmark  32 – 24  Macedonia
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Lazaar, Navaret (FRA)
Christiansen 8 (13–12) K. Lazarov 8
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27 January
15:30
Macedonia  28 – 32  Serbia
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubić (SLO)
K. Lazarov 7 (16–15) Ilić 8
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27 January
17:30
Germany  25 – 27  Denmark
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Preiß 7 (14–14) Lindberg 6
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27 January
20:15
Poland  31 – 30  Norway
Attendance: 4,200
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Bielecki 5 (14–14) Kjelling 8
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Final Round (Split/Zagreb)[edit]

Finals[edit]

Final, France vs. Croatia, 22:19, 28:11 min, Arena Zagreb
Semifinal Final
30 January - 17:30 (Split)
  Denmark  22  
  France  27  
 
1 February - 17:30 (Zagreb)
      France  24
    Croatia  19
Bronze Match
30 January - 20:30 (Zagreb) 1 February - 15:00 (Zagreb)
  Croatia  29   Denmark  23
  Poland  23     Poland  31

Semifinals[edit]

30 January
17:30
Denmark  22 – 27  France Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Jørgensen 5 (11–16) Abalo 7
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30 January
20:30
Croatia  29 – 23  Poland Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Čupić 12 (14–13) Jurasik 6
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Bronze Match[edit]

1 February
15:00
Denmark  23 – 31  Poland Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Hansen 10 (11–14) Bielecki 10
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Final[edit]

1 February
17:30
France  24 – 19  Croatia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Olsen, Pedersen (DEN)
Guigou 10 (11–12) Čupić 6
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Placement Matches (5–12th Place)[edit]

11th–12th[edit]

29 January
12:30
South Korea  31 – 32  Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecdio (BRA)
Jeong 7 (14–14) K. Lazarov 15
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9th–10th[edit]

29 January
20:15
Slovakia  27 – 34  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Kukučka 6 (14–18) Kjelling 9
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7th–8th[edit]

29 January
17:30
Sweden  37 – 29  Serbia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,300
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Gustafsson 7 (20–16) Vujin, Vucković 5
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5th–6th[edit]

29 January
15:00
Hungary  25 – 28  Germany Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Nagy 5 (13–16) Kaufmann 8
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President's Cup[edit]

Group I[edit]

Venue: Mate Parlov Sport Centre, Pula

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Spain 5 5 0 0 205 98 +107 10
 Romania 5 4 0 1 175 141 +34 8
 Argentina 5 3 0 2 137 125 +12 6
 Cuba 5 2 0 3 124 154 –30 4
 Kuwait 5 1 0 4 119 157 –38 2
 Australia 5 0 0 5 87 172 –85 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January
15:00
Argentina  26 – 25  Kuwait
Attendance: 500
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Migueles 5 (12–12) Abdul-Redha 6
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24 January
17:00
Australia  10 – 42  Spain
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
Fletcher, Subotic 3 (6–18) Ugalde 9
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24 January
19:00
Romania  39 – 28  Cuba
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecido (BRA)
Ghionea 12 (21–15) Turino, Carol 6
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25 January
15:00
Spain  31 – 19  Argentina
Attendance: 1,600
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
García 6 (15–11) Viscovich 5
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25 January
17:00
Kuwait  27 – 34  Romania
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecido (BRA)
Al-Qallaf, Al-Gharaballi 5 (12–16) Ghionea 8
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25 January
19:00
Cuba  27 – 17  Australia
Attendance: 500
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Diaz 5 (14–6) Fletcher 6
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26 January
15:00
Australia  24 – 27  Kuwait
Attendance: 200
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecido (BRA)
Blondell 7 (10–14) F. Al-Shamari 7
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26 January
17:00
Argentina  30 – 23  Cuba
Attendance: 500
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
Pizzaro 8 (16–15) Carol 6
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26 January
19:00
Romania  32 – 40  Spain
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Ghionea 7 (16–19) Ugalde 9
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Group II[edit]

Venue: Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Egypt 5 4 0 1 135 125 +10 8
 Russia 5 4 0 1 151 127 +24 8
 Tunisia 5 3 0 2 159 146 +13 6
 Algeria 5 3 0 2 140 142 –2 6
 Brazil 5 1 0 4 131 137 –6 2
 Saudi Arabia 5 0 0 5 105 144 –39 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January
16:00
Tunisia  28 – 21  Saudi Arabia
Attendance: 300
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Ayed 5 (12–8) B. Al-Harbi 5
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24 January
18:00
Algeria  28 – 22  Egypt
Attendance: 300
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Berriah 7 (12–7) Hussein 6
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24 January
20:00
Russia  25 – 22  Brazil
Attendance: 300
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Dibirov 7 (15–9) Gaeta, Ribeiro 4
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25 January
16:00
Egypt  31 – 30  Tunisia
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
El Ahmar 11 (15–14) Ayed 9
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25 January
18:00
Saudi Arabia  15 – 34  Russia
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Al-Abdulali 4 (5–17) Chernoivanov 8
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25 January
20:00
Brazil  28 – 29  Algeria
Attendance: 500
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Ribeiro, Ferreira 8 (15–10) Boudrali 5
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26 January
16:00
Algeria  30 – 27  Saudi Arabia
Attendance: 500
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Soudani 8 (14–12) B. Al-Harbi 13
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26 January
18:00
Tunisia  34 – 33  Brazil
Attendance: 500
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Touati 6 (18–16) Ribeiro, Ferreira 9
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26 January
20:00
Russia  27 – 31  Egypt
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Igropulo 8 (12–16) El Ahmar, Rabie 8
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Placement Matches (13–24th Place)[edit]

23rd–24th[edit]

27 January
15:00
Australia  19 – 23  Saudi Arabia Mate Parlov Sport Centre, Pula
Attendance: 300
Referees: Nilson Aires, Aparecido (BRA)
Fletcher 6 (11–15) B. Al-Harbi 6
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21st–22nd[edit]

27 January
16:00
Kuwait  24 – 27  Brazil Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 200
Referees: El-Moamli, Shaaban (EGY)
Al-Gharaballi 8 (12–13) Ribeiro 11
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19th–20th[edit]

27 January
17:00
Cuba  27 – 34  Algeria Mate Parlov Sport Centre, Pula
Attendance: 350
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Turino 8 (15–18) Chehbour, Soudani, Berriah 6
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17th–18th[edit]

27 January
18:00
Argentina  23 – 29  Tunisia Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 500
Referees: Opava, Valek (CZE)
Migueles 5 (13–14) Gharbi, Kraiem 6
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15th–16th[edit]

27 January
19:00
Romania  42 – 38  Russia Mate Parlov Sport Centre, Pula
Attendance: 750
Referees: Gatelis, Mazeika (LTU)
Irimescu 8 (25–21) Dibirov 12
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13th–14th[edit]

27 January
20:00
Spain  28 – 24  Egypt Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Stanojević, Višekruna (SRB)
Cañellas 9 (15–10) Hassan 7
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Ranking and Statistics[edit]

 

Top Goalkeepers[edit]

Rank Name Team % Saves Shots
1 Per Sandström  Sweden 44% 52 118
2 Nándor Fazekas  Hungary 41% 79 195
Daouda Karaboué  France 41 99
Richard Štochl  Slovakia 110 266
5 Mohamed Nakib Bakir  Egypt 39% 62 157
Jose Manuel Sierra  Spain 54 139
7 Steinar Ege  Norway 38% 95 249
Andreas Palicka  Sweden 44 116
9 Thierry Omeyer  France 37% 91 244
Johan Sjöstrand  Sweden 56 150

Source: ihf.info

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Kiril Lazarov  Macedonia 92 167 55%
2 Ivan Čupić  Croatia 66 81 81%
3 Felipe Borges Ribeiro  Brazil 61 87 70%
4 Valentin Marian Ghionea  Romania 58 87 67%
Tomasz Tłuczyński  Poland 73 79%
6 Bandar Al-Harbi  Saudi Arabia 55 100 55%
7 Kristian Kjelling  Norway 54 102 53%
8 Michaël Guigou  France 52 66 79%
Momir Ilić  Serbia 100 52%
10 Hussein Hussein  Egypt 50 50 64%

Source: ihf.info

Match officials[edit]

 
German officials Bernd Ullrich (left) and Frank Lemme (right) refereed the opening match between Croatia and South Korea on 16 January.
Referees (cont.)

Romania
Constantin Din
Sorin-Laurenţiu Dinu

Serbia
Zoran Stanojević
Slobodan Višekruna

Slovenia
Nenad Krstič
Peter Ljubič
Withdrawn due to injury

Sweden
Rickard Canbro
Mikael Claesson

On 12 October 2008, the match officials for the tournament were confirmed.[12] But due to injury, the Swedish referee team Rickard Canbro and Mikael Claesson had to withdraw from the championship, and was replaced by Danish duo Per Olesen and Lars Ejby Pedersen.[13]

Referees

Belarus
Andrei Gousko
Siarhei Repkin

Brazil
Jesús Nílson Aires
Rogério Aparecido

Croatia
Matija Gubica
Boris Milošević

Czech Republic
Jiří Opava
Pavěl Valek

Denmark
Martin Gjeding
Mads Hansen

Denmark
Per Olesen
Lars Ejby Pedersen

Egypt
Moustafa El-Moamli
Mohamed Shaaban

France
Nordine Lazaar
Laurent Reveret

Germany
Frank Lemme
Bernd Ullrich

Iran
Mohsen Karbaschi
Majid Kolahdouzan

Lithuania
Mindaugas Gatelis
Vaidas Mažeika

Poland
Mirosław Baum
Marek Góralczyk

Portugal
Cacodor
Nicolau

IHF Broadcasting rights[edit]

High Definition

References[edit]

External links[edit]