Bandy World Championship for men

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Bandy World Championship
Most recent season or competition:
Bandy World Championship 2014
Sport Bandy
Inaugural season 1957
No. of teams 17 (last tournament)
Countries world
Most recent champion(s)  Russia (8th title)
Most titles  Soviet Union (14 titles)
Official website worldbandy.com
Kyrgyzstan and Japan were the newcomers for the XXXIInd championship in 2012. Here, the Kyrgyzstan team defend their goal when Japan is about to make a corner stroke. Kyrgyzstan has yet to make another world championship appearance.
Arena Vänersborg in Sweden, the main venue of the XXXIIIrd championship, held in 2013

The Bandy World Championships are a competition between bandy-playing nations. The tournament is administrated by the Federation of International Bandy. It is distinct from the Bandy World Cup, a club competition.

History[edit]

Although bandy has been played since the 19th century, the first men's world championships were only played in 1957, and the first women's ones were only in 2004. Bandy tournament was held as a demonstration sport at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, but this had no world championship status. A four nation tournament in 1954 was played in Moscow, this was the first time the Soviet Union met teams from other countries and the first time the new, jointly agreed rules were used, but this wasn't called a world championship. The international federation was founded in 1955 by the four countries which had played in Moscow.

The first ever Bandy World Championship was organised in 1957 in association with the 50th anniversary of the Ball Association of Finland, which at the time was the governing body of bandy in Finland. It was played at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.[1]

From 1961-2003, the men's championships were played every two years, but has since then been played annually.

Participating nations[edit]

For a long time, only four countries competed in the world championships: the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland and Norway, with the Soviet Union as the dominating country. Since then, more countries have joined the tournaments, starting with the United States in 1985. The interest for the sport has spread to other parts of Europe, North America and Asia, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 also opened the way for separate national teams from the former states of that union. Somalia became the first team from Africa to compete, in the 2014 tournament in Irkutsk.[2] The record number of participants are 17, set in 2014.

With more nations competing, group B was created in 1991. From 2012 there was a group C for the first time as 14 countries participated and in 2014 a group D was introduced. The number of groups is not fixed, it is changed from year to year. Japan and Kyrgyzstan made their first World Championships in 2012, Ukraine joined in 2013 and Germany and Somalia made their debuts in 2014. Russia, Finland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway and USA usually play in group A, Belarus, Canada, the Netherlands, Hungary and Latvia in group B and Estonia, Kyrgyzstan and Japan in group C. In each championship, the best team in group B use to go into a playoff match with the team which came bottom of the A-group, replacing them if they win. There was no playoff match in 2012. The last team of group A was automatically relegated and the 1st team of group B promoted. The same goes for the exchange between the groups B and C. In 2004 the B-pool was played in a location separate from group A for the first time, at Városligeti Műjégpálya in Budapest. In 2013 this happened again as Vetlanda hosted the B-pool, whereas Vänersborg was the main venue of the A-pool with three matches played at other locations, Trollhättan, Gothenburg and Oslo. The matches in the lower groups are usually shorter in time.

Participating teams[edit]

G = gold, S = silver, B = bronze, X = took part, but won no medal

Team 57 61 63 65 67 69 71 73 75 77 79 81 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
 Finland S B B X S B B B B B B B B B S S B X B B S B X G X B B B B B S X X X
 Soviet Union G G G G G G G G G G G S S G B G G
 Sweden B S S B B S S S S S S G G S G B S G G G B S G S G S S S G G B G S S
 Norway X X S X X X X X X X X X X X X B X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 United States X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Canada X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Hungary X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Netherlands X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Russia S S S G G S B S G G G S S G S G G
 Kazakhstan X X X X B X B X X X X X X B B B
 Belarus X X X X X X X X X X X X
 Estonia X X X X X X X X X X
 Mongolia X X X X X X
 Latvia X X X X X X X X
 Japan X X X
 Kyrgyzstan X
 Ukraine X X
 Germany X
 Somalia X

TV broadcasting[edit]

The interest is biggest in Sweden, Finland and Russia.[3] For a few times now it has been shown on Eurosport 2. FIB has given the rights for the 2012 tournament to SPORTLIVE LLC.[1]

Top results year by year[edit]

No. Year Host
(Final Venue)
Gold medal Result Silver medal Bronze medal Result Fourth place T's
I 1957
Details
 Finland
(Helsinki)
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Finland
Finland
Sweden
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result Only three teams participated 3
II 1961
Details
 Norway Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
III 1963
Details
 Sweden Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
IV 1965
Details
 Soviet Union Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
Sweden
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result Finland
Finland
4
V 1967
Details
 Finland Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Finland
Finland
Sweden
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
VI 1969
Details
 Sweden Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Only three teams participated 3
VII 1971
Details
 Sweden Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
VIII 1973
Details
 Soviet Union Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
IX 1975
Details
 Finland Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
X 1977
Details
 Norway Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
XI 1979
Details
 Sweden Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
XII 1981
Details
 Soviet Union
(Khabarovsk)
Sweden
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Finland
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Norway
Norway
4
XIII 1983
Details
 Finland
(Helsinki)
Sweden
Sweden
9–3 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Finland
Finland
4–1 Norway
Norway
4
XIV 1985
Details
 Norway
(Oslo)
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
5–4
(a.e.t.)
Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
6–2 Norway
Norway
5
XV 1987
Details
 Sweden
(Stockholm)
Sweden
Sweden
7–2 Finland
Finland
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
11–3 Norway
Norway
5
XVI 1989
Details
 Soviet Union
(Moscow)
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
12–2 Finland
Finland
Sweden
Sweden
6–0 Norway
Norway
5
XVII 1991
Details
 Finland
(Helsinki)
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
4–3 Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
8–0 Norway
Norway
8
XVIII 1993
Details
 Norway
(Hamar)
Sweden
Sweden
8–0 Russia
Russia
Norway
Norway
5–3 Finland
Finland
8
XIX 1995
Details
 United States
(Roseville)
Sweden
Sweden
6–4 Russia
Russia
Finland
Finland
3–2 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
8
XX 1997
Details
 Sweden
(Västerås)
Sweden
Sweden
10–5 Russia
Russia
Finland
Finland
9–3 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
9
XXI 1999
Details
 Russia
(Arkhangelsk)
Russia
Russia
5–0 Finland
Finland
Sweden
Sweden
9–1 Norway
Norway
6
XXII 2001
Details
 Finland /  Sweden
(Oulu FIN)
Russia
Russia
6–1 Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
3–2 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
7
XXIII 2003
Details
 Russia
(Arkhangelsk)
Sweden
Sweden
5–4 Russia
Russia
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
4–1 Finland
Finland
9
XXIV 2004
Details
 Sweden
(Västerås)
Finland
Finland
5–4
(a.e.t.)
Sweden
Sweden
Russia
Russia
5–2 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
11
XXV 2005
Details
 Russia
(Kazan)
Sweden
Sweden
5–2 Russia
Russia
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
5–3 Finland
Finland
11
XXVI 2006
Details
 Sweden
(Stockholm)
Russia
Russia
3–2 Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
7–4 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
12
XXVII 2007
Details
 Russia
(Kemerovo)
Russia
Russia
3–1 Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
5–4
(a.e.t.)
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
12
XXVIII 2008
Details
 Russia
(Moscow)
Russia
Russia
6–1 Sweden
Sweden
Finland
Finland
8–3 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
13
XXIX 2009
Details
 Sweden
(Västerås)
Sweden
Sweden
6–1 Russia
Russia
Finland
Finland
7–3 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
13
XXX 2010
Details
 Russia
(Moscow)
Sweden
Sweden
6–5
(a.e.t.)
Russia
Russia
Finland
Finland
4–3
(a.e.t.)
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
11
XXXI 2011
Details
 Russia
(Kazan)
Russia
Russia
6–1 Finland
Finland
Sweden
Sweden
14–3 Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
11
XXXII 2012
Details
 Kazakhstan
(Almaty)
Sweden
Sweden
5–4 Russia
Russia
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
10–5 Finland
Finland
14
XXXIII 2013
Details
 Sweden/ Norway
(Vänersborg SWE)
Russia
Russia
4–3 Sweden
Sweden
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
6–3 Finland
Finland
14
XXXIV 2014
Details
 Russia
(Irkutsk)
Russia
Russia
3-2 Sweden
Sweden
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
5–3 Finland
Finland
17
XXXV 2015
Details
 Russia
(Khabarovsk)
XXXVI 2016
Details
 Russia
(Ulyanovsk)
Medeo was the main arena for the 2012 tournament

Medal table[edit]

Countries in italics no longer compete at the World Championships.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 14 2 1 17
2  Sweden 11 17 6 34
3  Russia 8 8 1 17
4  Finland 1 6 20 27
5  Norway 0 1 1 2
6  Kazakhstan 0 0 5 5

References[edit]

External links[edit]