IHF World Men's Handball Championship

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IHF World Men's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
2015 World Men's Handball Championship
Sport Handball
Founded 1938
No. of teams 159
Continent International (IHF)
Most recent champion(s)  Spain

The World Championship in team handball for men has been organized by the International Handball Federation since 1938.

List of hosts[edit]

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times hosted Host Year(s)
7 Germany Germany 1938, 1958, 1961, 1974, 1982, 2007, 2019
4 Sweden Sweden 1954, 1967, 1993, 2011
3 France France 1970, 2001, 2017
2 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1964, 1990
2 Denmark Denmark 1978, 2019
1 Croatia Croatia 2009
1 Egypt Egypt 1999
1 Iceland Iceland 1995
1 Japan Japan 1997
1 Portugal Portugal 2003
1 Qatar Qatar 2015
1 Spain Spain 2013
1 Switzerland Switzerland 1986
1 Tunisia Tunisia 2005

Tournaments[edit]

The first World Championship took place in Germany in 1938, involving four teams from Europe. Throughout their history, the World Championships has been dominated by European teams, any medals have yet to be won by non-Europeans.

Over the years, the organization of the World Championships has changed. Initially, there were group games in both the preliminary and main rounds, but more recently a knockout system has been applied after the preliminary round.

Year Host country Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth place
1938
Details
Germany
Germany

Germany
Round-robin
Austria

Sweden
Round-robin
Denmark
1954
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Sweden
17–14
West Germany

Czechoslovakia
24–11
Switzerland
1958
Details
East Germany
East Germany

Sweden
22–12
Czechoslovakia

Germany1
16–13
Denmark
1961
Details
West Germany
West Germany

Romania
9–8
after 2nd extra time

Czechoslovakia

Sweden
17–14
Germany1
1964
Details
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia

Romania
25–22
Sweden

Czechoslovakia
22–15
West Germany
1967
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Czechoslovakia
14–11
Denmark

Romania
21–19
after extra time

Soviet Union
1970
Details
France
France

Romania
13–12
after 2nd extra time

East Germany

Yugoslavia
29–12
Denmark
1974
Details
East Germany
East Germany

Romania
14–12
East Germany

Yugoslavia
18–16
Poland
1978
Details
Denmark
Denmark

West Germany
20–19
Soviet Union

East Germany
19–15
Denmark
1982
Details
Germany
West Germany

Soviet Union
30–27
after extra time

Yugoslavia

Poland
23–22
Denmark
1986
Details
Switzerland
Switzerland

Yugoslavia
24–22
Hungary

East Germany
24–23
Sweden
1990
Details
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia

Sweden
27–23
Soviet Union

Romania
27–21
Yugoslavia
1993
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Russia
28–19
France

Sweden
26–19
Switzerland
1995
Details
Iceland
Iceland

France
23–19
Croatia

Sweden
26–20
Germany
1997
Details
Japan
Japan

Russia
23–21
Sweden

France
28–27
Hungary
1999
Details
Egypt
Egypt

Sweden
25–24
Russia

Yugoslavia
27–24
Spain
2001
Details
France
France

France
28–25
after extra time

Sweden

Yugoslavia
27–17
Egypt
2003
Details
Portugal
Portugal

Croatia
34–31
Germany

France
27–22
Spain
2005
Details
Tunisia
Tunisia

Spain
40–34
Croatia

France
26–25
Tunisia
2007
Details
Germany
Germany

Germany
29–24
Poland

Denmark
34–27
France
2009
Details
Croatia
Croatia

France
24–19
Croatia

Poland
31–23
Denmark
2011
Details
Sweden
Sweden

France
37–35
after extra time

Denmark

Spain
24–23
Sweden
2013
Details
Spain
Spain

Spain
35–19
Denmark

Croatia
31–26
Slovenia
2015
Details
Qatar
Qatar
2017
Details
France
France
2019
Details
Denmark Germany
Denmark / Germany

1 Germany sent a united team composed of players from the GDR and the FRG.

  • Egypt and Tunisia are the only non-European teams to reach the semi-finals, Egypt in 2001 and Tunisia in 2005. Both have placed 4th.

Medal count[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Sweden 4 3 4 11
2  France 4 1 3 8
3  Romania 4 0 2 6
4  Russia[1] 3 3 0 6
5  Germany 3 2 1 6
6  Spain 2 0 1 3
7  Croatia 1 3 1 5
8  Czech Republic[2] 1 2 2 5
9  Serbia[3] 1 1 4 6
10  Denmark 0 3 1 4
11  East Germany 0 2 2 4
12  Poland 0 1 2 3
13  Austria 0 1 0 1
 Hungary 0 1 0 1

Participating nations[edit]

Participation details[edit]

Team Germany
1938
(4)
Sweden
1954

(6)
East Germany
1958

(16)
West Germany
1961

(12)
Czechoslovakia
1964

(16)
Sweden
1967

(16)
France
1970

(16)
East Germany
1974

(16)
Denmark
1978

(16)
West Germany
1982

(16)
Switzerland
1986

(16)
Czechoslovakia
1990

(16)
Sweden
1993

(16)
Iceland
1995

(24)
Japan
1997

(24)
Egypt
1999

(24)
France
2001

(24)
Portugal
2003

(24)
Tunisia
2005

(24)
Germany
2007

(24)
Croatia
2009

(24)
Sweden
2011

(24)
Spain
2013

(24)
Qatar
2015

(24)
France
2017

(24)
Total
 Algeria - - - - - - - 15th - 16th 16th 16th - 16th 17th 15th 13th 18th 17th - 19th 15th 17th Q - 14
 Angola - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20th 21st - - - - - 2
 Argentina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22nd 21st 15th 17th 18th 16th 18th 12th 18th - - 9
 Australia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24th - 21st 24th 24th 24th 24th 24th - - 7
 Austria 2nd - 11th - - - - - - - - - 14th - - - - - - - - 18th - - - 4
 Bahrain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23rd - Q - 2
 Belarus - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9th - - - - - - - - 15th - - 2
 Brazil - - 15th - - - - - - - - - - 24th 24th 16th 19th 22nd 19th 19th 21st 21st 13th - - 11
 Bulgaria - - - - - - - 11th 14th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Canada - - - - - 16th - - 15th - - - - - - - - - 23rd - - - - - - 3
 Chile - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22nd 23rd - - 2
 China - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20th 20th - - - - - - - - - 2
 Croatia - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2nd 13th 10th 9th 1st 2nd 5th 2nd 5th 3rd Q - 11
 Cuba - - - - - - - - - 13th 15th 14th - 13th 14th 8th - - - - 20th - - - - 7
 Czechoslovakia - 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 7th 6th 11th 10th 13th 7th 7th - - - - - - - - - - - - 12
 Czech Republic - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8th 11th - 18th - 10th 12th - - - - - 5
 Denmark 4th 5th 4th 5th 7th 2nd 4th 8th 4th 4th 8th - 9th 19th - 9th - 9th 13th 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd Q - 21
 East Germany - - - - 10th 9th 2nd 2nd 3rd 6th 3rd 8th - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
 Egypt - - - - 14th - - - - - - - 12th 6th 6th 7th 4th 15th 14th 17th 14th 14th 16th Q - 13
Team 1938 1954 1958 1961 1964 1967 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 Total
 Finland - - 14th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 France - 6th 9th 8th 13th 10th 12th - 16th - - 9th 2nd 1st 3rd 6th 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 1st 6th Q - 20
 Germany 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 6th 5th 9th 1st 7th 7th - 6th 4th - 5th 8th 2nd 9th 1st 5th 11th 5th - - 21
 Greece - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6th - - - - - - 1
 Greenland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20th 24th - 22nd - - - - - 3
 Hungary - - 7th - 8th 8th 8th 7th 9th 9th 2nd 6th 11th 17th 4th 11th - 6th - 9th 6th 7th 8th - - 18
 Iceland - - 10th 6th 9th - 11th 14th 13th - 6th 10th 8th 14th 5th - 11th 7th 15th 8th - 6th 12th - - 17
 Iran - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Q - 1
 Italy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18th - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Japan - - - 12th 16th 11th 10th 12th 12th 14th - 15th - 23rd 15th - - - 16th - - 16th - - - 12
 Kuwait - - - - - - - - - 15th - - - 20th - 19th 23rd 20th 22nd 18th 22nd - - - - 8
 Lithuania - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10th - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Luxembourg - - 16th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Macedonia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18th - - - - 11th - 14th - - 3
 Montenegro - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22nd - - 1
 Morocco - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22nd 23rd 17th 22nd 23rd - 20th - - - - - 6
 Netherlands - - - 11th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Nigeria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23rd - - - - - - - - - 1
 Norway - - 6th 7th 11th 13th 13th - - - - - 13th - 12th 13th 14th - 7th 13th 9th 9th - - - 13
Team 1938 1954 1958 1961 1964 1967 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 Total
 Poland - - 5th - - 12th 14th 4th 6th 3rd 14th 11th - - - - - 10th - 2nd 3rd 8th 9th - - 13
 Portugal - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 19th - 16th 12th - - - - - - - 3
 Qatar - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16th 21st 23rd - - 20th Q - 5
 Romania - - 13th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 7th 5th 9th 3rd 10th 10th - - - - - - 15th 19th - - - 14
 Russia - - - - - - - - - - - - 1st 5th 1st 2nd 6th 5th 8th 6th 16th - 7th - - 10
 Saudi Arabia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21st 22nd 21st 19th - - 23rd - 19th - - 6
 Serbia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9th 3rd 3rd 8th 5th - 8th 10th 10th - - 8
 Slovakia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10th 17th - - - 2
 Slovenia - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18th - - 17th 11th 12th 10th - - 4th - - 6
 South Korea - - - - - - - - - - 12th 12th 15th 12th 8th 14th 12th - - 15th 12th 13th 21st - - 11
 Soviet Union - - - - 5th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 1st 10th 2nd - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
 Spain - - 12th - - - - 13th 10th 8th 5th 5th 5th 11th 7th 4th 5th 4th 1st 7th 13th 3rd 1st Q - 18
 Sweden 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 6th 10th 8th 11th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 13th 11th - 7th 4th - - - 21
  Switzerland - 4th - 10th 12th 14th 15th - - 12th 11th 13th 4th 7th - - - - - - - - - - - 10
 Tunisia - - - - - 15th - - - - - - - 15th 16th 12th 10th 14th 4th 11th 17th 20th 11th Q - 12
 Ukraine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7th - - 14th - - - - - 2
 United Arab Emirates - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Q - 1
 United States - - - - 15th - 16th 16th - - - - 16th 21st - - 24th - - - - - - - - 6
 Yugoslavia - - 8th 9th 6th 7th 3rd 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 4th - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ IHF considers Russia as the inheritor of the records of Soviet Union (1 gold and 2 silver medals)
  2. ^ IHF considers Czech Republic as the inheritor of the records of Czechoslovakia (1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals)
  3. ^ IHF considers Serbia as the inheritor of the records of SFR Yugoslavia (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals), FR Yugoslavia (2 bronze medals) and Serbia and Montenegro

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