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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Semi-finals in Lisbon[edit]

Bronze medal game in Lisbon[edit]

Final in Lisbon[edit]

Croatian national handball team
Croatia

Final standings[edit]

  1.  Croatia 1st
  2.  Germany 2nd
  3.  France 3rd
  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.