IHF World Men's Handball Championship

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IHF World Men's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 World Men's Handball Championship
SportHandball
Founded1938
FounderInternational Amateur Handball Federation
Inaugural season1938
No. of teams24
ContinentInternational (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Denmark (1st title)
Most titles France (6 titles)

The World Men's Handball Championship has been organized by the International Handball Federation since 1938. The competition has been dominated by European countries. It has been won the most times by France who won 6 titles, including 4 of the last 6 championships. The most recent champion is Denmark, winning its maiden title in 2019.

History[edit]

The first World Championship took place in Germany in 1938, involving four teams from Europe who competed in a round robin stage to find a winner. It wouldn't be until sixteen years later where the second World Championship was held in the country of Sweden. Throughout their history, the World Championships has been dominated by European teams, with no medals being won by non-European countries until 2015, by Qatar. 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.

Tournaments[edit]

Year Host Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1938
Details
Nazi Germany
Germany

Germany
Round-robin
Austria

Sweden
Round-robin
Denmark
4
1954
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Sweden
17–14
Germany1

Czechoslovakia
24–11
Switzerland
6
1958
Details
East Germany
East Germany

Sweden
22–12
Czechoslovakia

Germany1
16–13
Denmark
16
1961
Details
West Germany
West Germany

Romania
9–8 (2ET)
Czechoslovakia

Sweden
17–14
Germany1
12
1964
Details
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia

Romania
25–22
Sweden

Czechoslovakia
22–15
West Germany
16
1967
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Czechoslovakia
14–11
Denmark

Romania
21–19 (ET)
Soviet Union
16
1970
Details
France
France

Romania
13–12 (2ET)
East Germany

Yugoslavia
29–12
Denmark
16
1974
Details
East Germany
East Germany

Romania
14–12
East Germany

Yugoslavia
18–16
Poland
16
1978
Details
Denmark
Denmark

West Germany
20–19
Soviet Union

East Germany
19–15
Denmark
16
1982
Details
West Germany
West Germany

Soviet Union
30–27 (ET)
Yugoslavia

Poland
23–22
Denmark
16
1986
Details
Switzerland
Switzerland

Yugoslavia
24–22
Hungary

East Germany
24–23
Sweden
16
1990
Details
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia

Sweden
27–23
Soviet Union

Romania
27–21
Yugoslavia
16
1993
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Russia
28–19
France

Sweden
26–19
Switzerland
16
1995
Details
Iceland
Iceland

France
23–19
Croatia

Sweden
26–20
Germany
24
1997
Details
Japan
Japan

Russia
23–21
Sweden

France
28–27
Hungary
24
1999
Details
Egypt
Egypt

Sweden
25–24
Russia

Yugoslavia
27–24
Spain
24
2001
Details
France
France

France
28–25 (ET)
Sweden

Yugoslavia
27–17
Egypt
24
2003
Details
Portugal
Portugal

Croatia
34–31
Germany

France
27–22
Spain
24
2005
Details
Tunisia
Tunisia

Spain
40–34
Croatia

France
26–25
Tunisia
24
2007
Details
Germany
Germany

Germany
29–24
Poland

Denmark
34–27
France
24
2009
Details
Croatia
Croatia

France
24–19
Croatia

Poland
31–23
Denmark
24
2011
Details
Sweden
Sweden

France
37–35 (ET)
Denmark

Spain
24–23
Sweden
24
2013
Details
Spain
Spain

Spain
35–19
Denmark

Croatia
31–26
Slovenia
24
2015
Details
Qatar
Qatar

France
25–22
Qatar

Poland
29–28 (ET)
Spain
24
2017
Details
France
France

France
33–26
Norway

Slovenia
31–30
Croatia
24
2019
Details
Denmark Germany
Denmark / Germany

Denmark
31–22
Norway

France
26–25
Germany
24
2021
Details
Egypt
Egypt
32
2023
Details
Poland Sweden
Poland / Sweden
32
  • 1: Germany sent a united team composed of players from the GDR and the FRG.

Medal count[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 France61411
2 Sweden43411
3 Romania4026
4 Germany2215
5 Russia2103
6 Spain2013
7 Croatia1315
 Denmark1315
9 Czechoslovakia1225
10 Soviet Union1203
11 Yugoslavia1124
12 West Germany1001
13 East Germany0224
14 Norway0202
15 Poland0134
16 Austria0101
 Hungary0101
 Qatar0101
19 Yugoslavia0022
20 Slovenia0011
Totals (20 nations)26262678

All-time table for Champions[edit]

As of 2019

Team Participations Pld W D L Titles Top 4
 Croatia 13 104 76 4 24 1 6
 Czechoslovakia 12 72 41 7 24 1 5
 Denmark 24 155 99 6 51 1 11
 France 24 160 106 6 48 6 12
 Germany (including West Germany)
+  East Germany
24 143
+45
104
+23
12
+6
37
+16
3 10
+4
 Romania 14 83 51 4 28 4 6
 Russia 13 107 66 8 33 2 3
 Russia (including  Soviet Union) 21 158 101 10 47 3 7
 Spain 20 146 100 7 39 2 6
 Sweden 24 169 116 4 49 4 13
 Yugoslavia 10 92 57 7 28 1 5

Draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.

List of hosts[edit]

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times
hosted
Host Year(s)
7  Germany (including East and West Germany) 1938, 1958, 1961, 1974, 1982, 2007, 2019
5  Sweden 1954, 1967, 1993, 2011, (2023)
3  France 1970, 2001, 2017
2  Czechoslovakia 1964, 1990
2  Denmark 1978, 2019
2  Egypt 1999, (2021)
1  Croatia 2009
1  Iceland 1995
1  Japan 1997
1  Poland (2023)
1  Portugal 2003
1  Qatar 2015
1  Spain 2013
1   Switzerland 1986
1  Tunisia 2005

Participation details[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place
  • 6th – Sixth place
  • 7th – Seventh place
  • 8th – Eighth place
  • 9th – Ninth place
  • 10th – Tenth place
  • 11th – Eleventh place
  • 12th to 24th – Twelfth to twenty-fourth place
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the World Championship / Banned
  •    — Hosts
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)
Denmark
Germany
2019

(24)
Egypt
2021

(32)
Poland
Sweden
2023

(32)

2025

(32)

2027

(32)
Total
 Algeria Part of  France 15th 16th 16th 16th 16th 17th 15th 13th 18th 17th 19th 15th 17th 24th 14
 Angola Part of  Portugal 20th 21st 24th 23rd 4
 Argentina 22nd 21st 15th 17th 18th 16th 18th 12th 18th 12th 18th 17th 12
 Australia 24th 21st 24th 24th 24th 24th 24th 7
 Austria 2nd 11th 14th 18th 13th 19th 6
 Bahrain 23rd 23rd 20th 3
 Belarus Part of  Soviet Union 9th 15th 18th 11th 4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of  Yugoslavia 20th 1
 Brazil 15th 24th 24th 16th 19th 22nd 19th 19th 21st 21st 13th 16th 16th 9th 14
 Bulgaria 11th 14th 2
 Canada 16th 15th 23rd 3
 Chile 22nd 23rd 23rd 21st 16th 5
 China 20th 20th 2
 Croatia Part of  Yugoslavia 2nd 13th 10th 9th 1st 2nd 5th 2nd 5th 3rd 6th 4th 6th 13
 Cuba 13th 15th 14th 13th 14th 8th 20th 7
 Czech Republic See  Czechoslovakia 8th 11th 18th 10th 12th 17th 6
 Denmark 4th 5th 4th 5th 7th 2nd 4th 8th 4th 4th 8th 9th 19th 9th 9th 13th 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 5th 10th 1st Q 24
 Egypt 14th 12th 6th 6th 7th 4th 15th 14th 17th 14th 14th 16th 14th 13th 8th Q 15
 Finland 14th 1
 France 6th 9th 8th 13th 10th 12th 16th 9th 2nd 1st 3rd 6th 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 1st 6th 1st 1st 3rd Q Q 24
 Germany
(including West Germany)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 6th 5th 9th 1st 7th 7th 6th 4th 5th 8th 2nd 9th 1st 5th 11th 5th 7th 9th 4th 24
 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 7th 10th 20
 Iceland 10th 6th 9th 11th 14th 13th 6th 10th 8th 14th 5th 11th 7th 15th 8th 6th 12th 11th 14th 11th 20
 Iran 21st 1
 Italy 18th 1
 Japan 12th 16th 11th 10th 12th 12th 14th 15th 23rd 15th 16th 16th 22nd 24th 14
 Korea See  North Korea and  South Korea 22nd 1
 Kuwait 15th 20th 19th 23rd 20th 22nd 19th 22nd 8
 Lithuania Part of  Soviet Union 10th 1
 Luxembourg 16th 1
 Macedonia Part of  Yugoslavia 18th 11th 14th 9th 15th 15th 6
 Montenegro Part of  Yugoslavia Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 22nd 1
 Morocco France / Spain 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 2nd 2nd 15
 Poland 5th 12th 14th 4th 6th 3rd 14th 11th 10th 2nd 3rd 8th 9th 3rd 17th Q 16
 Portugal 19th 16th 12th 3
 Qatar 16th 21st 23rd 20th 2nd 8th 13th 7
 Romania 13th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 7th 5th 9th 3rd 10th 10th 15th 19th 14
 Russia See  Soviet Union 1st 5th 1st 2nd 6th 5th 8th 6th 16th 7th 19th 12th 14th 13
 Saudi Arabia 21st 22nd 21st 10th 23rd 19th 22nd 20th 21st 9
 Serbia Part of  Yugoslavia Part of  Serbia and Montenegro 8th 10th 10th 18th 4
 Slovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia 10th 17th 2
 Slovenia Part of  Yugoslavia 18th 17th 11th 12th 10th 4th 8th 3rd 8
 Spain 12th 13th 10th 8th 5th 5th 5th 11th 7th 4th 5th 4th 1st 7th 13th 3rd 1st 4th 5th 7th 20
 Sweden 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 6th 10th 8th 11th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 13th 11th 7th 4th 10th 6th 5th Q 25
  Switzerland 4th 10th 12th 14th 15th 12th 11th 13th 4th 7th 10
 Tunisia France France 15th 15th 16th 12th 10th 14th 4th 11th 17th 20th 11th 15th 19th 12th 14
 Ukraine Part of  Soviet Union 7th 14th 2
 United States 15th 16th 16th 16th 21st 24th Q Q 8
Discontinued teams
 Czechoslovakia 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 7th 6th 11th 10th 13th 7th 7th See  Czech Republic 12
 East Germany 10th 9th 2nd 2nd 3rd 6th 3rd 8th See  Germany 8
 Serbia and Montenegro Part of  Yugoslavia 9th 3rd 3rd 8th 5th See  Serbia 5
 Soviet Union 5th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 1st 10th 2nd See  Russia 8
 South Korea 12th 12th 15th 12th 8th 14th 12th 15th 12th 13th 21st See  Korea 11
 Yugoslavia 8th 9th 6th 7th 3rd 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 4th 10

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