2007 World Men's Handball Championship

2007 World Men's Handball Championship

Infobox International Handball Competition
tourney_name = World Men's Handball Championship
year = 2007
yearr =
other_titles =

size =
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country = Germany
dates = January 19 - February 4
num_teams = 24
confederations = 5
venues = 12
cities = 12
champion = Germany
count = 2
second = Poland
third = Denmark
fourth = France
matches =
goals =
attendance =
top_scorer = flagathlete|Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson|ISL
player =
The 20th World Men's Handball Championship took place from January 19 to February 4 2007 in Germany. 24 national teams played in 12 German cities.

The tournament was won by Germany.


12 German cities were hosts for the 2007 Championship. The most modern stadiums - spread all over the country - had been selected. The final match took place in the "Kölnarena" in Cologne ("Köln").

The matches are scheduled for 24 January to 26 January. On 28 January, the winners of group I and II then play each other for the 13th place, the runners-up play each other for the 15th place, and the third-placed play off for 17th place. The Group III and IV teams play off for 19th, 21st and 23rd place in the same fashion.

Main round

The main round is scheduled for 24 January to 28 January, and the teams will be divided into two groups of six teams. The teams carry forward match results from matches against the other team from their group to qualify for the main round. Four teams from each main round group qualify for the quarter-finals.

No placement matches for the places 9 to 12 are scheduled.

Knockout stage

The knockout stage is scheduled to make up the last week of the tournament, starting on Tuesday 30 January and continuing until Sunday 4 February. The quarter-finals are set up so that the winner of one group will face the fourth-placed team in the other. Semi-finals and consolation matches are held on 1 February; two days later, the 5th and 7th place play-offs take place on 3 February, with the 3rd place play-off and final is scheduled for the following day.


The seedings for the preliminary round have been partially determined; the full seedings will be revealed when all qualifying matches have been played. [ [http://www.ihf.info/CDA/news_details,3522,0,newsid-16891,en.html Asian Championship: Qatar wins bronze and a ticket to the 2007 World Championship] , from IHF, retrieved 27 February 2006] Currently, the following seedings (in IHF terminology, "performance row") have been confirmed:

* Pot 1: Spain, France, Denmark, Tunisia, Croatia, Germany
* Pot 2: Europe 4, Europe 5, Europe 6, Europe 7, Europe 8, Europe 9
* Pot 3: Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Europe 10, Europe 11, Brazil
* Pot 4: Angola, South Korea, Qatar, Argentina, Greenland, Australia

Preliminary Round

Group A (Wetzlar)

Group D (Bremen)

Presidents Cup (13th-24th Place)

Group I (Lemgo)

= Group IV (Dortmund/Halle) =

Bold teams qualify to quarterfinals.

Placement Matches (9th-24th Place)

23rd/24th Place (Dortmund)

17th/18th Place (Lemgo)

11th/12th Place (Köln)

9th/10th Place (Hamburg)

Final Round (Hamburg/Köln)


Round8-with third
RD1 = Quarter Final
RD2 = Semi Final
RD3 = Final
Consol = 3rd/4th Place
January 30, 2007 - Köln | hb|ESP |25| hb|GER |27
January 30, 2007 - Köln | hb|CRO |18| hb|FRA |21
January 30, 2007 - Hamburg | hb|POL |28| hb|RUS |27
January 30, 2007 - Hamburg | hb|ISL |41| hb|DEN |42a"'
February 1, 2007 - Köln | hb|GER |32b| hb|FRA |31
February 1, 2007 - Hamburg | hb|POL |36c| hb|DEN |33
February 4, 2007 - Köln | hb|GER |29| hb|POL |24
February 4, 2007 - Köln | hb|FRA |27| hb|DEN |34

*"a full time score was 34-34. Denmark won in 1st overtime."
*"b full time score was 21-21. After 1st overtime it was 27-27. Germany won in 2nd overtime.
*"c full time score was 26-26. After 1st overtime it was 30-30. Poland won in 2nd overtime.

5th-8th Place

Round4-with third
RD1 = 5th-8th Place
RD2 = 5th/6th Place
Consol = 7th/8th Place
February 1, 2007 - Köln | hb|ESP |27| hb|CRO |35
February 1, 2007 - Hamburg | hb|RUS |28| hb|ISL |25
February 3, 2007 - Köln | hb|CRO |34| hb|RUS |25
February 3, 2007 - Köln | hb|ESP |40| hb|ISL |36

Final Standings


External links

* [http://www.handball-wm-2007.de/ official website (German)]
* [http://www.national-handball-teams.com/ National Handball Teams]

Notes and references

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