1997 World Men's Handball Championship

The 1997 World Men's Handball Championship was the 15th team handball World Championship. It was held in Kumamoto, Japan and was the first World Championship not played in a European country. Russia won the championship.

1997 World Men's Handball Championship
1997年男子世界ハンドボール選手権大会
Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates16 May–1 June
Teams24
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Russia (2nd title)
Runner-up Sweden
Third place France
Fourth place Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches80
Goals scored3741 (46.76 per match)
Top scorer(s) Yoon Kyung-shin (KOR) 62 (12)
Best player Talant Duyshebaev (ESP)
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QualificationEdit

Competition Dates Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 1   Japan
1995 World Men's Handball Championship 7–21 May 1995 1   France
1996 European Men's Handball Championship 24 May – 2 June 1996 4   Russia
  Spain
  FR Yugoslavia
  Sweden
1996 Pan American Men's Handball Championship 8–13 October 1996 3   Cuba
  Argentina
  Brazil
1996 African Men's Handball Championship 16–29 October 1996 4   Algeria
  Tunisia
  Egypt
  Morocco
European qualification 20 August – 1 December 1996 6   Czech Republic
  Hungary
  Iceland
  Italy
  Norway
  Portugal
Asian qualification 30 September – 4 December 1996 3   Saudi Arabia
  China
  South Korea
EHF v OCHF Play-off 31 January – 2 February 1997 1   Lithuania
Unknown Unknown 1   Croatia

VenuesEdit

The organizing committee used four venues to host the 1997 World Men's Handball Championship:[1]

Preliminary roundEdit

The top 4 placed teams of each group continues to the knockout stage. The teams are ranked through the following rules.

  1. Team with the most points (2 points for each won game, 1 point for each drawn game).
  2. If two teams get the same points, the winner in the game between the two teams get ranked first.
  3. If the game between the teams ended in a draw, the team with the best goal difference get ranked first.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iceland 5 4 1 0 124 106 +18 9 Round of 16
2   FR Yugoslavia 5 4 0 1 129 111 +18 8
3   Lithuania 5 2 1 2 110 102 +8 5
4   Japan 5 2 0 3 101 104 −3 4
5   Algeria 5 1 2 2 103 112 −9 4
6   Saudi Arabia 5 0 0 5 94 126 −32 0
17 May
19:30
Iceland   24 – 20   Japan Park Dome, Kumamoto
(14-10)

18 May
15:00
Saudi Arabia   18 – 27   Lithuania Park Dome, Kumamoto
(6-12)
18 May
17:00
FR Yugoslavia   22 – 19   Japan Park Dome, Kumamoto
(9-7)
18 May
19:00
Algeria   27 – 27   Iceland Park Dome, Kumamoto
(13-15)

19 May
13:00
FR Yugoslavia   29 - 21   Lithuania Park Dome, Kumamoto
(17-10)
19 May
15:00
Algeria   19 – 14   Saudi Arabia Park Dome, Kumamoto
(6-3)

21 May
19:00
Japan   23 – 20   Saudi Arabia Park Dome, Kumamoto
(15-10)
22 May
13
Lithuania   19 – 19   Algeria Park Dome, Kumamoto
(10-10)
22 May
15:00
Iceland   27 – 18   FR Yugoslavia Park Dome, Kumamoto
(11-9)

24 May
15:00
Saudi Arabia   20 – 32   FR Yugoslavia Park Dome, Kumamoto
(11-15)
24 May
17:00
Algeria   14 - 24   Japan Park Dome, Kumamoto
(4-13)
24 May
19:00
Lithuania   19 – 21   Iceland Park Dome, Kumamoto
(8-10)

25 May
15:00
Saudi Arabia   22 – 25   Iceland Park Dome, Kumamoto
(12-15)
25 May
17:00
Japan   15 – 24   Lithuania Park Dome, Kumamoto
(7-11)
25 May
19:00
FR Yugoslavia   28 – 24   Algeria Park Dome, Kumamoto
(14-12)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 5 4 0 1 127 114 +13 8 Round of 16
2   Sweden 5 4 0 1 141 101 +40 8
3   South Korea 5 3 1 1 128 127 +1 7
4   Norway 5 1 2 2 104 109 −5 4
5   Italy 5 1 1 3 100 105 −5 3
6   Argentina 5 0 0 5 96 140 −44 0
18 May
15:00
France   25 – 21   Italy City gym, Kumamoto
(12-10)
18 May
17:00
Norway   21 – 21   South Korea City gym, Kumamoto
(11-8)
18 May
19:00
Sweden   36 – 17   Argentina City gym, Kumamoto
(17-6)

20 May
13:00
France   26 – 27   South Korea City gym, Kumamoto
(18-11)
20 May
15:00
Sweden   24 – 17   Norway City gym, Kumamoto
(12-8)

21 May
18:00
Italy   19 – 19   Norway City gym, Kumamoto
(10-9)
21 May
20:00
Argentina   20 – 24   France City gym, Kumamoto
(8-12)

22 May
13:00
Argentina   15 – 21   Italy City gym, Kumamoto
(3-10)
22 May
15:00
South Korea   21 – 36   Sweden City gym, Kumamoto
(9-21)

24 May
15:00
South Korea   32 – 22   Argentina City gym, Kumamoto
(19-13)
24 May
17:00
Norway   20 – 23   France City gym, Kumamoto
(10-11)
24 May
19:00
Sweden   19 – 17   Italy City gym, Kumamoto
(8-10)

25 May
15:00
Italy   22 – 27   South Korea City gym, Kumamoto
(9-12)
25 May
17:00
Norway   27 – 22   Argentina City gym, Kumamoto
(14-9)
25 May
19:00
France   29 – 26   Sweden City gym, Kumamoto
(12-14)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 5 4 1 0 141 103 +38 9 Round of 16
2   Egypt 5 4 1 0 129 94 +35 9
3   Czech Republic 5 3 0 2 119 105 +14 6
4   Tunisia 5 2 0 3 92 108 −16 4
5   Portugal 5 1 0 4 119 123 −4 2
6   Brazil 5 0 0 5 65 132 −67 0
18 May
15:00
Portugal   26 – 18   Brazil City gym, Yamaga
(13-7)
18 May
17:00
Czech Republic   22 – 24   Egypt City gym, Yamaga
(11-12)
18 May
19:00
Spain   32 – 21   Tunisia City gym, Yamaga
(13-11)

20 May
13:00
Brazil   10 – 24   Czech Republic City gym, Yamaga
(6-12)
20 May
15:00
Egypt   19 – 19   Spain City gym, Yamaga
(11-10)
21 May
18:00
Tunisia   19 – 18   Portugal City gym, Yamaga
(9-7)

21 May
20:00
Spain   32 – 11   Brazil City gym, Yamaga
(15-3)
22 May
13:00
Egypt   24 – 17   Tunisia City gym, Yamaga
(12-8)
22 May
15:00
Czech Republic   28 – 24   Portugal City gym, Yamaga
(14-11)

24 May
15:00
Brazil   11 – 33   Egypt City gym, Yamaga
(4-18)
24 May
17:00
Czech Republic   19 – 18   Tunisia City gym, Yamaga
(10-12)
24 May
19:00
Portugal   26 – 29   Spain City gym, Yamaga
(11-12)

25 May
15:00
Tunisia   17 – 15   Brazil City gym, Yamaga
(11-6)
25 May
17:00
Portugal   25 – 29   Egypt City gym, Yamaga
(14-12)
25 May
19:00
Spain   29 – 26   Czech Republic City gym, Yamaga
(13-11)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Russia 5 5 0 0 150 84 +66 10 Round of 16
2   Hungary 5 4 0 1 128 103 +25 8
3   Cuba 5 2 1 2 128 117 +11 5
4   Croatia 5 2 1 2 123 115 +8 5
5   China 5 1 0 4 101 160 −59 2
6   Morocco 5 0 0 5 90 141 −51 0
18 May
15:00
Russia   31 – 17   Cuba City gym, Yatsushiro
(17-9)
18 May
17:00
Croatia   34 – 21   China City gym, Yatsushiro
(17-9)
18 May
19:00
Hungary   25 – 19   Morocco City gym, Yatsushiro
(10-8)

19 May
13:00
China   15 – 34   Russia City gym, Yatsushiro
(6-20)
19 May
15:00
Morocco   17 – 26   Croatia City gym, Yatsushiro
(7-14)

21 May
18:00
Russia   30 – 13   Morocco City gym, Yatsushiro
(14-7)
21 May
20:00
Cuba   21 – 22   Hungary City gym, Yatsushiro
(8-11)

22 May
13:00
China   21 – 32   Cuba City gym, Yatsushiro
(9-19)
22 May
15:00
Croatia   20 – 23   Hungary City gym, Yatsushiro
(10-8)

24 May
15:00
Morocco   21 – 25   China City gym, Yatsushiro
(8-13)
24 May
17:00
Croatia   23 – 23   Cuba City gym, Yatsushiro
(13-13)
24 May
19:00
Hungary   19 – 24   Russia City gym, Yatsushiro
(7-13)

25 May
15:00
Cuba   35 – 20   Morocco City gym, Yatsushiro
(17-16)
25 May
17:00
Hungary   39 – 19   China City gym, Yatsushiro
(20-12)
25 May
19:00
Russia   31 – 20   Croatia City gym, Yatsushiro
(15-7)

Final roundEdit

BracketEdit

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
            
A1   Iceland 32
B4   Norway 28
A1   Iceland 25
D2   Hungary 26
C3   Czech Republic 19
D2   Hungary 20
D2   Hungary 19
B2   Sweden 31
C1   Spain 31
D4   Croatia 25
C1   Spain 24
B2   Sweden 28
A3   Lithuania 20
B2   Sweden 32
B2   Sweden 21
D1   Russia 23
D3   Cuba 20
C2   Egypt 24
C2   Egypt 19
B1   France 22
B1   France 22
A4   Japan 21
B1   France 24
D1   Russia 25
B3   South Korea 37 Third place
A2   FR Yugoslavia 33
B3   South Korea 15 D2   Hungary 27
D1   Russia 32 B1   France 28
D1   Russia 20
C4   Tunisia 14
  5-8th place semifinals     5th place
                 
  A1   Iceland 32  
  C1   Spain 23    
      A1   Iceland 23
      C2   Egypt 20
  C2   Egypt 28    
  B3   South Korea 27   7th place
 
C1   Spain 33
  B3   South Korea 26

Round of 16Edit

27 May
13:00
Iceland   32 – 28   Norway Park Dome, Kumamoto
(13-15)
27 May
13:00
Spain   31 – 25   Croatia City gym, Kumamoto
(16-14)
27 May
15:00
South Korea   37 – 33 (ET)   FR Yugoslavia Park Dome, Kumamoto
(12-13)

FT: 30-30 ET: 7-3

27 May
15:00
Cuba   20 – 24   Egypt City gym, Kumamoto
(9-10)
27 May
18:00
Lithuania   20 – 32   Sweden Park Dome, Kumamoto
(9-18)
27 May
18:00
Czech Republic   19 – 20   Hungary City gym, Kumamoto
(9-11)
27 May
20:00
France   22 – 21   Japan Park Dome, Kumamoto
(11-11)
27 May
20:00
Russia   20 – 14   Tunisia City gym, Kumamoto
(12-5)

Quarter-finalsEdit

29 May
18:00
Iceland   25 – 26   Hungary Park Dome, Kumamoto
(11-14)
29 May
18:00
Spain   24 – 28 (ET)   Sweden City gym, Kumamoto
(12-12)

FT: 21-21 ET: 3-7

29 May
20:00
South Korea   15 – 32   Russia Park Dome, Kumamoto
(6-16)
29 May
20:00
Egypt   19 – 22   France City gym, Kumamoto
(8-13)

Placement matchesEdit

30 May
13:00
Spain   23 – 32   Iceland Park Dome, Kumamoto
(11-11)
30 May
15:00
South Korea   27 – 28   Egypt Park Dome, Kumamoto
(11-15)

7th place matchEdit

31 May
16:00
Spain   33 – 26   South Korea City gym, Kumamoto
(17-12)

5th place matchEdit

31 May
16:00
Egypt   20 – 23   Iceland Park Dome, Kumamoto
(9-10)

Semi-finalsEdit

31 May
18:00
Hungary   19 – 31   Sweden Park Dome, Kumamoto
(7-14)
31 May
18:00
France   24 – 25 (ET)   Russia City gym, Kumamoto
(12-14)

FT: 21-21 ET: 3-4


Bronze finalEdit

1 June
14:00
France   28 – 27   Hungary Park Dome, Kumamoto
(15-12)

FinalEdit

1 June
16:00
Sweden   21 – 23   Russia Park Dome, Kumamoto
Attendance: 11,100
(10-11)
Report

Final standingsEdit

  1.   Russia  
  2.   Sweden  
  3.   France  
  4.   Hungary
  5.   Iceland
  6.   Egypt
  7.   Spain
  8.   South Korea
  9.   FR Yugoslavia
  10.   Lithuania
  11.   Czech Republic
  12.   Norway
  13.   Croatia
  14.   Cuba
  15.   Japan
  16.   Tunisia
  17.   Algeria
  18.   Italy
  19.   Portugal
  20.   China
  21.   Saudi Arabia
  22.   Argentina
  23.   Morocco
  24.   Brazil

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Russia
  Sweden
  France

All Star TeamEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men Handball XV World Championship 1997 Kumamoto (JPN) 17.05-01.06 Champion Russia". Archived from the original on 24 August 2011.

External linksEdit