2003 World Men's Handball Championship

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.

2003 World Men's Handball Championship
2003 World Men's Handball Championship logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates20 January–2 February
Teams24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Croatia (1st title)
Runner-up Germany
Third place France
Fourth place Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches84
Goals scored4641 (55.25 per match)
Top scorer(s) Carlos Pérez (HUN)
(64 goals)
Best player Christian Schwarzer (GER)
Next

QualificationEdit

Competition Dates Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 1   Portugal
2001 World Men's Handball Championship 23 January – 4 February 2001 1   France
2002 European Men's Handball Championship 25 January – 3 February 2002 3   Sweden
  Germany
  Denmark
2002 Asian Men's Handball Championship 10–19 February 2002 3   Kuwait
  Qatar
  Saudi Arabia
2002 African Men's Handball Championship 19–28 April 2002 4   Tunisia
  Algeria
  Egypt
  Morocco
2002 Oceania Handball Championship 5–7 July 2002 1   Australia
European qualification 8 January – 9 July 2002 8   Croatia
  Hungary
  Iceland
  Poland
  Russia
  Slovenia
  Spain
  FR Yugoslavia
2002 Pan American Men's Handball Championship 10–14 July 2002 3   Argentina
  Brazil
  Greenland

First roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 5 5 0 0 157 106 +51 10 Second round
2   FR Yugoslavia 5 4 0 1 142 103 +39 8
3   Poland 5 3 0 2 140 130 +10 6
4   Tunisia 5 2 0 3 131 129 +2 4
5   Kuwait 5 1 0 4 98 168 −70 2
6   Morocco 5 0 0 5 113 145 −32 0
Source: IHF
20 January 2003
15:30
Tunisia   29–20   Kuwait Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Boye, Jensen (DEN)
(16–10)
20 January 2003
18:30
FR Yugoslavia   24–20   Poland Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Dolejš, Kohout (CZE)
(12–9)
20 January 2003
20:30
Spain   23–18   Morocco Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Kang, Lim (KOR)
(13–8)

21 January 2003
15:30
Kuwait   14–36   FR Yugoslavia Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 750
Referees: Kang, Lim (KOR)
(3–20)
21 January 2003
18:30
Morocco   24–28   Tunisia Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 150
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(15–14)
21 January 2003
20:30
Poland   25–34   Spain Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(16–17)

23 January 2003
15:30
Morocco   22–25   Kuwait Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Dolejš, Kohout (CZE)
(9–11)
23 January 2003
18:30
Tunisia   22–24   Poland Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 800
Referees: Kang, Lim (KOR)
(11–11)
23 January 2003
20:30
Spain   22–20   FR Yugoslavia Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(12–9)

25 January 2003
16:00
Spain   45–18   Kuwait Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Anusic, Bojsen (USA)
(24–8)
25 January 2003
18:00
FR Yugoslavia   28–27   Tunisia Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
(20–10)
25 January 2003
20:00
Poland   35–29   Morocco Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 150
Referees: Repenšek, Požežnik (SLO)
(17–12)

26 January 2003
16:00
Tunisia   25–33   Spain Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Attendance: 900
Referees: Anusic, Bojsen (USA)
(13–18)
26 January 2003
18:00
FR Yugoslavia   34–20   Morocco Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Selim, Hassan (EGY)
(17–9)
26 January 2003
20:00
Kuwait   21–36   Poland Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães, Guimarães
Referees: Repenšek, Požežnik (SLO)
(10–15)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 5 5 0 0 191 111 +80 10 Second round
2   Iceland 5 4 0 1 185 116 +69 8
3   Portugal 5 3 0 2 164 126 +38 6
4   Qatar 5 2 0 3 116 159 −43 4
5   Australia 5 1 0 4 100 192 −92 2
6   Greenland 5 0 0 5 100 152 −52 0
Source: IHF
20 January 2003
12:25
Iceland   55–15   Australia Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Anusic, Bojsen (USA)
(23–6)
20 January 2003
14:15
Germany   40–17   Qatar Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Repenšek, Požežnik (SLO)
(23–8)
20 January 2003
17:00
Portugal   34–19   Greenland Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
(20–8)

21 January 2003
14:15
Australia   16–46   Germany Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Anusic, Bojsen (USA)
(6–24)
21 January 2003
17:00
Greenland   17–30   Iceland Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Selim, Hassan (EGY)
(8–16)
21 January 2003
19:00
Qatar   21–31   Portugal Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Johansson, Kliko (SWE)
(10–15)

23 January 2003
14:15
Germany   34–20   Greenland Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
(20–11)
23 January 2003
17:00
Australia   23–28   Qatar Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Selim, Hassan (EGY)
(10–14)
23 January 2003
19:00
Iceland   29–28   Portugal Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Repenšek, Požežnik (SLO)
(14–13)

25 January 2003
15:15
Portugal   29–37   Germany Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Boye, Jensen (DEN)
(15–19)
25 January 2003
17:15
Iceland   42–22   Qatar Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(24–9)
25 January 2003
19:15
Greenland   21–26   Australia Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Dolejš, Kohout (CZE)
(12–12)

26 January 2003
16:15
Germany   34–29   Iceland Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Dolejš, Kohout (CZE)
(20–16)
26 January 2003
18:15
Portugal   42–20   Australia Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Kang, Lim (KOR)
(22–11)
26 January 2003
20:15
Qatar   28–23   Greenland Pavilhão Multiusos de Viseu, Viseu
Referees: Borrotti, Marcet (FRA)
(15–8)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Croatia 5 4 0 1 135 125 +10 8[a] Second round
2   France 5 4 0 1 147 103 +44 8[a]
3   Russia 5 2 1 2 132 132 0 5
4   Hungary 5 2 0 3 154 138 +16 4
5   Argentina 5 1 1 3 127 156 −29 3
6   Saudi Arabia 5 1 0 4 114 155 −41 2
Source: IHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Croatia 23–22 France
20 January 2003
15:00
Russia   31–30   Hungary Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Nachevski, Nachevski (MKD)
(15–14)
20 January 2003
17:00
Croatia   29–30   Argentina Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Arnaldsson, Viðarsson (ISL)
(18–13)
20 January 2003
20:00
France   30–23   Saudi Arabia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Goulão, Macau (POR)
(14–10)

21 January 2003
15:00
Argentina   26–26   Russia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Goulão, Macau (POR)
(11–15)
21 January 2003
18:00
Saudi Arabia   18–25   Croatia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Nachevski, Nachevski (MKD)
(10–8)
21 January 2003
20:00
Hungary   24–29   France Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
(10–18)

23 January 2003
15:00
Russia   26–28   Croatia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Arnaldsson, Viðarsson (ISL)
(10–12)
23 January 2003
18:00
Hungary   36–25   Saudi Arabia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
(22–12)
23 January 2003
20:00
France   35–18   Argentina Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Nachevski, Nachevski (MKD)
(14–6)

25 January 2003
15:00
Argentina   23–35   Hungary Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Arnaldsson, Viðarsson (ISL)
(15–15)
25 January 2003
17:00
Croatia   23–22   France Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
(11–10)
25 January 2003
19:00
Russia   34–17   Saudi Arabia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Goulão, Macau (POR)
(19–8)

26 January 2003
15:00
Croatia   30–29   Hungary Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Goulão, Macau (POR)
(16–13)
26 January 2003
17:00
Saudi Arabia   31–30   Argentina Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
(14–14)
26 January 2003
19:00
France   31–15   Russia Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal
Referees: Nachevski, Nachevski (MKD)
(15–6)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 5 4 0 1 147 129 +18 8[a] Second round
2   Denmark 5 4 0 1 146 125 +21 8[a]
3   Slovenia 5 3 0 2 144 137 +7 6
4   Egypt 5 2 1 2 132 139 −7 5
5   Algeria 5 0 2 3 119 136 −17 2
6   Brazil 5 0 1 4 118 140 −22 1
Source: IHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Sweden 32–28 Denmark
20 January 2003
15:00
Algeria   22–22   Brazil Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
(10–11)
20 January 2003
18:30
Sweden   29–23   Egypt Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(14–13)
20 January 2003
20:30
Denmark   33–24   Slovenia Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(17–10)

21 January 2003
15:00
Egypt   25–25   Algeria Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(13–13)
21 January 2003
18:30
Slovenia   29–25   Sweden Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
(14–12)
21 January 2003
20:30
Brazil   24–28   Denmark Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Hussain, Haider (KUW)
(10–11)

23 January 2003
15:00
Slovenia   26–27   Egypt Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(14–13)
23 January 2003
18:30
Sweden   29–21   Brazil Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(12–12)
23 January 2003
20:30
Denmark   22–19   Algeria Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
(9–13)

25 January 2003
13:00
Algeria   28–32   Sweden Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Hussain, Haider (KUW)
(12–17)
25 January 2003
18:00
Brazil   27–30   Slovenia Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(10–15)
25 January 2003
20:00
Denmark   35–26   Egypt Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Attendance: 2,100
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
(18–12)

26 January 2003
16:00
Sweden   32–28   Denmark Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(19–14)
26 January 2003
18:00
Egypt   31–24   Brazil Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
(17–11)
26 January 2003
19:00
Algeria   25–35   Slovenia Pavilhão Municipal das Travessas, São João da Madeira
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(13–16)

Second roundEdit

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 3 0 0 106 71 +35 6 Semifinals
2   Iceland 3 2 0 1 106 83 +23 4 5–8th place semifinals
3   Poland 3 1 0 2 89 93 −4 2
4   Qatar 3 0 0 3 63 117 −54 0
Source: IHF
29 January 2003
18:30
Iceland   33–29   Poland Caminha
Referees: Goulão, Macau (POR)
(14–17)
29 January 2003
20:30
Spain   40–15   Qatar Caminha
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(20–6)

30 January 2003
18:30
Poland   35–26   Qatar Caminha
Referees: Kang, Lim (KOR)
(18–11)
30 January 2003
20:30
Spain   32–31   Iceland Caminha
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(18–18)

Group IIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 2 1 0 98 81 +17 5[a] Semifinals
2   FR Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 89 86 +3 5[a] 5–8th place semifinals
3   Portugal 3 1 0 2 84 93 −9 2
4   Tunisia 3 0 0 3 74 85 −11 0
Source: IHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Germany 31–31 Yugoslavia
29 January 2003
14:15
Germany   30–21   Tunisia Póvoa de Varzim
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
(14–13)
29 January 2003
18:30
FR Yugoslavia   30–28   Portugal Póvoa de Varzim
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(18–7)

30 January 2003
14:15
Germany   31–31   FR Yugoslavia Póvoa de Varzim
Attendance: 800
Referees: Arnaldsson, Viðarsson (ISL)
(15–16)
30 January 2003
18:30
Portugal   27–26   Tunisia Póvoa de Varzim
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(14–12)

Group IIIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Croatia 3 3 0 0 90 76 +14 6 Semifinals
2   Russia 3 2 0 1 90 78 +12 4 5–8th place semifinals
3   Denmark 3 1 0 2 90 94 −4 2
4   Egypt 3 0 0 3 71 93 −22 0
Source: IHF
29 January 2003
18:15
Croatia   29–23   Egypt Rio Maior
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(13–11)
29 January 2003
20:30
Denmark   28–35   Russia Rio Maior
Referees: Repenšek, Požežnik (SLO)
(16–16)

30 January 2003
18:15
Russia   29–22   Egypt Rio Maior
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
(12–11)
30 January 2003
20:30
Croatia   33–27   Denmark Rio Maior
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(19–11)

Group IVEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 3 0 0 90 70 +20 6 Semifinals
2   Hungary 3 1 0 2 84 87 −3 2[a] 5–8th place semifinals
3   Slovenia 3 1 0 2 76 84 −8 2[a]
4   Sweden 3 1 0 2 82 91 −9 2[a]
Source: IHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Hungary 2Pts, +2GD; Slovenia 2Pts, +1GD; Sweden 2Pts, –3GD
29 January 2003
18:30
Sweden   33–32   Hungary Espinho
Referees: Boye, Jensen (DEN)
(17–17)
29 January 2003
20:30
France   31–22   Slovenia Espinho
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
(14–11)

30 January 2003
18:30
Sweden   24–30   France Espinho
Referees: Dolejš, Kohout (CZE)
(11–15)
30 January 2003
20:30
Slovenia   25–28   Hungary Espinho
Referees: Boye, Jensen (DEN)
(10–13)

Final roundEdit

5–8th place semifinalsEdit

1 February 2003
09:30
FR Yugoslavia   33–34 (ET)   Hungary Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
(12–11)

FT: 25–25 ET: 2–2, 6–7


1 February 2003
12:00
Iceland   27–30   Russia Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
(12–13)

SemifinalsEdit

1 February 2003
15:00
Germany   23–22   France Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Referees: Dolejš, Kohout (CZE)
(11–10)

1 February 2003
17:30
Spain   37–39 (ET)   Croatia Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Referees: Arnaldsson, Viðarsson (ISL)
(14–9)

FT: 26–26 ET: 5–5, 6–8

7th place gameEdit

2 February 2003
11:30
Iceland   32–27   FR Yugoslavia Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
(16–13)

5th place gameEdit

2 February 2003
09:00
Russia   30–25   Hungary Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
(16–11)

Third place gameEdit

2 February 2003
14:30
Spain   22–27   France Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Goulão, Macau (POR)
Ortega 7 (11–16) Narcisse 7

FinalEdit

2 February 2003
17:00
Croatia   34–31   Germany Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon
Attendance: 12,000
Referees: Boye, Jensen (DEN)
Džomba 8 (20–18) Baur 8

Final standingsEdit

    Croatia
    Germany
    France
4   Spain
5   Russia
6   Hungary
7   Iceland
8   FR 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
Qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics

AwardsEdit

MVP:   Christian Schwarzer

All Star TeamEdit

StatisticsEdit

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Croatia
  Germany
  France

External linksEdit