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2007 World Men's Handball Championship

The 2007 World Men's Handball Championship took place from 19 January to 4 February 2007 in Germany. 24 national teams played in 12 German cities. It was the 20th edition of the World Championship in team handball and was won by the hosts.

2007 World Men's Handball Championship
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Tournament details
Host country Germany
Dates19 January–4 February
Teams24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Germany (3rd title)
Runner-up Poland
Third place Denmark
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches92
Goals scored5325 (57.88 per match)
Top scorer(s) Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson (ISL) (66 goals)
Best player Ivano Balić (CRO)
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StadiumsEdit

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).

Town Stadium max. spectators
Köln Kölnarena 19.000
Mannheim SAP-Arena 14.300
Hamburg Color Line Arena 12.500
Dortmund Westfalenhalle 12.000
Halle Gerry-Weber-Stadion 11.000
Kiel Ostseehalle 10.200
Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle 10.000
Bremen AWD-Dome 9.200
Magdeburg Bördelandhalle 7.850
Stuttgart Porsche Arena 6.100
Lemgo Lipperlandhalle 5.000
Wetzlar Mittelhessen-Arena 5.000

VenuesEdit

     
Kölnarena

(Kölnarena)
Location: Cologne
Capacity: 19,500
Club: VfL Gummersbach

SAP Arena

(SAP-Arena)
Location: Mannheim
Capacity: 14,300
Club: Rhein-Neckar Löwen

Color Line Arena

(Color Line Arena)
Location: Hamburg
Capacity: 13,800
Clubs: HSV Handball

     
Westfalenhalle

(Westfalenhalle)
Location: Dortmund
Capacity: 12,000
Club:

Gerry Weber Stadion

(Gerry Weber Stadion)
Location: Halle
Capacity: 11,000
Club:

Ostseehalle

(Ostseehalle)
Location: Kiel
Capacity: 10,200
Club: THW Kiel

     
Max-Schmeling-Halle

(Max-Schmeling-Halle)
Location: Berlin
Capacity: 10,000
Club: Füchse Berlin

AWD-Dome

(AWD-Dome)
Location: Bremen
Capacity: 9,200
Club:

Bördelandhalle

(Bördelandhalle)
Location: Magdeburg
Capacity: 7,850
Club: SC Magdeburg

     
Porsche Arena

(Porsche Arena)
Location: Stuttgart
Capacity: 6,100
Club:

Lipperlandhalle

(Lipperlandhalle)
Location: Lemgo
Capacity: 5,000
Club: TBV Lemgo

Rittal Arena Wetzlar

(Rittal Arena Wetzlar)
Location: Wetzlar
Capacity: 5,000
Club: HSG Wetzlar

QualificationEdit

Tournament structureEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

The 24 competing teams will be drawn into six preliminary groups of four teams each, and the matches in the preliminary round are scheduled to be held from 20 to 22 January. The two top teams from each group then proceed to the main round, while the third and fourth-placed teams play in the Presidents-Cup.[1]

On 14 July 2006, the groups of the tournament were determined:[2]

Group A (Wetzlar):

Group B (Magdeburg):

Group C (Berlin, Halle):

Group D (Bremen):

Group E (Kiel):

Group F (Stuttgart):

Presidents-CupEdit

The teams placed third and fourth in the preliminary round groups are divided into four groups of three teams, as such:

Group I:

  • 3rd-placed group A
  • 3rd-placed group B
  • 3rd-placed group C

Group II:

  • 3rd-placed group D
  • 3rd-placed group E
  • 3rd-placed group F

Group III:

  • 4th-placed group A
  • 4th-placed group B
  • 4th-placed group C

Group IV:

  • 4th-placed group D
  • 4th-placed group E
  • 4th-placed group F

The matches are scheduled for 24 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 roundEdit

The main round is scheduled for 24 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 stageEdit

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.

SeedingsEdit

The seedings for the preliminary round have been partially determined; the full seedings will be revealed when all qualifying matches have been played.[3] 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 roundEdit

     Team advanced to the Main Round (others will play President's Cup)

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

Group A (Wetzlar)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Slovenia 3 3 0 0 102 71 +31 6
  Tunisia 3 2 0 1 97 77 +20 4
  Kuwait 3 1 0 2 85 94 –9 2
  Greenland 3 0 0 3 68 110 –42 0
20 January 2007
Slovenia   35 – 21   Greenland
Tunisia   34 – 23   Kuwait
21 January 2007
Greenland   20 – 36   Tunisia
Kuwait   23 – 33   Slovenia
22 January 2007
Kuwait   39 – 27   Greenland
Tunisia   27 – 34   Slovenia

Group B (Magdeburg)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Iceland 3 2 0 1 106 76 +30 4
  France 3 2 0 1 103 63 +40 4
  Ukraine 3 2 0 1 90 79 +11 4
  Australia 3 0 0 3 48 129 –81 0
20 January 2007
Iceland   45 – 20   Australia
France   32 – 21   Ukraine
21 January 2007
Australia   10 – 47   France
Iceland   29 – 32   Ukraine
22 January 2007
Ukraine   37 – 18   Australia
France   24 – 32   Iceland

Group C (Berlin/Halle)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Poland 3 3 0 0 87 63 +24 6
  Germany 3 2 0 1 84 69 +15 4
  Argentina 3 1 0 2 57 81 –24 2
  Brazil 3 0 0 3 65 80 –15 0
19 January 2007
Germany   27 – 22   Brazil
20 January 2007
Poland   29 – 15   Argentina
21 January 2007
Brazil   23 – 31   Poland
Argentina   20 – 32   Germany
22 January 2007
Germany   25 – 27   Poland
Brazil   20 – 22   Argentina

Group D (Bremen)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Spain 3 3 0 0 109 76 +33 6
  Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 97 88 +9 4
  Egypt 3 1 0 2 94 88 +6 2
  Qatar 3 0 0 3 65 113 –48 0
20 January 2007
Czech Republic   37 – 23   Qatar
Spain   33 – 29   Egypt
21 January 2007
Qatar   18 – 41   Spain
Egypt   30 – 31   Czech Republic
22 January 2007
Egypt   35 – 24   Qatar
Spain   35 – 29   Czech Republic

Group E (Kiel)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Hungary 3 3 0 0 89 82 +7 6
  Denmark 3 2 0 1 95 75 +20 4
  Norway 3 1 0 2 88 65 +23 2
  Angola 3 0 0 3 64 114 –50 0
20 January 2007
Norway   41 – 13   Angola
Denmark   29 – 30   Hungary
21 January 2007
Angola   20 – 39   Denmark
Hungary   25 – 22   Norway
22 January 2007
Hungary   34 – 31   Angola
Denmark   27 – 25   Norway

Group F (Stuttgart)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Croatia 3 3 0 0 108 72 +36 6
  Russia 3 1 1 1 94 83 +11 3
  South Korea 3 1 1 1 87 92 –5 3
  Morocco 3 0 0 3 60 102 –42 0
20 January 2007
Croatia   35 – 22   Morocco
Russia   32 – 32   South Korea
21 January 2007
Morocco   19 – 35   Russia
South Korea   23 – 41   Croatia
22 January 2007
Morocco   19 – 32   South Korea
Croatia   32 – 27   Russia

Presidents Cup (13th-24th Place)Edit

Group I (Lemgo)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Ukraine 2 2 0 0 56 45 +11 4
  Argentina 2 1 0 1 50 48 2 2
  Kuwait 2 0 0 2 48 61 –13 0
24 January 2007
Kuwait   23 – 33   Ukraine
25 January 2007
Kuwait   25 – 28   Argentina
27 January 2007
Ukraine   23 – 22   Argentina

Group II (Lemgo)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Norway 2 2 0 0 61 50 +11 4
  South Korea 2 1 0 1 68 64 +4 2
  Egypt 2 0 0 2 48 63 –15 0
24 January 2007
Egypt   18 – 27   Norway
25 January 2007
Egypt   30 – 36   South Korea
27 January 2007
Norway   34 – 32   South Korea

Group III (Dortmund/Halle)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Brazil 2 2 0 0 63 53 +10 4
  Greenland 2 1 0 1 64 58 +6 2
  Australia 2 0 0 2 48 64 –16 0
24 January 2007
Greenland   34 – 25   Australia Halle
25 January 2007
Greenland   30 – 33   Brazil Dortmund
27 January 2007
Australia   23 – 30   Brazil Dortmund

Group IV (Dortmund/Halle)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Morocco 2 2 0 0 76 55 +21 4
  Angola 2 1 0 1 61 59 +2 2
  Qatar 2 0 0 2 54 77 –23 0
24 January 2007
Qatar   27 – 33   Angola Halle
25 January 2007
Qatar   27 – 44   Morocco Dortmund
27 January 2007
Angola   28 – 32   Morocco Dortmund

Main RoundEdit

     Team advanced to the Quarterfinals (others will play Placement Matches)

Group I (Dortmund/Halle)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Poland 5 4 0 1 162 147 +15 8
  Germany 5 4 0 1 157 138 +19 8
  Iceland 5 3 0 2 161 153 +8 6
  France 5 3 0 2 142 128 +14 6
  Slovenia 5 1 0 4 140 165 –25 2
  Tunisia 5 0 0 5 142 173 –31 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January 2007
Slovenia   29 – 35   Germany Halle
Tunisia   30 – 36   Iceland Dortmund
France   31 – 22   Poland Dortmund
25 January 2007
Tunisia   28 – 35   Germany Dortmund
Poland   35 – 33   Iceland Halle
France   33 – 19   Slovenia Halle
27 January 2007
France   26 – 29   Germany Dortmund
Iceland   32 – 31   Slovenia Halle
Poland   40 – 31   Tunisia Halle
28 January 2007
Germany   33 – 28   Iceland Dortmund
Slovenia   27 – 38   Poland Halle
France   28 – 26   Tunisia Halle

Group II (Mannheim)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Croatia 5 5 0 0 145 128 +17 10
  Denmark 5 3 0 2 141 134 +7 6
  Spain 5 3 0 2 152 145 +7 6
  Russia 5 2 0 3 136 142 –6 4
  Hungary 5 2 0 3 132 138 –6 4
  Czech Republic 5 0 0 5 138 157 –19 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

24 January 2007
Czech Republic   25 – 28   Hungary
Spain   33 – 29   Russia
Denmark   26 – 28   Croatia
25 January 2007
Czech Republic   26 – 30   Russia
Croatia   25 – 18   Hungary
Denmark   27 – 23   Spain
27 January 2007
Croatia   31 – 29   Czech Republic
Hungary   31 – 33   Spain
Denmark   26 – 24   Russia
28 January 2007
Spain   28 – 29   Croatia
Russia   26 – 25   Hungary
Denmark   33 – 29   Czech Republic

Placement Matches (9th-24th Place)Edit

23rd/24th Place (Dortmund)Edit

28 January 2007
Australia   22 – 36   Qatar

21st/22nd Place (Dortmund)Edit

28 January 2007
Greenland   28 – 29   Angola

19th/20th Place (Dortmund)Edit

28 January 2007
Brazil   36 – 29   Morocco

17th/18th Place (Lemgo)Edit

28 January 2007
Kuwait   22 – 26   Egypt

15th/16th Place (Lemgo)Edit

28 January 2007
South Korea   44 – 31   Argentina

13th/14th Place (Lemgo)Edit

28 January 2007
Ukraine   22 – 32   Norway

11th/12th Place (Köln)Edit

30 January 2007
Tunisia   25 – 21   Czech Republic

9th/10th Place (Hamburg)Edit

30 January 2007
Slovenia   33 – 34   Hungary

Final Round (Hamburg/Köln)Edit

FinalsEdit

 
Quarter FinalSemi FinalFinal
 
          
 
30 January 2007 – Köln
 
 
  Spain 25
 
1 February 2007 – Köln
 
  Germany 27
 
  Germany 32b
 
30 January 2007 – Köln
 
  France 31
 
  Croatia 18
 
4 February 2007 – Köln
 
  France 21
 
  Germany 29
 
30 January 2007 – Hamburg
 
  Poland 24
 
  Poland 28
 
1 February 2007 – Hamburg
 
  Russia 27
 
  Poland 36c
 
30 January 2007 – Hamburg
 
  Denmark 33 Third place
 
  Iceland 41
 
4 February 2007 – Köln
 
  Denmark 42a
 
  France 27
 
 
  Denmark 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.

BronzeEdit

4 February France   27–34   Denmark

GoldEdit

4 February Germany   29-24   Poland

5th-8th PlaceEdit

 
5th-8th Place5th/6th Place
 
      
 
1 February 2007 – Köln
 
 
  Spain 27
 
3 February 2007 – Köln
 
  Croatia 35
 
  Croatia 34
 
1 February 2007 – Hamburg
 
  Russia 25
 
  Russia 28
 
 
  Iceland 25
 
7th/8th Place
 
 
3 February 2007 – Köln
 
 
  Spain 40
 
 
  Iceland 36

Ranking and StatisticsEdit

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Germany
  Poland
  Denmark

External linksEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ (in German) Spielplan - Handball-WM 2007, from the tournament's official site
  2. ^ (in German) Gruppenauslosung wird zur Farce - Brand zur deutschen Glücksfee[permanent dead link], from RP-Online, retrieved 15 July 2006
  3. ^ Asian Championship: Qatar wins bronze and a ticket to the 2007 World Championship, from IHF, retrieved 27 February 2006