2015 World Men's Handball Championship

The 2015 World Men's Handball Championship was the 24th staging of the World Men's Handball Championship, organised by the International Handball Federation (IHF). The final tournament was held for the first time in Qatar, from 15 January to 1 February 2015. The Qatari bid was selected over those of Norway, Poland and France after a vote by the IHF Council on 27 January 2011, in Malmö, Sweden.[2] This was the third time that the World Championship was hosted in the Middle East And North Africa, after Egypt in 1999 and Tunisia in 2005.

2015 World Men's Handball Championship
2015 World Men's Handball Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Qatar
Dates15 January – 1 February
Teams24 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (5th title)
Runner-up Qatar
Third place Poland
Fourth place Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches88
Goals scored4805 (54.6 per match)
Attendance306,100 (3,478 per match)
Top scorer(s) Dragan Gajić (SVN) (71 goals)
Best player Thierry Omeyer (FRA)[1]
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France won the final against Qatar 25–22 to win their fifth title,[3] a first in handball history while Qatar won their first ever medal.[4]Poland captured the bronze medal by defeating Spain 29–28 after extra time.[5] Denmark secured the fifth place by winning against Croatia which finished sixth and thus had the worst result in the past 13 years of international handball competing.

The competition was marred by numerous controversies throughout.

VenuesEdit

The games of the tournament were played in Doha and in the newly created town of Lusail.

Three new venues were constructed for the tournament:

  • Lusail Sports Arena[6] in the town of Lusail: with a capacity of 15,300 seats, Lusail hall became the main venue of the tournament. The hall opened in November 2014.
  • Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in al-Sadd district of Doha with a capacity of 7,700 seats. The hall is part of the al-Sadd Club sports complex.
  • Duhail Handball Sports Hall in Duhail district of Doha with a capacity of 5,500 seats. The hall is part of the Qatar Handball Association (QHA) complex.
Lusail Doha
Lusail Sports Arena Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena Duhail Handball Sports Hall
Capacity: 15,300 Capacity: 7,700 Capacity: 5,500
     

QualificationEdit

Twenty-four teams participated in the final tournament. Qatar, as hosts and Spain, as world champions, were automatically qualified, which left 22 places available for the best teams of each continental qualification tournament and the winners of an additional European qualification competition.

In a decision taken by the International Handball Federation on 8 July 2014 the spot allocated for a nation from Oceania was revoked on the grounds that Oceania has no continental confederation. The national team, qualified for this spot through the 2014 Oceania Handball Championship, was Australia. The spot was instead handed out as a wild card to the nation with the highest ranking at the previous world championships not qualified for the Qatar tournament. This nation was Germany.[7] Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew on 7 November 2014.[8][9] Iceland and Saudi Arabia were chosen as the replacements.[10]

Competition Dates Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 27 January 2011 1   Qatar
2013 World Champions 11–27 January 2013 1   Spain
2014 African Men's Handball Championship 16–25 January 2014 3   Algeria
  Egypt
  Tunisia
2014 European Men's Handball Championship 12–26 January 2014 3   Croatia
  Denmark
  France
2014 Asian Men's Handball Championship 24 January – 4 February 2014 3   Bahrain[8]
  Iran
  United Arab Emirates[9]
2014 Oceania Handball Championship 25–26 April 2014 1   Australia[7]
European qualification 7–15 June 2014 9   Austria
  Belarus
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Czech Republic
  Macedonia
  Poland
  Russia
  Slovenia
  Sweden
2014 Pan American Men's Handball Championship 23–29 June 2014 3   Argentina
  Brazil
  Chile
Wildcard 8 July 2014 1   Germany[7]
Wildcards 21 November 2014 2   Iceland[10]
  Saudi Arabia[10]

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances1, 2
  Qatar 00Hosts 27 January 2011 4 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013)
  Spain 01World champions 27 January 2013 17 (1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Denmark Finalist of 2014 European Championship 22 January 2014 20 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  France Finalist of 2014 European Championship 22 January 2014 19 (1954, 1958,1961, 1964,1967,1970, 1978, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Croatia Fourth of 2014 European Championship 22 January 2014 10 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Algeria Finalist of 2014 African Championship 24 January 2014 13 (1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Tunisia Finalist of 2014 African Championship 24 January 2014 11 (1967, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Egypt Third place of 2014 African Championship 25 January 2014 12 (1964, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Bahrain[8] Finalist of 2014 Asian Championship 1 February 2014 1 (2011)
  Iran Semifinalist of 2014 Asian Championship 2 February 2014 0 (debut)
  United Arab Emirates[9] Semifinalist of 2014 Asian Championship 3 February 2014 0 (debut)
  Australia[7] Winner of 2014 Oceania Championship 26 April 2014 7 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Poland European playoffs 14 June 2014 13 (1958, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Russia European playoffs 14 June 2014 10 (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013)
  Czech Republic European playoffs 14 June 2014 5 (1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007)
  Austria European playoffs 14 June 2014 4 (1938, 1958, 1993, 2011)
  Sweden European playoffs 15 June 2014 21 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011)
  Slovenia European playoffs 15 June 2014 6 (1995, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013)
  Macedonia European playoffs 15 June 2014 3 (1999, 2009, 2013)
  Belarus European playoffs 15 June 2014 2 (1995, 2013)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina European playoffs 15 June 2014 0 (debut)
  Brazil Finalist of 2014 Pan American Championship 28 June 2014 11 (1958, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Argentina Finalist of 2014 Pan American Championship 28 June 2014 9 (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Chile Third at 2014 Pan American Championship 29 June 2014 2 (2011, 2013)
  Germany[7] Wildcard 8 July 2014 22 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 19903, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Iceland[10] Wildcard 21 November 2014 17 (1958, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013)
  Saudi Arabia[10] Wildcard 21 November 2014 6 (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2013)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italics indicates host country for that year
3 From both German teams only East Germany was qualified in 1990

DrawEdit

The draw was held on 20 July 2014 at 21:30 local time in Doha, Qatar.[11][12]

SeedingsEdit

The seedings were published on 11 July 2014.[13]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

SquadsEdit

Each team selects 16 players for the tournament.

RefereesEdit

18 referee pairs are selected:[14]

Preliminary roundEdit

The schedule was published on 21 August 2014.[15][16] A new schedule was released on 12 December 2014.[17][18] The top four teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage.

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

For the group stage of this tournament, where two or more teams in a group tied on an equal number of points, the finishing positions will be determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order:[19]

  1. number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question
  2. goal difference in the matches among the teams in question
  3. number of goals scored in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
  4. goal difference in all the group matches
  5. number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. drawing of lots
Team advanced to the knockout stage

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 5 5 0 0 162 127 +35 10
  Qatar 5 4 0 1 137 122 +15 8
  Slovenia 5 3 0 2 160 145 +15 6
  Brazil 5 2 0 3 146 143 +3 4
  Belarus 5 1 0 4 147 155 −8 2
  Chile 5 0 0 5 104 164 −60 0
15 January 2015
20:30
Qatar   28–23   Brazil Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 11,500
Referees: Milošević, Gubica (CRO)
Hassab Alla, Marković 6 (15–12) Chiuffa 6
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16 January 2015
17:00
Spain   38–33   Belarus Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
Aguinagalde, Maqueda 6 (21–17) Tsitou 5
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16 January 2015
17:00
Slovenia   36–23   Chile Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Rashed, El-Sayed (EGY)
Gajić 9 (16–14) R. Salinas 10
  8×  Report   6× 

17 January 2015
17:00
Brazil   27–29   Spain Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Ribeiro, Toledo 5 (14–15) Cañellas 9
  5×  Report   2× 
17 January 2015
17:00
Belarus   29–34   Slovenia Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Krichen, Makhlouf (TUN)
D. Rutenka 6 (8–17) Gajić 15
  5×  Report   8×  1× 
17 January 2015
19:00
Chile   20–27   Qatar Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Reveret, Pichon (FRA)
Oneto 5 (9–15) Marković 11
  5×  Report   2× 

19 January 2015
17:00
Spain   37–16   Chile Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Lee, Koo (KOR)
Rivera Folch 7 (14–7) Araya, Frelijj 3
  3×  Report   1× 
19 January 2015
17:00
Belarus   29–34   Brazil Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Rashed, El-Sayed (EGY)
three players 6 (12–16) Ribeiro 9
  5×  Report   5× 
19 January 2015
19:00
Slovenia   29–31   Qatar Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 9,500
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Dolenec 8 (15–18) Capote 12
  7×  Report   5× 

21 January 2015
17:00
Slovenia   35–32   Brazil Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Reveret, Pichon (FRA)
Gajić 12 (19–18) Ribeiro 7
  5×  Report   5× 
21 January 2015
17:00
Chile   23–34   Belarus Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 800
Referees: Hizaki, Ikebuchi (JPN)
R. Salinas 6 (11–14) Pukhouski, S. Rutenka 8
  7×  1×  Report   5× 
21 January 2015
19:00
Qatar   25–28   Spain Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 12,400
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Marković 10 (10–8) Rivera Folch 7
  1×  Report   5× 

23 January 2015
17:00
Brazil   30–22   Chile Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Krichen, Makhlouf (TUN)
Pacheco Filho 7 (12–13) five players 3
  5×  Report   7×  1× 
23 January 2015
17:00
Spain   30–26   Slovenia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Rivera Folch 6 (14–10) four players 4
  2×  1×  Report   5× 
23 January 2015
19:00
Qatar   26–22   Belarus Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
Marković 9 (7–12) D. Rutenka 7
  3×  Report   6× 

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Croatia 5 5 0 0 158 124 +34 10
  Macedonia 5 4 0 1 153 138 +15 8
  Austria 5 2 1 2 147 140 +7 5
  Tunisia 5 2 1 2 132 133 −1 5
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 1 0 4 118 128 −10 2
  Iran 5 0 0 5 127 172 −45 0
16 January 2015
15:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina   30–25   Iran Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Koo, Lee (KOR)
Čelica 6 (12–16) A. Esteki 7
  8×  Report   8× 
16 January 2015
17:00
Macedonia   33–25   Tunisia Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
K. Lazarov 10 (18–14) Tej 6
  7×  Report   6× 
16 January 2015
19:00
Croatia   32–30   Austria Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 750
Referees: Gatelis, Mažeika (LTU)
Čupić 11 (16–13) Szilágyi, Weber 7
  6×  Report   7×  1× 

17 January 2015
19:00
Tunisia   25–28   Croatia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
Bannour 9 (13–14) Čupić 8
  6×  Report   5× 
17 January 2015
19:00
Iran   31–33   Macedonia Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Al-Suwaidi, Bamutref (QAT)
A. Esteki 9 (17–19) K. Lazarov 9
  7×  1×  Report   7× 
17 January 2015
21:00
Austria   23–21   Bosnia and Herzegovina Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Menezes, Pinto (BRA)
Szilágyi, Weber 4 (11–12) Malinović 6
  8×  Report   6×  1× 

19 January 2015
19:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina   22–25   Macedonia Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Gatelis, Mažeika (LTU)
Burić, Malinović 4 (11–13) Manaskov 6
  5×  Report   6×  1× 
19 January 2015
19:00
Croatia   41–22   Iran Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Horvat 12 (19–13) S. Esteki 6
  3×  Report   3× 
19 January 2015
21:00
Austria   25–25   Tunisia Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Weber 9 (14–15) Sanaï, Tej 5
  4×  Report   5× 

21 January 2015
17:00
Iran   26–38   Austria Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Rashed, El-Sayed (EGY)
S. Esteki 7 (13–18) Santos 8
  5×  Report   5× 
21 January 2015
19:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina   24–27   Tunisia Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Malinović 5 (14–15) Boughanmi 7
  6×  Report   5× 
21 January 2015
19:00
Macedonia   26–29   Croatia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
K. Lazarov 7 (14–15) Čupić 9
  6×  Report   6× 

23 January 2015
17:00
Tunisia   30–23   Iran Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Kliko, Johansson (SWE)
Touati 7 (12–12) Karamian 4
  3×  Report   5× 
23 January 2015
19:00
Macedonia   36–31   Austria Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
K. Lazarov 9 (16–16) Weber 8
  5×  Report   7×  1× 
23 January 2015
19:00
Croatia   28–21   Bosnia and Herzegovina Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referees: Reveret, Pichon (FRA)
Karačić 6 (17–8) Toromanović 7
  4×  Report   6×  1× 

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  France 5 4 1 0 143 128 +15 9
  Sweden 5 3 1 1 137 109 +28 7
  Iceland 5 2 1 2 127 135 −8 5
  Egypt 5 2 1 2 135 125 +10 5
  Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 145 138 +7 4
  Algeria 5 0 0 5 109 161 −52 0
16 January 2015
19:00
Algeria   20−34   Egypt Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
Kaabeche 6 (9−17) Issa 5
  6×  Report   7× 
16 January 2015
21:00
France   30−27   Czech Republic Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 1,800
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Guigou, Karabatić 7 (16−9) Horák 8
  6×  Report   10×  1× 
16 January 2015
21:00
Sweden   24−16   Iceland Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Menezes, Pinto (BRA)
Ekberg 7 (12−7) Atlason 5
  7×  Report   6× 

18 January 2015
19:00
Iceland   32–24   Algeria Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Milošević, Gubica (CRO)
Sigurðsson 8 (12–13) Berkous 5
  6×  1×  Report   3× 
18 January 2015
21:00
Czech Republic   22–36   Sweden Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Babák, Sobol 5 (10–19) Andersson 10
  6×  1×  Report   5× 
18 January 2015
21:00
Egypt   24–28   France Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Amer 5 (11–14) Karabatić 6
  10×  Report   7× 

20 January 2015
19:00
Czech Republic   24–27   Egypt Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 6,500
Referees: Al-Suwaidi, Bamutref (QAT)
Hrstka 5 (10–13) El-Ahmar 5
  4×  Report   9× 
20 January 2015
21:00
France   26–26   Iceland Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Karabatić 6 (12–14) Hallgrímsson, Pálmarsson 5
  5×  1×  Report   7× 
20 January 2015
21:00
Sweden   27–19   Algeria Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Källman 6 (15–6) Daoud 6
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22 January 2015
19:00
Sweden   25–25   Egypt Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Milošević, Gubica (CRO)
Ekberg 10 (10–10) El-Ahmar 9
  6×  Report   7×  1× 
22 January 2015
21:00
Iceland   25–36   Czech Republic Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Lee, Koo (KOR)
Guðjónsson 5 (11–21) Jícha 11
  7×  Report   6× 
22 January 2015
21:00
Algeria   26–32   France Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Berkous 11 (12–19) Guigou 7
  9×  Report   5× 

24 January 2015
19:00
Egypt   25–28   Iceland Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Issa, Radwan 5 (10–15) Sigurðsson 13
  4×  Report   7× 
24 January 2015
21:00
Algeria   20–36   Czech Republic Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Hizaki, Ikebuchi (JPN)
Daoud, Hamoud 5 (10–21) Jícha 7
  1×  Report   3× 
24 January 2015
21:00
France   27–25   Sweden Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
Joli 9 (11–12) Källman 8
  2×  1×  Report   4× 

Group DEdit

 
Russia vs Denmark at the Lusail Sports Arena
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Germany 5 4 1 0 150 124 +26 9
  Denmark 5 3 2 0 154 127 +27 8
  Poland 5 3 0 2 135 121 +14 6
  Argentina 5 2 1 2 132 123 +9 5
  Russia 5 1 0 4 133 131 +2 2
  Saudi Arabia 5 0 0 5 87 165 −78 0
16 January 2015
15:00
Russia   27–17   Saudi Arabia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Hizaki, Ikebuchi (JPN)
Dereven, Zhitnikov 4 (17–9) Al-Abbas, Al-Hannabi 4
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16 January 2015
19:00
Poland   26−29   Germany Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Lijewski 7 (13−17) Weinhold 9
  5×  Report   6× 
16 January 2015
21:00
Denmark   24−24   Argentina Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Eggert 5 (13−8) Pizarro 8
  7×  Report   7×  1× 

18 January 2015
19:00
Argentina   23–24   Poland Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
three players 5 (12–11) three players 5
  6×  1×  Report   7× 
18 January 2015
19:00
Germany   27–26   Russia Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 600
Referees: Kliko, Johansson (SWE)
Gensheimer 9 (9–13) Igropulo 6
  7×  Report   8× 
18 January 2015
21:00
Saudi Arabia   18–38   Denmark Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 600
Referees: Rashed, El-Sayed (EGY)
Al-Janabi, Moj. Al-Salem 4 (6–20) H. Toft Hansen 8
  4×  Report   3× 

20 January 2015
19:00
Poland   26–25   Russia Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Rojewski 6 (12–13) Shishkarev 7
  5×  Report   5× 
20 January 2015
19:00
Argentina   32–20   Saudi Arabia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Krichen, Makhlouf (TUN)
Pizarro 7 (13–11) Al-Janabi 5
  6×  Report   12×  2× 
20 January 2015
21:00
Denmark   30–30   Germany Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
Christiansen, Hansen 6 (16–16) Weinhold 8
  3×  Report   5× 

22 January 2015
19:00
Poland   32–13   Saudi Arabia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referees: Kliko, Johansson (SWE)
Syprzak 10 (17–6) Al-Abdulali 4
  3×  Report   4×  1× 
22 January 2015
19:00
Germany   28–23   Argentina Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Gatelis, Mažeika (LTU)
Groetzki 7 (13–14) Fernández 6
  6×  Report   6× 
22 January 2015
21:00
Russia   28–31   Denmark Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 10,500
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Shishkarev 8 (8–16) Lauge 9
  1×  Report   2× 

24 January 2015
19:00
Saudi Arabia   19–36   Germany Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 3 (8–18) Musche, Sellin 11
  6×  Report   5× 
24 January 2015
19:00
Russia   27–30   Argentina Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Al-Suwaidi, Bamutref (QAT)
Shishkarev 7 (16–17) Pizarro 9
  8×  1×  Report   4×  1× 
24 January 2015
21:00
Denmark   31–27   Poland Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Milošević, Gubica (CRO)
Lindberg 6 (16–12) Rojewski 5
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Knockout stageEdit

 
The final match, Qatar vs France

ChampionshipEdit

Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
B1   Croatia 26  
A4   Brazil 25     B1   Croatia 22  
D3   Poland 24     D3   Poland 24  
C2   Sweden 20       D3   Poland 29  
B3   Austria 27       A2   Qatar 31  
A2   Qatar 29     A2   Qatar 26
D1   Germany 23     D1   Germany 24  
C4   Egypt 16       A2   Qatar 22
C3   Iceland 25       C1   France 25
D2   Denmark 30     D2   Denmark 24  
A1   Spain 28     A1   Spain 25  
B4   Tunisia 20       A1   Spain 22
A3   Slovenia 30       C1   France 26  
B2   Macedonia 28     A3   Slovenia 23 Third place
C1   France 33     C1   France 32   D3   Poland 29
D4   Argentina 20   A1   Spain 28

Round of 16Edit

25 January 2015
18:30
Austria   27–29   Qatar Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 12,200
Referees: Milošević, Gubica (CRO)
Weber 8 (14–13) Marković 8
  7×  Report   4× 

25 January 2015
18:30
Slovenia   30–28   Macedonia Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referees: Gatelis, Mažeika (LTU)
Gajić 9 (16–15) Georgievski, K. Lazarov 7
  9×  Report   4×  1× 

25 January 2015
21:00
Spain   28–20   Tunisia Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Ugalde 6 (18–9) Boughanmi 5
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25 January 2015
21:00
Croatia   26–25   Brazil Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referees: Al-Suwaidi, Bamutref (QAT)
Kopljar 5 (13–15) Silva 5
  1×  Report   5× 

26 January 2015
18:30
Germany   23–16   Egypt Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 12,500
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
Gensheimer 6 (12–8) El-Ahmar, Issa 4
  7×  Report   5×  1× 

26 January 2015
18:30
Poland   24–20   Sweden Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
B. Jurecki, M. Jurecki 5 (10–11) Petersen 5
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26 January 2015
21:00
Iceland   25–30   Denmark Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Reveret, Pichon (FRA)
Petersson 7 (10–16) Lauge Schmidt 6
  2×  Report   5× 

26 January 2015
21:00
France   33–20   Argentina Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Porte 6 (16–6) Carou 4
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QuarterfinalsEdit

28 January 2015
18:30
Croatia   22–24   Poland Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Duvnjak, Kopljar 5 (10–12) Jurkiewicz 6
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28 January 2015
18:30
Qatar   26–24   Germany Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Capote 8 (18–14) Gensheimer 5
  2×  Report   3× 

28 January 2015
21:00
Slovenia   23–32   France Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
L. Žvižej 6 (10–18) Narcisse 6
  5×  Report   2× 

28 January 2015
21:00
Denmark   24–25   Spain Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Eggert, Hansen 6 (11–11) Rivera Folch 10
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SemifinalsEdit

30 January 2015
18:30
Poland   29–31   Qatar Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Jurecki 9 (13–16) Capote, Mallash 6
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30 January 2015
21:00
Spain   22–26   France Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Cañellas, Ugalde 5 (14–18) Guigou 5
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Bronze medal gameEdit

1 February 2015
16:30
Poland   29–28 (ET)   Spain Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 9,400
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Szyba 8 (13–13) Tomás 7
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FT: 24–24 ET: 5–4

FinalEdit

1 February 2015
19:15
Qatar   22–25   France Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 15,000
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
Marković 7 (11–14) Karabatić 5
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5–8th place playoffsEdit

 
SemifinalsFifth place
 
      
 
30 January
 
 
  Croatia28
 
31 January
 
  Germany23
 
  Croatia24
 
30 January
 
  Denmark28
 
  Denmark36
 
 
  Slovenia33
 
Seventh place
 
 
31 January
 
 
  Germany30
 
 
  Slovenia27

5–8th place semifinalsEdit

30 January 2015
16:00
Croatia   28–23   Germany Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
Štrlek 8 (13–11) Gensheimer, Schöngarth 6
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30 January 2015
18:30
Denmark   36–33   Slovenia Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, Doha
Attendance: 500
Referees: Al-Suwaidi, Bamutref (QAT)
Hansen 13 (19–15) Gajić 12
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Seventh place gameEdit

31 January 2015
16:30
Germany   30–27   Slovenia Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Novotný, Horáček (CZE)
Gensheimer 13 (16–14) Natek 9
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Fifth place gameEdit

31 January 2015
19:15
Croatia   24–28   Denmark Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
three players 4 (11–15) Hansen 8
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President’s CupEdit

Placement semifinalsEdit

26 January 2015
13:00
Chile   31–32   Iran Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 100
Referees: Hizaki, Ikebuchi (JPN)
R. Salinas 18 (15–17) three players 5
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26 January 2015
15:00
Algeria   25–27   Saudi Arabia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 100
Referees: Kliko, Johansson (SWE)
Hamoud 9 (14–12) Moj. Al-Salem 5
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26 January 2015
17:00
Belarus   37–29   Bosnia and Herzegovina Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 300
Referees: Menezes, Pinto (BRA)
S. Rutenka 9 (20–16) Burić 6
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26 January 2015
19:00
Czech Republic   32–30   Russia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 300
Referees: Krichen, Makhlouf (TUN)
Zdráhala 8 (16–15) Dereven 8
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23rd place gameEdit

27 January 2015
13:00
Chile   30–28   Algeria Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 100
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
R. Salinas 11 (10–16) Hamoud 12
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FT: 27–27 Pen: 3–1

21st place gameEdit

27 January 2015
15:00
Iran   26–22   Saudi Arabia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 150
Referees: Menezes, Pinto (BRA)
A. Esteki 6 (15–10) Al-Abdulali 6
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19th place gameEdit

27 January 2015
17:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina   28–42   Russia Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 200
Referees: Hizaki, Ikebuchi (JPN)
Malinović 6 (16–20) Kovalev 6
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17th place gameEdit

27 January 2015
19:00
Belarus   31–32   Czech Republic Duhail Handball Sports Hall, Doha
Attendance: 300
Referees: Rased, El-Sayed (EGY)
S. Rutenka 12 (13–14) four players 6
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FT: 28–28 Pen: 3–4

StatisticsEdit

Final rankingEdit

The final rankings were used in the 2016 Summer Olympics qualification process. France, as World Champion, qualified for the Olympics. The next 6 teams earned a place in the Olympic Qualification Tournaments. Qatar and Germany, however, won their continental tournaments (qualifying them directly for the Olympics) and thus their spots in the Olympic Qualification Tournaments went to Slovenia and Macedonia.

ControversyEdit

Withdrawal of teamsEdit

As mentioned under qualifications, Australia lost its spot in the tournament due to an IHF decision, being replaced by Germany, who did not qualify. Further, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates withdrew.[7][8][9]

Qatar player naturalisationEdit

A large number of players in the Qatar team had been naturalised in the years leading up to the championship. According to IHF rules, to gain eligibility for a new national team, a player cannot have played for another nation for three years in an official match.[20][21] This allowed several foreign-born players, including Spanish-born Borja Vidal, Goran Stojanović and Jovo Damjanović from Montenegro, and Bertrand Roiné who previously played for France, to play for the Qatar team at the championship. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine, only four of the 17 players in the squad were native to Qatar.[22]

Head of the Qatar Handball Federation, Ahmed Mohammed Abdulrab Al Shaabi, acknowledged the policy in a statement in June 2013, saying "We're a small nation with limited human resources, so we had to bring players from outside in the past." He also announced an end to the policy at the time, adding however that they "[might] make an exception only in the case of an experienced goalkeeper."[23] In January 2014, Danish sports agent Mads Winther said he had met with "contacts involved with Qatar" regarding the possibility of naturalising Danish players.[24]

The practice was criticised by Austrian goalkeeper after his team's loss to Qatar in the round of 16, saying "It [felt] like playing against a world selection team" and "I think it is not the sense of a world championship."[25] At a press conference during the championship, Qatar head coach Valero Rivera declined to comment on the matter.[25] Spanish player Joan Cañellas did not think it was an issue, saying "If they can do it, why not."[21]

After the controversial semi-final against Poland, and reaching the final as a result the practice was even more criticised, with players such as Danijel Šarić having now represented four different national teams.[26]

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Qatar flew in about 60 Spanish fans to cheer for Qatar during the championship.[27]

RefereeingEdit

During the first 12 matches of the tournament, 143 two-minute suspensions were awarded by the referees, a figure that came under strong criticism from teams, who had not been informed of the IHF Referee Committee's instructions to referees commanding them to keep a strict disciplinary line.[28]

The referees were widely accused of being one-sided in favour of the hosts. Especially at the matches against Austria,[29][30][31] Germany[29][32][33] and Poland.[34][35][36][37] After the final whistle, the Polish players showed their discontent by ironically applauding the three referees.[38][39]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "2015 World Championship hosts announced". EHF. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ "France: World, Olympic and European Champions". IHF. 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ "France beat Qatar to win fifth world handball title". Gulf Times. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Bronze goes to Poland". IHF. 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Lusail Multipurpose Hall - 24th Men's Handball World Championship". www.qatarhandball2015.com.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "IHF Council Meeting held in Zagreb". ihf.info. 8 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Bahrain withdraws from the 2015 Men's World Championship". ihf.info. 7 November 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e "The United Arab Emirates withdraw from the 2015 World Championship". ihf.info. 10 November 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d e "IHF Council decision on withdrawal of Bahrain and United Arab Emirates from 2015 Men's WCh". ihf.info. 21 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Draw for Qatar 2015 on 20 July in Doha". ihf.info. 12 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Groups of the 2015 Men's Handball World Championship drawn in Doha". ihf.info. 20 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Pots and procedure for Qatar 2015 draw on 20 July". ihf.info. 11 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Referee Nominations 2015 – Men's World Championship 2015 - Qatar". ihf.info. 2 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Qatar 2015 match schedule available for download". ihf.info. 21 August 2014.
  16. ^ Schedule
  17. ^ "The IHF publishes newest throw-off schedule for Qatar 2015". ihf.info. 12 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Match Schedule" (PDF). ihf.info.
  19. ^ "International Handball Federation". ihf-online.info.
  20. ^ "Player Eligibility Code" (PDF). ihf.info. International Handball Federation. p. 5. Retrieved 29 January 2015. They shall not have played in any national team of another country in the three years preceding their first appearance in the national team in an official match.
  21. ^ a b "Qatar's foreign legion primed for handball date with Germany". dw.de. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Falsche Fans simulieren Stimmung" [Fake fans simulate excitement]. faz.net (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Al Shaabi says no to further naturalisation". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  24. ^ Wenande, Christian. "Qatar targeting Danish handball players ahead of hosting of 2015 worlds". cphpost.dk. The Copenhagen Post. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  25. ^ a b "Qatar handball team coach faces questions over foreign players". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Danijel Sarić - to on "zabrał" Polakom finał MŚ". onet.pl. 30 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Qatar 'buys' noisy Spanish handball fans". thelocal.es. 16 January 2015.
  28. ^ "Dansk dommer om de mange udvisninger: IHF vil have en hård linje". dr.dk.
  29. ^ a b Team, Fans und Schiris gekauft? (German)
  30. ^ Handball-WM in Katar: Österreich hält sich für verpfiffen (German)
  31. ^ Österreich von Referees und Katar aus WM gekickt (German)
  32. ^ Reaktionen auf deutsches WM-Aus: "Man muss aufpassen, was man sagt" (German)
  33. ^ WM-Aus der deutschen Handballer: "Im Schiedsrichterwesen gibt es Grauzonen" (German)
  34. ^ Sramotno: Pogledajte trenutak kad su srpski suci pretjerali s navlačenjem za Katar Archived 1 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine (Croatian)
  35. ^ Polský smutek. Katar je ve finále MS v házené, pomohli mu rozhodčí (Czech)
  36. ^ Polska - Katar - czemu Katar awansował? Kontrowersje wokół drużyny gospodarzy, nie byli faworytami (Polish)
  37. ^ Michał Jurecki: Każdy wie, co tutaj się dzieje... (Polish)
  38. ^ "Radość Katarczyków, Polacy z pretensjami do sędziów". przegladsportowy.pl. 30 January 2015.
  39. ^ "Polish National Handball Team Sarcastically Applauds Officials After Controversial Loss to Qatar". thebiglead.com. 31 January 2015.

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