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Bandy World Championship

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The Bandy World Championship is a competition between bandy-playing nations' men's teams. The tournament is administrated by the Federation of International Bandy. It is distinct from the Bandy World Cup, a club competition, and from the Women's Bandy World Championship.

Bandy World Championship
Most recent season or competition:
2017 Bandy World Championship
Sport Bandy
Inaugural season 1957
No. of teams 18 (last tournament, 2017)
Countries Worldwide
Most recent
champion(s)
 Sweden (12th title 2017)
Most titles  Soviet Union (14 titles)
Official website worldbandy.com
A record eighteen countries participated in the World Championships of 2016 and 2017. Blue means Division A countries, red Division B countries and green the other FIB members. Latvia, which was relegated from Division A in 2016, made a late cancellation in 2017.
The old outdoor arena in Västerås, where Finland in 2004 won the final for the so far only time
Zinkensdamms IP, venue for the final at the XXVIth championships in 2006
ABB Arena Syd of the XXIXth championships in 2009

Contents

HistoryEdit

Although bandy has been played since the 19th century, the first men's world championships were only played in 1957, and the first women's ones were only in 2004. A bandy tournament was held as a demonstration sport at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, but this had no world championship status. A four nation tournament in 1954 was played in Moscow, this was the first time the Soviet Union met teams from other countries and the first time the new, jointly agreed rules were used, but this wasn't called a world championship. The international federation was founded in 1955 by the four countries which had played in Moscow.

The first ever Bandy World Championship was organised in 1957 in association with the 50th anniversary of the Ball Association of Finland, which at the time was the governing body of bandy in Finland. It was played at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.[1]

From 1961-2003, the championships were played every two years, but has since then been played annually.

Participating nationsEdit

For a long time, only four countries competed in the world championships: the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland and Norway, with the Soviet Union as the dominating country. Since then, more countries have joined the tournaments, starting with the United States in 1985. The interest for the sport has spread to other parts of Europe, North America and Asia, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 also opened the way for separate national teams from the former Soviet republics. Somalia became the first team from Africa to compete, in the 2014 tournament in Irkutsk.[2] The record number of participants are 18, set in 2016 and 2017.

Denmark, Switzerland, Armenia and Poland are countries that have expressed interest in participating in future tournaments,[3] but has so far (2017) not made any appearance. Denmark and Poland have in fact exited FIB. Armenia wanted to come already to 2011, but wasn't allowed to, as the tournament format at the time only allowed twelve teams and several more wanted to come. Of the countries which still haven't taken part, at least India was also denied in 2011.[4] Most probably also Lithuania.[5] The reason for the 2011 tournament having only eleven teams, was a late cancellation from Australia,[6] another country no longer an FIB member.

With more nations competing, Group B was created in 1991. In 2012 there was a Group C for the first time as 14 countries participated. Group C was abolished already in 2013, when instead two sub-groups of Group B were created. In 2014 there were two sub-groups also in Group A, increasing the number of teams in that division from six to eight. The number of groups is not fixed, it is changed from year to year. Japan and Kyrgyzstan made their first World Championships in 2012, Ukraine joined in 2013, Germany and Somalia made their debuts in 2014, China in 2015, and Czechia in 2016. Russia, Finland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway, USA and Belarus usually play in group A. Until 2011, the best team in group B used to go into a playoff match with the team which came bottom of the A-group, replacing them if they won. In 2004 the B-pool was played in a location separate from group A for the first time, at the City Park Ice Rink in Budapest. In 2013 this happened again as Vetlanda hosted the B-pool, whereas Vänersborg was the main venue of the A-pool with three matches played at other locations, Trollhättan, Gothenburg and Oslo. In 2015 and 2016 the tournament were separated in time while in the same cities. The Division B matches are shorter in time, except for the end matches.

Participating teamsEdit

G = gold, S = silver, B = bronze, X = took part, but won no medal, D = disqualified

Team 57 61 63 65 67 69 71 73 75 77 79 81 83 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
  Finland S B S X S B B B B B B B B B S S B X B B S B X G X B B B B B S X X X X S B
  Soviet Union G G G G G G G G G G G S S G B G G
  Sweden B S B B B S S S S S S G G S G B S G G G B S G S G S S S G G B G S S S B G
  Norway X X S X X X X X X X X X X X X B X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  United States X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  Canada X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  Hungary X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  Netherlands X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  Russia S S S G G S B S G G G S S G S G G G G S
  Kazakhstan X X X X B X B X X X X X X B B B B X X
  Belarus X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  Estonia X X X X X X X X X X X D X
  Mongolia X X X X X X X X X
  Latvia X X X X X X X X X X
  Japan X X X X X X
  Kyrgyzstan X
  Ukraine X X X X
  Germany X X X X
  Somalia X X X X
  China X X X
  Czech Republic X X

Competition formatEdit

Originally, the competition was played as an all-meet-all round-robin tournament. Starting in 1983, semifinals and a final was added to follow the round-robin stage.

When the number of participating nations increased, the championship was split up in two groups from 2003 onwards, A and B, with the better teams in Group A. The winner of Group B will typically play a game against the least successful team of Group A to determine qualification for Group A for next year.

TV broadcastingEdit

The interest is biggest in Sweden, Finland and Russia.[7] For a few times now it has been shown on Eurosport 2.

ResultsEdit

No. Year Host
Final Venue Gold medal Result Silver medal Bronze medal Result Fourth place Teams
I 1957
Details
  Finland N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Finland
 
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result Only three teams participated 3
II 1961
Details
  Norway N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
III 1963
Details
  Sweden N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Finland
 
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
IV 1965
Details
  Soviet Union N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
 
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result  
Finland
4
V 1967
Details
  Finland N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Finland
 
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
VI 1969
Details
  Sweden N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result Only three teams participated 3
VII 1971
Details
  Sweden N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
VIII 1973
Details
  Soviet Union N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
IX 1975
Details
  Finland N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
X 1977
Details
  Norway N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
XI 1979
Details
  Sweden N/A  
Soviet Union
Decided by round-robin result  
Sweden
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
XII 1981
Details
  Soviet Union N/A  
Sweden
Decided by round-robin result  
Soviet Union
 
Finland
Decided by round-robin result  
Norway
4
XIII 1983
Details
  Finland Oulunkylä Ice Rink (Helsinki)  
Sweden
9–3  
Soviet Union
 
Finland
4–1  
Norway
4
XIV 1985
Details
  Norway (Oslo)  
Soviet Union
5–4
(a.e.t.)
 
Sweden
 
Finland
6–2  
Norway
5
XV 1987
Details
  Sweden Söderstadion (Stockholm)  
Sweden
7–2  
Finland
 
Soviet Union
11–3  
Norway
5
XVI 1989
Details
  Soviet Union Moscow Olympic Stadium  
Soviet Union
12–2  
Finland
 
Sweden
6–0  
Norway
5
XVII 1991
Details
  Finland Oulunkylä Ice Rink (Helsinki)  
Soviet Union
4–3  
Sweden
 
Finland
8–0  
Norway
8
XVIII 1993
Details
  Norway Hamar Olympic Hall  
Sweden
8–0  
Russia
 
Norway
5–3  
Finland
8
XIX 1995
Details
  United States John Rose Minnesota Oval (Roseville)  
Sweden
6–4  
Russia
 
Finland
3–2  
Kazakhstan
8
XX 1997
Details
  Sweden Rocklunda IP (Västerås)  
Sweden
10–5  
Russia
 
Finland
9–3  
Kazakhstan
9
XXI 1999
Details
  Russia Trud Stadium (Arkhangelsk)  
Russia
5–0  
Finland
 
Sweden
9–1  
Norway
6
XXII 2001
Details
  Finland
  Sweden
Raksila Ice Rink (Oulu FIN)  
Russia
6–1  
Sweden
 
Finland
3–2  
Kazakhstan
7
XXIII 2003
Details
  Russia Trud Stadium (Arkhangelsk)  
Sweden
5–4  
Russia
 
Kazakhstan
4–1  
Finland
9
XXIV 2004
Details
  Sweden
  Hungary
Rocklunda IP (Västerås SWE)  
Finland
5–4
(a.e.t.)
 
Sweden
 
Russia
5–2  
Kazakhstan
11
XXV 2005
Details
  Russia Trudovye Rezervy Stadium (Kazan)  
Sweden
5–2  
Russia
 
Kazakhstan
5–3  
Finland
11
XXVI 2006
Details
  Sweden Zinkensdamms IP (Stockholm)  
Russia
3–2  
Sweden
 
Finland
7–4  
Kazakhstan
12
XXVII 2007
Details
  Russia Khimik Stadium (Kemerovo)  
Russia
3–1  
Sweden
 
Finland
5–4
(a.e.t.)
 
Kazakhstan
12
XXVIII 2008
Details
  Russia Olympic Stadium (Moscow)  
Russia
6–1  
Sweden
 
Finland
8–3  
Kazakhstan
13
XXIX 2009
Details
  Sweden ABB Arena Syd (Västerås)  
Sweden
6–1  
Russia
 
Finland
7–3  
Kazakhstan
13
XXX 2010
Details
  Russia Ice Palace Krylatskoye (Moscow)  
Sweden
6–5
(a.e.t.)
 
Russia
 
Finland
4–3
(a.e.t.)
 
Kazakhstan
11
XXXI 2011
Details
  Russia Trudovye Rezervy Stadium (Kazan)  
Russia
6–1  
Finland
 
Sweden
14–3  
Kazakhstan
11
XXXII 2012
Details
  Kazakhstan Medeu (Almaty)  
Sweden
5–4  
Russia
 
Kazakhstan
10–5  
Finland
14
XXXIII 2013
Details
  Sweden
  Norway
Arena Vänersborg (Vänersborg)  
Russia
4–3  
Sweden
 
Kazakhstan
6–3  
Finland
14
XXXIV 2014
Details
  Russia Trud Stadium (Irkutsk)  
Russia
3–2  
Sweden
 
Kazakhstan
5–3  
Finland
17
XXXV 2015
Details
  Russia Arena Yerofey (Khabarovsk)  
Russia
5–3  
Sweden
 
Kazakhstan
8–6  
Finland
16
XXXVI 2016
Details
  Russia Trud Stadium (Ulyanovsk)  
Russia
6–1  
Finland
 
Sweden
4–0  
Kazakhstan
18
XXXVII 2017
Details
  Sweden Göransson Arena (Sandviken)  
Sweden
4–3  
Russia
 
Finland
11–1  
Norway
18
XXXVIII 2018
Details
  Russia
  China
Arena Yerofey (Khabarovsk)
XXXIX 2019
Details
  Sweden Arena Vänersborg (Vänersborg)
 
Kyrgyzstan and Japan were the newcomers in 2012. Here, the Kyrgyzstan team defend their goal when Japan is about to make a corner stroke. Kyrgyzstan has yet to make another world championship appearance.

Medal tableEdit

Countries in italics no longer compete at the World Championships.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Soviet Union 14 2 1 17
2   Sweden 12 17 8 37
3   Russia 10 9 1 20
4   Finland 1 8 20 29
5   Norway 0 1 1 2
6   Kazakhstan 0 0 6 6
Total 6 nations 37 37 37 111

Consecutive winsEdit

The most consecutive gold medals were won by Soviet Union with 11. Russia has won four consecutive gold medals and Russia and Sweden have each won three consecutive gold medals.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit