World Men's Handball Championship

The World Men's Handball Championship has been organized indoor by the International Handball Federation since 1938.

World Men's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 World Men's Handball Championship
SportHandball
Founded1938
FounderInternational Amateur Handball Federation
Inaugural season1938
No. of teams32
ContinentInternational (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Denmark (1st title)
Most titles France (6 titles)

In the twenty-six tournaments held, eleven nations have won the title. France is the most successful team with six titles, followed by Sweden and Romania with four titles each.

Denmark is the current champion after winning its maiden title in 2019. The next tournament will be held in Egypt in 2021.

HistoryEdit

The first indoor championship took place in Germany in 1938, involving four teams from Europe made up of 7 players who competed in a round robin stage to find a winner. It wouldn't be until sixteen years later where the second World Championship was held in the country of Sweden. Throughout their history, the World Championships has been dominated by European teams, with no medals being won by non-European countries until 2015, by Qatar. Over the years, the organization of the World Championships has changed. Initially, there were group games in both the preliminary and main rounds, but more recently a knockout system has been applied after the preliminary round.

TournamentsEdit

Year Host Final Third place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1938
Details
 
Germany
 
Germany
Round-robin  
Austria
 
Sweden
Round-robin  
Denmark
4
1954
Details
 
Sweden
 
Sweden
17–14  
West Germany
 
Czechoslovakia
24–11  
Switzerland
6
1958
Details
 
East Germany
 
Sweden
22–12  
Czechoslovakia
 
Germany1
16–13  
Denmark
16
1961
Details
 
West Germany
 
Romania
9–8 (2ET)  
Czechoslovakia
 
Sweden
17–14  
Germany1
12
1964
Details
 
Czechoslovakia
 
Romania
25–22  
Sweden
 
Czechoslovakia
22–15  
West Germany
16
1967
Details
 
Sweden
 
Czechoslovakia
14–11  
Denmark
 
Romania
21–19 (ET)  
Soviet Union
16
1970
Details
 
France
 
Romania
13–12 (2ET)  
East Germany
 
Yugoslavia
29–12  
Denmark
16
1974
Details
 
East Germany
 
Romania
14–12  
East Germany
 
Yugoslavia
18–16  
Poland
16
1978
Details
 
Denmark
 
West Germany
20–19  
Soviet Union
 
East Germany
19–15  
Denmark
16
1982
Details
 
West Germany
 
Soviet Union
30–27 (ET)  
Yugoslavia
 
Poland
23–22  
Denmark
16
1986
Details
 
Switzerland
 
Yugoslavia
24–22  
Hungary
 
East Germany
24–23  
Sweden
16
1990
Details
 
Czechoslovakia
 
Sweden
27–23  
Soviet Union
 
Romania
27–21  
Yugoslavia
16
1993
Details
 
Sweden
 
Russia
28–19  
France
 
Sweden
26–19  
Switzerland
16
1995
Details
 
Iceland
 
France
23–19  
Croatia
 
Sweden
26–20  
Germany
24
1997
Details
 
Japan
 
Russia
23–21  
Sweden
 
France
28–27  
Hungary
24
1999
Details
 
Egypt
 
Sweden
25–24  
Russia
 
FR Yugoslavia
27–24  
Spain
24
2001
Details
 
France
 
France
28–25 (ET)  
Sweden
 
FR Yugoslavia
27–17  
Egypt
24
2003
Details
 
Portugal
 
Croatia
34–31  
Germany
 
France
27–22  
Spain
24
2005
Details
 
Tunisia
 
Spain
40–34  
Croatia
 
France
26–25  
Tunisia
24
2007
Details
 
Germany
 
Germany
29–24  
Poland
 
Denmark
34–27  
France
24
2009
Details
 
Croatia
 
France
24–19  
Croatia
 
Poland
31–23  
Denmark
24
2011
Details
 
Sweden
 
France
37–35 (ET)  
Denmark
 
Spain
24–23  
Sweden
24
2013
Details
 
Spain
 
Spain
35–19  
Denmark
 
Croatia
31–26  
Slovenia
24
2015
Details
 
Qatar
 
France
25–22  
Qatar
 
Poland
29–28 (ET)  
Spain
24
2017
Details
 
France
 
France
33–26  
Norway
 
Slovenia
31–30  
Croatia
24
2019
Details
  
Denmark/Germany
 
Denmark
31–22  
Norway
 
France
26–25  
Germany
24
2021
Details
 
Egypt
32
2023
Details
  
Poland / Sweden
32
2025
Details
   
Croatia/Denmark/Norway
32
2027
Details
 
Germany
32
  • 1: Germany sent a united team composed of players from the GDR and the FRG.

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  France61411
2  Sweden43411
3  Romania4026
4  Germany2215
5  Russia2103
6  Spain2013
7  Croatia1315
  Denmark1315
9  Czechoslovakia1225
10  Soviet Union1203
11  Yugoslavia1124
12  West Germany1001
13  East Germany0224
14  Norway0202
15  Poland0134
16  Austria0101
  Hungary0101
  Qatar0101
19  FR Yugoslavia0022
20  Slovenia0011
Totals (20 nations)26262678

Participating nationsEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place
  • 6th – Sixth place
  • 7th – Seventh place
  • 8th – Eighth place
  • 9th – Ninth place
  • 10th – Tenth place
  • 11th – Eleventh place
  • 12th to 24th – Twelfth to twenty-fourth place
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the World Championship / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team  
1938
 
1954
 
1958
 
1961
 
1964
 
1967
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1993
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2007
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017
 
 
2019
 
2021
 
 
2023
 
 
 
2025
 
2027
Total
  Algeria Part of   France 15th 16th 16th 16th 16th 17th 15th 13th 18th 17th 19th 15th 17th 24th Q 15
  Angola Part of   Portugal 20th 21st 24th 23rd Q 5
  Argentina 22nd 21st 15th 17th 18th 16th 18th 12th 18th 12th 18th 17th Q 13
  Australia 24th 21st 24th 24th 24th 24th 24th 7
  Austria 2nd 11th 14th 18th 13th 19th Q 7
  Bahrain 23rd 23rd 20th Q 4
  Belarus Part of   Soviet Union 9th 15th 18th 11th Q 5
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of   Yugoslavia 20th 1
  Brazil 15th 24th 24th 16th 19th 22nd 19th 19th 21st 21st 13th 16th 16th 9th Q 15
  Bulgaria 11th 14th 2
  Canada 16th 15th 23rd 3
  Cape Verde Part of   Portugal Q 1
  Chile 22nd 23rd 23rd 21st 16th 5
  China 20th 20th 2
  Croatia Part of   Yugoslavia 2nd 13th 10th 9th 1st 2nd 5th 2nd 5th 3rd 6th 4th 6th Q Q 15
  Cuba 13th 15th 14th 13th 14th 8th 20th 7
  Czech Republic See   Czechoslovakia 8th 11th 18th 10th 12th 17th Q 7
  Denmark 4th 5th 4th 5th 7th 2nd 4th 8th 4th 4th 8th 9th 19th 9th 9th 13th 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 5th 10th 1st Q Q 25
  DR Congo Q 1
  Egypt 14th 12th 6th 6th 7th 4th 15th 14th 17th 14th 14th 16th 14th 13th 8th Q 16
  Finland 14th 1
  France 6th 9th 8th 13th 10th 12th 16th 9th 2nd 1st 3rd 6th 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 1st 6th 1st 1st 3rd Q Q 24
  Germany
(including West Germany)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 6th 5th 9th 1st 7th 7th 6th 4th 5th 8th 2nd 9th 1st 5th 11th 5th 7th 9th 4th Q Q 26
  Greece 6th 1
  Greenland 20th 24th 22nd 3
  Hungary 7th 8th 8th 8th 7th 9th 9th 2nd 6th 11th 17th 4th 11th 6th 9th 6th 7th 8th 7th 10th Q 21
  Iceland 10th 6th 9th 11th 14th 13th 6th 10th 8th 14th 5th 11th 7th 15th 8th 6th 12th 11th 14th 11th Q 21
  Iran 21st 1
  Italy 18th 1
  Japan 12th 16th 11th 10th 12th 12th 14th 15th 23rd 15th 16th 16th 22nd 24th Q 15
  Kuwait 15th 20th 19th 23rd 20th 22nd 19th 22nd 8
  Lithuania Part of   Soviet Union 10th 1
  Luxembourg 16th 1
  North Macedonia Part of   Yugoslavia 18th 11th 14th 9th 15th 15th 6
  Montenegro Part of   Yugoslavia Part of   Serbia and Montenegro 22nd 1
  Morocco   /   22nd 23rd 17th 22nd 23rd 20th Q 7
  Netherlands 11th 1
  Nigeria 23rd 1
  Norway 6th 7th 11th 13th 13th 13th 12th 13th 14th 7th 13th 9th 9th 2nd 2nd Q Q 17
  Poland 5th 12th 14th 4th 6th 3rd 14th 11th 10th 2nd 3rd 8th 9th 3rd 17th Q Q 17
  Portugal 19th 16th 12th Q 4
  Qatar 16th 21st 23rd 20th 2nd 8th 13th Q 8
  Romania 13th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 7th 5th 9th 3rd 10th 10th 15th 19th 14
  Russia See   Soviet Union 1st 5th 1st 2nd 6th 5th 8th 6th 16th 7th 19th 12th 14th Q 14
  Saudi Arabia 21st 22nd 21st 10th 23rd 19th 22nd 20th 21st 9
  Serbia Part of   Yugoslavia Part of   Serbia and Montenegro 8th 10th 10th 18th 4
  Slovakia Part of   Czechoslovakia 10th 17th 2
  Slovenia Part of   Yugoslavia 18th 17th 11th 12th 10th 4th 8th 3rd Q 9
  South Korea 12th 12th 15th 12th 8th 14th 12th 15th 12th 13th 21st   S. Q 12
  Spain 12th 13th 10th 8th 5th 5th 5th 11th 7th 4th 5th 4th 1st 7th 13th 3rd 1st 4th 5th 7th Q 21
  Sweden 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 6th 10th 8th 11th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 13th 11th 7th 4th 10th 6th 5th Q Q 26
   Switzerland 4th 10th 12th 14th 15th 12th 11th 13th 4th 7th 10
  Tunisia   France 15th 15th 16th 12th 10th 14th 4th 11th 17th 20th 11th 15th 19th 12th Q 15
  Ukraine Part of   Soviet Union 7th 14th 2
  United States 15th 16th 16th 16th 21st 24th Q Q 8
  Uruguay Q 1
Discontinued teams
  Czechoslovakia 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 7th 6th 11th 10th 13th 7th 7th See   Czech Republic 12
  East Germany 10th 9th 2nd 2nd 3rd 6th 3rd 8th See   Germany 8
  Korea See   North Korea and   South Korea 22nd 1
  Serbia and Montenegro Part of   Yugoslavia 9th 3rd 3rd 8th 5th See   Serbia and   Montenegro 5
  Soviet Union 5th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 1st 10th 2nd See   Russia 8
  Yugoslavia 8th 9th 6th 7th 3rd 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 4th 10
Total 4 6 16 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 32 32 32 32

StatisticsEdit

List of hostsEdit

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times
hosted
Host Year(s)
8   Germany (including East and West Germany) 1938, 1958, 1961, 1974, 1982, 2007, 2019, (2027)
5   Sweden 1954, 1967, 1993, 2011, (2023)
3   Denmark 1978, 2019, (2025)
3   France 1970, 2001, 2017
2   Croatia 2009, (2025)
2   Czechoslovakia 1964, 1990
2   Egypt 1999, (2021)
1   Iceland 1995
1   Japan 1997
1   Norway (2025)
1   Poland (2023)
1   Portugal 2003
1   Qatar 2015
1   Spain 2013
1    Switzerland 1986
1   Tunisia 2005

All-time table for championsEdit

As of 2019

Team Participations Pld W D L Titles Top 4
  Croatia 13 104 76 4 24 1 6
  Czechoslovakia 12 72 41 7 24 1 5
  Denmark 24 155 99 6 51 1 11
  France 24 160 106 6 48 6 12
  Germany (including West Germany)
+   East Germany
24
+8
143
+45
104
+23
12
+6
37
+16
3 10
+4
  Romania 14 83 51 4 28 4 6
  Russia 13 107 66 8 33 2 3
  Russia (including   Soviet Union) 21 158 101 10 47 3 7
  Spain 20 146 100 7 39 2 6
  Sweden 24 169 116 4 49 4 13
  Yugoslavia 10 92 57 7 28 1 5

Draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.

Most successful playersEdit

Boldface denotes active handball players and highest medal count among all players (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Multiple gold medalistsEdit

The table shows those who have won at least 3 gold medals at the World Championships.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Thierry Omeyer   France 2001 2017 5 2 7
2 Jérôme Fernandez   France 2001 2015 4 2 6
Michaël Guigou   France 2005 2019 4 2 6
Nikola Karabatić   France 2005 2019 4 2 6
Daniel Narcisse   France 2001 2017 4 2 6
6 Cédric Sorhaindo   France 2009 2019 4 1 5
7 Cornel Oțelea   Romania 1959 1970 3 * 1 * 1 * 5 *
8 Didier Dinart   France 2001 2011 3 2 5
9 Luc Abalo   France 2009 2019 3 1 4
10 William Accambray   France 2011 2017 3 3
Xavier Barachet   France 2011 2017 3 3
Guillaume Joli   France 2011 2017 3 3

* including one medal won at the 1959 World Outdoor Field Handball Championship

Multiple medalistsEdit

The table shows those who have won at least 6 medals in total at the World Championships.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Thierry Omeyer   France 2001 2017 5 2 7
2 Jérôme Fernandez   France 2001 2015 4 2 6
Michaël Guigou   France 2005 2019 4 2 6
Nikola Karabatić   France 2005 2019 4 2 6
Daniel Narcisse   France 2001 2017 4 2 6
6 Magnus Andersson   Sweden 1990 2001 2 2 2 6
Ola Lindgren   Sweden 1990 2001 2 2 2 6
Magnus Wislander   Sweden 1990 2001 2 2 2 6
9 Jackson Richardson   France 1993 2005 2 1 3 6

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit