IHF World Men's Handball Championship

IHF World Men's Handball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
2019 World Men's Handball Championship
Sport Handball
Founded 1938
Founder International Amateur Handball Federation
Inaugural season 1938
No. of teams 24
Continent International (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 France (6th title)
Most titles  France (6 titles)

The World Men's Handball Championship has been organized by the International Handball Federation since 1938. The competition has been dominated by European countries. It has been won most times by France, but Sweden has won most medals.

History

Early starts

The first World Championship took place in Germany in 1938, involving four teams from Europe 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.

Tournaments

Year Host Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1938
Details

Germany

Germany
Round-robin
Austria

Sweden
Round-robin
Denmark
4
1954
Details

Sweden

Sweden
17–14
Germany1

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

Yugoslavia
27–24
Spain
24
2001
Details

France

France
28–25 (ET)
Sweden

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
24
2021
Details

Egypt
24
2023
Details

Poland / Sweden
24
  • 1: Germany sent a united team composed of players from the GDR and the FRG.

Medal count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 France61310
2 Sweden43411
3 Romania4026
4 Germany (including West Germany)3216
5 Russia2103
6 Spain2013
7 Croatia1315
8 Czechoslovakia1225
9 Soviet Union1203
10 Yugoslavia1146
11 Denmark0314
12 East Germany0224
13 Poland0134
14 Austria0101
 Hungary0101
 Norway0101
 Qatar0101
18 Slovenia0011
Total25252575

List of hosts

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times
hosted
Host Year(s)
7 Germany (including East and West Germany)1938, 1958, 1961, 1974, 1982, 2007, (2019)
5 Sweden1954, 1967, 1993, 2011, (2023)
3 France1970, 2001, 2017
2 Czechoslovakia1964, 1990
2 Denmark1978, (2019)
2 Egypt1999, (2021)
1 Croatia2009
1 Iceland1995
1 Japan1997
1 Poland(2023)
1 Portugal2003
1 Qatar2015
1 Spain2013
1  Switzerland1986
1 Tunisia2005

Participation details

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
(4)

1954

(6)

1958

(16)

1961

(12)

1964

(16)

1967

(16)

1970

(16)

1974

(16)

1978

(16)

1982

(16)

1986

(16)

1990

(16)

1993

(16)

1995

(24)

1997

(24)

1999

(24)

2001

(24)

2003

(24)

2005

(24)

2007

(24)

2009

(24)

2011

(24)

2013

(24)

2015

(24)

2017

(24)


2019

(24)

2021

(24)


2023

(24)
Total
 Algeria15th16th16th16th16th17th15th13th18th17th19th15th17th24th14
 Angola20th21st24thQ4
 Argentina22nd21st15th17th18th16th18th12th18th12th18thQ12
 Australia24th21st24th24th24th24th24th7
 Austria2nd11th14th18th13thQ6
 Bahrain23rd23rdQ3
 BelarusPart of  Soviet Union9th15th18th11th4
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaPart of  Yugoslavia20th1
 Brazil15th24th24th16th19th22nd19th19th21st21st13th16th16thQ14
 Bulgaria11th14th2
 Canada16th15th23rd3
 Chile22nd23rd23rd21stQ5
 China20th20th2
 CroatiaPart of  Yugoslavia2nd13th10th9th1st2nd5th2nd5th3rd6th4thQ13
 Cuba13th15th14th13th14th8th20th7
 Czech RepublicSee  Czechoslovakia8th11th18th10th12th17th6
 Denmark4th5th4th5th7th2nd4th8th4th4th8th9th19th9th9th13th3rd4th2nd2nd5th10thQ23
 Egypt14th12th6th6th7th4th15th14th17th14th14th16th14th13thQQ15
 Finland14th1
 France6th9th8th13th10th12th16th9th2nd1st3rd6th1st3rd3rd4th1st1st6th1st1stQ22
 Germany
(including West Germany)
1st2nd3rd4th4th6th5th9th1st7th7th6th4th5th8th2nd9th1st5th11th5th7th9thQ24
 Greece6th1
 Greenland20th24th22nd3
 Hungary7th8th8th8th7th9th9th2nd6th11th17th4th11th6th9th6th7th8th7thQ20
 Iceland10th6th9th11th14th13th6th10th8th14th5th11th7th15th8th6th12th11th14thQ20
 Iran21st1
 Italy18th1
 Japan12th16th11th10th12th12th14th15th23rd15th16th16th22ndQ14
 Kuwait15th20th19th23rd20th22nd19th22nd8
 LithuaniaPart of  Soviet Union10th1
 Luxembourg16th1
 MacedoniaPart of  Yugoslavia18th11th14th9th15thQ6
 MontenegroPart of  YugoslaviaPart of  Serbia and Montenegro22nd1
 Morocco22nd23rd17th22nd23rd20th6
 Netherlands11th1
 Nigeria23rd1
 Norway6th7th11th13th13th13th12th13th14th7th13th9th9th2ndQ15
 Poland5th12th14th4th6th3rd14th11th10th2nd3rd8th9th3rd17thQ16
 Portugal19th16th12th3
 Qatar16th21st23rd20th2nd8thQ7
 Romania13th1st1st3rd1st1st7th5th9th3rd10th10th15th19th14
 RussiaSee  Soviet Union1st5th1st2nd6th5th8th6th16th7th19th12thQ13
 Saudi Arabia21st22nd21st10th23rd19th22nd20thQ9
 SerbiaPart of  YugoslaviaPart of  Serbia and Montenegro8th10th10thQ4
 SlovakiaPart of  Czechoslovakia10th17th2
 SloveniaPart of  Yugoslavia18th17th11th12th10th4th8th3rd8
 South Korea12th12th15th12th8th14th12th15th12th13th21stQ12
 Spain12th13th10th8th5th5th5th11th7th4th5th4th1st7th13th3rd1st4th5thQ20
 Sweden3rd1st1st3rd2nd5th6th10th8th11th4th1st3rd3rd2nd1st2nd13th11th7th4th10th6thQQ25
  Switzerland4th10th12th14th15th12th11th13th4th7th10
 Tunisia15th15th16th12th10th14th4th11th17th20th11th15th19thQ14
 UkrainePart of  Soviet Union7th14th2
 United States15th16th16th16th21st24th6
Discontinued teams
 Czechoslovakia3rd2nd2nd3rd1st7th6th11th10th13th7th7thSee  Czech Republic12
 East Germany10th9th2nd2nd3rd6th3rd8thSee  Germany8
 Serbia and MontenegroPart of  Yugoslavia9th3rd3rd8th5thSee  Serbia5
 Soviet Union5th4th9th5th2nd1st10th2ndSee  Russia8
 Yugoslavia8th9th6th7th3rd3rd5th2nd1st4th10

See also

References

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