Handball World Cup in Poland and Sweden: what to expect at the World Cup

The Handball World Championships (January 11 to January 29) in Sweden and Poland start this Wednesday. The opening sport will happen at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. Hosts Poland will face Olympic champions France. For the German nationwide crew, the World Cup begins solely on Friday (at 6 pm) with a sport in opposition to Qatar, additionally in Katowice. The event shall be held with 32 nations for the second time after the World Cup in Egypt two years in the past. Also for the second time there are two host nations, Poland and Sweden; In 2019, Germany and Denmark hosted the world event.

Two of the eight preliminary spherical teams play in Katowice and Kraków, with co-host Sweden internet hosting one preliminary spherical group every in Gothenburg, Malmö, Jönköping and Kristianstad. Gdańsk and Stockholm share the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the ultimate going down on 29 January in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The German crew completed the earlier World Cup in Egypt in a traditionally poor twelfth place, a end result that shouldn’t be repeated in upcoming title contests. Especially since the German Handball Federation (DHB) is hoping for a constructive signal for the European Championships at residence in the coming 12 months. A 33:31 win in the ultimate pleasant in opposition to the extremely rated Icelanders was an indication of hope – and there are different elements that talk in favor of the German choice.


Alfred Gislasson is probably going going into his first event as nationwide coach which does not occur in an emergency.

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Sometimes, however actually solely generally, Alfred Gislason cannot disguise his stress. Then he bends his mighty physique to the facet like an Icelandic spruce in a storm. One will get the impression that he would really like to storm the flooring himself, as the 63-year-old feared being a backcourt shooter when he was energetic. After a sport, nonetheless, the nationwide coach at all times appears agile, analyzing calmly and coolly. Gislason, who gained the Champions League 3 times as membership coach in addition to quite a few championships and nationwide cups, was the DHB’s declared favourite candidate in 2020. Even his mediocre efficiency up to now (twelfth place at the World Championships, seventh place at the 2022 European Championships) hasn’t broken his popularity – particularly since each tournaments had been held in emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. had been accomplished. But now the first voices are being heard that Gislasan additionally has to be reached. The stress is excessive, however Icelandic spruce will present nothing.


Handball World Cup debut: A good tournament will also require a good goalkeeper performance for Germany: Andreas Wolff is undoubtedly capable of that.

For event, Germany additionally wants goalkeeping efficiency: Andreas Wolff is undoubtedly able to that.

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The squad offered itself in aggressive kind in the ultimate check matches in opposition to Iceland – and thus continued the constructive improvement following losses in opposition to Sweden (33:37) and Spain (31:32) at the EHF Euro Cup final October. Gislason has mixture of tried and examined gamers like Andreas Wolff, Kai Hafner, Patrick Groetzki, Philipp Webber, Paul Drunks and up-and-coming gamers like Joel Birlem, Lucas Mertens, Julian Koster and Juri Knorr. Especially loads of hopes are pinned on the latter. The director of Rhine-Neckar Löwen made an enormous leap ahead in performances final season beneath the steerage of dramaturgical legend Andy Schmid.


The start of the Handball World Cup: this is clearly part of

Apparently belonging to the “first swimsuit”: line runner and captain Johannes Golla.

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National coach Gislason criticized the “second swimsuit” in a method that’s uncommon for them, however attested to their first formation format as having the ability to sustain with the world class. However, it’s troublesome to assess how deep he reaches into his psychological bag of strikes, as every of the named gamers performs an essential position in the Bundesliga. Maybe he needs to tickle his substitutes for higher efficiency. On the different hand, it’s clear that the crew wants extra consistency to win in opposition to the massive groups. In vital levels, gamers usually make technical errors and the sport ends too shortly. And at the highest worldwide stage, such dropouts are punished with an absence of consistency.

group opponents

Handball World Cup debut: Bad memories: At the 2015 World Cup, the German team with Hendrik Peckler (right) surprisingly failed in the quarter-finals against hosts Qatar.

Bad reminiscences: The German crew with Hendrik Peckler (proper) at the 2015 World Cup surprisingly failed in the quarter-finals in opposition to hosts Qatar.

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With his evaluation, Captain Johannes Golla gave an instance of the DHB’s moderately reserved strategy. You suppose you’re already in a place to sustain with Qatar, Serbia and Algeria, he mentioned. With this, the 25-year-old round runner made a transparent sense as Germany seems to keep its declare to be one in all the main handball nations if three wins are profitable. The strongest opponent believed to be doubtless to be Asian champions Qatar, of whom the DHB choice doesn’t have the better of reminiscences. The shock quarter-final at the 2015 World Cup was unforgettable, when hosts Qatar (albeit with a number of naturalized gamers) had been the first non-European crew to attain the ultimate.

Qatar was in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2017 and 2021, and it’s also the declared objective of profitable Spanish coach Valero Rivera in this World Cup. The Serbian choice, on the different hand, has been linked with gamers from prime European golf equipment, together with three gamers from the Bundesliga, together with goalkeeper Dejan Milošavljev of leaders Fuchs Berlin. The Algerian crew is an disagreeable opponent due to their famously unorthodox fashion of play, however ought to be the best opponent.


Handball World Championships open: Mikael Hansen and the Danes will enter the tournament as defending champions.

Mikael Hansen and Denmark will enter the event as the defending champions.

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Olympic champions France, world champions Denmark, European champions Sweden in addition to Spain and Norway are thought of favorites for the world title. Behind them is a large midfield, which is given medal alternatives alongside nations similar to Croatia, Egypt, hosts Poland, Slovenia, Iceland – and the German crew. The mode is well-known: the greatest three of the 4 groups in eight preliminary spherical teams advance to the essential spherical, the place 4 teams of six are fashioned. Points are taken from the preliminary spherical matches, with the greatest two groups from every essential spherical group advancing to the quarter-finals.

Germany will then have to cope with Group F, in which Argentina, the Netherlands, North Macedonia and Norway are preventing for progress. Reaching the quarter-finals can even be essential for the DHB crew due to the Olympics, as a result of: the groups that end second to seventh in the ultimate standings get a ticket to one in all the three Olympic qualifying tournaments.

corona measures

Handball World Cup start: with only one mask: German fans at Corona EM 2022 in Hungary.  This time the rules are much less strict.

With solely a masks: German followers at Corona EM 2022 in Hungary. This time the guidelines are a lot much less strict.

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In each host nations, corona measures have been largely eased, however the world federation IHF has offered a listing of measures that has drawn harsh criticism from some activists. Iceland nationwide goalkeeper Björgvin Paul Gustavsson complained in an open letter that his human rights had been being restricted, which meant he wanted proof of vaccination or recovered standing, moderately than necessary PCR assessments and five-day isolation in the occasion of a constructive end result. is lower than. DHB is relaxed, you’ll meet all the necessities. This additionally applies to Juri Knorr, it was mentioned, who skipped the European Championships in 2022 as a result of he didn’t need to get vaccinated. This time Knorr was on the airplane. Because the Dane reported two gamers who examined constructive in Simon Pytlik and Mads Mensah Larsen, all check outcomes in the German camp had been adverse.


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