Handball World Cup 2023: These are the strong contenders for the title

Many international locations have a very good probability of successful the title in the Handball World Championship. Germany is greater in the second row.

The final German title in a significant event is now seven years in the past. At that point, the DHB choice received the European Championship and celebrated an actual gorgeous success. The title will even be a shock at this yr’s World Cup in Poland and Sweden, as the German group is certainly one of an prolonged group of favourites. The different largest contenders are:


For a few years the Olympic champion has not solely been on prime of the world in soccer, the “Equipe Tricolore” has additionally develop into necessary in handball. Led by veteran Nikola Karabatic, the French backcourt depend on the qualities of ace Dicka Mem.

At the Tokyo Olympics in the summer season of 2021, they misplaced only one sport and received the title in opposition to prime favorites Denmark in the remaining. This ought to now be repeated in the World Cup.


When it involves the group with the most prime stars, Denmark’s identify has to return. With Mikael Hansen, Matthias Gidsel and Niklas Landin, Germany’s Nordic neighbors are properly represented. And as the defending world champions, Denmark is certainly one of the prime favorites anyway.

BUT: Backcourt participant Mads Mensah Larsson examined optimistic for the coronavirus shortly earlier than the begin of the event. But he and Denmark can breathe a sigh of reduction. Larsen’s corona take a look at once more got here adverse on Wednesday. He is subsequently obtainable for his group from the begin of the event and will play in Denmark’s opening match in opposition to Belgium on Friday.

Mads Mensah Larsson missed the remaining coaching as a result of Corona. (Credit: Imago/Gonzales Photo/Kent Rasmussen)


Scandinavians have strong nerves. At the European Championships final yr, Sweden received the remaining predominant spherical sport with 24:23 and thus secured a ticket to the semi-finals. In the stated semi-final, the Swedes beat France 34:33 earlier than successful the remaining once more by a single objective. After 27:26 in opposition to Spain, the group round backcourt participant Jim Gottfriedsson grew to become European champions.

Sweden could make shut matches – and it’ll wish to present it at dwelling World Cup.

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Like yearly, Spain shouldn’t be underestimated. The Iberians are an disagreeable group, all the time good to bother. But Spain are lacking some stars, particularly on the outdoors.

Alex Gomez is absent from the Spaniards at the World Cup.
Alex Gomez will miss the Spaniards at the World Cup. (Source: Imago/Annika Byrde)

Croatia additionally has to do with out some gamers. Some gamers get injured, particularly in the backcourt. Poland can also be an disagreeable opponent as a result of dwelling benefit, however celebrity Kamil Siprzak bought injured simply earlier than the begin of the World Cup. Now a strong group is required to create surprises.

Which additionally brings us to Germany. National coach Alfred Gislasson informed the Sports Information Service: “We have excellent gamers, however perhaps not superstars but, however we’ve got plenty of guys who’ve the potential to develop into.” The DHB choice can also be certainly one of the prolonged favourites, however has to do with out stars like Hendrik Peckeler or Patrick Wiensek.

So the hope lies in younger gamers like Juri Knorr or Julian Koster, who are the cornerstone of the German group of the future and who wish to trigger a stir at this World Cup. Maybe it is even sufficient for the semi-finals.


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