The 23rd IHF Men’s World Championship take place in Spain from January 11-27 and UK fans will be able to watch all the key games exclusively live via the online subscription service LIVESPORT.TV.
Handball’s top 24 teams from across the world will compete over 16 days to be crowned world champions, with the action starting on January 11 as hosts Spain take on Algeria.
London 2012 gold medal winners France won the last World Championship in Sweden two years ago after defeating Denmark in the final, while Spain won the bronze medal after defeating the hosts in the third place match.
The preliminary stages will take place across four cities in Spain – Granollers, Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza – with the round of 16, quarter-finals and the President’s Cup (for lower-ranked teams) being played in Barcelona, Guadalajara and Zaragoza.
Both the semi-finals and the final will be held at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.
Denmark and France starred in the World Handball Championships’ grand final in 2011 at the Malmo Arena in Stockholm.
The French were the favourites, as well as the defending champions, while Denmark, despite winning every championship game, played in their first final for 44 years.
The Gauls confirmed favouritism as they took the lead by three goals at the score of 15-12, but the Danish team were reluctant to give up and they managed equalise the game with a stunning goal from Bo Spellenberg with only three seconds left on the clock.
In a thrilling conclusion, France eventually prevailed in extra-time to win 37-35.
Nikola Karabatic and Mikkel Hanson were key players in the world final with 10 goals apiece but it was the Frenchman who went on to claim MVP as France claimed the gold medal in the World Championships.
Just over 18 months later, France would confirm their current dominance in men’s handball by defending their Olympic title in London after beating Sweden in the gold medal match.
LIVESPORT.TV has created a dedicated handball channel in partnership with the IHF and is an official online broadcaster in the UK.
The IHF, TV rights partner UFA Sports and streaming specialist Perform will provide live streaming, meaning subscribers can be confident of enjoying high quality streaming and official reliable content.
handball.livesport.tv is the official live streaming website for the Men’s World Handball Championship offering live coverage of all matches, daily highlights and the option to watch full matches on demand as from the knock-out stage – in perfect streaming quality, suitable for Mac and Windows PC.
Fans can subscribe for all matches, from the preliminary round to the finals, at a price of £39.99, which gives you the complete World Men’s Championship package, with access to all group stage games, the finals, Presidents Cup and the Grand Final.
For more information on how to subscribe and watch this event, please visit LIVESPORT.TV.
Friday 11th January Spain v Algeria - Throw-off: 18:00 Preliminary Round – Group D LIVE: 6.00pm-8.30pm – LIVESPORT.TV Saturday 12th January Germany v Brazil - Throw-off: 15:00 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 3.00pm-5.30pm – LIVESPORT.TV Four other live games TBC Sunday 13th January Brazil v Argentina - Throw-off: 14:00 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm – LIVESPORT.TV Tunisia v Germany - Throw-off: 16:20 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 4.20pm-6.50pm – LIVESPORT.TV Montenegro v France - Throw-off: 18:30 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV One other live game TBC Monday 14th January Two live games TBC Tuesday 15th January Tunisia v Montenegro - Throw-off: 15:00 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 3.00pm-5.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV Germany v Argentina - Throw-off: 17:15 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 5.15pm-7.15pm - LIVESPORT.TV France v Brazil - Throw-off: 19:45 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 7.45pm-9.45pm – LIVESPORT.TV Three other live games TBC Wednesday 16th January Brazil v Tunisia - Throw-off: 15:00 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 3.00pm-5.30pm – LIVESPORT.TV Germany v Montenegro - Throw-off: 17:30 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 5.30pm-8.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV Argentina v France - Throw-off: 19:45 Preliminary Round – Group A LIVE: 7.45pm-10.15pm – LIVESPORT.TV Sunday 20th January TBC v TBC – Throw-off: 16:30 Round of 16 LIVE: 4.30pm-9.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV TBC v TBC – Throw-off: 16:30 Round of 16 LIVE: 4.30pm-9.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV Monday 21st January TBC v TBC – Throw-off: 18:00 Round of 16 LIVE: 6.00pm-8.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV TBC v TBC – Throw-off: 18:00 Round of 16 LIVE: 6.00pm-8.00pm - LIVESPORT.TV Wednesday 23rd January Russia 27-28 Slovenia - Throw-off: 17:15 Quarter Final 1 LIVE: 5.15pm-6.30pm – LIVESPORT.TV Spain 28-24 Germany - Throw-off: 18:00 Quarter Final 2 LIVE: 6.00pm-7.15pm – LIVESPORT.TV Denmark 28-26 Hungary - Throw-off: 19:45 Quarter Final 3 LIVE: 7.45pm-9.00pm – LIVESPORT.TV
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