IHF World Men's Handball Championship

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Handball current event 2.svg 2021 World Men's Handball Championship
Sport Handball
Founded1938
Founder International Amateur Handball Federation
Inaugural season 1938
No. of teams24
ContinentInternational (IHF)
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark (1st title)
Most titlesFlag of France.svg  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 the most times by France who won 6 titles, including 4 of the last 6 championships. The most recent champion is Denmark, winning its maiden title in 2019.

International Handball Federation International team handball governing body

The International Handball Federation (IHF) is the administrative and controlling body for handball and beach handball. IHF is responsible for the organisation of handball's major international tournaments, notably the IHF World Men's Handball Championship, which commenced in 1938, and the IHF World Women's Handball Championship, which commenced in 1957.

France national handball team

France national handball team is supervised by the French Handball Federation, and represents France in international matches. It is the first handball team to have held all three titles twice, and the only national team in its sport to hold six world titles and a total of eleven medals at the World Men's Handball Championship. With a total of four medals, including two gold in 2008 and 2012, France is also the most successful Handball team at the Summer Olympics. France's men handball team is widely regarded as the finest national team in the history of the sport.

Denmark national handball team

The Denmark national handball team is controlled by the Danish Handball Association and represents Denmark in international matches. They are the team with the second most medals won in European Championship history on the men's side behind only Spain, with a total of six medals, those being two gold medals, one silver (2014) and three bronze medals. As of January 2019, they are the reigning Olympic and World Champions.

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History

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

YearHostFinal3rd place matchTeams
ChampionsScoreRunners-up3rd placeScore4th place
1938
Details
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
Germany
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
Germany
Round-robin Flag of Austria.svg
Austria
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Round-robin Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
4
1954
Details
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
17–14Flag of Germany.svg
Germany 1
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
24–11Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
6
1958
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
22–12Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany 1
16–13Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
16
1961
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
9–8 (2ET)Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
17–14Flag of Germany.svg
Germany 1
12
1964
Details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
25–22Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
22–15Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
16
1967
Details
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
14–11Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
21–19 (ET)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
16
1970
Details
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
13–12 (2ET)Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
29–12Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
16
1974
Details
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
14–12Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
18–16Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
16
1978
Details
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
20–19Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
19–15Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
16
1982
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
30–27 (ET)Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
23–22Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
16
1986
Details
Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
24–22Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
24–23Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
16
1990
Details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
27–23Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Romania.svg
Romania
27–21Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
16
1993
Details
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Russia (1991-1993).svg
Russia
28–19Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
26–19Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
16
1995
Details
Flag of Iceland.svg
Iceland
Flag of France.svg
France
23–19Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
26–20Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
24
1997
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
23–21Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of France.svg
France
28–27Flag of Hungary.svg
Hungary
24
1999
Details
Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
25–24Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
Yugoslavia
27–24Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
24
2001
Details
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of France.svg
France
28–25 (ET)Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
Yugoslavia
27–17Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
24
2003
Details
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
34–31Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of France.svg
France
27–22Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
24
2005
Details
Flag of Tunisia.svg
Tunisia
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
40–34Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
Flag of France.svg
France
26–25Flag of Tunisia.svg
Tunisia
24
2007
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
29–24Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
34–27Flag of France.svg
France
24
2009
Details
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
Flag of France.svg
France
24–19Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
31–23Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
24
2011
Details
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of France.svg
France
37–35 (ET)Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
24–23Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
24
2013
Details
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
35–19Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
31–26Flag of Slovenia.svg
Slovenia
24
2015
Details
Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Flag of France.svg
France
25–22Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
29–28 (ET)Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
24
2017
Details
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of France.svg
France
33–26Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Flag of Slovenia.svg
Slovenia
31–30Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
24
2019
Details
Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of Germany.svg
Denmark / Germany
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
31–22Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Flag of France.svg
France
26–25Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
24
2021
Details
Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
32
2023
Details
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Sweden.svg
Poland / Sweden
32

Medal count

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of France.svg  France 61411
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 43411
3Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 4026
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2215
5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2103
6Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2013
7Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1315
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1315
9Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1225
10Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1203
11Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1124
12Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1001
13Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 0224
14Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0202
15Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0134
16Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0101
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0101
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0101
19Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Yugoslavia 0022
20Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 0011
Totals (20 nations)26262678

All-time table for Champions

As of 2019

TeamParticipationsPldWDLTitlesTop 4
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 131047642416
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 12724172415
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2415599651111
Flag of France.svg  France 24160106648612
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (including West Germany)
+ Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
24143
+45
104
+23
12
+6
37
+16
310
+4
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 14835142846
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 131076683323
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (including Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union) 21158101104737
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2014610073926
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 24169116449413
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 10925772815

Draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.

List of hosts

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times
hosted
HostYear(s)
7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (including East and West Germany ) 1938, 1958, 1961, 1974, 1982, 2007, 2019
5Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1954, 1967, 1993, 2011, (2023)
3Flag of France.svg  France 1970, 2001, 2017
2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1964, 1990
2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1978, 2019
2Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1999, (2021)
1Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2009
1Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1995
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1997
1Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (2023)
1Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2003
1Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 2015
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2013
1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1986
1Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 2005

Participation details

Legend
Team Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
1938
(4)
Flag of Sweden.svg
1954

(6)
Flag of East Germany.svg
1958

(16)
Flag of Germany.svg
1961

(12)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
1964

(16)
Flag of Sweden.svg
1967

(16)
Flag of France.svg
1970

(16)
Flag of East Germany.svg
1974

(16)
Flag of Denmark.svg
1978

(16)
Flag of Germany.svg
1982

(16)
Flag of Switzerland.svg
1986

(16)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
1990

(16)
Flag of Sweden.svg
1993

(16)
Flag of Iceland.svg
1995

(24)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1997

(24)
Flag of Egypt.svg
1999

(24)
Flag of France.svg
2001

(24)
Flag of Portugal.svg
2003

(24)
Flag of Tunisia.svg
2005

(24)
Flag of Germany.svg
2007

(24)
Flag of Croatia.svg
2009

(24)
Flag of Sweden.svg
2011

(24)
Flag of Spain.svg
2013

(24)
Flag of Qatar.svg
2015

(24)
Flag of France.svg
2017

(24)
Flag of Denmark.svg
Flag of Germany.svg
2019

(24)
Flag of Egypt.svg
2021

(32)
Flag of Poland.svg
Flag of Sweden.svg
2023

(32)
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2025

(32)
Flag placeholder.svg
2027

(32)
Total
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria Part of Flag of France.svg  France 15th16th16th16th16th17th15th13th18th17th19th15th17th24th14
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola Part of Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 20th21st24th23rd4
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 22nd21st15th17th18th16th18th12th18th12th18th17th12
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 24th21st24th24th24th24th24th7
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 2nd11th14th18th13th19th6
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 23rd23rd20th3
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 9th15th18th11th4
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 20th1
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 15th24th24th16th19th22nd19th19th21st21st13th16th16th9th14
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11th14th2
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 16th15th23rd3
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 22nd23rd23rd21st16th5
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 20th20th2
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2nd13th10th9th1st2nd5th2nd5th3rd6th4th6th13
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 13th15th14th13th14th8th20th7
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic See Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 8th11th18th10th12th17th6
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 4th5th4th5th7th2nd4th8th4th4th8th9th19th9th9th13th3rd4th2nd2nd5th10th1stQ24
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 14th12th6th6th7th4th15th14th17th14th14th16th14th13th8thQ15
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 14th1
Flag of France.svg  France 6th9th8th13th10th12th16th9th2nd1st3rd6th1st3rd3rd4th1st1st6th1st1st3rdQQ24
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
(including West Germany)
1st2nd3rd4th4th6th5th9th1st7th7th6th4th5th8th2nd9th1st5th11th5th7th9th4th24
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 6th1
Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland 20th24th22nd3
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 7th8th8th8th7th9th9th2nd6th11th17th4th11th6th9th6th7th8th7th10th20
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 10th6th9th11th14th13th6th10th8th14th5th11th7th15th8th6th12th11th14th11th20
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 21st1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 18th1
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 12th16th11th10th12th12th14th15th23rd15th16th16th22nd24th14
Unification flag of Korea.svg  Korea See Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea and Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 22nd1
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 15th20th19th23rd20th22nd19th22nd8
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 10th1
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 16th1
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 18th11th14th9th15th15th6
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Part of Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 22nd1
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco Flag of France.svg / Flag of Spain.svg 22nd23rd17th22nd23rd20th6
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11th1
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 23rd1
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 6th7th11th13th13th13th12th13th14th7th13th9th9th2nd2nd15
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 5th12th14th4th6th3rd14th11th10th2nd3rd8th9th3rd17thQ16
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 19th16th12th3
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 16th21st23rd20th2nd8th13th7
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 13th1st1st3rd1st1st7th5th9th3rd10th10th15th19th14
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia See Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1st5th1st2nd6th5th8th6th16th7th19th12th14th13
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 21st22nd21st10th23rd19th22nd20th21st9
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Part of Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 8th10th10th18th4
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 10th17th2
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 18th17th11th12th10th4th8th3rd8
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 12th13th10th8th5th5th5th11th7th4th5th4th1st7th13th3rd1st4th5th7th20
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3rd1st1st3rd2nd5th6th10th8th11th4th1st3rd3rd2nd1st2nd13th11th7th4th10th6th5thQ25
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 4th10th12th14th15th12th11th13th4th7th10
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia Flag of France.svg France15th15th16th12th10th14th4th11th17th20th11th15th19th12th14
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 7th14th2
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 15th16th16th16th21st24thQQ8
Discontinued teams
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 3rd2nd2nd3rd1st7th6th11th10th13th7th7thSee Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 12
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 10th9th2nd2nd3rd6th3rd8thSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 9th3rd3rd8th5thSee Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia and Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 5
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 5th4th9th5th2nd1st10th2ndSee Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 8
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 12th12th15th12th8th14th12th15th12th13th21stSee Unification flag of Korea.svg  Korea 11
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 8th9th6th7th3rd3rd5th2nd1st4th10

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