Handball

Nine nations bid for 2021 and 2023 Handball World Championships

By Emily Goddard

Slovakia is among the bidders for both the 2021 and 2023 Men's World Handball Championships ©WikipediaThe International Handball Federation (IHF) has revealed that a total of nine nations are bidding to host its Men's and Women's World Championships in 2021 and 2023.

Qatar now a world-class player as well as host after handball heroics, claims country's top Olympic official

By Mike Rowbottom

Qatar players celebrate their silver medals after being beaten in final of the World Handball Championships by France ©Qatar 2015Qatar's achievement in becoming the first non-European nation to reach the final of the Men's World Handball Championships shows this Gulf state is now a serious sporting competitor at world level, claimed Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, general  secretary of the Qatar Olympic Committee.

France regain handball's triple crown with 25-22 world final win over Qatar

By Mike Rowbottom

France celebrate their 25-22 win over Qatar in the final of the Men's World Handball Championships ©Qatar2015France underlined their status as one of the greatest handball teams in history with a 25-22 win over hosts Qatar in the final of the 24th Men's World Championships.

Germany claim final Olympic handball qualifying tournament slot on eve of world final

By Mike Rowbottom

Germany celebrate victory over Slovenia in the seventh-place play-off match at the World Handball Championships - and an automatic place in next year's Olympic Qualification tournament ©Getty ImagesAs hosts Qatar prepare for a historic appearance against Olympic champions France in tomorrow's final of the World Handball Championships, wild cards Germany took a vital step towards reaching next year's Rio 2016 Games as they beat Slovenia 30-27 in the play-off for seventh place.

Qatar become first non-European team to reach World Handball final as France beat defending champions Spain

By Mike Rowbottom

Qatar's coach Valero Rivera gets a hug as his side take in becoming the first non-European team to reach the World Handball Championships ©Getty ImagesScenes of joy greeted the latest historic achievement from the host nation Qatar at the 2015 World Handball Championships as a 31-29 victory over Poland in Lusail made them the first non-European - and first Asian - finalist.

Qatar halt German run for historic semi-final place in World Handball Championships

By Mike Rowbottom

Qatar celebrate a historic first appearance in the World Handball Championships after a quarter-final win over Germany ©Getty ImagesHosts Qatar, already historic achievers having reached the last eight of the World Handball Championships for the first time, now face Poland for a place in the final after earning a 26-24 win over a German side which had won every previous match.

Jicha lifts President's Cup for Czech Republic after penalty drama in World Handball Championships

By Mike Rowbottom

Filip Jicha, the Czech Republic's star man, began unable to play at the World Handball Championships because of a stomach upset but finished up lifting the President's Cup today ©Getty ImagesFilip Jicha, the former World Handball Player of the Year, lifted the President's Cup after the Czech Republic had beaten Belarus in a penalty shoot-out following a dramatic finale to their match to determine the best of the non-qualifiers after the opening group matches to send 16 teams to the knock-out stages in Qatar.

Goalkeeper stars as wild cards Germany join top seeds in World Handball quarter-finals

By Mike Rowbottom

Germany's keeper Carsten Lichtlein played a starring role as his wild card team beat Egypt 23-16 to earn a quarter-final against hosts Qatar ©Qatar2015Germany, who began the World Handball Championships among the four lowest-seeded nations after getting a wild card entry following Australia's removal, will contest a semi-final place with the host nation Qatar after a 23-16 round-of-16 win over a hugely talented Egyptian team in Doha today.

Hosts Qatar make World Handball Championship last eight for first time

By Mike Rowbottom

Qatar launched themselves into the last eight of the World Handball Championships for the first time tonight as they beat Austria 29-27 ©Qatar2015Qatar ticked the box marked "Best Ever Performance" tonight as they reached the last eight of the World Handball Championship for the first time through a 29-27 win over Austria.
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