World Men's Handball Championship

The first World Men's Championship in team handball took place in the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany and was won by the German team. Only three other teams participated: Austria, Sweden and Denmark.

Because of World War II and its aftermath it would take until 1954 before the next World Men's Championship was arranged and this time Sweden was the host country. Initially there were group games in both the preliminary and main rounds, but today a knockout-system is used after the preliminary round.

Throughout its entire history, the World Men's Championship in team handball has been heavily dominated by European teams and a vast majority of the medalists are teams from northern and eastern Europe.

Year

Host Country

 

Gold medal game

 

Bronze medal game

Gold

Score

Silver

Bronze

Score

Fourth place

1938


Germany


Germany

no final


Austria


Sweden

no 3rd place playoff


Denmark

1954


Sweden


Sweden

17-14


West Germany


Czechoslovakia

24-11


Switzerland

1958


East Germany


Sweden

22-12


Czechoslovakia


Germany1

16-13


Denmark

1961


West Germany


Romania

9-8
after second extra time


Czechoslovakia


Sweden

17-14


Germany1

1964


Czechoslovakia


Romania

25-22


Sweden


Czechoslovakia

22-15


West Germany

1967


Sweden


Czechoslovakia

14-11


Denmark


Romania

21-19
after extra time


Soviet Union

1970


France


Romania

13-12
after second extra time


East Germany


Yugoslavia

29-12


Denmark

1974


East Germany


Romania

14-12


East Germany


Yugoslavia

18-16


Poland

1978


Denmark


West Germany

20-19


Soviet Union


East Germany

19-15


Denmark

1982


West Germany


Soviet Union

30-27
after extra time


Yugoslavia


Poland

23-22


Denmark

1986


Switzerland


Yugoslavia

24-22


Hungary


East Germany

24-23


Sweden

1990


Czechoslovakia


Sweden

27-23


Soviet Union


Romania

27-21


Yugoslavia

1993


Sweden


Russia

28-19


France


Sweden

26-19


Switzerland

1995


Iceland


France

23-19


Croatia


Sweden

26-20


Germany

1997


Japan


Russia

23-21


Sweden


France

28-27


Hungary

1999


Egypt


Sweden

25-24


Russia


Yugoslavia

27-24


Spain

2001


France


France

28-25
after extra time


Sweden


Yugoslavia

27-17


Egypt

2003


Portugal


Croatia

34-31


Germany


France

34-31


Spain

2005


Tunisia


Spain

40-34


Croatia


France

26-25


Tunisia

2007


Germany


Germany

29-24


Poland


Denmark

34-27


France

2009


Croatia


France

24-19


Croatia


Poland

31-23


Denmark

2011


Sweden


France

37-35
after extra time


Denmark


Spain

24-23


Sweden

Medal count for the World Men's Handball Championship (1938-2011)

Rank

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Sweden

4

3

4

11

2

France

4

1

3

8

3

Romania

4

0

2

6

4

Russia

3

3

0

6

5

Germany

3

2

1

6

6

Croatia

1

3

0

4

7

Czech Republic

1

2

2

5

8

Serbia

1

1

4

6

9

Spain

1

0

1

2

10

East Germany

0

2

2

4

11

Denmark

0

2

1

3

12

Poland

0

1

2

3

13

13

Austria

0

1

0

1

Hungary

0

1

0

1

Countries that have hosted the World Men's Handball Championship

Times hosted

Host

Year(s)

6

Germany

1938, 1958, 1961, 1974, 1982, 2007

4

Sweden

1954, 1967, 1993, 2011

2

Czechoslovakia

1964, 1990

2

France

1970, 2001

1

Croatia

2009

1

Denmark

1978

1

Egypt

1999

1

Iceland

1995

1

Japan

1997

1

Portugal

2003

1

Qatar

2015

1

Spain

2013

1

Switzerland

1986

1

Tunisia

2005