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IHF World Men’s Handball Championship 2023: Preview, Schedule, Venues and Live Info

IHF World Men's Handball Championship

The 28th men’s World Championship is set to kick off on January 11, with Poland and Sweden co-hosting the championship. A total of 32 teams will battle to become World Champions in Poland and Sweden. There is an extra stimulus for teams as the winner of this event will automatically book a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics. It’s worth mentioning that if France comes out victorious, the runner-up team will get to reserve a place there, as the French team has already qualified as hosts.

All Game Viewing Information

  • Date: 11 – 30 Jan
  • Host countries: Poland and Sweden
  • Teams: 32 (from 5 confederations)
  • TV: ESPN
  • Streams Anywhere: YouTube

The opening match will be played against co-hosts nation Poland in Katowice, with the final game to be played in Stockholm on January 29.

How To watch IHF World Men’s Handball Championship 2023 Live Online:

All matches will be streamed live on IHF – Competitions Youtube Channel (in some territories).
TV Channels: Action will be available on via YouTube (Anywhere restrictions apply).

IHF World Men’s Handball Championship 2023 In USA

  • ESPN

IHF World Men’s Handball Championship 2023 in Asia:

  • China: Huya (20 Matches live and VOD)
  • Japan: Sportsbull
  • Saudi Arabia: SSC (Saudi Sports Channel)

IHF World Men’s Handball Championship 2023 In Europe:

  • Belgium: VRT
  • Bosnia Herzegovina: Arenasport
  • Croatia: HRT, RTL
  • Czech Republic: Czech TV
  • Denmark: DR + TV2
  • Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway: Viaplay
  • France: beIN Sports France + TF1 / TMC
  • Germany: ARD & ZDF, Eurosport (15 matches)
  • Italy: FIGH Italia (15 games)

IHF World Men’s Handball Championship 2023 in United Kingdom

  • Viaplay

World Men’s Handball Championship 2023 Preview:

Going to this Championship, Denmark is the two times defending champions and will be looking forward to a hat-trick of titles after winning the 2019 & 2021 editions. All 27 previous World Championships have been won by European teams, with Qatar being the only non-Asian side to progress to the final (2015).

African champions Egypt won’t have the services of right back Yahia Omar, who is out due to injury. However, they still have a chance to make it far.

United States will make their first World Championship appearance in 22 years after they were forced to pull out two years ago due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.

2023 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship Groups:

All 32 participating teams are divided into the following eight groups, with each group containing four teams:

Group A: Spain, Montenegro, Chile, IR Iran

Group B: France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia

Group C: Sweden, Brazil, Cape Verde, Uruguay

Group D: Iceland, Portugal, Hungary, Republic of Korea

Group E: Germany, Qatar, Serbia, Algeria

Group F: Norway, North Macedonia, Argentina, Netherlands

Group G: Egypt, Croatia, Morocco, United States

Group H: Denmark, Belgium, Bahrain, Tunisia

2023 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship Key Dates:

  • Preliminary Round: 11-17 January
  • Main Round: 18-23 January
  • President’s Cup (for teams who failed to reach the main round): 18-25 January
  • Quarter-finals: 25 January
  • Semi-finals: 27 January
  • Fifth to Eighth place playoffs: 27 and 29 January
  • Third-place match and Final: 29 January

2023 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship Preliminary Round Fixtures:

Wednesday, January 11:

  • France vs Poland 21:00 – Spodek, Katowice

Thursday, January 12:

  • Chile vs Iran 18:00 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Saudi Arabia vs Slovenia 18:00 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Cape Verde vs Uruguay 18:00 – Scandinavium Arena, Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Hungary vs South Korea 18:00 – Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad (Sweden)
  • Sweden vs Brazil 20:30 – Scandinavium Arena, Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Spain vs Montenegro 20:30 – Tauron Arena, Cracow
  • Iceland vs Portugal 20:30 – Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad (Sweden)

Friday, January 13:

  • Argentina vs Netherlands 18:00 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Germany vs Qatar 18:00 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Morocco vs USA 18:00 – Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping (Sweden)
  • Bahrain vs Tunisia 18:00 – Malmo Arena (Malmo)
  • Norway vs Macedonia 20:30 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Serbia vs Algeria 20:30 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Denmark vs Belgium 20:30 – Malmo Arena (Malmo)
  • Croatia vs Egypt 20:30 – Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping (Sweden)

Saturday, January 14:

  • Montenegro vs Iran 18:00 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • France vs Saudi Arabia 18:00 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Brazil vs Uruguay 18:00 – Scandinavium Arena, Goteborg
  • Portugal vs South Korea 18:00 – Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad
  • Spain vs Chile 20:30 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Poland vs Slovenia 20:30 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Sweden vs Cape Verde 20:30 – Scandinavium Arena, Goteborg
  • Iceland vs Hungary 20:30 – Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad

Sunday, January 15:

  • Macedonia vs Netherlands 18:00 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Germany vs Serbia 18:00 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Belgium vs Tunisia 18:00 – Malmo Arena (Malmo)
  • Egypt vs Morocco 18:00 – Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping
  • Norway vs Argentina 20:30 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Qatar vs Algeria 20:30 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Denmark vs Bahrain 20:30 – Malmo Arena (Malmo)
  • Croatia vs USA 20:30 – Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping

Monday, January 16:

  • Montenegro vs Chile 18:00 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Slovenia vs France 18:00 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Brazil vs Cape Verde 18:00 – Scandinavium Arena, Goteborg
  • South Korea vs Iceland 18:00 – Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad
  • Iran vs Spain 20:30 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Poland vs Saudi Arabia 20:30 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Uruguay vs Sweden 20:30 – Scandinavium Arena, Goteborg
  • Portugal vs Hungary 20:30 – Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad

Tuesday, January 17:

  • Macedonia vs Argentina 18:00 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Algeria vs Germany 18:00 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Egypt vs USA 18:00 – Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping
  • Belgium vs Bahrain 18:00 – Malmo Arena, Malmo
  • Netherlands vs Norway 20:30 – TAURON Arena, Cracow
  • Qatar vs Serbia 20:30 – Spodek, Katowice
  • Tunisia vs Denmark 20:30 Malmo Arena, Malmo
  • Croatia vs Morocco 20:30 – Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping

2023 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship Venues:

Poland and Sweden are co-hosting the 28th Championship at the following venues:

  • Spodek, Katowice (Poland)
  • TAURON Arena, Krakow (Poland)
  • Scandinavium Arena, Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad (Sweden)
  • Malmo Arena, Malmo (Sweden)
  • Husqvarna Garden, Jonkoping (Sweden)
  • Orlen Arena, Plock (Poland)
  • ERGO Arena. Gdansk (Poland)
  • Tele2 Arena, Stockholm (Sweden)

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