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2019 Men’s World Championship 2019 Men’s World Championship
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Start Date  : 1/10/2019  End Date :1/27/2019

Location   :   Germany and Denmark

The 26th edition of the IHF Men's World Championship will take place in Germany and Denmark from 10 to 27 January 2019. 


The 26th IHF Men’s World Championship in Germany/Denmark will see all matches played in venues with a capacity of 10,000 or more.


In Germany the competition will take place across all four points of the compass – in the north, in Hamburg, in the east, in Berlin, in the west, in Cologne and in the far south, in MunichIn Denmark, matches will be played at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning and in Copenhagen, at the Royal Arena.


The Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin has a capacity of 14,800 and will feature joint hosts Germany playing all their Preliminary Round matches there, alongside their other Group A opponents.


In Munich, the 12,000-capacity Olympiahalle will feature matches from Preliminary Group B with either France, or Croatia (if qualified) playing.


The 19,250-capacity home of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 – the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, will host Main Round – Group 1 and President’s Cup games for teams ranked fourth after the Preliminary Round (Places 13-16)


Like the 2017 IHF Women’s World Championship in Germany last month, the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg will host up to 13,000 people for the semi-finals.


Co-host Denmark will also see its capital used for the highlight of global men’s handball as the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen welcomes Preliminary Round Group D and President’s Cup teams (Places 17-24). 13,700 fans will welcome Sweden or Norway at the arena if they qualify.


The familiar Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, in the middle of Denmark will host Preliminary Round Group C, Main Round Group II and the bronze medal and gold medal matches. Already-qualified Denmark will play their matches at the 15,000-capacity arena except for their first match, which will be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

Qualified teams

Hosts: Germany and Denmark

Reigning world champions: France

Compulsory and performance places according to the IHF Competition Regulations:

Africa: Tunisia, Egypt and Angola 

Asia: Qatar, Bahrain, Korea and Saudi Arabia

Europe: Spain 

The qualification event for Pan America (3 compulsory places) will take place in Greenland from 16-24 June. 

The remaining spots for Europe will be determined through the EHF Qualification Play-offs to be played in June 2018. 

Play-off fixtures:

Teams Match 1 Match 2

Serbia vs Portugal: 10/06/2018 14/06/2018

Lithuania vs Iceland: 08/06/2018 13/06/2018

Czech Republic vs Russia: 08/06/2018 12/06/2018

Slovenia vs Hungary: 09/06/2018 13/06/2018

Belarus vs Austria: 10/06/2018 13/06/2018

FYR Macedonia vs Romania: 10/06/2018 13/06/2018

Netherlands vs Sweden: 09/06/2018 13/06/2018

Norway vs Switzerland: 09/06/2018 12/06/2018

Croatia vs Montenegro: 09/06/2018 14/06/2018

As no Oceania team ranked 5th or higher at the 2018 Asian Men's Championship, a wild card for this spot was awarded by the IHF Council to the national team of Japan. 


The official 2019 IHF Men’s World Championship website can be found at www.handball19.com