February 28, 2020 – The International Handball Federation has announced that Croatia, Norway, and Denmark will host the 2025 Handball World Championships!
This exciting news was confirmed on Friday by the International Handball Federation (IHF), which has allocated hosts for all major championships over the next five years.
Gol.hr reports that for the fourth time in history, Croatia will host one major handball competition. Namely, they will host the four groups of the first round, two groups of the second round, two quarterfinals and one semifinal. Everything else will be played in northern Europe with the Norwegian capital Oslo as the venue for the third-place game and final.
The need for so many cities (Copenhagen and Herning in Denmark, Trondheim, Stavanger, Drammen and Oslo in Norway) is because this will be the third World Championship in a row with 32 national teams.
This is the first time since 2009 that the World Championships will be played in Croatia. At that time, Lino Cervar’s squad lost in the final to France, but the championship was marked by a great atmosphere in Croatian arenas.
Croatia has already organized Euro 2000 and 2018 as far as major competitions are concerned, but the Croatia handball team was not able to win a medal (fifth and sixth place).
In addition to the Senior World Cup, this year, Croatia will host the Women’s Under-19 Handball World Championships and the 2023 Handball World Championships for the same year.
The Croatia men’s team played a fantastic European Championship earlier this year, where they finished second.
The next challenge for the Croatia handball team is the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held in France from April 17 to 19 this year in the famous Bercy Hall. In order for Croatia to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they will open against France, at 9 pm on April 17. A day later, they will play against Portugal from 6:30 pm and then, on April 19, against Tunisia at 6:30 pm.
The games against France and Portugal are marked as crucial, in which the ‘Cowboys’ must record at least one victory.
The top two teams in each group will go to Tokyo.
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