Croatia Handball Learns Opponents for 2021 World Championship in Egypt

Daniela Rogulj

Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff
Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff

Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff

September 6, 2020 – The Croatia handball team, lead by coach Lino Cervar, can be satisfied with their draw for the World Championship in Egypt next January.

Egypt will host the 27th World Handball Championship in January, which will be held from January 14 to 31, 2021.

In the draw held in front of Giza’s pyramids, the Croatia handball team learned that they would play in Group C against Japan, Angola, and Qatar.

Lino Cervar’s team was drawn into a relatively easy group and will play against national teams that are not included in the shortlist of favorites for the title.

Croatia was lucky in the draw because they could have ended up in groups with France, Hungary, Iceland, Belarus, Brazil, and several other dangerous national teams.

“We can’t say we’re unhappy with the draw. Next year is very demanding because, as you know, the World Championship awaits us, then the Olympic qualifiers, and hopefully after that, the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is very important that we all stay healthy during this whole corona situation. We recently beat Qatar in Porec at the Croatia Cup, Japan is a national team that is continually growing, and I, as the coach of Macedonia, played against Angola, and I know that they can be challenging. I wouldn’t think and calculate too much further because every game is a story unto itself. We have to be healthy and motivated, and then there should be no difficulties,” said the coach of the Croatia men’s handball team, Lino Cervar.

The World Cup in Egypt is the first in history with 32 national teams. They are divided into eight groups of four national teams, of which only the weakest will be eliminated in the first round. After that, four groups are formed with six national teams each, of which in the end, the two best go to the quarterfinals, i.e., the knockout phase and the fight for a spot on the pedestal. The round of 16 therefore, no longer exists.

The championship is played in two cities. Three halls are located in Cairo and its wider surroundings, and the fourth is in Alexandria, which is 125 kilometers away from Cairo. Egypt still hopes that spectators will be able to attend the games.

Source: HRS

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