The draw of the twenty eighth World Championship held in Poland and Sweden from January 11 to 29, 2023 was the luck of the German handball gamers. National coach Alfred Gislason’s team will face Qatar, Serbia and fifth place in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in the preliminary spherical of the 32-man event. At the ceremony in Katowice, two former world handball gamers, Magnus Wieslander and Slawomir Schmal, drew heaps.
“Overall, we bought a good draw – additionally contemplating the potential schedule in the most important spherical,” Gislason mentioned, however added: “With Qatar as the Asian champions and Serbia, we have now two very good groups. The fifth African team. consultant is an unknown amount in all respects. Overall, it is a good and fascinating group, however it’s not simple.”
The preliminary stage is performed in eight teams of 4. The prime three advance to 4 most important round-robin teams of six groups in every case. If Germany advance, reigning champions Denmark, Norway and Croatia may very well be the opponents right here. Only the prime two groups from the most important spherical advance to the playoffs, beginning with the quarterfinals.
So far, 27 of the 32 members have been recognized, solely the prime 5 of the upcoming African Championship had been lacking. The sport will happen in 9 cities, 5 in Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö, Jönköping, Kristianstad, Gothenburg) and 4 in Poland (Katowice, Kraków, Płock, Gdańsk).
Germany cancels preliminary spherical video games in Katowice
Germany will play their Group E preliminary matches at the 11,000+ capability Spodek Arena in Katowice. The video games might be performed on the thirteenth towards Qatar, on the fifteenth towards Serbia and on the seventeenth towards the consultant of Africa.
The German nationwide team certified for the finals of the World Cup for the thirteenth time in a row, however couldn’t totally persuade. Gislason nonetheless has quite a bit to do earlier than the climax along with his younger, comparatively inexperienced team at the worldwide stage.
But the alternative to work collectively is uncommon. The subsequent DHB course doesn’t begin till the autumn, and there might be no necessary video games for the nationwide team till the new yr, as Germany is just not obliged to qualify as the host of the 2024 European Championship.
At the final World Cup in Egypt in 2021, Germany completed solely twelfth – the worst place in the 25 tournaments performed to date. The DHB males’s indoor handball team has been world champion thrice: in 1938, 1978 and 2007.
Group of eight World Cup
Group A: Spain, Montenegro, Chile, Iran
Group B: France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia
Group C: Sweden, Brazil, Africa 2, Uruguay
Group D: Iceland, Portugal, Hungary, South Korea
Group E: Germany, Qatar, Serbia, Africa 5
Group F: Norway, North Macedonia, Argentina, Netherlands
Group G: Africa 1, Croatia, Africa 3, USA
Group H: Denmark/TV, Belgium, Bahrain, Africa 4