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1997 World Men's Handball Championship

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Host country  Japan
Teams  24
Champions  Russia (2nd title)
Dates  16 May–1 June
Venue(s)  4 (in 3 host cities)
Runner-up  Sweden
1997 World Men's Handball Championship

The 1997 World Men's Handball Championship was the 15th team handball World Championship. It was held in Kumamoto, Japan and was the first World Championship not played in a European country. Russia won the championship.



The organizing committee used four venues to host the 1997 World Men's Handball Championship:

  • Group A: Park Dome Kumamoto
  • Group B: Kumamoto City Gym
  • Group C: Yamaga City Gym
  • Group D: Yatsushiro City Gym
  • Preliminary round

    The top 4 placed teams of each group continues to the knockout stage. The teams are ranked through the following rules.

    1. Team with the most points (2 points for each won game, 1 point for each drawn game).
    2. If two teams get the same points, the winner in the game between the two teams get ranked first.
    3. If the game between the teams ended in a draw, the team with the best goal difference get ranked first.

    Final standings

    1.  Russia
    2.  Sweden
    3.  France
    4.  Hungary
    5.  Iceland
    6.  Egypt
    7.  Spain
    8.  South Korea
    9.  Yugoslavia
    10.  Lithuania
    11.  Czech Republic
    12.  Norway
    13.  Croatia
    14.  Cuba
    15.  Japan
    16.  Tunisia
    17.  Algeria
    18.  Italy
    19.  Portugal
    20.  China
    21.  Saudi Arabia
    22.  Argentina
    23.  Morocco
    24.  Brazil

    All Star Team

  • Goalkeeper: Mats Olsson  Sweden
  • Left Wing: Valeri Gopine  Russia
  • Left Back: Vassili Koudinov  Russia
  • Center Back: Talant Duyshebaev  Spain
  • Pivot: Guéric Kervadec  France
  • Right Back: Staffan Olsson  Sweden
  • Right Wing: Valdimar Grímsson  Iceland
  • References

    1997 World Men's Handball Championship Wikipedia

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