Russia (2nd title)
| 16 May–1 June|
4 (in 3 host cities)
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.
1997 World Men's Handball Championship Wikipedia
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
The top 4 placed teams of each group continues to the knockout stage. The teams are ranked through the following rules.
- Team with the most points (2 points for each won game, 1 point for each drawn game).
- If two teams get the same points, the winner in the game between the two teams get ranked first.
- If the game between the teams ended in a draw, the team with the best goal difference get ranked first.
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
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- Czech Republic
- Saudi Arabia