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25th IHF Men’s World Championship, France 2017

A collection of all my articles written during the 25th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship held in France in January 2017. From January 9 to 30 I was based in Paris, covering preliminary round Group D, the knock-out round and finals. 

Features and interviews:
Norway ready to fight for first ever medal
France 2017 Interview: The Scandinavian side have never ranked higher than fourth at an international competition, and left wing Magnus Jondal thinks it’s time that record is broken.

“Day by day we do a better job”
France 2017 Feature: Bahrain’s Husain Ali Alsayyad talks about the Asian team’s second ever World Championship campaign and handball in the tiny nation.

“Four games, four victories – it couldn’t be better”
France 2017 Interview: Henrik Toft Hansen talks about the Olympic champions campaign so far, their match against Bahrain and defence against an unfamiliar opponent.

Yehia Elderaa, Egypt’s next big star
France 2017 Interview: With Aly Zein injured, 21-year-old Yehia Elderaa is taking responsibility as first left back for Egypt – and the talented young player is impressing on all fronts.

Argentina and the importance of ‘heart’
France 2017 Feature: Goalkeeper Matias Schulz discusses the significance of sport’s x-factor for the Gladiators.

Rejuvenated Sweden on the path to success
France 2017: With an average age just under 25, Sweden are the youngest team at the World Championship – and the future looks very bright.

A small step for the Bonaventuras, one giant leap for refereeing
France 2017: French twins Charlotte and Julie Bonaventura are the first female referee pair ever nominated for an international men’s handball championship.

Medicine of Champions, Evolving Medicine
France 2017: Following the success of the first event at Qatar 2015, the International Congress: Medicine of Handball was held in conjunction with the IHF Men’s World Championship.

Previews and reviews:
Sensational second half secures France sixth world title
France 2017: Les Experts claim their second consecutive trophy, and sixth IHF World Championship gold medal.

France ready to defend title on home soil
France 2017: Two teams with very different histories will meet to contest the title in the ultimate match at France 2017.

Bronze-medal battle stirs memories of Spain 2013
France 2017: Slovenia and Croatia meet to decide the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship bronze medal.

Norway qualify for maiden World Championship final
France 2017: The Scandinavian team defeat Croatia in extra time to secure their first ever medal and book a place in the final against France.

France qualify for seventh IHF World Championship final
France 2017: The hosts move one step closer to defending their 2015 title with a commanding six-goal victory in the semi-final against Slovenia.

Norway hungry to outrun Croatia for spot in first ever final
France 2017: Norway and Croatia take to the court for the second France 2017 semi-final with intense motivation to reach the ultimate match.

Slovenia secure second ever top four finish
France 2017: Slovenia survive a late comeback from Qatar to book their second IHF Men’s World Championship semi-final berth.

Qatar knock Germany out of the title race
France 2017: 2015 silver medallists Qatar defeat the Olympic bronze medallists and EURO champions by one to claim a place in the quarter-finals.

Eighth-Final Preview: Hungary take on the Olympic champions
France 2017: Hungary have not beat Denmark in a major international competition since 2007, but hope to beat the odds on Sunday.

Slovenia send Russia home
France 2017: Slovenia defeat Russia with an impressive all-round performance to secure their second consecutive IHF World Championship Quarter-final spot.

Group D Review: Denmark unbeaten through preliminary round
France 2017: Argentina record first victory, Sweden beat Egypt to secure second, and Denmark defeat Qatar.

Group D Review: Egypt through to eighth-finals, Danes unbeaten
France 2017: Egypt earn their place in the knock-out round, Denmark defeat Bahrain, and Sweden beat Qatar.

Group D Review: Saric secures second win for Qatar
France 2017: The 2015 World Championship runners-up add their second set of two points with a victory in a low-scoring match against Argentina.

Group D Review: Egypt add two points, Denmark win Scandinavian derby
France 2017: Led by a perfect six from six for Yehia Elderaa, the African champions defeat Bahrain, before Denmark beat Sweden to top the group.

Group D Review: Second win for Sweden, first for Qatar
France 2017: Sweden’s entire squad contribute to an 18-goal victory against Argentina, and Qatar defeat continental rivals Bahrain.

Group D Review: Denmark continue rampage with second win
France 2017: The Scandinavian team record their second decisive win, earning another two points with a clear victory against Egypt.

Group D Review: Egypt defeat Qatar, Sweden beat Bahrain
France 2017: The African champions open their France 2017 campaign with a 22:20 win against Qatar, and Sweden defeat Bahrain.

France show fine form with clear opening win
France 2017: The hosts begin their quest to defend their 2015 title with a decisive victory against Pan American champions Brazil.

Ambitious Brazil open against the hosts
France 2017: The defending world champions begin their IHF World Championship campaign against the increasingly dangerous Pan American title-holders.

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