We are only two day away from the start of 24th edition of World Handball Championship. Today we will introduce to you Group C, who is stronger than both previous groups but still not the strongest group in Qatar.
- Czech Republic
Iceland didn’t qualify for World Handball Championship but after United Arab Emirates withdraw from WHC, Iceland gets an invitation from IHF. This will be Iceland 17th appearances on World Handball Championship; they didn’t make any major impact. Their best position was in Japan (1995) 5th place. Aron Kristjansson is their head coach and Gudjon Sigurdsson (Barcelona, Spain) is the star of this team. He is also player with most appearances for national team (302) and most goals scored (1595).
For Egypt this will be their 13 times they play on World Handball Championship, similar to Iceland their best position was in France (2001) when they took 4th place. Marwan Ragab is their head coach and goalkeeper Mohamed Bakir is player with most appearances for national team – 350. Ahem Elhmar is best scorer for national team with total 920 goals from 230 games.
For Czech Republic this will be their 6 times at World Handball Championship, but if we count Czechoslovakia then it will be their 18 times that they play on WHC. Czech is one of rare teams that don’t have one but two coaches, Jan Filip and Daniel Kubes are coaches for Czech national team. Petr Stochl is player with most appearances for national team (182) and Filip Jicha is their best scorer with 816 goals from 148 games. Filip Jicha (Kiel, Germany) is also star player of this team.
Algeria is probably the weakest national team in this group, for them this will be their 14th World Handball Championship. Their best position was in France (2001) when they took 13th place. Reda Zeguili is their coach and Belgacem Filah is player with most appearances (73) and most goals scored (109).
Sweden is player with most medals from World Handball Championship; this will be their 22 World Handball Championship participation. From 22 Championships they got 11 medals 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze, but their last medal was in France (2001) they lost in final against France. As their coach Sweden has two of their biggest handball players Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson. Kim Andersson is player with most appearances (209) and most goals scored (751) in this national team. Similar to all top national teams, Sweden has a lot of stars but we will mention only their goalkeeper Mattias Andersson (SG Flensburg, Germany) as the star of this team.
France is right behind Sweden on the lists this will be their 20 World Handball Championship and they have 8 medals so far (4 Gold; 1 Silver; 3 Bronze). Interesting thing is that raise of France handball start from 1993. From 1993 until now from 10 World Handball Championships they manage to get 8 medals. Claude Onesta is their boss since 2001 and with Vladimir Maksimov he is the only coach that obtains three major titles in handball European Championship, World Championship and Olympic Championship. Jerome Fernandez is player with most appearances (375) and most goals scored in France history 1443 goals. Star of this team is without doubt Nikola Karabatic (Barcelona, Spain).
This group is probably the strongest group so far. France is maybe little stronger then Sweden and Iceland but France is famous that they start playing after first round. Last place that leads into the next round will probably take Czech Republic, if they don’t have some major handicaps they shouldn’t have any problems against Algeria and Egypt.
Round 1 Schedule:
16/01/2015 19:00 GMT – Algeria vs. Egypt
16/01/2015 21:00 GMT – France vs. Czech Republic
16/01/2015 21:00 GMT – Sweden vs. Iceland
World Handball Championship: Group C Fixtures & Standings.