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Date: 12/18/2011

Twelve years after their first World Championship title, Norway wrote handball history in Sao Paulo: By beating the brave fighting French team 32:24 (19:13) in the final they are the second team after Denmark (1996/97) to be World Champion, European Champion and Olympic Champion at the same time.
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Date: 12/18/2011

They knew whom to thank after the final whistle: All Spanish players jumped upon goalkeeper Silvia Navarro, as she had decided the Bronze final nearly on her own. In the end, the 24:18 victory over Denmark meant the first ever medal for Spanish women at a World Championship after their fourth position in 2009. After ranking fourth at the European Championship 2010, Denmark missed very tightly again a medal.
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Date: 12/18/2011

Bitter end for Angola, joy for Croatia – and the second best ever World Championship position for both teams: By beating the African Champion, the Europeans reached the seventh place. But despite losing this game, Angola still can hope for a straight ticket to the 2012 London Olympics, if they win the African Championship in January 2012.
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Date: 12/18/2011

What a sensational result: World Championship host Brazil was absolute eager to win the encounter for the fifth place, whilst defending champion Russia failed miserably. Winning this game in an absolute clear way 20:36 Brazil took their best ever result at World Championships. The only match they lost was decisive, as it was the quarter-final against Spain, which meant the end of the medal dream. But players and fans celebrated their final victory in this home ground tournament.
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Date: 12/17/2011

The last four of in total 88 matches at the XX Women’s World Championship will bring the decisions which teams will win Gold, Silver and Bronze – and will decide the Olympic Qualification Tournaments, played from 25 – 27 May 2012.
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Date: 12/16/2011

The IHF Competition Management has finalized in close cooperation with TV rights holder UFA Sports the match schedule for the Finals and Placement matches on 18 December.
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Date: 12/16/2011

Defence wall against high speed attacks fight for the Gold medal: France against Norway will be the composition of the final of the XX Women’s World Championship. After France had beaten Denmark in the first semi-final, Norway left Spain chanceless in the second semi with a clear 30:22 victory. 12 years ago Norway vs. France had already been the final of a Women’s World Championship with the Northern Europeans as the lucky 25:24 winner after two extra times. Like in 2009 (23:27 against France in Nanjing) Spain missed the final. The Iberians will face Denmark on Sunday in the Bronze final.
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Date: 12/16/2011

For the fourth time in history after 1999, 2003 and 2009 France reached the final of a Women’s World Championship. They beat Denmark 28:23 in the first semi in Sao Paulo and will now wait to know their opponent for the battle of the title. Norway will face Spain in the second semi.
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Date: 12/16/2011

Host Brazil will have its best result ever at a Women’s World Championship: By beating Croatia after a great catch-up chase and a nail-biting final stage the Pan Americans play for the fifth and second place on Sunday 18 December against Russia. Their best result up to now was the seventh rank 2005. Croatia will face Angola in the intercontinental encounter for the places seven and eight.
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Date: 12/16/2011

By beating Angola clearly, thanks to an improvement after the break, Russia will play for the places 5 and 6 on Sunday 18 December. The defending World Champion will face the winner of the match Brazil vs. Croatia, while Angola will compete with the loser of this match.
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