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Date: 8/16/2012
 

A Youth World Championship is the first major intercontinental competition for younger age categories. A Youth World Championship does not only underline the importance of an early start on this base, but is also a first spotlight for upcoming world class handball players. World Handball Players of the Year such as Allison Pineau (FRA) or Cristina Neagu (ROU) had set their first milestones at Youth World Championships.


The next generation – born 1994 or later – will face in Montenegro at the IV Women’s Youth World Championship as from Thursday 16 August. Only five days after the hosting nation had won their first ever Olympic medal in London – silver by their women’s team – handball currently means everything in the small Balkan country.


So the time is ideal for a competition, which will attract a huge number of spectators to this handball-crazed country. The games are played in the capital Podgorica, home of the current EHF Champions League winner Buducnost Podgorica (arena: Sportski Centar Moraca), and the coastal town of Bar (arena: Sportski Centar Topolica).


20 teams from all continents have made their way to the IV Women’s Youth World Championship, including the defending champions from Sweden. The Swedish forerunner’s team is the best example for a constant development, as the same players won the Women’s Junior World Championship held in Czech Republic in July, and will now become part of the women’s national team.


Sweden had won their title in the Dominican Republic in 2010; first ever Youth World Champion was Denmark (winner in Canada in 2006), followed by Russia (winner in Slovakia in 2008).


All three former world champions are participants of the tournament in Montenegro.
Group A and C play their preliminary round matches in Podgorica, group B and D in Bar.
Those are the groups:

 

Group A: HUN, SWE, NED, CRO, PAR

Group B: RUS, ROU, MNE, COD, KAZ

Group C: DEN, FRA, KOR, URU, CZE

Group D: NOR, BRA, ANG, JPN, POR

 

The preliminary round is scheduled with four matches per day and arena from 16 August to 21 August. The two best ranked teams of each group proceed to the knock-out stage, the three remaining teams will play in the placement round. After a rest day on 22 August, the quarter-finals and the opening matches of the placement rounds 9-12, 13-16 and 17-20 follow on 23 August in Bar and Podgorica; the last day of those placement rounds is on 24 August. The final part – placement round 5-8 for the losers of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and medal matches – will take place on 25 and 26 August only in Bar.
The exact playing times for all matches after the preliminary round will be scheduled after the first period of the competition.


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