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Date: 6/29/2017

After winning their joint bid at the 2013 IHF Congress in Doha, Qatar, six venues for the Germany-Denmark hosted 2019 IHF Men’s World Championship are now known.


The cities were revealed at a press conference on the fringes of the 2017 IHF Women’s World Championship draw in Berlin yesterday with Herning and Copenhagen the two cities hosting in Denmark and Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg representing Germany.


The opening match of the championships will be hosted by Berlin on 10 January 2019, with the final set for Herning on 27 January. The semi-finals are scheduled to be played in Hamburg.


“This championship will be an event rich in tradition,” said IHF President, Dr. Hassan Moustafa at the draw. “Both nations have much experience in hosting major handball events and are well-prepared for their next challenge.


“I am certain that the handball fans all around the world will be fascinated by the championship.”


For Jan Kampman, Vice President of the Danish Handball Federation, the event represents a chance for handball fans across the country to experience the very best of the sport.


“Our loyal Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning is ready to welcome fans from all over Denmark and this time it will be together with the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark’s new multi arena,” he said.


“With multi-arenas in both the east and west we are looking forward to hosting one of the largest championships on Danish ground. I am sure that Danes from all over the country will participate in the party, both in the arenas, the surrounding cities and the viewers at home.”


Andreas Michelmann, President of the German Handball Federation, added. “We will deliver a perfect framework for all participating teams and are confident we can reach a high acceptance among the fans to make sure the event will become an economic success.”


The Championship – the first jointly-hosted by two nations – will also feature the new playing system of six teams in for preliminary groups, followed by two groups in the main round, each with six teams each. The top two teams in those groups will then proceed to the semi-finals.


“The clear structure of the competition and the possibility to plan and control the event more easily will contribute to a smooth running of the championship in all venues,” said Dr. Moustafa at the time of the playing system change, made at the IHF Council meeting in March 2017. “Not only the teams will benefit from this match scheme, but also the media, spectators and the Local Organising Committees.”


The 2023 IHF Men’s World Championship will also be jointly-hosted, with Poland and Sweden successfully winning the bid in 2015 and later that year, in December 2023, Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be the first-ever triple hosts of an IHF senior world championship, when they bring the IHF Women’s World Championship to northern Europe after they were successful in their bid submitted to the IHF Council in January 2017 in Paris.


Arenas for the 2019 IHF Men’s World Championship



Copenhagen: Royal Arena (Capacity: 13,500 spectators)


Herning: Jyske Bank Boxen (15,000)

Previous top handball events: 2010 Women’s EHF EURO, 2014 Men’s EHF EURO, 2015 IHF Women’s World Championship



Berlin: Mercedes-Benz Arena (14,800)


Munich: Olympiahalle (12,000)

HBL-Supercup 2005 - 2012


Cologne: LANXESS Arena (19,250)

2007 IHF Men’s Handball World Championship (Final Round), VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4 (since 2010)


Hamburg: Barclaycard Arena (13,300)

HSV Hamburg matches (2002-2016), German Cup Final tournament (since 2003), 2007 IHF Men´s Handball World Championship, future - 2017 IHF Women´s Handball World Championship (final weekend)


Photos: Tilo Wiedensohler/DHB