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Date: 2/11/2018
 





With the conclusion of the EHF EURO 2018, the 2018 Asian Men’s Handball Championship and the 2018 African Men’s Handball Championship, all of which took place in January, 11 teams can now look ahead to the next major international competition: the 26th IHF Men’s World Championship in Germany and Denmark.
 
In January, Spain, as champions of the EHF EURO; Angola, Egypt and Tunisia, as the three top-ranked sides at the African Championship; and Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, the first four teams at the Asian Championship, all confirmed their places at the 2019 World Championship. As neither Australia nor New Zealand finished in the top five at the Asian Championship in Suwon, the place for Oceania becomes the Wild Card, to be awarded based on the decision of the IHF Council.
 
As hosts, Denmark and Germany were automatically qualified, while France booked their place at the next event when they raised their sixth World Championship trophy in January 2017. Europe’s qualification process will finish in the middle of June 2018, while the Pan American Men’s Championship, where three places will be decided, will be held from June 16 to 24.
 
Pre-sale has already begun on tickets for the event in Germany and Denmark, which will be the first IHF Men's World Championship co-hosted by two countries. In January, a crowdsourcing competition to design the competition’s official mascot took place, with the results yet to be presented.
 
“We want to create an outstanding event and want to make a new spectator attendance record. We want to bring people together and show that we are making one event and not two events in two countries – it should be one World Championship. All of our arenas are more than 10,000 capacity, so we can really make a record if it works,” Secretary General of the German Handball Association Mark Schober said at a press conference held on the fringes of the Women’s World Championship finals in December 2017.
 
The venues for Germany/Denmark are Herning, Copenhagen (Denmark), Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Munich (Germany). The finals will take place in Herning’s Jyske Bank Boxen, where preliminary round, knock-out matches and finals at the 2015 Women’s World Championship were held. The semi-finals will be played at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena, which hosted the 2017 Women’s World Championship finals.

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