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Team Info

Austria's only participation in the IHF Men's Youth World Championship so far dates back to 2013, when they finished 16th in the tournament held in Hungary. After missing the next three editions of the event, they are now back at this level after a 10-year break and hope to do a good job at Croatia 2023.

The Austrians qualified for the World Championship at the M18 EHF Championship 2022 3, which took place in Romania last August. In the semi-finals, they needed a post-match shootout to beat home side Romania, but their win against Ukraine in the final was more straightforward (30:23).

In Croatia, it will probably be hard for Austria to compete with the three-time champions Denmark, but they are determined to beat both non-European sides in Group E, Chile and Mexico. In the opening match, the European team meet Mexico, and a good start could boost their morale and confidence. 

With a number of promising players in their squad, such as right back Nicolas Paulnsteiner and line player Clemens Meleschnig, who both represent Union West Wien Handball at club level, the Austrians certainly have a chance to reach the main round and achieve the best result in their World Championship history. 

Key players: Nicolas Paulnsteiner (right back), Clemens Meleschnig (line player), Leon Bergmann (goalkeeper)
Qualification for Croatia 2023: M18 EHF Championship 2022 3 – 1st place
History in tournament: 2013: 16th
Group at Croatia 2023: Group E (Denmark, Austria, Chile, Mexico)