Key highlights of the day: How to prepare for the semi-finals at Spain 2021

16 Dec. 2021

Key highlights of the day: How to prepare for the semi-finals at Spain 2021

The 25th IHF Women’s World Championship has been hectic, with 15 days full of handball, which yielded the four semi-finalists who will play tomorrow in Granollers for their chance to compete for the gold medal.

We have our first full rest day on Thursday, but, by no means, the coverage of Spain 2021 will be stopped here, on

Four European powerhouses will take the court on Friday in the semi-finals, but until that point, let’s see what happened yesterday, in the business end of the IHF Women’s World Championship.

First, Norway avenged the last painful losses against the RHF team with a 34:28 win, that sealed the seventh semi-final berth in the last eight editions of the competition. 

Reigning Olympic champions France followed suit with a dominant display in the second half against Sweden to win 31:26 and set up their third semi-final in major tournaments in the last year, after the ones at the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 and at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Therefore, the crunch matches that will decide the finalists at Spain 2021 will be Denmark vs France and Norway vs Spain, and you can find out the semi-final schedule and what kits the teams chose for those games right here

Unfortunately for the RHF team and their new coach Liudmila Bodnieva, they had little chance in their quarter-final against Norway, but a chat with the MVP of the 2005 IHF Women’s World Championship is always insightful and underlined the ambitious plans of the side in the future. 

Until the semi-finals throw off, you can also enjoy a piece on how assists make handball work beautifully, with insights and quotes from the leaders in the top assists standings at Spain 2021. 

Talking about statistics, we might have the top scorer of the tournament award sealed already, after Nathalie Hagman scored nine goals in Sweden’s loss against France. The right wing boasts a 71-goal tally, exactly the same as the one put by Dutch left back Lois Abbingh at Japan 2021. Hagman, however, has an average of 10.1 goals per game, with her lead over the next player still in the competition, Spain’s Alexandrina Barbosa, being unassailable: 36 goals.

More stats for Spain 2021 are available here

You can also win prizes at Spain 2021, if you prove that you are a handball expert. Are you confident you can top the charts? Find out for yourself

Unfortunately, injuries happen and players do get replaced at Spain 2021, so you can keep track of everything here

Curious where you can follow your team on TV? Don’t worry, we also got you covered – simply click here

The IHF is working hard to bring you the very best from what is sure to be an exciting competition and wherever you are, there are many ways to follow the action! Make sure to be always up-to-date! 

And do not forget to also follow our Instagram account dedicated to this competition, available here