Handball WM 2017: Daten und Fakten vor dem Viertelfinale

Handball WM 2017: Daten und Fakten vor Viertelfinale - Foto: France Handball
Handball WM 2017: Daten und Fakten vor Viertelfinale – Foto: France Handball

Live aus Paris: SPORT4FINAL-Redakteur Frank Zepp.

24.01.2017 – France Handball / SPORT4FINAL / Frank Zepp:

Handball WM 2017 Frankreich: Eight qualified with two surprises 

This Sunday was fatal for the outgoing and undefeated Olympic and EURO champions: Denmark, beaten by Hungary (25:27), while Germany lost Qatar (20:21), both two teams losing to teams that came fourth in their respective groups.

France, who defeated Sweden (31:25) and Spain, victorious against Brazil (28:27), are now the last two teams to have won six games in the tournament.

Of the eight teams qualified for the quarter-finals, four were already in the top eight at the Rio Games: Qatar, France, Slovenia and Croatia.

Five were in the quarter-finals at the 2015 World Championship: Croatia, Qatar, Spain, Slovenia and France.

Absent in Qatar and then in Rio, Hungary have made a return to the forefront by qualifying for the quarter-finals, as they did in 2013. Let’s see can they go one step further…

Of the eight teams qualified for the quarter-finals, four have already been crowned champions of the world: France, Spain, Sweden and Croatia; Qatar were runners-up at the World Championship in 2015, Hungary in 1986, Slovenia 4th in 2013, Norway have never been in the quarter-finals!

As in 2015, Qatar are the only non-European country in the quarter-finals.

Three Spanish coaches in the quarter-finals: Jordi Ribera (Spain), Xavier Sabate (Hungary) and Valero Rivera (Qatar).

Three coaches of quarter-finalists have been world champions as players: Didier Dinart and Guillaume Gille (France), Veselin Vujovic (Slovenia).

After the knock-out stage, Kiril Lazarov of FYR Macedonia with 50 goals (62%) is ahead of Tunisian Amine Bannour 44 (55%), Angolan Sergio Lopes 42 (53%).

Belarusian Barys Pukhouski (39) remains ahead of Norwegian talent Sander Sagosen (31) and Frenchman Nikola Karabatic (30) in the assists ranking.

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