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World Women's Handball Championship 2017

Who wins the World Women's Handball Championship 2017?

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After the 22nd Women’s World Championship in Denmark, the 23rd edition is hosted by Germany, another great handball nation with a rich tradition. With their motto ‘Simply wunderbar!’ the organisers promise a ‘simply wonderful’ event, which it will surely be.

From 1 to 17 December 2017, the world’s 24 best women’s teams face each other in Leipzig, Trier, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Oldenburg, Magdeburg and Hamburg and on 27 October 2016, 400 days prior to the opening match of the Women’s World Championship, the ticket sale will be launched.

The International Handball Federation and the Organising Committee of the 2017 IHF Women’s World Championship released the competition’s match schedule. According to the present match schedule, the German national handball team open their World Championship campaign on Friday, 1 December at 19:00 against Cameroon. The match in the Arena Leipzig will be the opening match of the championship.

Defending champions Norway have been drawn to an almost all-European group for the Women's World Championship 2017 in Germany, but their fans are likely to look forward to facing one opponent in particular: Sweden

Norway's other opponents in Group B include Czech Republic, Hungary, Argentina and Poland. The two other groups of six include France, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Angola and Paraguay in Group A as well as Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Montenegro, Japan and Tunisia in Group C.

The each four best teams of the four groups clinch their berth for the eighth-finals, while the remaining sides face for the positions 17 to 24 in the President’s Cup. All matches of the first knock-our stage and later-on the quarter-finals will be played in Magdeburg and Leipzig. Those eighth-finalists from groups A and B will travel to Leipzig, while the teams from groups C and D will continue in Magdeburg. The final weekend will be carried out in the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, with the semi-finals on 15 December and the final plus bronze final on 17 December.

Grit Jurack, the ambassador of the competition, was asked about the favorites of getting the 1st place: „Mainly the ‘usual suspects’ such as World and European Champion Norway, Russia, France – as they will host the next EURO – or the Netherlands. As mentioned, the German team have the potential for a surprise. I am curious how the non-European teams Angola and Brazil will perform. They might not fight for the medals, but can enhance the tournament. I would be happy, if the African sides Angola and Tunisia would proceed from the eighth-finals," she said.

To be part of Germany 2017 will be the ninth appearance at Women’s World Championships for the Swedish side - in contrast to their men, they never won a medal in intercontinental competitions. In 2015, they finished ninth ranked after losing the eighth-final against host Denmark.

Romania, with the star Cristina Neagu, continue their series to be part of all indoor World Championships since 1957, in 1962 they were gold medallists, 1973 and 2005 they took the silver medals.

The team from Montenegro will fight for the podium despite their huge successes in 2012, the so far best position of Montenegro was the eighth rank in 2015, when they were eliminated by later-on World Champions Norway in the quarter-finals.

The four times World Champions (2001, 2003, 2007, 2009), Russia has qualified after beating Poland, which also will be present in Germany in December, as IHF awarded to the team ranked 4th in last edition of the championship a WC.