Handball World Cup 2023: Germany’s possible quarter-final opponents

With their fifth win in 5 video games, the German nationwide workforce purchased a spot within the quarter-finals of the 2023 World Handball Championship. One factor is for certain: the struggle within the spherical of eight shall be powerful.

They may face Germany within the quarter-finals: Ruben Perez de Vargas (left) and Nikola Karabatic.
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First milestone reached: The DHB choice is within the quarter-finals of the World Handball Championship after beating the Dutch 33-26 on Saturday night time. It isn’t but identified who the European champion of 2016 will meet within the spherical of eight. Two video games will resolve this: Monday night time’s match between Germany (20:30) and Norway, who haven’t misplaced some extent up to now in Poland, and Sunday night time’s match between document world champions France and Spain (21:00).

Group III, who took the primary place within the “German” group, will meet the second group of the primary stage on Wednesday night (8:30 p.m.), and can problem the primary group, which took the second place within the “German” group two and a half hours earlier. In group I. France and Spain are within the quarter-finals of Group I. Neither has dropped a single level in a World Cup last – with France at the moment trailing by two targets.

FRANCE: Mahé leads with Karabatic nonetheless in cost

But it’s already identified that the German opponents within the quarter-finals will face a troublesome time. France Having gained Olympic gold in 2008, 2012 and 2020, she has her sights set on subsequent 12 months’s Paris Games. With six titles (1995, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017), “Les Experts” are additionally document world champions. The workforce is filled with absolute world stars: gamers just like the left-hander Dika Mem or the primary participant Ludovic Fabregas (each below contract with FC Barcelona) went with out issues from the previous title collectors.

And the “everlasting” Nikola Karabatic remains to be within the French workforce at present. Now the 38-year-old athlete has gained every part that may be gained in handball. Karabatik isn’t on the degree he was once, however his aura can have an effect on teammates and opponents alike. There is a put up in between Vincent Gerard, who will transfer to THW Kiel in the summertime as Landin’s successor and has confirmed that he can rating on the World Cup (33 % of followers). Representative Remi Desbonnet even caught 40 % of the ball.

Today, Les Experts’ high scorer is a family identify within the Bundesliga: Kentin Mahé performed constantly in Germany between 2000 and 2018, notably inspiring at HSV Hamburg and SG Flensburg-Handewitt earlier than shifting to Veszprém. The French playmaker has 22 targets in 5 video games – 10 of his 12 penalties on the right track.

So far, France has overwhelmed co-hosts Poland (26:24), Saudi Arabia (41:23), Slovenia (35:31), Montenegro (35:24) and most not too long ago Iran (41:29). The good document must be prolonged, if possible towards Spain and presumably towards Germany.

SPAIN: The revolution is happening quietly

Not as adorned as France, however not harmful Spain as an opponent. The Iberians gained the World Cup in 2005 and 2013, and not too long ago “opened” the European Championship in a particular approach. The Spaniards gained the title in 2018 and 2020 and misplaced within the last towards Sweden final January (26:27).

In current tournaments, virtually all necessary video games between Germany and Spain went to the workforce coached by Jordi Ribera. During EM 2022, DHB choice misplaced 23:29, World Cup 2021 28:32, EM 2020 26:33, EM 2018 27:31. The final match up to now – within the EHF European Cup as a part of the preparation for the European Championship in Germany in January 2024, was misplaced to Spain in mid-October 2022 with a rating of 32:31.

However, there was a change within the World Cup favorites: well-known gamers from the golden era have left, together with captain and document nationwide participant Raúl Entrerrios (294 video games), head of protection Viran Morros, playmaker Daniel Sarmiento and pivot Julen Aguinalde.

But then others jumped in: left-hander Alex Duyshebaev, already a late-season standout, main scorer with 23 World Cup targets in 5 video games. Ferran Sole (18 targets, below contract with PSG) performed on the appropriate wing as an alternative of injured Barcelona participant Aleix Gomes.

Barcelona goalkeeper Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas has lengthy been on the German thoughts and he has been nervous for DHB choice in recent times. At the World Cup, he made 38 saves in 5 video games and shot 32 %.

So far, Spain have overwhelmed Montenegro (30:25), Chile (34:26), Iran (35:22), co-hosts Poland (27:23) and most not too long ago Slovenia (31:26).

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