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Handball W-ch In Germany


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Final Ranking:

01 Germany

02 Poland

03 Denmark

04 France

05 Croatia

06 Russia

07 Spain

08 Iceland

09 Hungary

10 Slovenia

11 Tunesia

12 Czech Republic

13 Norway

14 Ukraine

15 South Korea

16 Argentina

17 Egypt

18 Kuwait

19 Brazil

20 Morocco

21 Angola

22 Greenland

23 Qatar

24 Australia

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The artificial moustache they put on during the price giving ceremony made them look hideous, although they made that a tribute for their coach Brand for having a very known Pringles moustache... :lol: no offense okay... hehehe

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By winning the handball world championship, the German men's team gets their spot on the Beijing 2008 Olympic tournament. Congratulations and good luck to the team in 2008.

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Australia finishing 24th in the WCH in Germany means they cannot qualify for Beijing (the women, aka the Redbacks, I think, also failed to do so).

It's a shame that in a nation that professes to be a sports nation that we American can't fully warm up to the sport of team handball. It's actually a fun great sport if more people knew about it more. It was good that the NBC family of networks. There was a time up until the early 90s that the US was a power in the sport, but that was before Brazil became a force in it, and we haven't recovered ever since.

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Australia finishing 24th in the WCH in Germany means they cannot qualify for Beijing (the women, aka the Redbacks, I think, also failed to do so).

It's a shame that in a nation that professes to be a sports nation that we American can't fully warm up to the sport of team handball. It's actually a fun great sport if more people knew about it more. It was good that the NBC family of networks. There was a time up until the early 90s that the US was a power in the sport, but that was before Brazil became a force in it, and we haven't recovered ever since.

The US has never been a power, they have never won a medal. The only non-european team to win a medal at the WCH is South Korea in 2005 for the women. Egypt and Tunisia are the only countries to reach the semis on the men's side.

The US's men's record

1938 - DNQ

1954 - DNQ

1958 - DNQ

1961 - DNQ

1964 - 15/16

1967 - DNQ

1970 - 16/16

1974 - 16/16

1978 - DNQ

1982 - DNQ

1986 - DNQ

1990 - DNQ

1993 - DNQ

1995 - 21/24

1997 - DNQ

1999 - DNQ

2001 - 24/24

2003 - DNQ

2005 - DNQ

2007 - DNQ

So the USA has never had a presence in the sport, Greenland has had a higher finish then the USA.

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The US has never been a power, they have never won a medal. The only non-european team to win a medal at the WCH is South Korea in 2005 for the women. Egypt and Tunisia are the only countries to reach the semis on the men's side.

The US's men's record

1938 - DNQ

1954 - DNQ

1958 - DNQ

1961 - DNQ

1964 - 15/16

1967 - DNQ

1970 - 16/16

1974 - 16/16

1978 - DNQ

1982 - DNQ

1986 - DNQ

1990 - DNQ

1993 - DNQ

1995 - 21/24

1997 - DNQ

1999 - DNQ

2001 - 24/24

2003 - DNQ

2005 - DNQ

2007 - DNQ

So the USA has never had a presence in the sport, Greenland has had a higher finish then the USA.

You're right Faster. What I meant to say when I wrote it was of the fact that the USA was a power in the Americas--not internationally. I know that its a domain of the Germanic nations(Germany, Switzerland, Austria), Scandinavia, France, Spain, the former Yugoslavia/Greece, Eastern Europe, South Korea, and northern Africa. Now even the likes of Greenland can defeat us. Assuming we won't get lucky in the forseeable future years from now, it will take at least a generation before the USA make inroads to not just qualify but develop into a consistent power. We need more Americans playing professionally in the top leagues--both men and women. We don't have a pro handball league here, and don't hold your breath for that to happen soon. Even when we appeared in the significant international handball tournaments, the teams received little in the way of mainstream coverage back home. So you can easily see how the WC in Germany were received generally here (Internet notwithstanding). In short, if we were a consistent medal contender, this would not be the case. It's similar in Canada, where Quebec happens to be the sport's stronghold--it's also true in a few other sports there like short track, and the needs are similar. I guess aside from being a situation of having too much on our sporting plate, maybe handball is not a sport that we English-speaking western nations could rally around to very soon, unless we become a proven power.

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