world men's handball championship - Facts and figures


306,100 : The number of spectators at the 2015 Championship in Qatar.

60,000 : The distance in km travelled by bus by participating teams.

33,950 : The distance in km travelled by the mascots before the World Championship.

27,500 : The capacity of Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the largest of the eight venues that will be used at the World Championship.

25,000 : The record number of spectators at an indoor World Championship match on the 15 of June 1999, the Russia-Sweden final (24-25) in Cairo.

25,000 : The number of meals served to event volunteers.

10,000 : The number of accredited participants at the event.

3,919 : The number of goals scored by Spain at the World Championship. The record, ahead of Germany (3,899) and Sweden (3,719).

2011 : On the 15th of December 2011, the IHF, meeting in Sao Paulo, handed the Organisation of the World Championship to France.

1993 : Year the Championship became biannual.

650 : The number of accredited participants in 24 participating delegation.

158 : The record number of matches played at the World Championship, held by Germany ahead of Sweden (153).

106 : The number of matches won during the Championships by Germany. The record, ahead of Sweden (103) and Spain (96).

92 : Goals marked in 2009 by the top scorer in the Championship’s history, Macedonia’s Kiril Lazarov.

8 : The number of cities hosting the World Championship in France: Albertville, Brest, Lille Métropole, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Paris, Rouen.

8 : The number of tonnes of laundry washed for participating teams.

7 : World Championships hosted by Germany, a record. Sweden hosted 4 and France 3.

5 : The number of tonnes of ice delivered to participating teams.

5 : World titles won by France, a record. Sweden and Romania are tied at 4 titles each.

1 : Non-European country won a World Championship medal (Qatar in 2015).

22 : The record number of participations at the World Championship (before the 2017 event) jointly held by Germany and Sweden, ahead of Denmark (21).

14 : Different countries have hosted the World Championship since 1938.

10 : The number of special flights chartered for teams.