For the first time in the history of men's handball, Germany and Denmark are jointly hosting a World Handball Championship in 2019. From 10 to 27 January, stars such as Nikola Karabatic, Mikkel Hansen and Uwe Gensheimer will compete for the coveted trophy. A total of 24 teams will play for the title at six venues in two countries.
The German team will open the World Cup against Korea in Berlin on 10 January 2019. The team of national coach Christian Prokop will play in the preliminary round matches against the defending champion and six-time world champion France, the former champion Russia as well as Serbia, Brazil and South Korea. The route will lead via Cologne and Hamburg to the final in Herning, Denmark.
Cologne is the venue of the main round and therefore the host of the next games. Thanks to Brazil's help, Germany will enter the main round with an excellent starting position after their victory against Serbia and will now face the teams from Croatia, Spain and Iceland. The first game will be against Iceland on Saturday, probably their lightest opponent. On Monday, the German team will meet Croats and the duel against the top favourite Spain will take place on Wednesday, kick-off is at 20.30 each.
Cologne will also host matches of the President's Cup, in which teams that have not advanced to the main round will compete. Unforgotten the winter fairy tale of 2007 in front of the magnificent backdrop of Cologne's Hexenkessel, the LANXESS arena. The spectators celebrated their World Cup heroes with La Ola waves and minute-long ovations. Maybe this time a winter fairy tale will come true?
The fan interest is huge: Well over 250,000 spectators have already secured their tickets for the matches in Germany and Denmark.
Book your ticket for the games in Cologne early and look forward to exciting handball thrillers: Tickets for the Handball World Cup (Only in German)
Official website: www.handball19.com