Both Men’s and Women’s groups were known
The Beach Handball World Championship draw took place in Recife (Brazil) this Friday. Groups for both Men’s and Women’s tournaments were announced following statements from coaches, players and members of International Handball Federation and Brazilian Handball Federation.
The result of the draw was:
Group A – Brazil, Norway, Uruguay, Australia, Taipei and Italy.
Group B – Hungary, Denmark, Ukraine, Thailand, Argentina and Spain.
Group A – Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Oman, Uruguay and Australia.
Group B – Croatia, Russia, Egypt, Qatar, Argentina and Spain.
The competitions will be divided in three phases: Group Phase, Main Round (with top 3 from each group) and Final Stage (Semifinal and Final). From July 22 to July 27.
“Both groups in the Men’s competition are very strong and our first goal is to qualify for the Main Round. There we have to take every game as it comes. Of course we want to be World Champions at home”, said Antonio Guerra-Peixe, Coach of Brazil Men’s Team, the defending champions.
“We are happy about the draw and feel like we have a good chance to reach the Main Round. In Group A Brazil will be the favorite and Australia will have a tough time. The rest will fight for the last spots. In Group B Argentina will have a tough time. Croatia will win and the rest will fight for the last spots! I will be especially looking forward to playing my old team Oman”, said Ghorm Anderson, Coach of Denmark Men’s Team.