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More quality in the game – Overall analysis of the 2019 Men's World Championship

IHF Game Analysis Team (Paul Landuré, Jorge Dueñas, Jochen Beppler, Dietrich Späte); Editorial coordinator: Dietrich Späte

1. Introduction

The first co-hosted IHF Men’s World Championship in the history of handball world championships was also the most successful; the more than 900,000 spectators clearly exceeded the record set at the 2007 World Championship in Germany. The TV figures were also very high:

  • Broadcasting in over 120 territories.
  • Nearly 12 million TV viewers watched the semi-final against Norway in Germany (=35%).
  • More than 80% watched the final in Denmark.
  • For the first time ever, world championship matches were broadcast in the USA (Olympic Channel/NBC).
  • Facebook: 2.9 million impressions; Instagram peak impression: over 6 million.

Another sports political first was the participation of a unified team of Korea, which of course attracted great media attention.


2. General development trends (quantitative analyses)

The following overall analysis of the 26th Men’s Handball World Championship in Germany and Denmark should be considered and evaluated against the background of long-term development trends in handball. These are as follows:

  • Individual player profiles:
    • The variability of the repertoire of techniques and tactics (throwing and passing variations, 1-on-1 play, cooperative play) is continuously increasing.
  • Defence tactics:
    • Flexible, active defence strategies continue to be important.
    • It is crucial for the players and teams to adapt to the official IHF rule interpretation.
  • Fast play:
    • Consistent fast play in all phases of counter-attacks.
    • Today, tactical changes of rhythm are a key for success.
  • Attacking tactics:
    • Variable tactical concepts of play with flexible adaptation to the opponents’ behaviour.
    • Fast play: Positional attacks with only a few passes become more and more important.
    • Clear tendency: The structure of positional attacks is changing.

Quantitative analyses will allow us to evaluate these development trends by using the official match statistics. The results obtained at the 2019 World Championship in Denmark and Germany will be classified in line with the results of the seven world championships held in the last 12 years (2007 to 2019).

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