That’s a wrap: 2017 France World Championship recap!

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That’s a wrap: 2017 France World Championship recap!

After heaps of phenomenal handball in the preliminary round, only the best teams continued the Championship in the knockout phase where a single mistake gets you sent home…

It all started with the face-offs between the sixteen best, after which it continued with the thrilling quarter-finals that led to the semis…

As we have already announced, the final stage continued on a dramatic note. The five-time world champions, France, ambitious and growing Norway, young but almighty Slovenia and the omnipotent Croatia that want to meet France in the finals for a new handball ‘el Clasico’. These were the four teams that booked the final tickets to Paris and if the tournament had taught us something, it was that we hardly could’ve predicted what was about to happen. Still, though, no one could have taken the title of the favorites away from the hosts. After all – France was in it to win it…

The semi-finals ended with France and Norway’s celebrations who then met in the final. The bronze medal face-off in a big SEHA League and Balkan derby between Croatia and Slovenia ended in favor of Slovenia with Vujovic as the head coach making a historic success for Slovenian handball.

Just as expected by many, France has in the final managed to edge Norway, taking their 6th World Champions title. In a narrow first half France struggled to take the lead, but once the hosts turned the result over, the outcome could’ve been easily predicted. In front of thousands of fans in Paris, France dominated the rest of 30 minutes proving the unheard-of dominance in the world of handball.

As for SEHA Gazprom League representative countries, Croatia’s Domagoj Duvnjak was selected in the all-star team, being declared the best middle back of the World Championship, while Macedonia’s Kiril Lazarov traditionally ended up taking another ‘top scorer’ title despite playing only 6 matches in France.

When it comes to active SEHA players, Luka Cindric topped the scoring list with 39 goals, only a score more than Gasper Marguc. Zlatko Horvat inscribed 34 and Blaz Janc 30 leaving Mate Lekai, Borut Mackovsek and Darko Cingesar behind with all three of them scoring 24 each.

Considering the goalkeepers, Matevz Skok fascinated ending the tournament collecting 78 saves. Roland Mikler is just behind having saved 60, and the last for this top three is Ivan Stevanovic saving 47.

These stunning facts and statistics only leave us additionally excited for the upcoming SEHA Gazprom League action – which is just around the corner – starting on Thursday, February 4th, with the first match of the best regional handball in 2017.