Spain win the world handball championship in the most lopsided final in the history of the competition, defeating Denmark by 16 (35-19). The previous biggest margin of victory was 10 (Sweden beating Czechoslovakia 22-12 in 1958. The defeat was the second biggest ever for Denmark in a major international competition. Torrid detail: Denmark entered the final as the tournament’s lone remaining undefeated team in the tournament.
HANDBALL - Spain and Denmark to meet in final of 2013 World Men’s Handball Championship. Spain will attempt to secure a fifth world championship gold in front of a home crowd, following Germany (1938), Sweden (1954), France (2001) and Germany (2007). Denmark will hope to become the fifth side to win the title after finishing runners-up in the previous world championship, following Soviet Union (1982), Yugoslavia (1986), France (1995) and Sweden (1999).
HANDBALL - The Men’s World Handball Championship starts this Friday and for the first time in 45 years the representation by continent will be exactly similar to the previous World Championship - 14 teams from Europe, three from South America, three from Asia, three from Africa and one from Oceania. Europe have always dominated in this competition in terms of representation.
HANDBALL - The French men’s national handball team is in search of a third straight world championship title, a feat that would be unprecedented. On four occasions, the reigning champions defended their crown but no team has won three in a row. France are also tied for most world titles (four) with Romania and Sweden. The 2013 world championship starts in Spain on Friday.
34 - Biggest single-game margin in men’s Olympic handball history, when Yugoslavia defeat Kuwait 44-10 in 1980. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
GENERAL - Even though tonight’s Champions League final may be without a team from Spain, we believe that Spain is still the most powerful force in team sports across Europe. We have looked into numbers in elite European competitions in football, basketball and handball. Only to find that Spain reign.