1970 World Men's Handball Championship

The 1970 World Men's Handball Championship was the seventh team handball World Championship. It was held in France between 26 February-8 March 1970. Romania won the championship.

1970 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country France
Final positions
Champions Romania
Runner-up East Germany
Third place Yugoslavia


Competition Dates Vacancies Qualified
Host nations 1  France
1967 World Championship 12–21 January 1967 3  Czechoslovakia
Asia 1  Japan
Europe and Africa Qualification 15 November – 7 December 1969 10  East Germany
 Soviet Union
 West Germany
North America Qualification 15–30 November 1969 1  United States1
1First Canada was qualified but was disqualified because they used a Danish player.


Preliminary Round

Placement Round (9-12 pos.)

The four third placed teams from the preliminary round played a round robin tournament for positions 9-12.

Main Round

The top two finishers from each preliminary round group progressed to the quarter-finals. The winners progressed to the semi-final stage, while losers played for positions 5-8.

Date Game Res.
3 Mar Romania - Sweden15-13
 ? East Germany - West Germany18-17•
 ? Denmark - Czechoslovakia18-16
 ? Yugoslavia - Hungary11-10
 ? Romania - Denmark18-12
 ? East Germany - Yugoslavia17-13
Bronze medal game
 ? Yugoslavia - Denmark29-12
 ? Romania - East Germany13-12••
• after extra-time
••after 2 extra-times
Positions 5-8
Date Game Res.
Semi-Final Round
5 Mar Sweden - Czechoslovakia12-11
 ? West Germany - Hungary15-13
7-8 pos.
 ? Czechoslovakia- Hungary21-14
5-6 pos.
7 Mar West Germany - Sweden15-14

Source: International Handball Federation

Final standings

The national team of Romania, world champions in 1970

Places 1–8 were decided by play–off or knock–out. Places 9–12 were decide by a placement round. Teams finishing fourth in the preliminary round are ranked 13 to 16. In case of a tie in points gained, the goal difference of the preliminary round were taken into account.

Rank Team
 East Germany
4 Denmark
5 West Germany
6 Sweden
7 Czechoslovakia
8 Hungary
9 Soviet Union
10 Japan
11 Iceland
12 France
13 Norway
14 Poland
15  Switzerland
16 United States