Beach Handball World Championships


The IHF Beach Handball World Championships is an international beach handball competition contested by the men's and women's national teams of the member federations/associations of International Handball Federation (IHF), the sport's global governing body.

IHF Men's & Women's Beach Handball World Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
2020 Men's Beach Handball World Championships
2020 Women's Beach Handball World Championships
SportBeach Handball
Founded2004
FounderInternational Handball Federation
Inaugural season2004
No. of teams16
Continents5
Most recent
champion(s)
 Brazil (men)
 Greece (women)
Most titles Brazil (men; 5 titles)
 Brazil (women; 3 titles)

The tournament was established in 2004, taking place every two years to allow continental tournaments to flourish without the burden of the World Championship qualifiers crowding the schedule every 12 months. The current tournament format lasts over approximately 6 days and involves 16 teams initially competing in four groups of four teams. The group winners and runners-up advance to a series of knock-out stages until the champion is crowned. The losing semi-finalists play each other in a play-off match to determine the third and fourth-placed teams.

The most recent edition was held in Kazan (Russia), and crowned Brazil as champions defeating defending champions Croatia by 2–0 in the final of men's category. Debutants Greece claimed title in women's category by defeating Norway in the final by 2–1.[1]

Men's tournament


Summary

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2004
Details

El Gouna, Egypt

Egypt
2–1
Turkey

Russia
2–1
Croatia
2006
Details

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil
2–0
Turkey

Spain
2–1
Egypt
2008
Details

Cadiz, Spain

Croatia
2–1
(p.s.)

Brazil

Serbia
2–0
Egypt
2010
Details

Antalya, Turkey

Brazil
2–0
Hungary

Turkey
2–1
Egypt
2012
Details

Muscat, Oman

Brazil
2–1
Ukraine

Croatia
2–0
Russia
2014
Details

Recife, Brazil

Brazil
2–1
Croatia

Qatar
2–1
Denmark
2016
Details

Budapest, Hungary[2]

Croatia
2–0
Brazil

Qatar
2–1
Hungary
2018
Details

Kazan, Russia[2]

Brazil
2–0
Croatia

Hungary
2–0
Sweden
2020
Details

Pescara, Italy[3]
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4] Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil5207
2 Croatia2215
3 Egypt1001
4 Turkey0213
5 Hungary0112
6 Ukraine0101
7 Qatar0022
8 Russia0011
 Serbia0011
 Spain0011
Totals (10 nations)88824

Participating nations

Nation
2004

2006

2008

2010

2012

2014

2016

2018
2020Years
 Argentina 10th11th3
 Australia 12th12th11th12th13th6
 Bahrain 7th6th9th9th4
 Brazil 9th1st2nd1st1st1st2nd1st9
 Croatia 4th7th1st7th3rd2nd1st2nd9
 Denmark 5th4th7th4
 Dominican Republic 10th1
 Egypt 1st4th4th4th6th8th8th7
 Germany 8th2
 Hungary 6th5th7th2nd4th3rd7
 Iran 11th8th2
 Italy 1
 Kuwait 10th1
 Libya 12th11th2
 Mexico 1
 New Zealand 16th1
 Norway 1
 Oman 8th9th8th12th7th10th7
 Pakistan 10th1
 Qatar 10th7th3rd3rd9th6
 Russia 3rd9th8th6th4th7th6th8
 Serbia 3rd6th2
 Spain 3rd5th8th5th5th5th5th7
 Sweden 4th1
 Tunisia 1
 Turkey 2nd2nd6th3rd4
 United States 11th12th4
 Ukraine 5th2nd6th3
 Uruguay 9th11th9th10th15th6
 Vietnam 14th1
Total910121212121216

Women's tournament


Summary

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2004
Details

El Gouna, Egypt

Russia
2–1
Turkey

Italy
n/a
Croatia
2006
Details

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil
2–0
Germany

Russia
2–0
Bulgaria
2008
Details

Cadiz, Spain

Croatia
2–0
Spain

Brazil
2–1
Italy
2010
Details

Antalya, Turkey

Norway
2–0
Denmark

Brazil
2–0
Ukraine
2012
Details

Muscat, Oman

Brazil
2–0
Denmark

Norway
2–0
Hungary
2014
Details

Recife, Brazil

Brazil
2–0
Hungary

Norway
2–1
Ukraine
2016
Details

Budapest, Hungary[2]

Spain
2–1
Brazil

Norway
2–1
Hungary
2018
Details

Kazan, Russia[2]

Greece
2–1
Norway

Brazil
2–0
Spain
2020
Details

Pescara, Italy
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4] Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil3137
2 Norway1135
3 Spain1102
4 Russia1012
5 Croatia1001
 Greece1001
7 Denmark0202
8 Germany0101
 Hungary0101
 Turkey0101
11 Italy0011
Totals (11 nations)88824


Participating nations

Nation
2004

2006

2008

2010

2012

2014

2016

2018
2020Years
 Argentina 11th7th3
 Australia 8th12th8th16th5
 Brazil 6th1st3rd3rd1st1st2nd3rd9
 Bulgaria 4th1
 China 12th11th9th4
 Chinese Taipei 10th6th13th3
 Croatia 4th6th1st6th5th6
 Denmark 2nd2nd7th5th5
 Dominican Republic 10th11th2
 France 11th1
 Germany 2nd1
 Greece 1st2
 Hong Kong 8th1
 Hungary 5th7th7th4th2nd4th7
 Italy 3rd8th4th8th7th6th5th8
 Japan 7th10th2
 North Macedonia 10th1
 Mexico 12th2
 Netherlands 1
 New Zealand 12th1
 Norway 6th1st3rd3rd3rd2nd7
 Paraguay 8th1
 Poland 10th10th6th3
 Russia 1st3rd5th7th4
 Serbia 8th1
 Singapore 12th1
 Spain 2nd9th5th1st4th6
 Thailand 11th9th9th15th4
 Tunisia 12th1
 Turkey 2nd5th5th4
 Ukraine 9th4th4th3
 United States 14th2
 Uruguay 9th7th6th8th11th10th6
 Vietnam 9th2
Total810121212121216

Overall medal count


RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil (BRA)83314
2 Croatia (CRO)3216
3 Norway (NOR)1135
4 Spain (ESP)1113
5 Russia (RUS)1023
6 Egypt (EGY)1001
 Greece (GRE)1001
8 Turkey (TUR)0314
9 Hungary (HUN)0213
10 Denmark (DEN)0202
11 Germany (GER)0101
 Ukraine (UKR)0101
13 Qatar (QAT)0022
14 Italy (ITA)0011
 Serbia (SRB)0011
Totals (15 nations)16161648

See also


References