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Schalkenullvier* 01-12-2013 11:11 AM

2013 Handball World Championship
 
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In Spain, January 11-27

New format, they finally got rid of the stupid 2nd group stage. It's now 4 groups of 6 teams, with the top four advancing to the knockout stages.

Here's the groups, shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia:

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vippe 01-15-2013 02:02 PM

Such a shame Sweden couldnt qualify for this tournament.. Lackluster performance at the qualifiers... well well..

GOOD riddence of the 2nd groupstage, I really hate it. Rooting for Denmark but France will probably win it.. (again)

HajdukSplit 01-15-2013 06:55 PM

is this tournament even viewed as important with no Olympic spots in play? Croatia seems to be taking the tournament like that, the coach says a QF spot is good enough and called up some young guys and didn't call Balic

Ivan13 01-18-2013 01:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HajdukSplit (Post 57649599)
is this tournament even viewed as important with no Olympic spots in play? Croatia seems to be taking the tournament like that, the coach says a QF spot is good enough and called up some young guys and didn't call Balic

Goluža (our HC) and Gobac (alfa and omega of Croatian handball) are simply dumb, we need to win something for once, enough of 2nd or 3rd place finishes. Not including Balić on the squad is beyond idiotic, even though he's not as good as he once was.

Schalkenullvier* 01-18-2013 01:28 PM

Germany gets the upset against France :handclap:

great game

Ivan13 01-19-2013 07:48 AM

It's always nice to see France lose, especially to a team that had no business beating them.

Evilo 01-19-2013 09:11 AM

France will crash, no doubt.
They're tired, they're without Gilles, and they're mentally broken by the match fixing scandal.

Ivan13 01-19-2013 09:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evilo (Post 57832675)
France will crash, no doubt.
They're tired, they're without Gilles, and they're mentally broken by the match fixing scandal.

I wasn't a fan of Karabatić before the scandal (he just looks like a typical blockhead from the Balkans), now I lost all respect for him, IMHO he shouldn't be there until his trial is over and I was a bit surprised that Onesta called him.

Omeyer looked terrible yesterday, their defense looked awful as well. You can really see Dinart is slowing down, which is a shame as I always liked him, despite the fact that he was the main reason France had our number over the years.

Can't wait for Spain vs Croatia tonight. That is the biggest match-up of the tournament so far. Šterbik scares the daylight out of me, he's such a great goalie even tough he look disinterested half the time out there. We need to play a very good defense, force a lot of turnovers and run the counter attack like we did against Hungary and we should be in good shape. Šterbik and Aguinagalde (for Spain) and Kopljar and Alilović (for Croatia) will be the key players in this game.

Ivan13 01-19-2013 01:37 PM

Croatia wins 27-25 over Spain in Madrid and all that without Lacković (our best left back by far) and Bičanić (our 2nd best left back) playing with a bad back which forced him to miss the 2nd half. Five wins in five games, now onto Belarus in the 1/8 finals and probably France in the 1/4 finals.

HajdukSplit 01-19-2013 03:03 PM

Round of 16 matchups with the expectation Hungary beats Algeria in the final group match

Denmark vs. Tunisia
Hungary vs. Poland
Iceland vs. France
Belarus vs. Croatia
Germany vs. Macedonia
Serbia vs. Spain
Brazil vs. Russia
Slovenia vs. Egypt

Great opportunity for a team like Slovenia to make the semifinals; suspect the QF will be DEN/POL, FRA/CRO, GER/ESP, RUS/SVN

Ivan13 01-19-2013 04:01 PM

No matter who wins in the Iceland vs France game, we'll get a tough opponenet in the 1/4 round if we get past Belarus.

Ivan13 01-19-2013 05:38 PM

Spanish media is happy because the loss means they can't play against France in the 1/4 finals. What a bunch of idiots. I hope Serbia knocks them out, because this kind of behaviour makes me sick and it makes handball look bad to the rest of the world.

Evilo 01-20-2013 02:36 AM

Yeah this is the year to beat France.
If you can't beat them this year, then by all means to need to play in the next competition.

HajdukSplit 01-21-2013 03:59 PM

no surprises in the Round of 16, maybe Hungary defeating Poland so easily but thats about it.

Quarterfinals
Germany vs. Spain
Denmark vs. Hungary
France vs. Croatia
Russia vs. Slovenia

Evilo 01-21-2013 04:20 PM

Time for Croatia to wipe a few tough losses by kicking France's ass big time.
Close to blowout is my prediction.

Corto 01-22-2013 03:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evilo (Post 58031747)
Time for Croatia to wipe a few tough losses by kicking France's ass big time.
Close to blowout is my prediction.

Croatia lost two starters to injuries, I wouldn't bet on them tbh.

Ivan13 01-23-2013 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corto (Post 58069597)
Croatia lost two starters to injuries, I wouldn't bet on them tbh.

Ninčević is far better than Štrlek, but losing Lacković will hurt. Hopefully Bičanić and Vuković come trough when push comes to shove.

Schalkenullvier* 01-23-2013 11:54 AM

Hoping for a 2007 repeat in the germany-spain and france-croatia matches :D

Schalkenullvier* 01-23-2013 12:19 PM

so far so good

Schalkenullvier* 01-23-2013 12:48 PM

lessons learned at half-time: All spanish men are either bold or bearded.

Ivan13 01-23-2013 01:38 PM

Spain and Slovenia in the semifinals, hopefully we'll join them.

Schalkenullvier* 01-23-2013 02:21 PM

for shame, was close until 50 mins.

Couldn't score shorthanded and ****ed up counter attacks

Ivan13 01-23-2013 04:11 PM

Au revoir les Blues. Croatia wins 30-23 despite the fact that their best defensive player got a red card in the 47th second of the match.

Oh and one more thing, Daniel Narcisse isn't the best player in the world, that honour belongs to Domagoj Duvnjak.

Panteras 01-23-2013 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Schalkenullvier (Post 58162263)
lessons learned at half-time: All spanish men are either bold or bearded.

Well that's a very bald statement from you :sarcasm:

HajdukSplit 01-25-2013 10:24 PM

easy wins for both Spain and Denmark to make the finals; Croatia and Slovenia will play for the bronze tomorrow


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