How can you follow the World Championship?

HowToFollowWorldChampionship

9 January 2017

The 25th Men’s Handball World Championship begins on Wednesday with the opening ceremony followed by the first game between France and Brazil and ends on 29 January. An event that handball enthusiasts, in addition to visiting the eight arenas hosting the 84 games, will be able to follow on the official website, on social media platforms, on TV, in the local, national and international press, and also in the various entertainement villages. Find all the information you need to follow the competition below.

The official website

The official website, which is smartphone friendly, comes in both French and English and offers 100 per cent live coverage of the 2017 World Championship. The site allows you to not only follow the 84 games, but also to learn about what happens behind the scenes: scores, results and rankings in real time, reports on all games, presentations of the 24 teams, statistics of the 407 players present in France, interviews, and the ambassadors’ analysis, (namely former international champions Valérie Nicolas, Jérôme Fernandez, Philippe Gardent and Bruno Martini, all of them world champions during their career). Practical information on the eight host sites, the events organised throughout France as part of the World Championship, and information on the Great Cause of disability and responsible actions is also available. The ticket office and the ticket exchange are obviously open throughout the competition. Note that it is possible to access the site from your smartphone, allowing you to download the icon representing the logo of the World Championship, so as to install a tutorial shortcut.

Social media

The World Championship, which has been very active for two years on social media networks, will benefit from exceptional coverage throughout the competition thanks to the presence of a dedicated social media team. On both Facebook and Twitter animated graphics of results, player stats and statistics will enhance the experience for all handball enthusiasts following the ‘phenomenal’ action…

The Twitter account (@Hand2017) will follow the ‘phenomenal handball’ for 20 days and has seen its number of followers grow to 21,500 just two days out from the start of the competition. One can expect live match updates along with promos and short videos featuring the top players and handball fans alike. The two essential hashtags are #handball2017 #phenomenalhandball.

The Facebook account (www.facebook.com/hand2017) brings together the current 61,000 Facebook friends of the World Championship, and is a space for sharing all the best sporting and practical information of the competition.

The Instagram account (Francehandball2017) offers daily ‘stories’ from behind the scenes of the World Championship in photo and video form.

The YouTube channel (France Handball 2017), will be the place for ‘insider’ videos showing what happens backstage, for match summaries and videos showing fans the best reactions to the action.

The Flickr account is where you will find all the photographs of the World Championship taken by professional photographers in eight different locations. Shots from the games, and also from in and around the ‘phenomenal’ atmosphere in the stands and the fan zones can be expected.

On TV

In France, beIN SPORTS will broadcast the entire World Championship on its channels. For the French team games, Mary Patrux, Jackson Richardson and Bertrand Gille will be on set 45 minutes before throw-off, while three duos will be commenting on the matches: Thomas Villechaize and François-Xavier Houlet, Benjamin Charollais and Olivier Girault, Xavier Hamel and Dominique Verdon. The official broadcaster is airing a total of 78 matches on its various channels (beIN SPORTS 1 and 3, beIN SPORTS MAX), including the entire final phase live. Programming is also available on the official beIN SPORTS website.

Should France qualify, the TF1 Group will broadcast their potential quarter-final in Lille on 24 January. Scheduled for 19:00 CET, the match will be broadcast on TF1 and then on TMC for the second half, due to the 20:00 news, an antenna switch that marks a first for the Group in terms of sports broadcasting. TF1 also plan to show the potential semi-final of the French team, on 26 or 27 January at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, as well as the final, with or without France, on 29 January. The commentators for all of these ties will be Grégoire Margotton and Philippe Gardent.

Other media

Numerous media outlets will also cover the 2017 World Championship, with 1,000 journalists representing 50 nationalities being accredited for radio, regional, national and international written and online press.

Entertainment villages

To complement the celebration, the hosts have set up entertainment villages to welcome handball fans from all over the world, in particular to follow the games on giant screens and share moments of relaxation in interactive workshops around the themes of handball and the World Championship. For example Paris, which launched its own village on 6 January in Bercy Village, near the AccorHotels Arena, offers visitors a handball shooting range, digital wall, photo areas, various exhibitions, and food stalls. At the same time, the League Île-de-France is hosting a village in Issy-les-Moulineaux, at the Sports Palace Robert-Charpentier, where many youth tournaments will take place (from 22-27 January). The other fan zones will be in Albertville, Nantes, Metz and Rouen. To find out all about these fan zones, visit the dedicated page on our official website of the World Championship.