21 January 2017
After 60 matches, the preliminary round of the 2017 Men’s World Championship in France came to an end on Friday. Here are the most important Facts and Figures.
1 team – Qatar – does not have to travel. The 2015 runners-up stay for their eighth-finals in Paris, all other 23 teams will play at new venues.
1 semi-finalist if the 2015 World Championship, bronze medallists Poland, missed the eighth-final and will start in the Presidents’ Cup.
1 group winner – Denmark – have never been World Champions. They were finalists 2011 and 2013.
2 goals, scored by Argentina in the first half (2:9) against Qatar, were the lowest number of goals ever in a half time of a men’s world champions, together with the 2:15 of (again) Argentina against Yugoslavia in 2001.
3 of 16 participants of the Eighth-Finals are non-European – and come from three different continents: Qatar, Egypt and Brazil
3 matches ended by draws – all in group B.
4 – which means all – group winners (France, Spain, Germany, Denmark) have the optimum of ten points on their accounts after the preliminary round.
5 venues are hosting the upcoming matches: Brest (only Presidents’ Cup), Paris, Lille, Montpellier and Albertville.
10 players scored ten or more goals in one match. Best scorer in a single match was German Uwe Gensheimer, who netted in 13 times in their opener against Hungary.
12 of those 16 teams, which qualified for the eighth finals had made it (at least) that far at the 2015 World Championship in Qatar: France, Qatar, Spain, Denmark, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Sweden, Iceland, Egypt, Brazil. Norway and Hungary had not qualified for Qatar 2015, Russia and Belarus missed the eighth-finals.
16 red cards (direct or after three suspensions) were given.
18 of 60 matches ended with a difference of ten or more goals.
21 goals were the biggest distance in a preliminary round match, when Germany beat Chile 35:14.
38 goals only were scored in the low-scorer of the preliminary round, when Qatar beat Argentina 21:17.
44 goals were scored by Macedonian Kiril Lazarov to be on top of the top scorer ranking, ahead of Amine Bannour (TUN/34) and Uwe Gensheimer (GER/33).
+ 52 goals, reached by Germany, is the best goal difference after the preliminary round ahead of Sweden (+51) and Spain (+45).
60 matches have been played so far. 16 are still ahead in the knock-out stage, eight in the Presidents’ Cup.
65 shots were saved by Tunisian goalkeeper Makrem Missaoui to be the number 1 in this category.
77 goals in the match Tunisia vs Angola (43:34) were the high score in the preliminary round.
107 goals were conceded by Germany to have the best defence, ahead of Sweden (111) and France (112)
162 goals were scored by Sweden to have the best attack after the first stage, ahead of Spain (160) and Germany (159)
3283 goals were scored so far in the preliminary round