31 January 2017
2017 IHF Handball World Championship concluded on Sunday with the sixth world title for the French team, who was victorious against Norway in final (33:26). Here is a summary of this 25th edition.
Competition: France breaks all record
The French team won its sixth world title, a record. Taking their fourth title from five editions, France won all of their nine matches during the competition.
Among the four semi-finalists, France finished with the most effective attack (282 goals, 31,3 per match, 65% shot conversion rate) ahead Norway (274), but also conceded the least goals (218 goals, 24,2 per match).
4,643 goals were scored in 84 matches, an average of 55,27 per game.
Thierry Omeyer became the first player to win a fifth world title. Daniel Narcisse, Michael Guigou, Luc Abalo, Cedric Sorhaindo have four, as Didier Dinart (three as a player, one as a coach). Worth noting none of them ever lost a World Championship final!
Players and coaches included, the total amount of world titles in this French team in 2017 comes to 45!
Voted MVP of the World Championship (like in 2011), Nikola Karabatic finishes with the second in the assists’ ranking (42 assists) after Norwegian Sander Sagosen (43), who has the first position of the Top scorer points (41 goals & 43 assists).
Even though he was eliminated in eighth-final, Macedonian Kiril Lazarov finished top scorer of the tournament (like in 2009) with 50 goals, followed by Angolan Sergio Avelino Lopes (47), Tunisian Amine Bannour and Norwegian Kristian Bjornsen (45).
German Uwe Gensheimer was top from the penalty spot scoring 95% (20/21).
The second Norwegian goalkeeper, Esper Christiensen, played less than Torbjorn Bergerud but had the best percentage of saves (44%, 32/73) ahead of German Andreas Wolff (43%, 60/141), French Vincent Gerard (40%, 62/155) and Danish Niklas Landin (40%, 66/167).
Two French (Vincent Gérard and Nedim Remili) are part of the All-star Team of the World Championship, as three Norwegians (Sander Sagosen, Kristian Bjornsen et Bjarte Myrhol), one Croatian (Domagoj Duvnjak) and one Swedish (Jerry Tollbring).
Attendance: 540,000 spectators and a record 28,010
539,943 spectators watched all the ties of France 2017 with 23 matches being sold out – included all nine of the French team in Paris, Nantes and Lille.
Among these spectators, 8% came from abroad, 53% are not part of the “handball’s family”.
In detail: 199,863 (23 matches) watched the games in Paris, 72,200 (3 matches) in Lille Metropole – one breaking the record attendance for a World Championship game. 28,010 fans watched the eighth and quarter-final of the French team. 20,000 were in Montpellier (3 matches), 19,620 in Albertville (3 matches) – the only venue that was totally sold out. 13,300 watched the ties in Brest (8 matches), a remarkable number for the President’s Cup. 109,000 were in Nantes (14 matches), 52,000 in Metz (15 matches), and 54,000 in Rouen (15 matches).
The handball villages were also a huge success, especially the one in Paris at Bercy Village, set up by the Organisation Committee and Paris’ city council.
TV Audience: almost 10 millions for the final
The 2017 World Championship final was watched by an average 9.6 million people, if you put together the audience from beIN SPORTS and TF1
925,000 watched the final on beIN SPORTS 1, which is a record for the channel for a handball game – it peaked at 1.149,000.
8.7 million watched it on TF1 (a 44% market share), with a peak of 12.3 million.
Semi-final France vs Slovenia had almost 8 million viewers (beIN SPORTS and TF1), and quarter-final France vs Sweden almost 6 million (beIN SPORTS and TF1/TMC).
Eight games, one in each venue, were audio described thanks to a partnership with L’Equipe TV channel.
The 2017 World Championship was broadcasted in 183 countries by 30 different broadcasters, including beIN SPORTS, the official broadcaster.
Website and social networks: a 60% growth
The official website www.francehandball2017.com had 2 million unique visitors during the World Championship, with a global 3,750,000 visitors and 8,5 million page views.
38% of the website traffic came from outside France, 51% of page views were made on a mobile phone.
The video showing the mapping on the Arc de Triomphe on 9 January has been viewed 660,000 times.
560 million persons were reached by the event on social media, which recorded a 60% growth between throw-off and the final whistle of the 2017 World Championship.
More than 300 videos were published on the website and on the social networks in one year.
The Facebook page of the World Championship had 60,000 followers at the beginning of the tournament, and now has 140,000.
40,000 people are following the Twitter account; 18,000 are following the Instagram account and almost 5,000 are following the YouTube account.
More than 50% of the social community is aged 18-24 years of age.
The tournament was followed on social media networks in 176 different countries. Here is the top 10: France, Spain, USA, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Poland, Tunisia, Croatia, Egypt.
174,000 publications linked to the World Championship were published on social networks during the tournament and 69,000 hashtags #Handball2017 #PhenomenalHandball
Organization: 20,000 accreditations and 2,000 volunteers
20,000 people were given accreditations during this World Championship, including 1,000 of various medias outlets.
2,000 volunteers went into action in the eight venues.
850 rides and flights were made in trains, planes, cars and buses.
800 special events were organised within the scope of the 2017 World Championship.
200 children were invited to attend some games of the World Championship after taking part to the Flashmob UNSS challenge, which included the 20 winners from Barbara college in Stains, who attended the final
Photo : Stéphane Pillaud/IHF