Your Phenomenal Day: Thursday 12 January

France Handball 2017

12 January 2017

After an exciting opening night, the second day of the 2017 IHF Men’s Handball World Championship will feature five games. Here is everything you need to know about day two.

If you missed the day before…

The first day of the 2017 World Championship started with a phenomenal opening show at AccorHotels Arena, brought to you by DJ FEDER before the opening game between France and Brazil. The opening game was easily won by the hosting country (31:16), thanks in part to an exceptional first half from Thierry Omeyer (14 saves from 21 shots!).

The Player to follow: Sander Sagosen

Best centre back of the last EHF EURO in Poland, Sander Sagosen is certainly one of the most promising young players in the world at present. At just 21 years old, the Aalborg player, who will join PSG next summer, already is one of the major players of his national team. The brilliant playmaker will have a key role to play in Norway’s first game, which is also a crucial one, against Poland this Thursday in Nantes.

The schedule of the day

Group A: After the first game between France and Brazil in Paris, the four other teams of Group A will begin the tournament at Nantes’ Hall XXL on Thursday. Russia are seen as favourites against Japan for the first game of the day (17:45 CET), and then Poland will face Norway (20:45 CET). After losing at home against the Norwegian team during the EURO 2016 (30:28), Poland will surely be looking for revenge, as well as for a good start in the tournament.

Group B: All six teams will play their first match, as three games are scheduled this Wednesday in the Les Arènes de Metz. First, Slovenia will face Angola (14:00 CET). Vid Kavticnik and his teammates are expected to win this first ever head-to-head between the two teams. The second game of the day in Les Arènes de Metz will oppose Macedonia and Tunisia (17:45 CET). This contest will offer an exciting duel between two stars playing at FC Barcelona, Macedonian right back Kiril Lazarov and Tunisian left back Wael Jallouz. The third and last match of the day in Metz will be Spain – Iceland (20:45 CET). Facing the strong Spanish squad, who is among the favourites of the 2017 World Championship, Iceland will have to do without Aron Palmarsson, who is out for the tournament with a hip injury. But the Icelandic team will be able to count on their enthusiastic fans, who will be at least 200 this Thursday in Les Arènes de Metz.

Photo : Stéphane Pillaud/IHF