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The History of Handball in FISU 

Handball is the first sport ever organised as a World University Championship in 1963 in the Swedish city of Lund. Since then the discipline has grown until it became one of the very important sports in the championship programme. In 1963, seven countries showed up, making it a good start. Then, in 1971, 1973 and 1987, 16 teams took part and this is still today's record. Originally from Germany, this sport is hugely popular in schools and universities. This is why the technical performance level has been high from the very first edition. The public also tends to be very present at these tournaments. The 1998 edition in Novi Sad, Serbia, as well as the 2006 one in Gdansk, Poland, were of a very top level. In Serbia the arena was sold out for the final. The former Yugoslavian team played before a public of 7,000 spectators, with live TV broadcasting. In Poland both men's and women's finals were sold out, both of them recording an attendance of 3,000 spectators. It was striking to see how friendly the atmosphere was throughout the matches, despite the high level of competitors – many of them from their national A team. In 1994, the sport was opened to women, with a first World University Championship staged in Bratislava. Notable for the presence of the Asian teams, this championship saw a victory of the local team. In 2006 in Gdansk, Poland, the World University Handball Championship included both men's and women’s tournaments. This was much more welcomed by the participating countries and it looks good for the future of the handball within FISU. The next edition to be held in Blumenau, Brazil, will be the first one to be staged away from the European continent.

 

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Statistics*

Edition

Year

Country

City

N° of

Countries

M

W

Officials

Total

1

1963

SWE

Lund

7

NA

0

NA

NA

2

1965

ESP

Madrid

10

145

0

NA

145

3

1968

GER

Darmstadt

15

219

0

45

264

4

1971

CZE

Prague

16

238

0

55

293

5

1973

SWE

Lund

16

228

0

55

283

6

1975

ROU

Bucharest

13

NA

0

NA

NA

7

1977

POL

Warsaw

10

150

0

16

166

8

1981

FRA

Different Locations

13

189

0

44

233

9

1985

GER

Frankfurt

16

NA

0

NA

NA

10

1987

ROU

Bucharest

16

235

0

93

328

11

1990

NED

Groningen

13

186

0

80

266

12

1992

RUS

Saint Petersburg

7

98

0

37

135

13

1994

TUR

Izmir

13

177

0

60

237

14

1996

HUN

Nyiregyhaza

13

174

0

64

238

15

1998

SRB

Novi Sad

9

125

0

52

177

16

2000

POR

Covilha

13

177

0

64

241

17

2004

RUS

Chelyabinsk

6

81

0

34

115

18

2006*

POL

Gdansk

15

185

96

34

315

19

2008*

ITA

Venezia

20

225

196

146

567

20

2010*

HUN

Nyiregyhaza

12

137

97

69

303

21

2012*

BRA

Blumenau

12

134

81

66

281

22

2014*

POR

Guimeraes

14

162

166

98

426

23

2016*

ESP

Málaga

         


* From 2006 onwards both men and women WUCs are organised simultaneously in the same place.


Women

Edition

Year

Country

City

1

1994

SVK

Bratislava

2

1996

BUL

Sofia

3

1998

POL

Wroclaw

4

2000

FRA

Besançon

5

2002

ESP

Valencia


FISU Technical Delegates

Frantisek TABORSKY (CZE)

Jeongho HONG (KOR)

 


International Federation

 

International Handball Federation 
 

 

Next Events

2016 - 23rd WUC Handball - Málaga (ESP)


 

 

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Previous Events

2014 - 22nd WUC Handball - Braga/Guimaraes (POR)

2012 - 21st WUC Handball Blumenau (BRA)

2010 - 20th WUC Handball - Nyíregyháza (HUN)

2008 - 19th WUC Handball - Venice (ITA)

2006 - 18th WUC Handball - Gdansk (POL)

2004 - 17th WUC Men's Handball - Chelyabinsk (RUS)

2002 - 5th WUC Women's Handball - Valencia (ESP)

2000 - 16th WUC Men's Handball - Covilha/Guarda (POR)

2000 - 4th WUC Women's Handball - Besançon (FRA)

1998 - 15th WUC Men's Handball - Novi Sad (YUG)

1998 - 3rd WUC Women's Handball - Wroclaw (POL)

1996 - 14th WUC Men's Handball - Nyíregyháza (HUN)

1996 - 2nd WUC Women's Handball - Sofia (BUL)

1994 - 13th WUC Men's Handball - Izmir (TUR)

1994 - 1st WUC Women's Handball - Bratislava (SVK)

1992 - 12th WUC Men's Handball - St. Petersburg (RUS)

1990 - 11th WUC Men's Handball - Groningen (NED)

1987 - 10th WUC Men's Handball - Bucharest (ROU)

1985 - 9th WUC Men's Handball - Frankfurt (GER)

1980 - 8th WUC Men's Handball - France

1977 - 7th WUC Men's Handball - Warschau (POL)

1975 - 6th WUC Men's Handball - Bucharest (ROU)

1973 - 5th WUC Men's Handball - Lund (SWE)

1971 - 4th WUC Men's Handball - Prague (TCH)

1968 - 3rd WUC Men's Handball - Darmstadt (GER)

1965 - 2nd WUC Men's Handball - Madrid (ESP)

1963 - 1st WUC Men's Handball - Lund (SWE)

 

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