A record crowd for a women’s handball match saw Brazil become only the second non-European winners of the World Championship. It was a tough match with both teams enjoying periods in which their defence wrapped up their opponent’s attacks – there were 8 7m penalties as well and nobody would have complained too much had there been more. In the end, Brazil had too much speed and variety and were able to take the title in the face of the partisan home support who cheered on Serbia throughout. It finished 22:20 with Alexandra Nascimento top-scoring with 6 goals.
The immediate benefit to Pan American handball is that they will now have 5 places at the 2015 World Championship which will be in Denmark. The Danes have also qualified as hosts and took the bronze in this edition of the World Championship by beating Poland 30:26.
And so ends a surprising World Championships. Norway were humbled by Serbia when they hit cruise control with a 5 goal advantage in the second half; Montenegro were eliminated in the Round of 16; France never clicked enough to announce themselves as contenders. Poland and Denmark exceeded expectations; Hungary, yet again, showed that it won’t take much for them to be genuine contenders. The title left Europe and there was enough from South Korea and Japan to show that there are other places out there with reasonable strength even if the majority of strong teams are European.
Euro 2014 is the next major women’s tournament – in Hungary and Croatia next December. Up before then is the men’s version in Denmark in January. Handball Views will be back for that.