Handball Championship 2023 
January 13, 2023, 1:30 am

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World Men’s Handball Iceland vs Portugal Kick-Off Time

Event details:
NAME: Iceland vs Portugal
DATE: 12 Jan 2023
VENUE: Kristianstad, Sweden

Iceland vs Portugal It seems like Iceland and Portugal can’t line up at the major competition without each other. The 2023 Men’s World Championship is the fourth consecutive championship in which the two sides face off in the group stage.

Judging by the numbers, Iceland were the more successful team, having won the EHF EURO 2020 and EHF EURO 2022 clashes; however, they had no luck at the 2021 Men’s World Championship, suffering a 25:23 defeat.



Portugal aim to improve their best result at the World Championship following 10th place at Egypt 2021. Paulo Pereira’s team have both young talents and veterans ready to take on the big stage. All eyes will be on the Costa brothers, Francisco and Martim, who both play an important role at Sporting CP.

“The way of playing is very similar. They haven’t changed it. Therefore, they have fantastic players who are very good in one-on-one duels and base the game on the power they have. Our job is to find solutions to counter their way of playing”, said Paulo Pereira on the website of the Handball Federation of Portugal.

Unfortunately, head coach Pereira will not be able to lead his team against Iceland and Korea due to a suspension following actions after the match against France in March 2021 at the 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament.



Portugal will not have it easy against Iceland. After their worst ranking, finishing 20th at the 2021 IHF Men’s World Championship, Guðmundur Guðmundsson rebuilt his team. Having one of the best young goalkeepers, Viktor Gísli Hallgrímsson, in combination with experienced Björgvin Páll Gústavsson between the posts, bolstered by the Ómar Ingi Magnússon and Bjarki Már Elíasson in the attack, among others, Iceland will be a tough nut to crack.


World Men’s Handball Championships 2023 Schedule


Below is a basic schedule. For full match details, visit the IHF official site.

Preliminary Round: 11-17 January

Main Round: 18-23 January

President’s Cup (for teams who failed to reach the main round): 18-25 January

Quarter-finals: 25 January

Semi-finals: 27 January

Fifth to eighth place playoffs: 27 and 29 January

Third place match and Final: 29 January

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Iceland live score, schedule, and results
Portugal live score, schedule, and results

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