World Men’s Handball Belgium vs Tunisia City Kick-Off Time
NAME: Belgium vs Tunisia
DATE: 15, 2023
TIME: 5:00 PM UTC.
VENUE: Malmo, Sweden
The two teams had met at the World Championship just once – in 2011, when Bahrain made their debut at this level. Tunisia then won 28:21, but in a friendly match in January 2018, Bahrain took a 25:24 revenge.
Both sides are looking for an opening win that would boost their chances of progressing to the main round. Tunisia boast more experience, having qualified for the 15th straight World Championship. But after finishing fourth on home court in 2005, they have never made it to the top 10 and placed only 25th at Egypt 2021.
However, the African team has shown some good results in recent friendly matches. They won a tournament before the New Year, beating Poland, Brazil and the Republic of Korea. And already in 2023, the team coached by Patrick Cazal defeated Algeria twice, showing that they are well-prepared for the World Championship.
Bahrain also have something to boast, as they have become runners-up in the Men’s Asian Championship five times since 2010 and surprisingly reached the quarter-final at the 2020 Olympics. And at the World Championship, they reached the main round for the first time at Egypt 2021, ultimately finishing 21st.
Unlike Tunisia, the Asian side did not shine in recent friendlies, losing against Argentina, Spain and Romania. Bahrain are hardly favourites against Tunisia, but Aron Kristjánsson’s team will try to snatch some points from this match.
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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