The 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship took place in Croatia from January 16, 2009 to February 1, 2009 for the 21st time. The tournaments were held in the cities of Split, Zadar, Osijek, Varaždin, Porec, Zagreb and Pula. Furthermore it has to be stressed that Croatia was chosen from an accurately defined group of four potential host countries including Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania.
The opening game as well as the festive ceremony of the 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship took place in Split. The final game, however, was held in Zagreb. After defeating the host country Croatia, France came off as winner of the tournament. Poland took the third place after a glorious and well-earned win over Denmark. So Denmark took the fourth place within the final positions of the 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship.
Regarding further tournament details it has to be mentioned that 24 teams out of 5 confederations participated in the 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship in Croatia. 110 matches were played and Igor Vori (CRO) was nominated as the best player of the 21st tournament.
Tickets for the tournament, strictly speaking for the preliminary round, the main round as well as the final round, went on sale starting from November 15, 2008 to November 20, 2008. Ticket prices for the finals amounted to 700 kuna (c. 95 EUR). In order to promote the 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship, the Croatian National Tourist Board started the launch of a series of presentations in the capital cities of 13 out of 24 participating countries.
Furthermore it has to be mentioned that during the 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship an internal criticism arose against Hassan Moustafa, the President of the IHF. Strictly speaking Hassan Moustafa was seriously criticized by the secretary general of the IHF, Peter Mühlematter. Consequently the secretary general of the IHF asked for Moustafa’s demission. Moustafa, however, tried to exclude Mühlematter after his serious internal criticism.