Handball W.C 2011 - France defended the title
France beat Denmark 37 - 35 in overtime in the final of the 2011 Handball World Championship in Sweden, to defend their title and show who the leading handball nation in the world is. France won their fourth world title following crowns from 1995, 2001 and 2009. But most impressively, Les Bleus captured their fourth straight major international title and fifth in seven years. After winning the 2006 European Championship, France won the 2008 Olympic gold medal, 2009 world title, 2010 European Championship and now the 2011 world championship.
Playing in front of 12,462 fans in Malmö who were predominantly supporting the Danes, France led for nearly the entire final but Denmark managed to equalise with one second left of the 60 minutes to force overtime. Denmark took the lead but then France was the stronger team to win the final with two goals in a 37 - 35 victory.
France had a relatively easy road to the second round with wins in Group A over Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Germany, and a draw with Spain to win the group.
The main round followed with victories over Hungary and Norway before finishing with a 34 - 28 win over Iceland.
In the semi-final, France managed to beat the host nation Sweden with 29 - 26 in a tough and tight game. The other semi-final was played between Spain and Denmark, and the Danes took an impressive 28 – 24 victory to reach the final.
Accordingly, the bronze medal game was played between Spain and Sweden, seeing Spain as the winner by one goal, 24 – 23.
Rehband is the official supplier of several of the successful teams from the Championship. First and foremost of course the winners!
We are proud to see one of our closest and most long term partners again succeed in winning the world championship title. We send our warmest congratulations to the fantastic players and the team behind!