16.08.2017, 04:47
Lithuania and Portugal to organise qualification tournaments

NEWS REPORT: The nations originally second in line to host the Men’s World Championship 2019 Qualification Europe tournaments grab the opportunity passed up by Georgia and Kosovo

Lithuania and Portugal to organise qualification tournaments

The top seeds of Groups 2 and 4 have grasped the opportunity to organise their Men's World Championship 2019 Qualification Europe tournaments.

Lithuania (Gr. 2) and Portugal (Gr. 4) were confirmed as hosts by the EHF following the decision by the teams given the first right to organise, Georgia and Kosovo, to decline.

Group 3 will also be played in a tournament format, but the four teams - Romania, Ukraine, Italy and Faroe Islands – already agreed upon Italy as hosts.

All three tournaments will be played from 12 to 14 January 2018.

The three remaining groups, 1, 5 and 6, will be played in the foreseen home and away format over six rounds on the following playing dates.

The qualification matches will be played over six rounds.

Round 1: 25/26 October 2017
Round 2: 28/29 October 2017
Round 3: 3/4 January 2018
Round 4: 6/7 January 2018
Round 5: 10/11 January 2018
Round 6: 13/14 January 2018
The winner of each group qualifies for the play-offs which will be played in June next year.

Europe will be represented by 13 teams at the 24-nation Men's World Championship 2019 which will be played from 10 to 27 January 2019 in Germany and Denmark.

France as defending champions as well as Germany and Denmark as hosts are already qualified. They will be joined by the champion of the Men's EHF EURO 2018 or the respective best ranked team in case France, Germany or Denmark win gold.

Hence 12 of the following 13 teams are qualified for the play-offs: Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, Iceland, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Slovenia, Serbia and Sweden.

The play-offs from 8 to 10 and from 12 to 14 June will determine the final nine European participants for the Men's World Championship 2019.

TEXT: EHF / cor

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