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Iceland Men’s National Handball Team Qualifies for World Championship

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

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Iceland Men’s National Handball Team beat Estonia today to qualify for the 2025 IHF Men’s World Championship. The tournament will take place in Croatia, Denmark, and Norway in January and February next year.

Overwhelming victory over two matches

The match against Estonia took place in Tallinn earlier today and Iceland defeated their opponent handily, reports. The final score was 37-24, but the match was closely fought early on. Iceland started to pull away at the end of the first half. By the second half, Iceland secured a stronger lead and were ahead by 12 goals when 10 minutes were left in the game.

Orri Freyr Þorkelsson scored 9 goals for Iceland, Ómar Ingi Magnússon scored 7 and Óðinn Þór Ríkharðsson six.

Iceland had already beat Estonia 50-25 at home in their first match, giving them a healthy cushion for this second match. The aggregate score was 87-49.

2031 tournament in Iceland

Handball is a popular sport in Iceland and the men’s national team has historically been competitive, winning the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in China. The women’s national team competed in the World Championship last year and have qualified for this year’s European Championship.

Qualifying for next year’s tournament comes in the wake of the announcement that Iceland will host the 2031 World Championship along with Denmark and Norway. A new National Arena is planned to open in Reykjavík to host the tournament games.

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