The 2013 Men’s Handball World Championships starts today in Spain, the first time they have hosted the competition.
The Tournament sees 24 of the best handball teams go head to head, firstly in a group format before the knockout stages begin.
France once again go into the tournament as the favourites having won the competition the last two times in 2009 and 2011.
However they will also face stiff competition from the hosts Spain who won the competition back in 2005 and the big boys of handball, the Russians and the three time champions Germany.
As well as these major countries, other teams to watch out for include Tunisia, Denmark, Algeria and Serbia who all made finals in major competitions back in 2012.
The Group of death is Group A, that sees, France, Germany and Tunisia all go head to head, and whoever gets out of that group should have a good chance to progress further.
After the group stage the top four in each group go into the round of 16, before the major round,s the quarters, semis and final takes place. The Group stages will end on the 19th January and the tournament concludes on the 27th of the month.
The bottom two teams in each group will go into the Presidents Cup, where they will play for 17th place down.
The games will be played across six venues, including the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and the Caja Magica in Madrid. They last for 30 minutes and are action packed and regularly sees scores resembling that of basketball games.
You can find more information on the tournament or results here http://www.handballspain2013.com.