France, Germany, Norway, Russia, and Denmark tend to dominate the game of Handball in both the men's and women's games. The only national team from outside of Europe to medal in men's handball is the Republic of Korea when they won the silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. The Republic of Korea has also been successful in the women's game, with six total medals, including a gold medal finish at both the 1988 Seoul Games and the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Currently, handball is the second most popular sport in Europe with France, and the Nordic countries, being the most interested in the sport. Even though the sport is most popular in Europe, this fantastic game is played on every continent in the world. Little by little, handball gyms, games, and communities are popping up in every country.
Handball isn’t as popular there as it is in other countries like France and Spain: Handball has certainly slipped in terms of popularity in Russia and I, for one, agree that it’s clearly more popular in many other countries depicted in yellow. However, it’s still an important sport there and it’s women’s team is still a force.
The list is: Handball is one of the most popular team sports in much of Europe, particularly Germany, France, Spain, the Nordic countries and the countries of former Yugoslavia. Women's team handball was added at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Answer (1 of 2): Germany. Germany is regarded as the birthplace of handball. And they're the best too. Handball-Bundesliga (167.29) is the best league in the world with over 60 coefficient points more than the following league, Spain's Liga ASOBAL (105.86) Germany has been setting the bar pr...
For many years the often quoted statement was that Handball was the 2nd most popular sport in the world. This was always a bit of a stretch in light of basketball’s increasing popularity, particularly in China. While #2 may not be true world-wide, handball is the consensus #2 sport in several countries.
1. It’s one of the most popular sports in France. Everybody who is part of a sports club in France must have a licence (permit), which makes it relatively easy to compare the number of people ...
Handball is only popular in European countries. Denmark, where the sport originated from, has the highest share of interest in handball, with roughly one-third. Other Scandinavian countries and the Balkans also have some interest in the sport.