What can we expect from men’s handball Rio 2016 tournament?

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The essential facts and prognosis about this year men’s handball Rio 2016 tournament.

The favorites, the outsiders, the youngsters, whom to follow, on which team to place a wager? GamingZion starts introducing you to the excitement that awaits us on the 31st Olympic Games in Rio. We begin the introductory round with the man’s handball Rio 2016 tournament which according to us will be one of the biggest attractions on the upcoming games.

• Men’s handball Rio 2016 to gain super-popularity
• Germany gives the young stars on the tournament
• France still the favorite for the gold

The tradition of handball is something that sports fans living on the old continent are well aware of. Being super popular on the Balkans and Scandinavia, as well as in Germany, France, Spain and Central Europe handball events are one of the most prominent sports events and a main betting attraction for all those who bet on sports in EU. Outside the European borders, however, handball has only insignificant impact.

The handball Rio 2016 tournament

The London 2012 Olympic Games changed many things in this respect. The game received an unprecedented media coverage which leaded to a popularization of handball among the British public. Nothing spectacular, but yet, moving from the previous zero point is a considerable progress.

Rio 2016, will probably be a different story. Not only because of the sunny Brazilian days, the samba and the beach girls, but because Brazil is one of the rare countries which have given a world champion in this sport in women’s category. In fact, it is one of the two non-European country in this rank in both men’s and women’s handball. As online sportsbooks in Brazil report, this makes the interest of the Brazilians even bigger which can be seen from the already sold out halls for the matches of both Brazilian national teams.

The groups and the favorites on the handball Rio 2016 tournament

Group A seems to be the “harder” one of the two at the handball Rio 2016 tournament for men. It is headed by the Olympic Champion France, which will strike for their third consecutive Olympic gold. Beside France there are two other main contenders for the throne: Mikkel Hansen’s Denmark and the double former Olympic champions, Croatia. Having in mind the last European Championship and the fiasco of France and Denmark it is difficult to predict who might top this group. Yet, knowing what the French team did on the last Olympics after their failure at the EURO 2012, I would still put them on the place of favorites number one in the group.

What can we expect from men’s handball Rio 2016 tournament?

Mikkel Hansen looking determined to win (Photo:

Group B on the other side has the actual European champion Germany as a top favorite while the second favorite role seems to belong equally to the three remaining European countries: Poland, Sweden and Slovenia. The Polish national team should be the one with biggest chances of all of them especially after their Vive Tauron Kielce became European champion earlier this month. They already have the winning team spirit since most of them play for Kielce, so an attack on the top post on the group is something that can be certainly be expected from them.

The debutantes to be followed

Several youngsters from the top national teams on the handball Rio 2016 tournament will have their debut. Most of them come from the German national team such as Kiel’s super winger Rune Dahmke or left back Christian Dissinger, or Rhein-Neckar pivot Hendrik Pekeler. The new Danish superstar Lasse Andersson or the Montpellier acquisition on the pivotal position Ludovic Fabregas, are certainly some of those players we should focus our attention on. They exploded in the past two-three years in the EHF Champions League. There is nothing that prevents their super-performances on the Rio 2016 either.

What to expect: GamingZion’s prognosis

The Olympic tournament is something that is difficult to predict in principle due to the small number of matches in which there is no second chance. A bad day of the team can simply mean elimination from the further competition. Sites dealing with internet betting in the EU give biggest chances to Germany and France. However having in mind the current conditions of the teams after the qualification for the European Championship 2017 as well as their experience we give the following prognosis: gold for France, silver for Denmark and bronze for Germany.

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