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The wait is over! Finally, the games are back and teams, both men and women, have been training endlessly in preparation for the handball tournaments Rio de Janeiro will be hosting. Handball is never short of action and the tournaments will see the best players from around the world representing their country in an attempt to win the gold medal for their country. So mark your calendars, as the action kicks off on August 7th and here at Unibet, we’re got fantastic odds covering all the action!

Tournament Structure

Two groups of six teams will each play each other once and the best four teams from each group will book a place in the quarter final of Brazil 2016. A victory yields two points and a draw gets a point. From the quarter final onwards, the tournament will take the knock-out structure, where participating teams will need to win the game or get knock out of the tournament. If teams finish the group stages with equal points, the head to head encounters will come into effect to decide their fate.

Favourites of Handball at Brazil 2016


France are reigning champions and the clear favourites for taking home the gold this summer, with odds currently at 6/5. They dominated the game and have won two successive gold medals and have their eye on the third in Rio de Janeiro this summer, to complete the trifecta. This current French squad is widely considered to be among the best teams in history, though a fifth-place finish at January's European championship was a major blow to their winning mentality. However, this setback was a good wake-up call for the man in charge Claude Onesta, as a change in strategy and tactics will be essential to avoid an early exit from Brazil 2016.


Norway are the team to look out for in the women’s division and the action will kick off with a blast as on the 6th of August, Norway's take on host nation Brazil, the 2013 world champion. The Brazilians and their Danish coach Morten Soubak will be hoping the passionate home crowd can make their recent poor form a distant memory after they lost all three games in a friendly tournament in Norway in March. Norway's women were also crowned champions at the last two games, and a third title would match the record set by the Danish team which won gold in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Odds for Norway to take home the gold for the third consecutive time are currently at 31/10 and 3/4 for them to make it into the top three. An outright bet on the world champions and hosts Brazil is pretty lucrative, with odds currently at 13/2.

Live Betting

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the action as it unfolds, try live betting during the Brazil 2016. This betting option is for punters who like to get a feel of the game and bet accordingly. This way, you’ll be able to get a feel of the game, who’s controlling possession, creating the more chances, star players injured etc. That way, you’ll be able to make more informed betting decisions in real time. 

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