The 24th World Male Handball Championship has started in Qatar, on January 15th 2015. The Brazilian National Team is in group A, the same group of the hosts, along with Byelorussia, Chile, Slovenia and Spain (present world champions). Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Iran, Macedonia and Tunisia form group B; Algeria, Egypt, The United Arab Emirates, France, Czech Republic and Sweden are in group C; and Germany, Argentina, Bahrein, Denmark, Poland and Russia in D. The round of 16 will be played on the 25th and the 26th of January, the quarter-finals on the 28th, the semi-finals on the 30th and the grand final on February 1st. Qatar’s World Championship grants the champion a place on the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, the host of the Olympic Games has a place already secured.