World Champs ahoy for Hamburg!

Courtesy of Beach Volleyball Major Series Media Service

Gold medalists Kira Walkenhorst and Laura Ludwig of Germany at the Award Ceremony during the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria on August 5, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Michael Kunkel/ Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series/ Red Bull Content Pool

German city dives in to host the world’s best in 2019.

The German city of Hamburg has made its biggest catch yet – in 2019 it will have the honor of hosting the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

Beach volleyball’s biggest biennial celebration will take place between June 28 and July 7, 2019, when 48 of the world’s best teams compete for the title and – significantly – a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Having established itself as the central hub in Germany for developing players such reigning Olympic and World Champions as Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, Hamburg has quickly become synonymous with beach volleyball.

Center Court overview seen during the Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals 2017 in Hamburg, Germany on August 25, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Martin Steinthaler/ Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series/ Red Bull Content Pool

In August this year the city will make history by becoming the first to host the World Tour Finals – the annual end-of-season spectacular that pits the globe’s best athletes head-to-head on the sand – two seasons in succession.

Next year’s World Championships will be the 12th in the history of the competition and the second time that Germany will host the event. Hamburg will follow in the footsteps of Berlin, which held the 2005 tournament.


Hamburg can expect to witness the same spine-tingling atmosphere and dramatic battles on the beach that captivated over 180,000 fans at the last World Championships, which were held in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

Last year, history was made when Brazilian André Loyola Stein, together with teammate Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Junior, became the youngest male World Champion at the age of 22.

Ludwig and Walkenhorst were the undoubted stars of the show, however, as they added the missing piece of gold from their trophy cabinet with a stunning title-winning performance. Now the duo can’t wait for 2019 to roll around.

Center Court Overview seen during the Final of the Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals 2017 in Hamburg, Germany on August 27, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Martin Steinthaler/ Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series/ Red Bull Content Pool

“It is going to be an amazing opportunity for Hamburg to show to the world how much beach volleyball means to the people of this city,” said Ludwig, who will miss the 2018 as she prepares to give birth to her first child. “Hamburg’s reputation for the sport has already grown significantly and with another World Tour Finals planned this year plus the World Championships next year, this status will be enhanced even further. The sky’s the limit.”

FIVB president, Dr. Ary S. Graça, added: “I have no doubt that the city will be an excellent host for the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships, and will build up on the success of the 2017 edition staged in Vienna. This event always demonstrates the FIVB’s core principles of skill, athleticism and teamwork, acting as one to achieve the ultimate success.”

Silver Medalists Lauren Fendrick and April Ross of the United States, Gold Medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany and Bronze Medalists Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Da Rocha Antunes of Brazil at the Award Ceremony of the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria on August 5, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Studiohorst/ Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series/ Red Bull Content Pool
Silver Medalists Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst of Austria, Gold Medalists Evandro Goncalves Oliveira Junior and Andre Loyola Stein of Brazil, Bronze Medalists Nikita Ljamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia at the Award Ceremony of the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria on August 5, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Joerg Mitter/ Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series/ Red Bull Content Pool

To get a taste of what to expect from the 2019 World Championships in Hamburg check out the World Champs Trailer. 

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