1978 World Men's Handball Championship

The 1978 World Men's Handball Championship was the ninth team handball World Championship. It was held in Denmark between 26 January-5 February 1978. West Germany won the championship.

1978 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Denmark
Teams16
Final positions
Champions West Germany
Runner-up Soviet Union
Third place East Germany
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches32
Goals scored1305 (40.78 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jerzy Klempel (POL)
 Péter Kovács (HUN) (47 goals)
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TeamsEdit

Group A Group B Group C Group D
  Canada   East Germany   Denmark   Bulgaria
  Czechoslovakia   France   Iceland   Japan
  West Germany   Hungary   Soviet Union   Poland
  Yugoslavia   Romania   Spain   Sweden

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  West Germany 3 3 0 0 54 36 +18 6
  Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 54 45 +9 4
  Czechoslovakia 3 1 0 2 58 43 +15 2
  Canada 3 0 0 3 31 73 −42 0

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Romania 3 2 0 1 74 56 +18 4
  East Germany 3 2 0 1 56 43 +13 4
  Hungary 3 2 0 1 66 54 +12 4
  France 3 0 0 3 54 97 −43 0

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 62 46 +16 5
  Denmark 3 2 1 0 56 45 +11 5
  Spain 3 1 0 2 52 65 −13 2
  Iceland 3 0 0 3 54 68 −14 0

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Poland 3 3 0 0 76 60 +16 6
  Sweden 3 2 0 1 72 58 +14 4
  Japan 3 1 0 2 64 70 −6 2
  Bulgaria 3 0 0 3 58 82 −24 0

Second roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  West Germany 3 1 2 0 49 44 +5 4
  East Germany 3 1 2 0 48 46 +2 4
  Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 46 50 −4 3
  Romania 3 0 1 2 49 52 −3 1

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 58 50 +8 5
  Denmark 3 2 1 0 59 53 +6 5
  Poland 3 1 0 2 61 60 +1 2
  Sweden 3 0 0 3 49 64 −15 0

3rd / 4th placeEdit

Date Match¹ Score
05.02.1978 East Germany  
-
  Denmark
19-15
  • (¹) - In Copenhagen

FinalEdit

Date Match¹ Score
05.02.1978 West Germany  
-
20-19
  • (¹) - In Copenhagen

Final standingsEdit

    West Germany
    Soviet Union
    East Germany
4   Denmark
5   Yugoslavia
6   Poland
7   Romania
8   Sweden
9   Hungary
10   Spain
11   Czechoslovakia
12   Japan
13   Iceland
14   Bulgaria
15   Canada
16   France

Source: International Handball Federation