2008 European Men's Handball Championship

The 2008 EHF European Men's Handball Championship (8th tournament) was held in Norway from 17 to 27 January, in the cities of Bergen, Drammen, Lillehammer, Stavanger and Trondheim. Denmark won the tournament with Croatia second and France third.

2008 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
Håndball-EM 2008. (in Norwegian)
2008 European Men's Handball Championship Logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Norway
Dates17–27 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Denmark (1st title)
Runner-up Croatia
Third place France
Fourth place Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2,643 (56 per match)
Top scorer(s)Croatia Ivano Balić
Denmark Lars Christiansen
France Nikola Karabatić
(44 goals)
Best playerFrance Nikola Karabatić
Next

VenuesEdit

Drammen Stavanger
Drammenshallen
Capacity: 4,000
Stavanger Idrettshall
Capacity: 7,000
   
Bergen Trondheim
Haukelandshallen
Capacity: 4,000
Trondheim Spektrum
Capacity: 4,000
   
Lillehammer
Håkons Hall
Capacity: 10,500
 

QualificationEdit

Qualification matches took place in 2007. According to the EHF rules, the host (Norway) and the top six nations from the 2006 European Championship (France, Croatia, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Russia) were automatically qualified. The other nine places were determined after the play-off matches, held in June; nine teams were seeded, after qualifying for the 2006 Championship, while their opponents qualified through the preliminary group stages.

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament
  Norway Host 2 (2000, 2006)
  Croatia Semifinalist of 2006 European Championship 7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Denmark Semifinalist of 2006 European Championship 6 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  France Semifinalist of 2006 European Championship 7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Spain Semifinalist of 2006 European Championship 7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Germany Fifth place of 2006 European Championship 7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Russia Sixth place of 2006 European Championship 7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Belarus Playoff winner 1 (1994)
  Czech Republic Playoff winner 4 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004)
  Hungary Playoff winner 5 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006)
  Iceland Playoff winner 4 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Montenegro Playoff winner 0 (Debut)
  Poland Playoff winner 3 (2002, 2004, 2006)
  Slovakia Playoff winner 1 (2006)
  Slovenia Playoff winner 6 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
  Sweden Playoff winner 6 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)

Note: Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

DrawEdit

The draw was held on 22 June 2007 in the TV2 Studio in Oslo.[1]

SeedingEdit

The seedings were announced on 19 June 2007.[2]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Croatia 3 3 0 0 91 77 +14 6 Main round
2   Poland 3 2 0 1 93 89 +4 4
3   Slovenia 3 1 0 2 85 94 −9 2
4   Czech Republic 3 0 0 3 88 97 −9 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
17 January 2008
18:15
Slovenia   34–32   Czech Republic Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Kavtičnik 12 (16–14) Filip 10
  8×  1×  Report   8× 
17 January 2008
20:15
Croatia   32–27   Poland Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Balić, Horvat 7 (14–14) Jurasik 11
  3×  Report   7×  1× 

18 January 2008
18:15
Czech Republic   26–30   Croatia Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Vakula, Ljudovik (UKR)
Vítek 7 (13–13) Balić 6
  10×  1×  Report   4× 
18 January 2008
20:15
Poland   33–27   Slovenia Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,655
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Bielecki 9 (23–14) Pajovič 7
  7×  1×  Report   6× 

20 January 2008
15:15
Poland   33–30   Czech Republic Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Bejenariu, Cirligeanu (ROU)
Bielecki 9 (13–14) Nocar 7
  5×  Report   10× 
20 January 2008
17:15
Croatia   29–24   Slovenia Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Balić 7 (16–15) Pajovič 7
  4×  Report   3× 

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway (H) 3 3 0 0 86 69 +17 6 Main round
2   Denmark 3 2 0 1 89 79 +10 4
3   Montenegro 3 0 1 2 71 84 −13 1[a]
4   Russia 3 0 1 2 74 88 −14 1[a]
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Russia 25–25 Montenegro
17 January 2008
17:00
Russia   25–25   Montenegro Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Koksharov 8 (15–16) Mrvaljević, Muratović 7
  6×  Report   6× 
17 January 2008
19:15
Denmark   26–27   Norway Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Vakula, Ljudovik (UKR)
Boesen 9 (10–14) Tvedten 8
  5×  Report   6× 

18 January 2008
18:15
Norway   32–21   Russia Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,650
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Hagen 9 (15–10) Starykh 5
  2×  Report   5× 
18 January 2008
20:15
Montenegro   24–32   Denmark Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 2,100
Referees: Bejenariu, Cirligeanu (ROU)
Muratović 9 (9–18) three players 5
  5×  Report   5× 

20 January 2008
17:15
Denmark   31–28   Russia Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Christiansen 13 (18–11) Koksharov 6
  4×  Report   6×  1× 
20 January 2008
19:15
Norway   27–22   Montenegro Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Tvedten 5 (16–11) Muratović 8
  5×  1×  Report   7×  1× 

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Hungary 3 2 0 1 90 82 +8 4[a] Main round
2   Spain 3 2 0 1 94 88 +6 4[a]
3   Germany 3 2 0 1 84 80 +4 4[a]
4   Belarus 3 0 0 3 83 101 −18 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Hungary 2 Pts, +3 GD; Spain 2 Pts, +1 GD; Germany 2 Pts, –4 GD
17 January 2008
17:15
Germany   34–26   Belarus Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,110
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Baur 7 (16–13) Pukhouski 10
  4×  Report   6× 
17 January 2008
19:15
Spain   28–35   Hungary Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,130
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Garabaya 8 (12–14) Ilyés, Nagy 7
  1×  Report   3× 

19 January 2008
18:10
Hungary   24–28   Germany Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,340
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
three players 4 (12–13) Baur, Jansen 5
  3×  Report   2× 
19 January 2008
20:15
Belarus   31–36   Spain Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,340
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Pukhouski 8 (15–18) Rocas 11
  4×  1×  Report   5× 

20 January 2008
16:30
Spain   30–22   Germany Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 3,238
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
García 8 (12–12) three players 4
  1×  Report   3× 
20 January 2008
18:30
Hungary   31–26   Belarus Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 3,238
Referees: Reisinger, Kaschütz (AUT)
G. Iváncsik, Nagy 9 (18–16) Kurchev 7
  3×  Report   4× 

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 3 0 0 90 76 +14 6 Main round
2   Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 72 +17 4
3   Iceland 3 1 0 2 68 76 −8 2
4   Slovakia 3 0 0 3 78 101 −23 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
17 January 2008
18:15
France   32–31   Slovakia Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,585
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
Girault 6 (20–18) Šulc 10
  4×  Report   6× 
17 January 2008
20:15
Iceland   19–24   Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,930
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
G. Sigurðsson, Stefánsson 4 (9–11) Jurasik 11
  2×  Report   7× 

19 January 2008
18:15
Slovakia   22–28   Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 3,410
Referees: Reisinger, Kaschütz (AUT)
Kozlov 7 (5–16) G. Sigurðsson 7
  7×  Report   6× 
19 January 2008
20:15
Sweden   24–28   France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 3,640
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
three players 4 (13–18) three players 5
  2×  Report   3× 

20 January 2008
16:15
Slovakia   25–41   Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,870
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Dudáš, Mikéci 4 (12–20) Andersson 8
  4×  Report   3× 
20 January 2008
18:15
France   30–21   Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,335
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Karabatić 10 (17–8) Petersson 5
  4×  1×  Report   2× 

Main roundEdit

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Denmark 5 4 0 1 152 120 +32 8 Semifinals
2   Croatia 5 3 1 1 138 130 +8 7
3   Norway (H) 5 2 2 1 130 128 +2 6 Fifth place game
4   Poland 5 2 1 2 149 142 +7 5
5   Slovenia 5 2 0 3 138 148 −10 4
6   Montenegro 5 0 0 5 124 163 −39 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
22 January 2008
16:15
Slovenia   31–29   Montenegro Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,815
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Pajovič 9 (16–13) Mrvaljević 5
  3×  Report   4× 
22 January 2008
18:15
Croatia   20–30   Denmark Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 4,601
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Horvat 5 (9–15) Lindberg 7
  3×  Report   5×  1× 
22 January 2008
20:15
Poland   24–24   Norway Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Lijewski 8 (12–13) Strand 9
  7×  2×  Report   9×  2× 

23 January 2008
16:15
Croatia   34–26   Montenegro Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,745
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Vori 9 (12–13) Kapisoda 7
  1×  Report   2× 
23 January 2008
18:15
Poland   26–36   Denmark Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 4,757
Referees: Vakula, Ljudovik (UKR)
Jurasik 7 (13–17) Boesen 8
  5×  Report   5× 
23 January 2008
20:15
Slovenia   33–29   Norway Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 6,869
Referees: Bejenariu, Cirligeanu (ROU)
Natek 9 (14–13) Kjelling, Loke 7
  6×  Report   3× 

24 January 2008
16:15
Poland   39–23   Montenegro Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,309
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Jachlewski 6 (19–13) Kapisoda 6
  4×  Report   3× 
24 January 2008
18:15
Slovenia   23–28   Denmark Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 6,412
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Natek 5 (11–15) Christiansen 8
  4×  Report   3× 
24 January 2008
20:15
Croatia   23–23   Norway Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Balić 9 (10–11) three players 5
  5×  Report   2× 

Group IIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 5 4 0 1 140 126 +14 8 Semifinals
2   Germany 5 3 0 2 139 136 +3 6
3   Sweden 5 2 1 2 131 131 0 5[a] Fifth place game
4   Hungary 5 2 1 2 145 147 −2 5[a]
5   Spain 5 2 0 3 144 138 +6 4
6   Iceland 5 1 0 4 129 150 −21 2
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Sweden 27–27 Hungary
22 January 2008
16:20
Germany   35–27   Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,380
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Glandorf 9 (17–12) Stefánsson 8
  4×  Report   4× 
22 January 2008
18:30
Spain   27–28   France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,890
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
three players 5 (15–15) Narcisse 7
  2×  Report   3× 
22 January 2008
20:30
Hungary   27–27   Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,103
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
G. Iváncsik 8 (16–14) Ahlm 8
  3×  Report   5× 

23 January 2008
16:15
Spain   26–27   Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,730
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
García 8 (14–13) Källman 8
  5×  Report   5× 
23 January 2008
18:15
Germany   23–26   France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,945
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
Kraus 6 (10–11) Karabatić 8
  5×  1×  Report   2× 
23 January 2008
20:15
Hungary   28–36   Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,012
Referees: Reisinger, Kaschütz (AUT)
Mocsai 6 (16–16) Guðjónsson 11
  4×  Report   3×  1× 

24 January 2008
15:20
Spain   33–26   Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,280
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
García 9 (18–15) Guðjónsson, G. Sigurðsson 7
  4×  Report   4×  1× 
24 January 2008
17:20
Hungary   31–28   France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,360
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Ilyés 9 (15–11) Guilbert 6
  5×  Report   3× 
24 January 2008
19:20
Germany   31–29   Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,915
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
Glandorf, Hens 7 (16–18) Andersson 9
  5×  Report   3× 

Final roundEdit

BracketEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
26 January
 
 
  Denmark26
 
27 January
 
  Germany25
 
  Denmark24
 
26 January
 
  Croatia20
 
  Croatia24
 
 
  France23
 
Third place
 
 
27 January
 
 
  Germany26
 
 
  France36

SemifinalsEdit

26 January 2008
15:30
Croatia   24–23   France Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Metličić 6 (11–9) Abalo, Narcisse 7
  1×  Report   2× 

26 January 2008
18:00
Denmark   26–25   Germany Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
Christiansen 6 (10–13) Kehrmann 6
  2×  Report   4× 

Fifth place gameEdit

26 January 2008
13:00
Norway   34–36 (ET)   Sweden Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 5,840
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Strand 10 (13–15) Boquist, Källman 7
  3×  Report   4× 

FT: 26–26 ET: 4–4, 4–6

Third place gameEdit

27 January 2008
13:30
Germany   26–36   France Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 7,940
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
Jansen 7 (9–18) Girault 8
  4×  Report   3× 

FinalEdit

27 January 2008
16:00
Denmark   24–20   Croatia Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 9,052
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Boesen, Christiansen 7 (13–10) Metličić 5
  5×  Report   6×  1× 

Ranking and statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008 Men's European Handball Championship Draw" (PDF). EHF. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ "22 June: Follow the Draw Live on our Website!". EHF. 19 June 2007. Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2020.