2008 European Men's Handball Championship

The 2008 EHF European Men's Handball Championship (8th tournament) was held in Norway from 17–27 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)
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Tournament details
Host country Norway
Dates17–27 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Denmark (1st title)
Runner-up Croatia
Third place France
Fourth place Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2633 (56.02 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ivano Balić (CRO)
 Nikola Karabatić (FRA)
 Lars Christiansen (DEN) (44 goals)
Best player Nikola Karabatić (FRA)
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Qualification roundEdit

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.

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
 

Preliminary roundEdit

     Team advanced to the Main Round

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

Group A (Stavanger)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Croatia 3 3 0 0 91 77 +14 6
  Poland 3 2 0 1 93 89 +4 4
  Slovenia 3 1 0 2 85 94 −9 2
  Czech Republic 3 0 0 3 88 97 −9 0
17 January 2008
Slovenia   34 – 32   Czech Republic 18:15
Croatia   32 – 27   Poland 20:15
18 January 2008
Czech Republic   26 – 30   Croatia 18:15
Poland   33 – 27   Slovenia 20:15
20 January 2008
Poland   33 – 30   Czech Republic 15:15
Croatia   29 – 24   Slovenia 17:15

Group B (Drammen)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Norway 3 3 0 0 86 69 +17 6
  Denmark 3 2 0 1 89 79 +10 4
  Montenegro 3 0 1 2 71 84 −13 1
  Russia 3 0 1 2 74 88 −14 1
17 January 2008
Russia   25–25   Montenegro 17:00
Denmark   26 – 27   Norway 19:15
18 January 2008
Norway   32 – 21   Russia 18:15
Montenegro   24 – 32   Denmark 20:15
20 January 2008
Denmark   31 – 28   Russia 17:15
Norway   27 – 22   Montenegro 19:15

Group C (Bergen)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Hungary 3 2 0 1 90 82 +8 4
  Spain 3 2 0 1 94 88 +6 4
  Germany 3 2 0 1 84 80 +4 4
  Belarus 3 0 0 3 83 101 −18 0
17 January 2008
Germany   34 – 26   Belarus 17:15
Spain   28 – 35   Hungary 19:15
19 January 2008
Hungary   24 – 28   Germany 18:15
Belarus   31 – 36   Spain 20:15
20 January 2008
Spain   30 – 22   Germany 16:30
Hungary   31 – 26   Belarus 18:30

Group D (Trondheim)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  France 3 3 0 0 90 76 +14 6
  Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 72 +17 4
  Iceland 3 1 0 2 68 76 −8 2
  Slovakia 3 0 0 3 78 101 −23 0
17 January 2008
France   32 – 31   Slovakia 18:15
Iceland   19 – 24   Sweden 20:15
19 January 2008
Slovakia   22 – 28   Iceland 18:15
Sweden   24 – 28   France 20:15
20 January 2008
Slovakia   25 – 41   Sweden 16:15
France   30 – 21   Iceland 18:15

Main RoundEdit

     Team advanced to the Semifinals
     Team will compete for the 5th/6th place

Group I (Stavanger)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  Denmark 5 4 0 1 152 120 +32 8
  Croatia 5 3 1 1 138 130 +8 7
  Norway 5 2 2 1 130 128 +2 6
  Poland 5 2 1 2 149 142 +7 5
  Slovenia 5 2 0 3 138 148 −10 4
  Montenegro 5 0 0 5 124 163 −39 0
22 January 2008
Slovenia   31 – 29   Montenegro 16:15
Croatia   20 – 30   Denmark 18:15
Poland   24–24   Norway 20:15
23 January 2008
Croatia   34 – 26   Montenegro 16:15
Poland   26 – 36   Denmark 18:15
Slovenia   33 – 29   Norway 20:15
24 January 2008
Poland   39 – 23   Montenegro 16:15
Slovenia   23 – 28   Denmark 18:15
Croatia   23–23   Norway 20:15

Group II (Trondheim)Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
  France 5 4 0 1 140 126 +14 8
  Germany 5 3 0 2 139 136 +3 6
  Sweden 5 2 1 2 131 131 0 5
  Hungary 5 2 1 2 145 147 −2 5
  Spain 5 2 0 3 144 138 +6 4
  Iceland 5 1 0 4 129 150 −21 2
22 January 2008
Germany   35 – 27   Iceland 16:20
Spain   27 – 28   France 18:30
Hungary   27–27   Sweden 20:30
23 January 2008
Spain   26 – 27   Sweden 16:15
Germany   23 – 26   France 18:15
Hungary   28 – 36   Iceland 20:15
24 January 2008
Spain   33 – 26   Iceland 15:20
Hungary   31 – 28   France 17:20
Germany   31 – 29   Sweden 19:20

Final roundEdit

 
SemifinalFinal
 
      
 
26 January – 15:30 (Lillehammer)
 
 
  Croatia24
 
27 January – 16:00 (Lillehammer)
 
  France23
 
  Denmark24
 
26 January – 18:00 (Lillehammer)
 
  Croatia20
 
  Denmark26
 
 
  Germany25
 
Bronze Match
 
 
27 January – 13:30 (Lillehammer)
 
 
  Germany26
 
 
  France36

5th/6th Placement MatchEdit

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

FT: 26–26 ET: 30–30, 34–36

SemifinalsEdit

26 January
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
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× 

Bronze MatchEdit

27 January
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
17:30
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

Other awardsEdit