2008 European Women's Handball Championship

The 2008 EHF European Women's Handball Championship was held in the Republic of Macedonia from 2–14 December, it was won by Norway after beating Spain 34–21 in the final match.

2008 EHF European Women's
Handball Championship
MACEDONIA 2008, 2/14 DECEMBER Европско првенство во ракомет за жени 2008
2008 European Women's Handball Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Republic of Macedonia
Dates2–14 December
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Norway (4th title)
Runner-up Spain
Third place Russia
Fourth place Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2500 (53.19 per match)
Attendance81,500 (1,734 per match)
Top scorer(s) Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth (NOR) (51 goals)
Best player Kristine Lunde (NOR)
Next

VenuesEdit

Two Macedonian cities have been selected as hosts for the 2008 Championship:

Skopje Ohrid
   
Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Capacity: 10,000
Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Capacity: 5,000

QualificationEdit

In total, 16 national teams qualified for the final tournament:

Host Country
  1.   Macedonia (3) :1998,2000,2006
Qualified from the 2006 European Championship
  1.   Norway (7) :1994,1996,1998,2000,2002,2004,2006 (Defending Champions)
  2.   Russia (7) :1994,1996,1998,2000,2002,2004,2006
  3.   France (4) :2000,2002,2004,2006
  4.   Germany (7) :1994,1996,1998,2000,2002,2004,2006
  5.   Hungary (7) :1994,1996,1998,2000,2002,2004,2006
Qualified from play-offs
[1]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Slovakia   51–58   Ukraine 27–28 24–30
Italy   53–65   Austria 27–29 26–36
Spain   54–49   Lithuania 24–19 30–30
Poland   61–63   Portugal 37–28 24–35
Montenegro   63–66   Croatia 40–35 23–31
Iceland   46–70   Romania 23–37 23–33
Belarus   54–50   Slovenia 29–25 25–25
Sweden   54–44   Czech Republic 25–19 29–25
Turkey   44–45   Denmark 25–24 19–21
Netherlands   52–54   Serbia 24–23 28–31

SquadsEdit

Each nation had to submit an initial squad of 28 players, 12 of them became reserves when the final squad of 16 players was announced on 1 December 2008.[2]

SeedingEdit

The draw for the preliminary round groups took place on 20 July 2008, in Ohrid.[3]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

FormatEdit

  • Preliminary Round: 16 teams are divided into four groups. They play each other in a single round robin system, so each team plays three matches. A win is worth two points, while a draw is worth one point. The top three teams from each group advance to the Main Round.
  • Main Round: 12 teams are divided in two groups. They play against the teams they didn't play in the preliminary round, so each team plays 3 matches. All points from the preliminary round, except the points gained against the 4th place team in the preliminary group, are carried forward into the Main Round. Same round robin rules apply as in the preliminary round. Top 2 teams from each group advance to the semifinals, while the third placed team from each group advances to the 5th-6th Place Play-off.
  • Final Round: 6 teams play in the final weekend of the championships. 3rd place teams from the Main Round play in the 5th-6th Place Play-off. Other teams play in the semifinals. Losers of the semifinals advance to the 3rd-4th Place Play-off, and winners advance to the Final.

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Romania 3 3 0 0 84 71 +13 6 Main round
2   Denmark 3 1 1 1 75 76 −1 3
3   Hungary 3 1 1 1 76 79 −3 3
4   France 3 0 0 3 74 83 −9 0
Source: EHF
3 December
18:15
Hungary   21–27   Romania Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Görbicz 5 Report Lecușanu, Manea, Neagu 5
3 December
20:15
France   23–24   Denmark Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 800
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Spincer 6 Report Aaen 7

5 December
18:15
Romania   30–25   France Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 700
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Ardean-Elisei 8 Report Dembele, Limal 4
5 December
20:15
Denmark   26–26   Hungary Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Skov 6 Report Görbicz 10

7 December
18:15
France   26–29   Hungary Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 600
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Kamto N'jitam 7 Report Görbicz 9
7 December
20:15
Denmark   25–27   Romania Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Møller, Skov 5 Report Lecușanu 9

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 3 2 1 0 88 60 +28 5 Main round
2   Spain 3 1 2 0 74 69 +5 4
3   Ukraine 3 1 1 1 82 81 +1 3
4   Portugal 3 0 0 3 67 101 −34 0
Source: EHF
3 December
17:15
Portugal   24–38   Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 500
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Barbosa 9 Report Nikolayenko 9
3 December
19:15
Norway   21–21   Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Riegelhuth 5 Report Mangué 6

5 December
17:15
Spain   29–24   Portugal Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Pinedo, Mangué 7 Report Barbosa 11
5 December
19:15
Ukraine   20–33   Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Pidpalova, Nikolayenko 5 Report Larsen 7

7 December
17:15
Spain   24–24   Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Beatriz 7 Report Shymkute 8
7 December
19:15
Norway   34–19   Portugal Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Riegelhuth 9 Report Barbosa 6

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Russia 3 2 1 0 79 66 +13 5 Main round
2   Sweden 3 1 2 0 64 50 +14 4
3   Belarus 3 1 1 1 77 71 +6 3
4   Austria 3 0 0 3 53 86 −33 0
Source: EHF
2 December
18:15
Sweden   21–21   Belarus Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Ahlm, Utković 4 (13–7) Kurchankova 6
Report
2 December
20:15
Russia   31–22   Austria Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
three players 5 (13–10) Engel 8
  2×  Report   2× 

4 December
18:15
Austria   10–24   Sweden Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 500
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Engel 4 (5–11) Ahlm 5
Report
4 December
20:15
Belarus   25–29   Russia Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 700
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Mahilina 5 (12–18) three players 4
  5×  1×  Report   4× 

6 December
18:15
Russia   19–19   Sweden Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Polenova 4 (12–18) Ahlm 6
  2×  Report   1× 
6 December
20:15
Austria   21–31   Belarus Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 800
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Aćimović 7 (12–14) Mahilina 6
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 3 0 0 89 80 +9 6 Main round
2   Macedonia (H) 3 2 0 1 84 84 0 4
3   Croatia 3 1 0 2 86 89 −3 2
4   Serbia 3 0 0 3 87 93 −6 0
Source: EHF
(H) Host
2 December
17:45
Croatia   30–26   Serbia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Golubić, Penezić 7 Report Lekić 9
2 December
20:15
Germany   25–22   Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Krause 11 Report Portjanko 8

4 December
18:15
Serbia   31–32   Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Lekić 8 Report Jurack 8
4 December
20:15
Macedonia   31–29   Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Kresoja, Portjanko 8 Report Franić 7

6 December
18:15
Germany   32–27   Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Walzik 10 Report Arslanagić 8
6 December
20:15
Macedonia   31–30   Serbia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Todorovska 8 Report Lekić 7

Main roundEdit

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 5 4 1 0 156 111 +45 9 Semifinals
2   Spain 5 2 2 1 117 110 +7 6[a]
3   Romania 5 3 0 2 143 141 +2 6[a] Fifth place game
4   Hungary 5 1 1 3 114 134 −20 3[b]
5   Ukraine 5 1 1 3 130 148 −18 3[b]
6   Denmark 5 1 1 3 121 137 −16 3[b]
Source: EHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Romania 18–26 Spain
  2. ^ a b c Hungary 3 Pts, Ukraine 2 Pts, Denmark 1 Pt
9 December
16:15
Hungary   26–24   Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 700
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Görbicz 10 Report Shymkute 11
9 December
18:15
Romania   18–26   Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Ardean-Elisei 7 Report Aguilar 6
9 December
20:15
Denmark   19–31   Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Troelsen 5 Report Riegelhuth 9

10 December
16:15
Romania   40–32   Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 700
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Lecușanu 10 Report Pidpalova 11
10 December
18:15
Hungary   20–34   Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Bulath, Sopronyi 4 Report Lunde 7
10 December
20:15
Denmark   26–23   Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 700
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Aaen 8 Report Mangué 10

11 December
16:15
Hungary   21–23   Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Görbicz, Vérten 4 Report Mangué 7
11 December
18:15
Denmark   25–30   Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Skov 6 Report Managarova, Sheyenko 6
11 December
20:15
Romania   31–37   Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall, Ohrid
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Neagu 7 Report Riegelhuth 7

Group IIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 5 4 1 0 145 121 +24 9 Semifinals
2   Russia 5 3 1 1 137 116 +21 7
3   Croatia 5 2 0 3 149 146 +3 4[a] Fifth place game
4   Macedonia (H) 5 2 0 3 129 145 −16 4[a]
5   Sweden 5 1 2 2 110 125 −15 4[a]
6   Belarus 5 0 2 3 133 150 −17 2
Source: EHF
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Hungary 2 Pts, +3 GD; Macedonia 2 Pts, +1 GD; Sweden 2 Pts, –4 GD
8 December
16:15
Belarus   35–43   Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 600
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Platanovich 9 Report Golubić 12
8 December
18:15
Sweden   22–33   Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Boson 6 Report Jurack 10
8 December
20:15
Russia   43–24   Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Levina 7 (15–12) Todorovska 5
  4×  Report   3× 

10 December
16:15
Russia   24–21   Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Khmyrova 5 (11–10) Franić 8
  3×  1×  Report  
10 December
18:15
Sweden   24–23   Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Ahlm 8 Report Todorovska 10
10 December
20:15
Belarus   28–28   Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 200
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Kurchankova 8 Report Neukamp 6

11 December
16:15
Sweden   24–29   Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 300
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Flognman 4 Report Arslanagić 7
11 December
18:15
Russia   22–27   Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Khmyrova, Turey 6 (12–14) Jurack, Loerper 7
  2×  Report   2× 
11 December
20:15
Belarus   24–29   Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Artsiukhovich 5 Report Todorovska 7

Final roundEdit

BracketEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
13 December
 
 
  Norway24
 
14 December
 
  Russia18
 
  Norway34
 
13 December
 
  Spain21
 
  Spain32
 
 
  Germany29
 
Third place
 
 
14 December
 
 
  Russia24
 
 
  Germany21

Fifth place gameEdit

13 December
11:30
Romania   36–33 (ET)   Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Amariei 7 (17–15) Arslanagić, Horvat 7
  3×  Report   1× 

FT: 29–29 ET: 7–4

SemifinalsEdit

13 December
14:00
Spain   32–29   Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Garmendia 8 (12–13) Jurack 9
  4×  Report   1× 

13 December
16:30
Norway   24–18   Russia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 1,800
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Riegelhuth 5 (12–7) Poltoratskaya, Turey 4
  3×  Report   3× 

Third place gameEdit

14 December
14:00
Russia   24–21   Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 2,300
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Poltoratskaya 8 (17–11) Melbeck 6
  2×  Report   1× 

FinalEdit

14 December
16:30
Norway   34–21   Spain Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Nøstvold 7 (13–12) Fernández, Mangué 4
  2×  Report   4× 

Ranking and StatisticsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Match results
  2. ^ ""EURO squads published"". Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Preview of the Women's EURO 2008 Final Tournament Draw". EHF. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2020.

External linksEdit